Scholarships

Completing your research degree is a life-changing experience that often requires some support. Learn more about the scholarships which could be available to help you balance your research with your other commitments.


At Murdoch we offer a range of research scholarships. There are also a number of scholarships offered by external providers, including government and private organisations.

If you’re awarded a scholarship, you’ll receive a payment to help support your study. It is not a loan and does not have to be repaid. Scholarships can help cover fees and living costs and are available to both domestic and international students, studying both full-time or part-time.

Throughout your research candidacy you may be able to apply for other grants to assist with research costs such as travel, photocopying and thesis binding.

Applying for a research scholarship

Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re exploring your options or preparing your scholarship application:

  • Explore all the options available for your study area.
  • Plan ahead to meet the application deadline.
  • Read all of the scholarship requirements carefully before applying. For example, if you will need a letter from your supervisor to support your application, you might need to ask them sooner rather than later.
  • Make sure you understand what is covered and for how long the scholarship might last.
  • Ask questions early. If you need to know more before you apply, please get in touch with us. If we can’t answer your question directly, we can help you get in touch with the right team to speak with.

Contact our Graduate Research Office

How we review scholarship applications

Every year, our Research Degrees and Scholarships Committee meet in the first two weeks of December to rank all candidates who have applied for a scholarship. The first round of scholarship offers will be emailed by late-December. Here’s what you need to know:

  • If you apply for a scholarship, your application will be assessed based on academic merit and your research potential. Your ranking won’t be affected by your age or whether you have applied to another institution.
  • Competition for scholarships is intense, and you would generally only receive a first round offer if you have an Honours 1 or equivalent.
  • As an applicant, you are granted a score by our Research Degrees and Scholarships Committee in consultation with your school of study. This score is a total of points gained from your undergraduate record, graduate qualifications and research potential and, where appropriate, a score for being in an area of research strength.
  • It’s important to give details of any of your published work including refereed journals, books, non-refereed forums such as journals, technical reports, conference proceedings, conference posters, web based items, performances or works of art.
  • Please also provide details of your relevant work experience in your area of proposed research.

If you’re currently enrolled in a PhD or EdD, you’re eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Explore available research scholarships

ScholarshipStudy levelValue ($A)Apply by
The Arthur McComb PhD Field Work GrantPhDUp to $3,000 p.a. for up to 3 years*31 March 2019
Jane M. Klausman, Women in Business scholarshipMastersVarious31 May 2019
PhD Stipend funded through ARC Discovery ProjectPhD$27,596 p.a.30 June 2019
PhD scholarship for managing phytotoxicity of soil-borne herbicide residues in grain cropping systemsPhD$30,000 p.a.30 June 2019
PhD Scholarship—Merino Sheep ProductionPhD$30,000 p.a.5 July 2019
Elite Editing Thesis Write-up ScholarshipMasters/PhD$600031 July 2019
Southeast Asian Environmental History scholarshipPhD$27,596 p.a.1 August 2019
PhD Scholarship for Exercise and Cognitive HealthPhD$27,596 p.a.
2 August 2019
Digital Connectivity and Big Data Analytics in AgriculturePhD$27,596 p.a.30 August 2019
PhD Scholarship—Researching Women in Professional Team SportPhD$27, 596 p.a.31 August 2019
Phytophthora Dieback in the Perth HillsPhDPhD scholarship and maintenance funding30th September 2019 (international students)
31st October 2019 (domestic students)
Maintaining balance: managing vertebrate predators in the presence of livestockPhDSubstantial funding for research costs30th September 2019 (international students)
31st October 2019 (domestic students)
Keiran McNamara World Heritage PhD Top-up ScholarshipPhD$25,000 p.a.30th September 2019 (international students)
31st October 2019 (domestic students)
Research Training Program Stipend Scholarships (International students)Masters/PhD$27,082 p.a.30 September 2019
AINSE Supported Facilities (ASF) Travel Scholarship 2020PhDUp to $5000 (One-off)18 October 2019
Research Training Program Stipend Scholarships (Domestic students)Masters/PhD$27,082 p.a.31 October 2019
Kulbardi Postgraduate Research Degree StudentsMasters/PhD$27,082 p.a.31 October 2019
The Raine StudyPhD$10,000 p.a.31 October 2019
CSIRO postgraduate top-up scholarshipsPhDVarious31 October 2019
Alistair Murdoch Bursary in Animal Health and WelfarePhD$2,00030 November 2019
Sandrina Park Graduate AwardMaster, PhD$2,50030 November 2019
PhD in Archaeological Science/Metagenomics/DNAPhD$27,596 p.a.Open until filled
PhD InternshipsPhDVariousOngoing
Wildlife and Conservation Medicine Residency Program PhD$35,000 p.a. for up to 3 yearsWill be announced beginning of the year 2022

* if field work is required in each year of the PhD

^ The position will be filled as soon as possible.

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