The International Postgraduate Coursework Award (IPCA) was established by the University of Melbourne and is awarded to high achieving international students undertaking a graduate coursework degree.
The University normally offers around 28 scholarships each year.
The scholarship provides fee remissions of between 25% and 100% of tuition fees for the duration of your course.
To be considered for this scholarship, you must:
- a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand and not a permanent resident of Australia;
- have applied for an eligible graduate coursework degree,
- be commencing study at the University of Melbourne for the first time;
- not be in receipt of any other tuition fee remission scholarship or sponsorship which, in combination with the IPCA, exceeds 100% of tuition fees; and
- not have received any other scholarship provided by the Australian Government in the last 2 years.
Eligible graduate coursework degrees include:
- Any Master degree by coursework offered by the Melbourne Business School, Melbourne School of Design and Melbourne School of Engineering
- Master of Science in Botany, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Genetics, Geography, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics or Zoology, Master of Urban Horticulture and the Master of Forest Ecosystems offered by the Faculty of Science
- Master of Teaching offered by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education
- Executive Master of Arts offered by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Master of Public Administration offered by the Melbourne School of Government
- Melbourne Law Masters offered by the Melbourne Law School
You do not need to submit an application for this scholarship. Students who have received an unconditional offer for an eligible graduate coursework degree, will be automatically considered for an International Postgraduate Coursework Award.
Eligible candidates are selected on the basis of academic merit.
Successful candidates are advised of the outcome by email.
Items IPCA does not cover
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
- a living allowance
- travel or relocation allowances
- Voluntary Student Union (VSU) fees
- overseas fieldwork costs
- visa application fees
- tuition fees beyond the end date of the scholarship. IPCA recipients who remain enrolled beyond this date are liable for any tuition fees, etc from the date the scholarship ends.
The Award cannot be deferred and is not transferable to another course or stream.
Requirements once enrolled
IPCA recipients must:
- be enrolled as a full-time student in an eligible postgraduate coursework degree
- obtain and hold a valid visa (as determined by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs) for the term of the award, and
- must notify Melbourne Scholarships immediately of any changes in their enrolment status. For example, changing from full-time to part-time study or from on-campus to off-campus enrolment.
- The University expects that IPCA holders will meet the relevant faculty's satisfactory academic performance requirements for each semester of the course. Should a faculty determine that satisfactory academic performance was not achieved, the IPCA will be ceased.
IPCAs are limited to the standard duration of the course. An extension to scholarship is not possible.
Scholarship holders may take a maximum of 12 months Leave of Absence from their scholarship, but must check their visa conditions before applying for leave. Students must apply in advance through their faculty for leave from their course and through Melbourne Scholarships for leave from their scholarship.
- IPCAs cannot be transferred from one institution to another or between faculties.
- IPCAs can be transferred to another eligible course within a faculty with the faculty's permission. Please contact Melbourne Scholarships for further information.
Termination of scholarships
Scholarships will be terminated:
- if the student ceases to meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the conditions
- at the end of the period for which it was granted
- upon completion of the course
- when the thesis is submitted
- when the student ceases to be enrolled as a full-time postgraduate coursework student
- if the student fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress
- if the course of study is not being carried out with competence and diligence or in accordance with the scholarship offer
- if the University determines that the student is guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, the provision of false or misleading information
- if the student does not resume study at the end of a period of leave or formal arrangements (via Melbourne Scholarships) have not been made to extend the period of leave
- if the student is granted Australian permanent resident status. Students must immediately advise both Melbourne Scholarships and Student Administration about any changes to their visa status. Students should visit International Admissions in the first instance if they have queries about visa conditions
- upon the death, incapacity, resignation or withdrawal of the student from the course.
- if, after due inquiry, the University forms the view that the student has not complied with the Conditions set out on this webpage. Scholarships may be terminated or the student placed on probation.
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