Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and research potential to local and international candidates commencing from 1 January 2016 and undertaking a research doctoral degree.
The Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarships (VCPS) are funded by RMIT University.
Value and duration
In 2015, the VCPS provided the following benefits to recipients:
- a stipend of $41,150 per annum pro rata (full-time study) which is the equivalent to the Government APA rate plus an RMIT top up of $15,000
- a research support allowance of $5,000 per annum to support research activities
- a HDR publication award of $10,000 (payable on thesis submission). Candidates must submit their thesis within three and a half years (or equivalent part-time) to be eligible for award
- a relocation allowance for the cost of relocating in order to take up their postgraduate research program, up to $515 per adult and $255 per child to a maximum of $1,540
- paid sick, maternity and parenting leave (within the limits of the Scholarship Guidelines).
If you are a local candidate, you will also receive a government-funded Research Training Scheme (RTS) place or equivalent. An RTS place is supported with a HECS exemption for the standard duration of the course. Applicants successful in receiving an RTS place are not required to pay tuition fees for the maximum duration of their candidature.
If you are an international candidate, you will also receive:
- tuition fees and student services and amenities fee (SSAF) for the duration of the scholarship
- the cost of an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) policy for the standard duration of your program.
The duration of a Vice Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship is three years full-time, with the possibility of a 6 month extension subject to satisfactory progress. This will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken towards a research degree prior to the commencement of the Award.
Number of scholarships available
In 2016, RMIT University will offer 10 VCPS awards.
To be eligible for a VCPS, you must:
- be an Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia, or an international candidate who is commencing from 1 January 2016
- have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours, or have demonstrated an equivalent level of academic attainment as determined by RMIT
- have applied for a full-time PhD program at RMIT.
Part-time VCPS may be approved for candidates with exceptional circumstances (e.g. for medical reasons or due to significant care commitments). Part-time scholarships are not tax exempt. Please refer to the Scholarship Guidelines for further details.
You will be considered ineligible for a VCPS if:
- you are undertaking a Masters by research degree
- you already hold a research doctorate, or an equivalent research qualification
- you are currently undertaking a research doctorate
- you are currently receiving another equivalent award, scholarship or research related salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the 2015 APA base rate to undertake the research degree.
Key dates and how to apply
For information relating to scholarship opening rounds and to apply for scholarship, please refer to the instructions detailed on research scholarships.
All applications will be ranked based on a model that has been approved by RMIT’s Research Committee.
See the Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions (PDF 326KB 10p) for more information.
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