University of Melbourne International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Australia

Publish Date: Apr 07, 2015

Deadline: May 31, 2015

International Postgraduate Research Scholarship

The International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) is funded by the Australian Government and enables international students to undertake a postgraduate research qualification in Australia and gain experience with leading Australian researchers.

The University usually awards around 35 scholarships.


The duration of the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) is up to two years for a student undertaking a master by research degree and up to three years, with two possible six month extensions, for students undertaking a doctorate by research degree.

The IPRS provides for:

  • Full cost of tuition
  • Overseas Student Health Cover for you and your dependants, if they join you in Australia on a student visa

In addition, successful candidates receive an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) which provides the following benefits:

  • A fortnightly living allowance
  • Relocation grant for students moving to Melbourne from interstate or from outside Australia
  • Thesis allowance 
  • Limited paid sick, maternity and parenting leave

For more details, see Australian Postgraduate Awards benefits.


To be considered for the IPRS, you must:

  • be an international applicant (ie. a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand, and not an Australian permanent resident) and meet international student visa requirements;
  • have completed tertiary studies that are at least equivalent to a 4-year honours degree at an Australian university with a minimum result of first class honours;
  • have applied for admission to undertake masters by research or doctorate by research degree at the University of Melbourne;
  • not be enrolled in the course for which you seek scholarship;
  • have not already completed a research qualification at the same or higher level as the course for which a scholarship is sought. 


You must submit an application for admission and scholarship using the Application for Admission to Graduate Research Degree Candidature and Scholarship form.


IPRS are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Eligible applicants are scored and ranked according to their:

  • academic achievement in their last completed degree; and
  • research potential in their field of study, taking into consideration factors relevant to the proposed research including professional experience, refereed publications, specialist medical qualifications or composition of original music.


The University assesses applications for scholarships on an ongoing basis. As a general rule:

  • applications submitted before 31 October (Round 1) will be finalised by 15 February of the following year, and
  • applications submitted before 31 May (Round 2) will be finalised by 31 July.

However, the following faculties have more than two rounds:

More information

For more detailed information, please refer to theGraduate Research Scholarships Terms and Conditions.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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