2013 Benefits and Conditions for the Graduate Research Scholarships (APA, APA[I], IPRS, MRS, MIRS, MIFRS, FMS, HRS, Prestigious and Other Major Scholarships)

3. Eligibility for scholarship consideration

Normally only timely applicants will be considered for the award of scholarships. Please see Section 2.2 for further details on closing dates.

In addition, the following eligibility criteria apply:

Citizenship requirements

Enrolment requirements

Academic requirements

Scholarships previously held or applied for

Concurrent awards, scholarships or salaries


3.1 Citizenship requirements


The table below lists the specific citizenship / residency requirements that must be met by the application closing date.


Scholarship Citizenship/residency requirement
APA Only open to local applicants (ie. Australian and NZ citizens or Australian permanent residents).
Prestigious and other major scholarships (except VIDS and VIRS)
IPRS Only open to international applicants (ie. citizens of countries other than Australia and New Zealand who are not Australian permanent residents.)




Open to both local and international applicants.

Only open to international PhD applicants from India.

Only open to international PhD applicants.

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3.2 Enrolment requirements


a)    Applicants must have applied for, or be currently enrolled in,  a graduate research degree at the UoM.


The only exceptions are as follows:


  • applicants enrolled in the MPsych/PhD or the SJD are eligible to apply for the APA, MRS/MIRS and MIFRS/IPRS from the second year of their course.
  • applicants enrolled in the DEd are only eligible to apply for the MRS/MIRS and MIFRS/IPRS.

b)    A scholarship will not be offered if the applicant has already completed a qualification at the same or higher level as the course for which a scholarship is sought. The only exception is as follows:


  • if the student currently holds a masters by coursework they can be considered for a scholarship for masters by research studies.
c)    Applicants who have commenced the graduate research degree for which they are seeking scholarship must have at least 12 months full time or equivalent candidature remaining from January 1st in the following year. A scholarship will not be offered to a student who, as a result of prior candidature and/or prior scholarship, is entitled to a maximum tenure of less than 12 months.

The only exception to this is where a fee remission scholarship other than an IPRS/MIFRS was held previously and the student requires an MIFRS for less than 12 months.


d)   Applicants will only be considered for an IPRS in one selection round.  Students who commenced their course in the year immediately before the current round of IPRS offers, and who were not considered in the previous round of IPRS offers, will be automatically identified by the MSO, considered for an IPRS and notified if they are to be offered a scholarship. An additional scholarship application is not required of these students.

e)    Students who are seeking an MIFRS following the commencement of their course must submit an additional scholarship application (see section 2 for application details).  Each faculty / graduate school will determine whether to award MIFRSs to students who have commenced the course for which a MIFRS is sought. 


f)    Applicants will only be considered for scholarship in one department at any one time. 

Applicants who are interested in applying for a scholarship in more than one department should discuss research and scholarship options with the departments of interest before lodging their application for scholarship. 

g)      Cotutelle students should visit the Melbourne School of Graduate Research website for information regarding scholarship eligibility. 


h)    Students must inform the MSO 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 status.

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3.3 Academic requirements

General requirements

The academic requirements to be considered for the graduate research scholarships are the same as those that apply to entry to the PhD, and these requirements apply even if a scholarship is sought to undertake a masters by research. 

The key academic requirements that applicants must meet are:

  • Completion of tertiary studies that are at least equivalent to a four-year honours degree at an Australian university, and
  • Applicants normally need to have completed a research project/component as part of their tertiary studies that accounts for at least 25% of their year's work at 4th year or masters level.

Examples of tertiary studies that normally meet the academic requirements include:

  • 3-year bachelors course followed by a 1-year
    • honours [eg. BA(Hons), BCom(Hons)]
    • postgraduate diploma
    • masters preliminary qualification, or
    • masters course
  • 4-year bachelor with honours course [eg. BE(Hons), LLB(Hons)].

Further information about the academic requirements can be found in the PhD handbook on the MSGR website.   

Academic merit is the primary selection criterion for graduate research degree scholarships. Demonstrated research potential is also taken into account.

Specific requirements

Scholarship Academic requirements
APA First Class Honours (ie. H1) results are required to be competitive (usually exceptional H1 results for the IPRS and prestigious and other major scholarships).
Prestigious and other major scholarships
MRS Second Class Honours, Division I (ie. H2A) results are the minimum but higher results (ie. H1) are usually required to be competitive.
MIRS First Class Honours (ie. H1) results are required to be competitive.

To be competitive for a FMS or a HRS a high H2A (ie. 78-79% and above) is the minimum grade average usually required.


The academic requirements for the FMS and the HRS are the same as the entry requirements for the course for which the FMS or the HRS is sought. 

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Scholarship Specific requirement
APA An APA cannot be awarded if the applicant has previously held an APA, an APA (Industry) or an Australian Government-funded Postgraduate Research Award for six or more months. Students in this situation could however be considered for a MRS. Please see Section 5 for further details.

Students who have previously held a MRS or MIRS cannot be considered for another MRS, MIRS, a FMS or a HRS.


A student who currently holds a MRS cannot apply for an APA or the prestigious and other major scholarships if they were considered for these scholarships in a previous round. The only exception is if the scholarship is sought to support an enrolment in a new course.
FMS Students who have previously held a FMS or a HRS (or a Scholarship for Women with Career Interruptions or a Postgraduate Scholarship for Indigenous Australians) cannot be considered for another FMS, HRS or MRS/MIRS.
IPRS A student may only be awarded a second IPRS or MIFRS if the student is enrolling for a doctorate by research and the previous scholarship was for a masters by research degree that was completed.

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3.5 Concurrent awards, scholarships or salaries

Recipients of a scholarship that provides a living allowance (eg. APA, MRS, MIRS, HRS, FMS) may only receive a concurrent award, scholarship or salary to undertake their course if:

  • the concurrent award, scholarship or salary provides a benefit less than 75% of the per annum living allowance rate, or
  • the living allowance scholarship is suspended for the period when the concurrent award, other scholarship or salary is received. Study undertaken towards the course during Leave of Absence from a scholarship is deducted from the scholarship’s maximum tenure. Refer to Section 8 for information about suspending your scholarship.

Income earned from sources unrelated to the course of study (eg. waitressing) is not subject to the 75% rule. The University recommends that students enrolled in a graduate research degree on a full-time basis do not undertake more than six hours of paid employment per week during normal working hours.

Fee-remission scholarships

International applicants cannot be considered for a fee remission scholarship (ie. the IPRS or the MIFRS) if they already hold, or will receive, another scholarship that covers tuition fees.

IPRS and MIFRS holders may concurrently hold a living allowance, such as a MIRS, or any type of non-tuition fee allowance from any source.

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