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    Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset Scholarship

    The University of Melbourne offers a range of scholarship for students undertaking graduate research training. These scholarships are funded by the University, philanthropic gifts or Government grants.

    All domestic students who are admitted to a Master by research or Doctoral degree at the University of Melbourne will receive a Research Training Program Fee Offset Scholarship to acknowledge the contribution from the Australian Government towards the cost of their tuition.

    Other scholarships may provide a stipend towards the cost of living and a relocation allowance. International students may also receive Overseas Student Health Cover and a tuition fee offset.

    Learn more about the RTP Fee Offset Scholarship and Graduate Research Scholarships

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    Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarships

    If you are a new student and have applied for a graduate research degree in the Melbourne School of Engineering by the relevant closing date, you will be automatically considered for Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarships. You do not need to submit a separate application for Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarships.

    The Melbourne School of Engineering offers a number of scholarships that are available to academically outstanding applicants.

    International applicants

    Scholarships available to international applicants:

    Melbourne Research Scholarship (MRS)

    Local applicants

    Scholarships available to local applicants:

    Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships (RTP)

    Melbourne Research Scholarship (MRS)

    Successful applicants for admission to research and scholarships with Melbourne School of Engineering will typically:

    • Have secured strong support from their nominated supervisor
    • Be placed in the top 5% of their graduating class
    • Have evidence of research potential by having completed a research project as part of the final year of a Bachelor or Master’s degree
    • Have a qualification from a university with a well recognised research profile
    Scholarship application rounds 2020–21

    Melbourne School of Engineering has five scholarship rounds for 2020–21 applications. These dates may be subject to change.

    Round Application closing dates Notification dates
    1 28 August 2020 3 November 2020
    2 9 October 2020 18 December 2020
    3 13 November 2020 9 February 2021
    4 5 March 2021 20 April 2021
    5 14 May 2021 6 July 2021

    The majority of scholarships are awarded in Rounds 1, 2 and 3. Submit your application as early as possible.

    Only applications for admission that are complete and received by the closing dates listed above will be considered for a Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarship in that round.

    How is a scholarship score calculated?
    Bachelor only

    The second-to-last year (usually third year) will make up one third of the final score and the final year (usually fourth year) will make up two thirds of the final score. Only technical subjects are taken into consideration.

    Bachelor plus a one year Masters

    The final year of the Bachelor will make up one third of the final score, and the Masters will make up two thirds of the score. Only technical subjects are taken into consideration.

    Masters by Coursework ≥1.5 years of full time study

    The score will be based on the average of all subjects — often listed on the transcript as a cumulative GPA . This score will only be used if all the subjects are technical, otherwise the results from individual technical subjects will be combined to calculate a final score.

    Masters by Research

    If the thesis is ungraded and is ≥50% of the entire program, a copy of the master’s thesis, examiners’ reports and the Academic Report for Ungraded Thesis form are required for assessment.

    What is a competitive score for these scholarships?

    University of Melbourne equivalent scores are calculated primarily using academic transcripts; however publications, professional experience and the research profile of your last institution of study are also taken into consideration, and may marginally increase your score.


    Usually meets the minimum admission requirement for research, but does not guarantee admission.

    Is not usually competitive for a scholarship.


    * Indicative score for local and international applicants who were awarded an MRS .

    * Scores are indicative only. There is no guarantee that a scholarship will be awarded to applicants with these stated scores; there are many factors that impact on the awarding of a scholarship.

    The tables below contain examples of University of Melbourne equivalent scores against common scoring systems from other institutions. The mark you would generally need to have achieved at your institution to meet our equivalent is shown in italics.

    University of Melbourne equivalent scores
    Scores as a % H1 and Pass80%85%92%
    H1 = 70 P = 50 70 75 84
    H1 = 70 P = 40 70 76 85
    H1 = 80 P = 50 80 85 92
    H1 = 85 P = 50 85 89.5 95
    H1 = 90 P = 60 90 93.5 97
    University of Melbourne equivalent scores
    GPA out of80%85%92%
    20 17 17.7 18.6
    10 8.7 9.25 9.9
    5 4.34 4.62 4.95
    4 3.49 3.7 3.96
    Other scholarships and prizes

    Once enrolled there are other Engineering and IT scholarships and prizes for current students:
    Scholarships for current students