Melbourne International Research Scholarships (MIRS) at University of Melbourne in Australia, 2014

"Melbourne International Research Scholarships"

"Melbourne International Research Scholarships"The Melbourne International Research Scholarships (MIRS) is awarded to international students wishing to undertake graduate research degree studies at the University of Melbourne. MIRSs are funded by the University with each faculty having a limited number to award.

Number of Scholarship:

Each year the University offers about 200 new Melbourne Research Scholarships (MRSs), of which about 150 are normally awarded to international students as MIRSs.

Study Subject:

These scholarships are provided to learn any of the courses offered by the University of Melbourne in Australia.


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 master’s by research. The key academic requirements that applicants must meet are:

  • Completion of tertiary studies that are at least equivalent to a four-year honors 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)].
  • First Class Honours (ie. H1) results are required to be competitive.
  • Both commencing and currently enrolled international research higher degree students may apply.

Scholarship Value:

Benefits provided by the MIRS include:

  • a living allowance of $24,653 per annum (2013 rate)
  • a Relocation Grant of $2,000 awarded to students who are moving from interstate in order to study at the University of Melbourne or $3,000 awarded to those who are moving from overseas
  • a Thesis Allowance of up to $420 (2013 rate) for masters by research and up to $840 (2013 rate) for PhD and other doctorate by research candidates, and paid sick, maternity and parenting leave.

Please click on the following link for the conditions relating to the MIRS, which includes information about duration of awards; commencement requirements etc.

Application and selection timelines:

MIRS applicants who submit their complete application for admission and scholarship by

  • 31 October 2013 will receive a RHD scholarship outcome before 15 February 2014
  • 31 May 2014 will receive a RHD scholarship outcome before 31 July 2014

Please refer to the application and selection timelines for international applicants.

For further information: Melbourne International Research Scholarships


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