Scholarships for international graduate students

"It was impossible for me to study without these scholarships here in Australia."

"The research environment is wonderful here. I have found lots of scope for doing research and the facilities available here are beyond description. My supervisors are also great; I am happy with everything in University of Melbourne. These scholarships covering my tuition fees and monthly allowance to bear other expenses. It was impossible for me to study without these scholarships here in Australia. If you have a dream then University of Melbourne can help you to achieve it."


Pollob Shil
International Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Melbourne International Research Scholarship

"It was impossible for me to study without these scholarships here in Australia."

Pollob Shil
International Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Melbourne International Research Scholarship

The University has a range of scholarships, awards and other funding opportunities for international graduate students and researchers.

Opportunities for graduate coursework students

Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program

The Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students from certain ADB membership countries. Scholarships are comprised of an annual allowance of $15,300, full tuition fee remission for up to two years, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and a return economy airfare from your home country to Melbourne.

International Postgraduate Coursework Awards (IPCA)

The International Postgraduate Coursework Awards provide between 25% and 100% remission of tuition fees.

Hong Leong Foundation Masters Scholarship

The Hong Leong Foundation is offering scholarships to Malaysian citizens under 35 years to study an approved masters degree abroad. The scholarship aims to provide opportunities for further study to students who have demonstrated both academic excellence and the potential to become leaders, decision-makers, and entrepreneurs. Successful applicants will receive tuition coverage and a living allowance up to RM250,000 for the duration of study.

Opportunities for graduate researchers

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships provide full tuition fee remission and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarships (MIFRS)

Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarships provide full tuition fee remission.

Melbourne International Research Scholarships (MIRS)

Melbourne International Research Scholarships provide an annual living allowance, a $3,000 relocation allowance, a thesis allowance, as well as paid sick, maternity and parenting leave. 

Human Rights Scholarship

The Human Rights Scholarship provides an annual living allowance, a $3,000 relocation allowance, a thesis allowance, as well as paid sick, maternity and parenting leave for students who are able to demonstrate a commitment to the peaceful advancement of respect for human rights.

Victoria International Research Scholarships (VIRS)

The Victorian Government will fund up to six scholarships for international PhD candidates commencing in 2013. The scholarships are worth $90,000 and include a full waiver of tuition fees.

China Scholarship Council

The China Scholarship Council (CSC), is offering PhD candidature places to excellent candidates from Chinese universities. The CSC will provide a living allowance, Overseas Student Health Cover, return airfare, visa application fees. The University of Melbourne will provide full PhD tuition fee scholarship for up to 4 years, and possible stipend top up.

View more information about CSC Scholarships at Melbourne

Australia Awards Scholars

Find out more about the services and support the University offers our Australia Awards Scholars in the Supporting our Australia Awards Scholars publication.

Government scholarships

The Australia Awards, offered by the Australian Government, aim to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and our neighbours through an extensive scholarship program.

Find out about the full range of Australian Awards available to students.

As part of the Australia Awards program, the Australian Government offers a substantial number of Australian Development Scholarships to students from developing countries.

More information about Australia Awards Scholars

External scholarship opportunities

The University also welcomes and enrols students whose study is supported by externally funded scholarship programs.

You can find funding opportunities in Hobsons Coursefinder, a searchable national database of graduate scholarships. Scholarships in the database apply to Australian students wishing to study at home or abroad, and international students wishing to study in Australia.

Other scholarships

The University has a range of other prestigious scholarships available to graduate researchers, both as stand-alone scholarships and top-up scholarships for MIRS recipients.

There are also many scholarships funded by specific graduate schools, and many externally funded scholarships are available. Residential scholarships are also available, and travelling scholarships that help you undertake part of your studies or research overseas. For more information about scholarships, see the Scholarships Office website.