Research Scholarships

A number of different types of scholarships are available to research students at RMIT Business. The types of scholarship available will depend on whether the scholarship applicant is an Australian citizen or permanent resident or an international student.

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Scholarships Options for all Research Students

RMIT Business Research Student Support Fund

RMIT Business offers funds up to $3000 to Higher Degree Research students to assist candidates with the successful completion of their research program. Funding may be granted to assist students with things such as attending conferences to present papers regarding their research, acquisition of data sources for research purposes, purchase of specialised computer software and databases, field work and other purposes deemed appropriate by the committee assessing applications for support.

Priorities will clearly change from time to time. Activities that are clearly aligned to the Colleges’ research strategy will be given priority, such as those that attract HERDC credit.

To be eligible to apply for funding from the RMIT Business Research Student Support Fund the applicant must be enrolled in a PhD or Masters by Research (either full time or part time) and must also have successfully completed their confirmation of candidature with RMIT Business.

Applications can be lodged from the first working day in January until the 31 October of the same calendar year. Approved funding is required to be used within the approved calendar year before 30 November.

How to apply for funding

Local Students

RMIT University provides a number of Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) scholarships to local applicants each year on the basis of demonstrated academic excellence and research experience and/or potential.

The following link contains information about, and links to the Australia Postgraduate Awards (APA) and RMIT PhD scholarships.

Learn more about scholarships for local students

International Students

International Scholarships are available at RMIT University to assist students who are disadvantaged by their economic, social or geographic circumstances but have the academic ability and the will to succeed.

The following link provides information for international scholarships such as the Endeavour IPRS, the RUIRS and AusAid Scholarships.

Learn more about scholarships for international students


The Joint Academic Scholarship On-line Network (JASON) is an on-line database that was set up by a number of Australian universities including RMIT, to provide scholarship information for all postgraduate research students and provides details about scholarships available at institutions around Australia as well as some overseas scholarship opportunities.

Visit the JASON website

External Support

A range of support is also available from both private and government organisations. Some support is targeted for research in particular industries, some is offered for full-time scholarships and some support is for specific purposes such as travel related to research. RMIT research maintains a listing of research funding opportunities that includes scholarships.

Visit the RMIT research funding page

Also many industry groups offer support for research that is being conducted in areas of interest to their Research and Development Plans. Interested students should make enquiries with industries that are related to or could benefit from their research.

Support from International groups

The Center for International Mobility (CIMO)

CIMO, an organisation operating under the Finnish Ministry of Education, offers services and expertise to encourage cross cultural communication.

CIMO offers scholarships of 3-9 months for postgraduate studies, research and teaching at a higher education institution in Finland. The scholarships are based mainly on cultural agreements or similar arrangements between Finland and various countries including Australia.

Learn more about CIMO scholarships

Canadian International Scholarships

Canada is committed to participation in international study and research partnerships that build understanding among peoples, develop global citizens and leaders, and contribute to the development of nations.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) is responsible for the Government of Canada's participation in major International Scholarship Programs.

Learn more about Canadian international scholarships

Support for Women

The Australian Federation of Graduate Women (AFGW) is one of 78 member nations of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), which has consultative status with the United Nations and its specialised agencies, including UNESCO and ECOSOC. AFUW thus has a voice through IFUW on international matters of critical importance to the protection of human rights and the status of women and girls.

AFGW Inc places priority on providing financial assistance for women to undertake university studies in Australia and overseas.

Visit the AFGW website to learn more

See also…

Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) Scholarship
RMIT University provides a number of HDR scholarships to local and international applicants each year on the basis of demonstrated academic excellence and research experience or potential.

Research Council Grant Information
Information for and about the Australian Research Council, including grant Information, guidelines and application instructions etc.