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Courses, scholarships and applications

To assist you with the application process we have compiled a short guide to some of the courses, scholarships and application procedures that would apply to most graduates wishing to undertake a research higher degree with the CMP.

2016 PhD Scholarships

Prof. David Moss's research group is recruiting new PhD students. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Candidates who join the graduate program will perform high-quality research at the Centre for Micro-Photonics, an internationally leading centre in biophotonics and nanophotonics research. Professor Moss's group is active in research on nanophotonics and nonlinear optics among many other areas. Students are encouraged to generate new ideas to prompt cutting-edge research in other fields.

Scholarship value

These scholarships cover annual tuition fees for three years, tax-free, to the value of A$26,288 per annum.

Basic requirements

  • Solid maths/physics/optics/communications knowledge
  • Students with relevant research background and experimental experience are preferred.

How to apply

Application materials and contact details should be submitted to:

Prof. David Moss
Tel: +61 3 9214 8164
Email: dmoss@swin.edu.au

More information


Course Information

The following honours, masters and doctorate degrees are available with the Centre for Micro-Photonics through the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Technology. Courses are identical for both local an international students, however due to potential differences in eligibility, fees and scholarships course information has been separated.

A full list of degrees offered by Swinburne can be found through the Swinburne Research website.

Scholarship Information

The Doctor of Philosophy and Masters by Science degrees have a number of scholarships available to both international and domestic students wishing to undertake a full time placement at Swinburne. Information on scholarships in general can be obtained through the Swinburne Research Scholarships website and the following links may be useful for comparison and further information.

Below you will find brief descriptions of the major scholarships available to students wishing to study at Swinburne. Full information regarding eligibility, payments and entitlements can be found by downloading each scholarships individual guide, where available.


Chancellor's Research Scholarship (CRS)

The Swinburne University Chancellor's Research Scholarship (CRS) is the University's premier research award. They are awarded to students of exceptional research potential to undertake a higher degree by research (HDR). The successful applicants will become members of a research team working under the direction of senior researchers.

The awards provide an annual stipend of $30,000, an Establishment Grant of up to $3000 and up to $5000 for a 6 month overseas placement in a collaborating laboratory or organisation nominated by Swinburne. This overseas placement is a condition of the award. The scholarship also covers tuition fees.

CRS' are open to all research doctorate applicants - international and Australian and New Zealand citizens however only three are awarded each year.


Swinburne University Postgraduate Research Award (SUPRA)

Swinburne University Postgraduate Research Awards (SUPRAs) are awarded to students of exceptional research potential undertaking a higher degree by research (HDR). The awards are provided to assist with general living costs. Tuition fees are also covered by the award.

The awards provide an annual stipend of $25,392 and are open to all research doctorate applicants - international and Australian and New Zealand citizens. Up to 75 awards are available each year in combination with the Vice Chancellor's International Scholarships.


Swinburne University Vice Chancellor's International Scholarship (VCIS)

Swinburne University Vice Chancellor's International Scholarship (VCISs) are awarded to students of exceptional research potential undertaking a higher degree by research (HDR) and starting in the Mid-year Round. The awards are provided to assist with general living costs. Tuition fees are also covered by the award.

The awards provide an annual stipend of $25,392 and are open to international research doctorate applicants. Up to 75 awards are available each year in combination with the Swinburne University Postgraduate Research Award (SUPRA) scholarships.



Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

Australian Postgraduate Awards (APAs) are awarded to students of exceptional research potential undertaking a higher degree by research (HDR). The scholarships are provided to assist with general living costs. Tuition fees are also covered by the award.

The awards provide an annual stipend of $25,392 and are open to Australian and New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents. Up to 35 awards are available each year.


International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)

The International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) program was established to maintain and develop international research linkages and specifically aims to attract top quality international postgraduate students to areas of research strength in the Australian higher education sector and support Australia's research effort.

The International Postgraduate Research Award (IPRS) is awarded to an international student (except New Zealanders) of exceptional research potential undertaking a higher degree by research (HDR). The award covers tuition costs and the cost of Overseas Student Health Cover. No living allowance is provided.


Tuition Fee Scholarship

The Tuition Fee Scholarship offers a tuition fee exemption for up to four years for doctoral studies and two years for Masters by research. This scholarship is open to both local and international students. Students are automatically considered for this scholarship as part of the application for candidature process.


Other Scholarship Opportunities

See the Swinburne Research Scholarship website for further details.


Applications and Contacts

Applications for research higher degrees are not processed by CMP and must be obtained from and returned to Swinburne Research. Detailed information regarding the application process can be obtained from the Postgraduate Research Studies website.

Application forms differ slightly between local and international student application. To ensure a simple application process, read the application forms and Swinburne Research thoroughly before submitting any documentation. A number of supporting documents must be presented along with the applications depending on each applicants current situation. Ensure these documents are appropriately verified and sent to and from the appropriate people. Referee report forms are to be sent directly to Swinburne by the referee and not the applicant.

The Research Higher Degrees Committee, responsible for the application process will only consider those applications that are supported by a supervisor and Faculty. You should consult with your proposed supervisor(s) prior to completing these forms to ensure a research position is available in that area. Supervisors and their project can be found on out project list and students are encouraged to discuss both the current research activity within the project and any particular area they are interested in within the project scope.

Any queries regarding the application process or scholarship information can be made through the Swinburne Research Contact List.