Swinburne Research Stipend Scholarships

Applications open 26 August 2024   Local and international students   Future and current students

Swinburne Research Stipend scholarships are awarded to candidates of exceptional research potential undertaking doctoral studies.  The awards are provided to assist with general living costs.  

Successful applicants are automatically awarded a RTP Fees-Offset (Domestic) Scholarship (domestic students) or a Tuition Fee Scholarship (international students) which covers tuition fees for up to four years.

Research scholarships are available by application to both future and current students enrolled in or applying for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Professional Doctorate course at Swinburne.

In 2024, two types of research scholarships are available for application:

Courses eligible

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Professional Doctorate

Eligibility / selection criteria

In 2024, applications are being considered from domestic students and international students who:

  • meet the entry requirements for a PhD or Professional Doctorate as set out for their proposed program at Swinburne.  
  • hold a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours (or equivalent)
  • propose a research project that aligns with a Swinburne Research Strategy and Ecosystem area
  • would not be receiving income from another source to support their general living costs while undertaking their course of study if that income is greater than 75 per cent of that student’s scholarship stipend rate. Income unrelated to the student’s course of study or income received for the student’s course of study but not for the purposes of supporting general living costs is not to be taken into account

Applicants should ensure that they meet one of the following criteria:

  • are a new PhD or Professional Doctorate student
  • are currently enrolled in a Swinburne PhD or Professional Doctorate for less than two years at the closing date of the application round
  • have received an offer for candidature for a Swinburne PhD or Professional Doctorate and have not yet enrolled

The competitive assessment process may take into the account the following:

  • candidature and scholarship eligibility requirements
  • advertised selection criteria for the round
  • alignment of research proposal with Swinburne Research Strategy and Ecosystem
  • previous academic achievement
  • referee reports
  • research and publication experience
  • relevant work experience


  • Annual stipend $33,500 (indexed) (2024 rate) for three years (with possible 6 month extension)
  • Tuition fees for up to four years
  • Paid leave of absence, thesis allowance, relocation allowance

How to apply

In 2024, Swinburne Research Scholarships are open for application during two scholarship rounds:

  • Round 1 opens Monday 15 April 2024, 9am AEST
  • Round 1 closes Friday 17 May 2024, 5pm AEST
  • Round 2 opens Monday 26 August 2024, 9am AEST
  • Round 2 closes Friday 25 October 2024, 5pm AEDT*

*Applications for Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) and Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology) may close earlier.   

Students applying for a research scholarship are automatically considered for both SUPRA and RTPS scholarships – they do not have to nominate one of these scholarships. 

Application Outcomes

Application outcomes are anticipated to be sent progressively commencing on:

  • Round 1 – Tuesday, 2 July 2024
  • Round 2 – Wednesday 4 December 2024


Domestic students successful in receiving a scholarship offer must enrol by:

  • Round 1 offer – Thursday 31 October 2024
  • Round 2 offer – Friday 28 February 2025

International students successful in receiving a scholarship offer must enrol by:

  • Round 1 offer – Friday 31 January 2025
  • Round 2 offer – Friday 30 May 2025

How to apply

Information about how to apply will be posted here when a round is open.



Prospective students:

Email us: study@swin.edu.au

Call us: 1300 794 628 option 2 or +61 3 9214 8444 option 2

Currently enrolled students:

Graduate Research Office