Swinburne Research Scholarships

Applications are open   Local and international students   Future and current students

Swinburne research scholarships are awarded to candidates of exceptional research potential undertaking doctoral studies.  The awards are provided to assist with general living costs.  Tuition fees for up to four years are also covered.

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 2023, two types of research scholarships are available for application:

Courses eligible

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Professional Doctorate

Eligibility / selection criteria


Selection Criteria

Applications are currently being considered from applicants who:

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

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


  • Annual stipend $33,000 (indexed) (2023 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

2023 Research Scholarship Rounds

In 2023, RTPS and SUPRA scholarships are open for application during two Research Scholarship rounds.

Research Scholarship Round 1

  • Opens on Monday 19 June 2023 at 9.00am (AEST).
  • Closes on Friday 14 July 2023 at 5.00pm (AEST).

Outcomes of the application are anticipated to be sent to applicants approximately five weeks after the closing date.

Applicants successful in receiving a scholarship offer in Round 1 must enrol by:

  • 17 November 2023 (local candidates).
  • 16 February 2024 (international candidates).

Research Scholarship Round 2

  • Opens on Monday 28 August 2023 at 9.00am (AEST).
  • Closes on Friday 27 October 2023 at 5.00pm (AEDT)*.  

*New applications for Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) and Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology) close on 23 October 2023.   

Outcomes of the application are anticipated to be sent to applicants approximately six weeks after the closing date.

Applicants successful in receiving a scholarship offer in Round 2 must enrol by:

  • 1 March 2024 (local candidates).
  • 31 May 2024 (international candidates).

How to apply

Prior to submitting an application, applicants for a Swinburne research scholarship must liaise with your nominated research supervisor to seek supervisor support for your project and research scholarship application. 

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

The initial step in the application process is to download and complete a Swinburne research scholarship Expression of Interest (EOI) form.  

You must submit the completed EOI form, signed by your supervisor, to HDRscholarships@swin.edu.au.  Your EOI will be reviewed and you will be advised of the outcome within two weeks. 

If your EOI is successful:

  • New students will be invited to submit an online application for candidature and research scholarship.
  • Current Swinburne PhD students (and students who have received a candidature offer from Swinburne but have not yet enrolled) will be invited to submit a research scholarship application.

Only applicants who have been selected at EOI stage are eligible to submit an application for candidature/research scholarship.

EOI forms must be submitted to HDRscholarships@swin.edu.au.  We recommend you submit the EOI form at least two weeks prior to the closing date of the round.  EOIs submitted after 13 October 2023 may not be processed by the close of Round 2. 

Online applications for candidature and research scholarship (new students), or research scholarship application forms (current Swinburne PhD students), must be submitted when a Swinburne research scholarship round is open.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  


Prospective students:

Submit an online enquiry

Call us: (03) 9214 5412

Currently enrolled students:

Graduate Research Office