How to apply

2023 research scholarships are closing soon!

Generous scholarships are available to support your research and career ambitions.

Submit your application by 31st of October.

See details below.

Follow these steps to apply for admission into a graduate research degree and/or a graduate research scholarship in Faculty of Arts. Applicants must obtain an 'Invitation to Apply' by submitting an 'Expression of Interest' (EOI) before lodging a formal application. (See also information about available scholarships.)

Step 1 Check your eligibility

Step 2 Identify your Graduate Research program

Step 3 Submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) and receive an assessment outcome

Step 4 Lodge a formal application

Step 1 Check your eligibility

Click on the relevant program to check specific eligibility requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy (0020)

Practice-based PhDs (PhD in Translation Studies, PhD in Creative Writing; PhD in Theatre Performance; PhD in Music ) (4080; 3940; 4066; 4088).


Step 2 Nominate your Graduate Research program

In the Faculty of Arts, at Monash University there are seven Graduate Research Programs. Please review our areas of strength and expertise to find the best location for your proposed research.

Monash Australia offers supervision in the following areas:

Opportunities for PhD study at the Monash Malaysia campus are also offered by the School of Arts and Social Sciences; for more information, please explore the options within their graduate research degree program.

Step 3 Submit your Expression of Interest (EOI)

Completion of the Expression of Interest form is a key requirement of the application process. Please ensure you have the following supporting documentation ready for submission:

  • Complete academic transcripts
  • Examiner reports (if applicable)
  • CV / Resume
  • Research proposal
  • English test results (if applicable)

Expression of Interest form

Applications for admission only (without a scholarship) may be submitted all year round. Note: MA (Research Training) applications must be submitted by no later than 1st May for a Semester 2 intake, and 31st October for a Semester 1 intake.

Expressions of Interest for Scholarship Applications must be submitted to the Arts Graduate Research Office by the dates listed in the table below.


Applicant type

EOIs close*

Scholarship applications close

Enrolment period
1 International 1 February 31 March Jul-Dec of current year

A7001 MA (Research Training) - Semester 2 of current year
2 Domestic 1 April 31 May Jul-Dec of current year

A7001 MA (Research Training) - Semester 2 of current year
3 International 1 July 31 August Jan-Jun of following year

A7001 MA (Research Training) - Semester 1 of following year
4 Domestic 1 October 31 October Jan-Jun of following year

A7001 MA (Research Training) - Semester 1 of following year


In reviewing your EOI, the selection committee will consider:

  • relevant prior research and/or professional experience
  • understanding of the research question to be explored
  • competitiveness for scholarship allocation
  • ability in academic writing
  • performance at an interview
  • motivation and capacity to complete the course in a timely manner
  • referee reports
  • the ability of the Faculty to provide appropriate supervision, facilities and resources for your intended project.

Monash Arts works with high calibre humanities, social sciences, and performing arts students in our graduate research degrees. Together, we assist you to undertake excellent research and achieve your goals and ambitions. To assist us in this process, remember to include any relevant information about your career and academic work to date. These might include the strength of your University in your discipline/ field area; any publications you may have, including authored peer-reviewed research publications or equivalent non-traditional research outputs (NTROs); documented information about your written and verbal English skills; University or academic ranking information if applicable and/or available; and any awards or prizes.

Please provide information on any career or research disruptions that are relevant to your application: these may include parenthood, care obligations, disability.

EOI outcome

If your EOI is successful, you will receive an 'Invitation to Apply' to make an application for admission. Please note, the 'Invitation to Apply' does not guarantee admission into the degree and will be subject to individual assessment via the application process.

If unsuccessful, you will receive feedback which may include an alternative pathway.

Step 4 Lodge a formal application

Once an Invitation to Apply is issued, you can lodge the formal application online at:

To assist with your online application, please refer to the following: