Ex Animo Scholarship for Engineering

Ex Animo Scholarship for Engineering (EASE)

Do you have the drive and curiosity to work hard and make a meaningful impact in science and technology?

Passion, determination, and creativity form the foundations of a successful Engineering research project. From our state-of-the-art facilities to our award-winning, world-changing projects, the exciting and intellectually stimulating environment in Monash Engineering provides the ideal setting to launch your journey into research. We invite you to join our PhD program and immerse yourself into research challenges which will make a difference.

The Opportunity

The Ex Animo Scholarship for Engineering (EASE) is a stipend scholarship for high calibre, ambitious students interested in completing a PhD at the Faculty of Engineering, Monash University.

Applicants must show excellent communication and inter-personal skills, a willingness to participate in Faculty and Departmental promotional events if required, and meet the eligibility criteria listed below. Our scholarship is to help students from all backgrounds by easing the financial burden of postgraduate study, so you can make the most of your PhD journey.

Total scholarship value

AUD$29,500 p.a. 2021 indexed annually

Number of scholarships available

Until funding is exhausted


To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident

Am I eligible?

Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Completed a Clayton Monash University Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) with a First Class Honours (H1). That is, Honours Weighted Average (HWA) of 80% or above.
  • Completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) with a First Class Honours (H1) grade, as recognised by the completing institution, from an Australian Group of Eight (Go8) institution, the University of Newcastle, the University of Wollongong, the University of Auckland, or the University of Canterbury.

Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • Completed qualifying degree in 2020 or 2021
  • Be an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident
  • Applicants must commence on-shore in Australia (Clayton) within 6 weeks of receiving an offer
  • Meet the minimum academic entry requirements and Monash English language proficiency requirements for 3291 Doctor of Philosophy
  • Submitted a Monash central scholarship application in the current round or year
  • Applicants must enrol and undertake their research on a full-time basis via internal (on-campus) mode in 3291 Doctor of Philosophy with the Faculty of Engineering based at Clayton campus ONLY
  • Applicants must not be currently enrolled in a Graduate Research program
  • Applicants must not have completed a graduate research masters or doctoral degree (PhD) previously or previously held a Monash University or Faculty of Engineering (Faculty, Department, or Supervisor) scholarship
  • Applicants must have evidence of successful completion of Expression of Interest (EOI) interviews with 5 different academics

Scholarships will be allocated during the two domestic scholarship rounds (May & October) until funding is exhausted.

How to Apply

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants need to submit a Monash central scholarship application in the current round or year. Eligible applicants who have submitted an application in the Monash central scholarship round will be automatically considered for this scholarship.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted and provided with a form to complete at least five (5) Expression of Interest (EOI) interviews with five (5) different academics.

How to Apply for a Monash Central Scholarship

Please refer here for information on how to apply. Once you are ready to apply, please submit a “Research degree and scholarship” application for either of the domestic rounds as listed here.

What are Expression of Interest (EOI) interviews?

As part of the application process for an Ex Animo Scholarship for Engineering (EASE), all applicants must complete at least five (5) Expression of Interest (EOI) interviews with five (5) different academics.

  • Applicants should refer to the Engineering Projects Directory or Find a Supervisor page for information on Faculty of Engineering supervisors and projects available
  • Applicants contact potential supervisors by email to express interest in their research and, if the academics are agreeable, arrange an interview for half an hour;
  • Meetings would ideally proceed face-to-face or by Zoom;
  • During each meeting, academics should describe their research in general and indicate areas of contemporary interest, including available projects;
  • Academics might also indicate their expectations and how they interact with students;
  • Upon completion of the interview, if satisfied, the academic should sign the student's form;
  • Upon completion of the series of interviews, the applicant indicates their supervisor/project preference and confirms the supervisor has agreed to supervise them.