Grants and awards
We are committed to enabling you to make the most of interesting opportunities whenever possible and celebrating your success as you complete your research. The grants and awards listed below show some of what is on offer. You can also check the Latest Opportunities feed for information about ongoing competitions, awards and grants.
At some point in your research career, you will almost certainly get the chance to meet with the leading thinkers in your field.
We want to make sure you can take up that opportunity – no matter where in the world it arises.
Our travel grants help meet the cost of flights. They can be used to attend seminars and conferences, and to conduct fieldwork and research outside your home campus.
The application form to apply for a travel grant is available from the MGE intranet (Monash only)
If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may be eligible for the Student Emergency Grants Scheme (SEGS). This grant is for students whose financial situation is jeopardising their ability to continue their studies. Money provided through a grant can be used for essential living expenses, course materials or other unexpected expenses, and does not have to be paid back. Find out more.
We also offer a student loans scheme for those facing difficulties that will affect their study. Find out more.
Emeritus Professor Mollie Holman AO was one of our most loved academics and researchers.
A pioneer in her field, Professor Holman's memory is preserved in these medals struck in her honour. They are among the highest academic honours we bestow, and mark the recipients as researchers of the highest order.
Who is eligible?
Offered for the first time in 1998, up to 10 medals are awarded to doctoral candidates, normally one from each faculty, who have fulfilled their degree requirements and presented their faculty's best thesis of the year.
Who was Mollie Holman?
A woman who said she has always been open-minded about her career options, the late Professor Holman is remembered as an eminent Australian physiologist of her time.
Professor Holman joined Monash in 1963 as senior lecturer after leaving the University of Melbourne. A great contributor to the growth of the field of physiology in Australia, she was given a personal Monash chair as professor of physiology in 1970, which she held until her retirement in 1996, after a remarkable career as a researcher and a mentor.
Professor Holman's research focused on the complex network of nerve cells that regulate autonomic movements (such as digestion and blood pressure), and how they interact with smooth muscle in the body. Much had been observed of these mechanisms before she began her research, but little was investigated at a refined level.
In mourning her passing in 2010, Monash Vice-Chancellor Professor Ed Byrne said Professor Holman played an integral role in the development of Monash and was a pioneer in physiology.
The form to make a nomination for a Mollie Holman medal is available from the MGE intranet (Monash only)
When our research students' contributions have a profound impact, they deserve recognition.
That's why we award several Vice-Chancellor Commendations for Thesis Excellence each year.
The awards honour just three to five research master's students annually – making the recipients an elite group.
If you're among them, you receive a certificate, signed by the Vice-Chancellor and dean of your faculty. It's a powerful addition to your resume and strong endorsement of your potential.
Each faculty nominates only one research student a year for consideration – so just being nominated is a great honour.
Nominees must have fulfilled their degree requirements and had their results ratified by the relevant faculty committee, or the Graduate Research Committee in the case of Master of Philosophy candidates, in the year of nomination.
The form to make a nomination for the Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Master's Excellence is available from the MGE intranet (Monash only)
The preparation and publication of papers, arising from your research findings, is a crucial component of your research training.
You need to get the message out for your ideas and efforts to have an impact on the world.
To help make that happen, our Postgraduate Publications Awards (PPA) provide a living allowance for up to 8 weeks for research students whose theses are under examination and need time to write articles or books, based upon their work.
Am I eligible?
The awards are available to research students who have submitted, or are about to submit, their thesis.
Eligible candidates must apply in the selection round that coincides with the submission date of their thesis. The four selection rounds each year close on 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.
Priority is given to full-time equivalent (FTE) candidates who submit within three-and- a-half years (42 months) of commencing a doctorate or two years (24 months) of commencing a master's. The FTE time spent on a master's is included as FTE time toward a doctorate for students who transfer to a PhD from a master's program.
Where the time to submission exceeds these limits, an application is considered only if a department adequately documents and includes the exceptional circumstances, affecting a candidate, when the application is lodged.
The application form to apply for a PPA is available from the MGE intranet (Monash only)