Expression of interest for admission to HDR


Prospective candidates for a higher degree by research must fill out an expression of interest (EOI) form before being invited to apply for admission to a course.

The Faculty Research Services office will assess the EOI and determine if the course eligibility criteria have been met and suitable supervision and resources are available. You do not need to find a supervisor prior to submitting your EOI. However, if there is a particular academic with whom you wish to discuss your proposed research or the possibility of supervision, you are welcome to contact that staff member.

Higher degree by research courses include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

How to submit an expression of interest

Before you begin, you will need the following documents:

  1. Copies of your official academic transcripts for all previous qualifications (including grading scale and evidence of completion).  It is preferable if you can provide evidence of research undertaken during your degree/s.  This may include an Honours or Masters thesis (word count, individual grade and/or examiner review).
  2. Evidence of English Language Proficiency (IELTS results, transcripts) if applicable
  3. Research proposal (Please see the structure required by the Faculty).
  4. From 2019 research proposals of outstanding successful scholarship applicants at Monash University will also be considered for a new top-up stipend scholarship scheme known as "Raydon Scholarship".  To be considered for a Raydon Scholarship, the research proposal must touch on issues relating to social justice, social inclusion, human rights, sustainability or environment, or social policy for the betterment of society.

  5. Curriculum vitae (CV)
    (include any peer-reviewed publications, academic awards and research work experience)

    The information we ask on this form is collected for the primary purpose of assessing your eligibility for the research degree admission. If you would like to know more about how Monash University handles your personal information, please see the Student Data Protection and Privacy Collection Statement (pdf) or the Admissions Data Protection and Privacy Collection Statement (pdf).

Fill in an Expression of Interest (EOI) form

Completing the EOI form is a requirement of the application process. The Faculty will use this information to assess your eligibility, assist in finding appropriate supervisors and issue a letter of invitation that you need to apply formally with Monash University.

Monash University will not consider applications that do not include an Invitation to Apply from the Faculty.

Expression of Interest form

*Please note: EOIs can take up to 6-8 weeks to process. Any submitted after the closing dates will not be accepted for the relevant scholarship round.

The Faculty will assist in identifying suitable supervisors, although the research proposal could nominate one or more staff members.

Timelines for submission of expression of interest

*    For candidature only: any time during the year; and
*    For candidature and Monash University scholarships: at least 8 weeks before the closing date of each scholarship round.

What happens next?

The Faculty will advise if the course entry requirements have been met and appropriate supervision is available. Where this is the case, prospective candidates will be invited to submit a formal application for course admission via the Monash University online system.

Please note: An invitation to make a formal application following a successful Faculty preliminary assessment does not guarantee admission to any course.

Review the Application Submission Guide that will assist you in submitting your formal application.