How to apply

Applications for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) courses with Monash, managed through the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture (MADA), are assessed against a number of research admission criteria.

These include:

  • Applicants must satisfy all University minimum course entry requirements (PhD or Master's)
  • Applicants must demonstrate a capacity to successfully initiate and sustain a significant research project over the duration of the course.
  • Assessment of proposed research project supports the potential contribution to the discipline and field of research.
  • Availability of appropriate resources and supervisory expertise within the Faculty.

Graduate research scholarship application dates

All prospective applicants must first submit an Expression of Interest. Expressions of Interest (and accompanying documents) must be submitted to the MADA Graduate Research Office by the dates listed in the table below.

Round Applicant Type EOIs Close Scholarship Applications Close
1* International  4 March 31 March
2* Domestic 3 May 31 May
3 International 15 July 31 August
4 Domestic 16 September 31 October

*not available for Master of Fine Art

What happens next?

Following academic consideration of the Expression of Interest, suitable applicants may be invited (that is, given an Invitation to Apply) to submit a formal application for admission and/or scholarship to Monash University. Monash University will not consider applications that do not have an Invitation to Apply from the Faculty.

An Invitation to Apply does not guarantee an offer of admission and will be subject to any conditions stipulated on the invitation.

Admission only

  • Applications for admission without a scholarship can be made at any time and take up to six weeks to be processed. Once your application has been assessed, you'll be notified of the outcome.

Scholarship only

  • Scholarship outcomes are released approximately six weeks after the scholarship round has closed.

Admission and scholarship

  • After scholarship outcomes are released (six weeks after scholarship round closes), applications for admission will be assessed.

For Monash University key dates, visit: important dates

For further information, please email

Steps to apply for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) at MADA