This is what you should do:
- Contact the MoCA staff member you are interested in working with. Look through MoCA's research pages, and see the Academic Staff and Research Supervisor Matrix for Physics and Astronomy and Mathematics for information about possible research projects. If you are not sure about your preferred research topic or supervisor, contact the Postgraduate co-ordinator, John Lattanzio.
- The entry requirement for a PhD at Monash is either an Upper Second Class Honours degree (H2A) in a relevant field from an Australian or New Zealand university, or qualifications deemed "H2A Equivalent" by the relevant Monash committee. For example, H2A equivalence may be granted for an equivalent overseas qualification. Your academic contact can help you in deciding whether your qualifications are sufficient, and with an application for H2A Equivalence if necessary.
- Carefully read through the advice on How to Apply. The Institute of Graduate Research handles applications to Monash and for scholarships. Take particular note of the eligibility criteria and the English language requirements.
- Apply online at http://www.monash.edu.au/migr/apply/.
Scholarships for stipend and tuition fees (for international students) are applied for using the same application form. You do not need to apply seperately for each. Full details are available from the MIGS Scholarships and grants page.
- Stipend scholarships (living allowance) are available, such as the APA (Australian Postgraduate Award) and MGS (Monash Graduate Scholarship). The Dean's Postgraduate Research Scholarship is also offered by the Faculty of Science.
- International students may wish to apply for a fee paying scholarship, and should apply for both a stipend and fee paying scholarship. Applicants successful in obtaining an IPRS (International Postgraduate Research Scholarship) become eligible to hold an APA. The Monash IPRS is also available from the University, as is the Dean's IPRS through the Faculty of Science.
- To qualify for a scholarship, you need a First Class Honours degree (HI) in a relevant field from an Australian or New Zealand university, or qualifications deemed "H1 Equivalent" by the relevant Monash committee. For example, H1 Equivalence may be granted for an H2A degree and a publication or relevant work experience, or for an equivalent overseas qualification. Your academic contact can help you in deciding whether your qualifications are sufficient, and with an application for H1 Equivalence if necessary.
- All national and university level scholarship applications (APA, MGS, IPRS, MIPRS) must be lodged with the Monash Institute of Graduate Research by 31 October for the main round, and 31 May for the mid-year round.
- Monash Faculty of Science offers a number of "Dean's scholarships" (open to both resident and international students) for which you may apply at any time, but these cover only stipend or fees, not both. International students will still need to obtain the other, ideally in the normal annual application round. If, however, the timing is wrong for this, MoCA can provide scholarships for international students, allowing them to start any time during the year. Local students can use a Dean's Scholarship to start at any time, provided they have a H1 degree and someone to supervise them.
Please, talk to us as soon as you consider applying. We are very happy to assist in getting you to MoCA!