Faculty of Science Dean's International Postgraduate Research Scholarships are offered to international students for full-time graduate research studies within the Faculty of Science at Monash University. The scholarship is provided to cover the tuition fees set by Monash and payable by the awardee for each year of the course. The scholarship also meets the cost of standard Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the awardee.
Persons intending to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master's of Science (MSc) by research or Master's of Philosophy (MPhil) by research are eligible to be nominated by schools for this award.
The Faculty of Science Research Degrees Committee (RDC) administers the scholarship scheme on behalf of the Senior Science Management Committee.
There are no age restrictions relating to these awards.
Awardees must meet international student visa requirements as specified by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Student: a person enrolled in a higher degree by research (HDR) program.
Code of practice for supervision of doctoral and research Master's candidates: part of chapter 5 of the Handbook for Doctoral Degrees and the Handbook for Research Master's Degrees produced by the Monash Institute of Graduate Research (MIGR) that details the responsibilities of Monash University, the school, supervisor(s), and student with respect to research candidature.
Faculty of Science Research Office: the Faculty of Science Research Office located on the Clayton campus. Contact details are given in Section 13: Further information of this document.
Monash Graduate Research Services: an administrative centre of the university responsible for admission to doctoral and Master's by research programs. They also administer a range of centrally allocated scholarships and coordinate annual progress reporting for doctoral students and master's by research students.
Research Degrees Committee (RDC): a committee of the Faculty of Science that meets to review matters relating to postgraduate coursework and higher degrees by research (HDR) management and policy.
Graduate Research Committee (GRC): a committee of the university responsible for administering the university's doctoral and research award programs.
Faculty of Science Dean's International Postgraduate Research Scholarships are notavailable to those who:
are not also supported by a Monash University funded Research Training Program (RTP), Monash Graduate Scholarship (MGS) or a Faculty of Science Dean's Postgraduate Research Scholarship (DPRS); or where a stipend-paying scholarship (at a minimum stipend rate equivalent to an APA or MGS and covering the same period of candidature) is paid from a recognised external scholarship granting body or research grant held by the supervisor/s;
are reliant on the use of private funds to support living expenses;
have already completed a doctoral degree or equivalent;
have already completed a research master's degree or equivalent unless intending to undertake a doctoral degree;
are already enrolled in a higher degree by research (MSc, MPhil, PhD) and are in receipt of tuition scholarship support from other funding sources;
have already been enrolled for more than two and a half years in a PhD or one year in a research Master's (MPhil or MSc) program;
Additional criteria for award of scholarship
Scholarships are only available to those who are nominated by the School in which they will be enrolled into undertake the approved HDR program.
Receipt of a stipend / living allowance
Awardees must concurrently receive a stipend or living allowance at a minimum stipend rate equivalent to an APA or MGS and covering the same period of candidature.
The award may be held for up to three (3) years for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate and up to two (2) years for a Master's of Science (MSc) by research candidate.
The duration of an award will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the award or taken during the suspension of the award.
Taking up of award
The award should be taken up within three (3) months of the formal offer having been made by the Faculty of Science Research Office. Where business or employment commitments or circumstances beyond the awardee's control (such as an illness or the late grant of a scholarship which prevents an awardee from taking up the scholarship by this date), the awardee may be permitted to commence the course/scholarship at a later date with the formal permission of the Research Degrees Committee via the Faculty of Science Research Office.
Extension to scholarship – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidates
A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate making satisfactory progress may apply for an extension to scholarship of up to six (6) months. Extensions beyond this, which bring the total length of the course to a maximum of four (4) years, will be at the discretion of the Research Degrees Committee. An extension will normally only be approved where research has been delayed by circumstances beyond the candidate's control and where such delays could not have been reasonably anticipated at the commencement of candidature. The grounds for an extension must be related to study and not of a personal nature. An application for extension should be made to the Research Degrees Committee via the Faculty of Science Research Office.
Extension to scholarship – Master's of Science (MSc) Master's of Philosophy (MPhil) candidates
Awardees undertaking a Master's of Science (MSc) by research degree are not entitled to an extension of scholarship.
Transfer between research degrees
If an awardee is permitted to transfer from a research master's to a doctoral degree or from a doctoral degree to a research master's degree, the maximum duration of the award will be adjusted accordingly. The maximum duration of a transferred award becomes that for the new research degree minus periods of study undertaken towards the related degree prior to the conversion.
An awardee who completes a research master's while on a DIPRS may continue on his/her scholarship for doctoral studies (for the total maximum period allowed i.e. 3.5 years including the period of support while a master's student) provided there is no interval between master's and doctoral studies, or that such interval is covered by suspension of the scholarship. As a scholarship normally expires on submission of a thesis for examination, the awardee must ensure that the progression to a doctorate, or suspension of the scholarship is arranged before the master's studies are completed.
The scholarship covers the course tuition fees set by Monash University and payable by the awardee for each year of the course, up to the maximum length of three (3) years for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate and up to two (2) years for a Master's of Science (MSc) by research candidate (see Section 3: Duration and conversion of award of this document).
The scholarship also meets the cost of standard Overseas Student Health Cover for the awardee (see Section 6: Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) of this document).
The scholarship does not provide for living allowances, travel, thesis expenses, the cost of English language testing or tuition fees for bridging or English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) courses, costs associated with overseas fieldwork, or medical costs associated with the issue or renewal of a student visa (see Section 7: Student visa requirements of this document).
International students and their dependents (if applicable) are required to hold visa length Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) while enrolled and conducting their research in Australia.
There are three types of OSHC cover:
Single policy covers the holder of a student visa only;
Dual family policy covers the holder of a student visa, and either one adult spouse or recognised de facto partner or one or more children or step-children under the age of 18 years who are not married; and
Multi Family policy covers the holder of a student visa and more than one Dependent, which can only include one adult spouse or recognised de facto partner and one or more Dependent children.
The Faculty of Science Research Office arranges payment of the standard single OSHC policy through the Monash preferred provider, Allianz Global Assistance, for new commencing Faculty of Science Dean's International Postgraduate Research Scholarship awardees for the duration of their student visa.
Students are responsible for covering the OSHC costs of their spouse and dependants under the age of 18.
Awardees are required to reside within daily commuting distance to a Victorian campus to allow frequent and systematic use of the University's facilities, including use of physical resources, formal research training and daily face-to-face contact with supervisors if required. An awardee may be permitted to pursue part of their research at institutions or locations outside their approved campus location as per candidature entitlements outlined in the relevant handbook.
The Research Degrees Committee will impose penalties for non-compliance with scholarship conditions. This may include for example, suspension of award and / or a reduction in the maximum tenure of the award.
if it is determined that the awardee has not fulfilled his/her obligations, has not meet the eligibility criteria or fails to maintain satisfactory progress;
if the awardee's enrolment is terminated, the awardee is found guilty of academic misconduct or of the awardee fails to maintain their enrolment;
if the awardee relinquishes the scholarship or withdraws from the course;
when the awardee ceases to be a full-time student engaged in full-time research;
if the awardee does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave or does not make arrangements to extend the period of approved leave;
if the awardee converts to external student or writing up away;
on the granting of permanent resident status to the student. Awardees will be required to meet the tuition fees owing, where they fail to advise the Faculty of Science Research Office of any change in visa status.
if, in the opinion of the Research Degrees Committee, the course of study is not being carried out with competence and diligence or in accordance with the offer of the award, and no suitable alternative arrangements can be made for continuation of the degree;
if the awardee fails to apply for an Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) or Monash International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (MIPRS) in any of the mid-year or end-of-year rounds for which they are eligible for an IPRS, if asked to do so by their School;
If a scholarship is terminated, it cannot be re-activated unless the termination occurred in error.
The awardee may be asked by their School Postgraduate Co-ordinator to apply for an Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) or Monash International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (MIPRS) through the Monash University online scholarship system, at each round for which they are eligible and are considered competitive for an IPRS award.