Persons intending to undertake a research master's degree or doctoral degree are eligible to be nominated by a school within the faculty.
Awards are available to students intending to undertake, or who are currently enrolled for a research master's degree or doctoral degree. Part-time awards may be available (see section 12 for eligibility requirements).
Australian citizens, permanent residents and international students are eligible for these awards
Awards will not be available to students who are in receipt of another equivalent award, scholarship or salary to undertake the degree (providing a benefit greater than 75% of the APA/MGS rate) or entitled to a maximum tenure of less than 12 months as a result of prior enrolment and/or prior scholarship (see section 2).
Applicants must hold H1 or H1 equivalent (H1E) academic qualifications.
Student: a person enrolled in a higher degree by research (HDR) program.
Code of practice for supervision of doctoral and research master's students: part of chapter 5 of the Handbook for Doctoral Degrees and the Handbook for Research Master's Degrees produced by Monash Graduate Education 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 is 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 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.
Research Training Scheme (RTS): a system that replaced the Research Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) Exemptions Scheme. It provides Commonwealth-funded higher degree by research (HDR) students with an 'entitlement' to a HECS exemption for the duration of an accredited HDR course, up to a maximum period of four (4) years' full-time equivalent study for a doctorate by research and two (2) years' full-time equivalent study for a master's by research.
The Faculty of Science Dean's Postgraduate Research Scholarship is offered for full-time research at an HDR level (MSc, MPhil and PhD). In exceptional circumstances, support for part-time students will be considered (see section 12).
In addition, awards will be available to both domestic and international students:
who are commencing their postgraduate research studies in the Faculty of Science at Monash University in a higher degree by research (MSc, MPhil and PhD);
have enrolled in a higher degree by research program (MSc, MPhil and PhD);
who hold H1 or H1 equivalent (H1E) academic qualifications as per Procedure 13; and
Faculty of Science Dean's Postgraduate Research Scholarships will not be available to those who:
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 in receipt of scholarship support from other funding sources;
as a result of prior candidature, would be entitled to a maximum tenure of less than 12 months;
Additional criteria for award of scholarship
Scholarships are only available to those who are nominated by the School in which they will be enrolled in to undertake the approved HDR program.
An award may be made available for enrolment as a research student under Monash's external mode regulations, however the support of the relevant school and faculty will be required. The awardee must also reside within Australia.
The award may be held for three (3) years for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studies and for up to two (2) years for master's studies. A doctoral student may apply for a maximum extension of up to six (6) months. An extension will normally only be approved where research has been delayed by circumstances beyond the student'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. Master's students are not entitled to an extension.
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.
Tenure is always subject to satisfactory progress and terminates upon withdrawal from the course of study, completion of the prescribed course of study, or on the submission of a thesis for examination.
The duration of an award will be increased by any periods of approved paid maternity leave, sick leave, parental leave and leave for jury duty.
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 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 award
A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate making satisfactory progress may apply for an extension to scholarship of up to a maximum of six (6) months. An extension will normally only be approved where research has been delayed by circumstances beyond the student'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. Master's students are not entitled to an extension. Applications for extension should be made to the Research Degrees Committee via the Faculty of Science Research Office.
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 completing a master's degree may continue on his/her scholarship for doctoral studies for the total maximum period of three years 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 expires on submission of a thesis for examination, the awardee must ensure that the progression to a doctoral degree or suspension of the scholarship is arranged before the master's studies are completed.
The full-time stipend is $A26,288 (2016 rate). The part-time stipend is $A13,144 (2016 rate, taxable).
The stipend rate for any particular year may be the same as that for the preceding year, indexed in accordance with the method set out in Part 5-6 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003, or it may be a different amount as determined by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research.
Payments are made in fortnightly instalments into an Australian bank account in the awardee's name. Where an awardee is not enrolled over the full period of the year, the awardee will receive the proportion of the annual stipend for the period in which study is undertaken for that year.
Under Australian Taxation Law full-time awards are presently considered to be non-taxable by the Australian Government. Nevertheless, the university cannot give advice regarding taxation and it is the responsibility of individual students to seek their own taxation advice. Part-time awards are TAXABLE (see section 12).
Additional sources of funding
Scholarship holders are permitted to:
obtain funds for fieldwork, equipment or other expenses not covered by the award;
obtain funding from overseas travel costs from other Australian Government awards or any other source;
receive income derived from part-time work (see section 6); and
receive a concurrent award, scholarship or salary to undertake their research provided that:
- the concurrent award, scholarship or salary provides a benefit less than 75% of the stipend rate; or
- the scholarship is suspended for the tenure of the concurrent award, scholarship or salary and the period of study undertaken towards the degree during suspension is deducted from the maximum period of tenure.
Establishment/Relocation allowance (travel and removal expenses)
Awardees who relocate their place of residence to Victoria from interstate or overseas to take up their scholarship will be eligible for an establishment/relocation allowance of $A1,000. The allowance will not be paid to awardees who relocated to Victoria prior to the offer of the award or to awardees who relocate their place of residence to another residence within Victoria.
Original receipts / tax invoices must be supplied to your school.
Claims may be made for such costs as:
travel to Melbourne from another state within Australia or overseas to commence the award;
An award holder is permitted, with the approval of his/her main supervisor, to undertake a strictly limited amount of paid employment throughout the year, being no more than 15 hours of work on average in any one week. Up to a maximum of six hours only on average of this employment may be undertaken during normal working hours (9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday). However, this may be extended to a maximum of eight hours if the employment is limited to one weekday.
The student's supervisor/s must be satisfied that any part-time work undertaken does not interfere with the student's study program and progress.
International awardees need to be aware that the employment restrictions outlined above apply even though a student visa permits students to work more hours per week.
An awardee currently employed at Monash cannot be on a fractional appointment exceeding 0.4.
Awardees are required to reside within daily commuting distance to a Victorian campus to allow frequent and systematic use of university facilities, including use of physical resources, formal research training and daily face-to-face contact with supervisors if required (unless awarded a Faculty of Science Dean's Postgraduate Research Scholarship for external studies). An awardee may be permitted to pursue part of their research at institutions or locations outside their approved campus location as per the 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.
The award will be terminated on the day the thesis is submitted for examination or at the end of the award; whichever is earlier.
Awards will be terminated before this time:
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 and when approval has not been obtained to hold the award on a part-time basis;
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 accepts another equivalent award to undertake the research degree providing a benefit greater than 75% of the stipend;
if the awardee converts to writing up away;
if the awardee ceases to be an on-campus student and approval has not been obtained to hold the award on an external basis.
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 a Monash University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (APA/MGS) in any of the mid-year or end-of-year rounds for which they are eligible for an Research Training Program (RTP) following a request 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 Research Training Program (RTP) or Monash Graduate Research Scholarship (MGS) through the Monash University online scholarship system, at each round for which they are eligible and are considered competitive.
A part-time award may be held by an awardee with a medical condition which limits the capacity to undertake full-time study (supported by medical certification) or by an awardee who is the primary carer of a pre-school child; a school aged child/ren as a sole parent with limited access to outside support; or an invalid or disabled spouse, child or parent.
An awardee holding a part-time award must be enrolled as a part-time student. Holders of part-time awards may convert to full-time at any stage. The same employment conditions that apply to full-time awardees apply to part-time awardees. International ESOS students are ineligible for part-time awards.
An awardee holding a part-time award must be enrolled as a part-time student. Holders of part-time awards may convert to full-time candidature at any stage.
Stipend and taxation
Part-time awards are paid at $A13,144 (2016 rate) and are taxable. The part-time rate is adjusted for taxation, so that part-time awardees receive half the amount paid to full-time award holders.