Monash University - Museums Victoria Honours Research Scholarship

Monash University - Museums Victoria Honours Research Scholarship

The Robert Blackwood partnership is a collaboration between Monash University and Museums Victoria to encourage and facilitate new research project ideas and initiatives that lead to high impact collaborations and significant external funding. As part of this partnership, eligible honours students can apply for a scholarship to cover costs related to the project.


30 June

Total scholarship value

between $500 to $1500

Number offered


William Parker

PhD - Paleontology Research

William Parker: Investigating the extinction of Australia’s marsupials

The paleontological collection at Museums Victoria is a phenomenal resource! I was also given the opportunity to be involved in public outreach with Museums Victoria. I was a speaker at the annual Extinct - The Lancefield Megafauna festival and guest presented at one of the Nocturnal Nights at the museum.

Am I eligible?

You must be one of the following:

  • An Australian citizen
  • A New Zealand citizen
  • Australian permanent resident
  • Australian humanitarian visa holder
  • An International student

Applicants must:

  • be a commencing or continuing full-time Honours students (enrolled or commencing in the year of application) at a Monash campus in Australia, and
  • will work on a project which is either co-supervised by Monash and Museums Victoria, or is substantially focused on some aspects of Museums Victoria’s collection.


Between $500 and $1,500 for a full-time study load for a maximum of one year

Number offered

Two scholarships for commencement each year (subject to suitable applicants)

  • one in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) disciplines
  • one in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines

Selection criteria

Based on academic achievement and offered to students who are undertaking an Honours research project based on Museums Victoria’s collection or in association with a Museums Victoria researcher.

To retain this scholarship:

  • you must be willing to participate in activities showcasing the Robert Blackwood Partnership e.g. research seminars, promotional events; and
  • you will be required to provide a brief final report outlining your research outcomes must be submitted to the Monash Graduate Research Office ( by 1 December.

This scholarship can not be deferred.

How to apply

Prior to applying for this scholarship, you will need to discuss your project with a relevant Museums Victoria curator.   You will be required to provide a letter of support from Museums Victoria as well as a written recommendation (maximum 1 A4 page) from your proposed/current supervisors regarding the relevance and quality of the project as part of your application.

Should no pre-existing relationship with a Museums Victoria Curator exist, please contact Mr Timothy Stranks (Manager – Research Programs, Research and Collections Directorate, Museums Victoria) by email (

Many scholarships can have different application processes. Make sure to read the application details carefully and submit your application by the deadline.

For more information on this scheme, contact our Graduate Research Scholarships team on
E: or T: +61 3 99053416