Monash University - Museums Victoria PhD Research Scholarship

Monash University - Museums Victoria PhD 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.


31 October each year

Total scholarship value

$5,000 per annum

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 PhD student and enrolled in Research Quarter 1 (in the following year) at a Monash campus in Australia;
  • working on projects which are either co-supervised by Monash and Museums Victoria, or are substantially focused on some aspects of Museums Victoria’s collection; and
  • in the first two years of candidature and must meet all course requirements in a timely manner (e.g. milestones).


Monash-Museums Victoria PhD Research Scholarships provide an annual stipend of $5,000.

Number offered

Two scholarships per 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

Relevance, quality and achievability of projects to the Monash-Museums Victoria collaborative research program (or ability to foster research collaboration) is considered along with records of achievement.

Those with joint Monash-Museums Victoria supervision will be highly regarded.

To retain this scholarship:

  • you will be required to comply with Monash University’s RTP Scholarship policy and procedures;
  • 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 complete a report on the collaboration with Museums-Victoria following submission of your thesis.

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