• Country: Australia
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Offered by: Australian government and Deakin University
  • Institutions: Deakin University
  • Type: Fully funded scholarship
  • Degree Program: Master’s, PhD
  • Scholarship Amount: Up to 31,500 AUD (21146 USD)
  • Deadline: Mostly year-round, Faculty of Business and Law deadlines in September and March. More details here.

Scholarship Description

The title refers to the Research Training Program Scholarship (RTP), and the Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (DUPR). The Australian Government funds the former, while Deakin University supports the latter. These scholarships are open to international and domestic students alike. However, an RTP is only awarded to high-ranking applications.

Deakin University Scholarships provide the following:

  • A yearly stipend of 33,500 AUD
  • A relocation stipend worth $500 to $1,500 for foreign and interstate students
  • Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa (for international students)

Recipients pursuing a research master’s degree will have two years for both stipend and tuition fees. Meanwhile, PhD students will receive three years for the stipend and four years of tuition fees offset.

Find more scholarships in Australia for international students here.


If you meet the following criteria, you are eligible to apply for the Deakin University scholarships:

  • Be an international or domestic student enrolled in a master’s or doctorate degree program at Deakin University.
  • Meet the minimum requirements for entry based on the Higher Degrees by Research Admission, Selection and Enrolment Procedure.
  • Already completed a minimum of four years of higher education.
  • Received a grade of 80% or higher in the research component of the previous degree or equivalent academic attainment level.
  • Not the recipient of a comparable scholarship or award from the Commonwealth.
  • Not receiving any income higher than 75% of the DUPRS or RTP Stipend rate from a different source to cover general living costs during the program duration.

Courses applicable

Applications to faculties and institutes mostly take place year-round. The exception to this rule would be the Faculty of Business and Law, whose deadlines for Expressions of Interest are in March and September.

How to apply

Both prospective and current students may apply for the Deakin University Scholarships. The application procedure is different based on your status.

Prospective students

If you are not yet admitted to the university, follow these steps to apply for the scholarships:

  1. Get in touch with the faculty of your choice and wait for their advice about lodging a formal application through the Application Portal.

Submit an Expression of Interest if you want to study under the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts and Education
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Nominate a preferred supervisor and wait for approval before filing your application through the Applicant Portal if interested in studying under the following:

  • Institute of Frontier Materials
  • Faculty of Health
  1. Prepare the required documents.
  2. Check first if the faculty of interest requires an Expression of Interest or approval of the supervisor before applying. Secure these documents as needed.
  3. Apply through the Applicant Portal.
  4. Send certified copies of the required documents via mail. Below is the mailing address.


HDR International Admissions Officer

Deakin Research

Building BC

Deakin University

221 Burwood Highway


Victoria 3125


One of the following must have certified the documents beforehand:

  • Notary public.
  • Justice of the peace.
  • Australian Consular Officer or Australian Diplomatic Officer
  • A Commonwealth or Australian Trade Commission employee
  • Recruitment agent for foreign students

Current students

If you are already enrolled at Deakin University as a master’s or PhD student, follow these steps instead:

  1. Accomplish the Current Student Application form. The template is available on the official website of the scholarships.
  2. Submit the form to [email protected]

Documents required

Prepare the following documents for submission if you plan to apply for the Deakin University Scholarships:

  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Academic transcripts
  • Earlier research degree, if any
  • Information about earlier publications
  • Information about bibliographies.
  • Proof of citizenship and identification.
  • Evidence of English proficiency, if required by the university
  • Two referee reports by former or current lecturers. Academic or employment supervisors are also eligible to write one for applicants. The template is available on the official platform.
  • A short outline of the proposed research topic. There are guidelines available on the official platform for your reference.

Official Website


Can I still apply for the scholarships even if I was not previously chosen?

Yes. However, this requires additional information. The applicant must demonstrate notable research outcomes since filing the previous application.

Does Deakin University give awards to part-time students?

In general, the scholarships go to full-time students. In exceptional cases, students with debilitating medical conditions or important career commitments may take up part-time studies.

Does the scholarship allow awardees to work?

Awardees may work part-time for, at most, six hours per week. This is only allowed under the commitment that employment will not interfere with the research degree program. Seek approval if you wish to work more hours.