BPhil/MRes scholarships for domestic candidates only

BPhil/MRes scholarships for domestic candidates only

Year 1

All full time domestic candidates entering the BPhil/MRes program in Year 1 receive a scholarship stipend in Session 1 of $4,000, paid as a single payment in the first fortnightly pay run after the census date of 26 March in 2016.

To receive a scholarship stipend payment of $4,000 in Session 2, candidates require a weighted average of 65 or above at the end of Session 1. The second payment is made in the first fortnightly pay run after the census date for Session 2 of 26 August in 2016.

Program Year Value Minimum requirement
Year 1, Session 1 $4,000 Automatic with admission
Year 1, Session 2 $4,000 Weighted average of 65 or above obtained in year 1, session 1

Year 2

Please note, Universities were recently advised that Guidelines for 2017 Commonwealth Scholarships (Research) changed as at 30 September 2016. 

The University is undergoing a review of the currently published Conditions of Award for all 2017 Scholarships in view of these changes. Conditions of Award will be updated as soon as possible.

ALL current scholarship rounds will continue to be assessed in line with the advertised criteria and timelines.

Macquarie's stipend scholarship scheme increases the amount of financial support for high-performing candidates in the second year of the program.

Important Note: 2015 current BPhil candidates progressing to Year 2 in 2016 will be eligible for scholarships as detailed in their RTP and IRTP Scholarship Conditions of Award 2015.

From 2016, scholarships for MRes Year 2 will change.  Eligibility for the scholarship will no longer depend on a standardised cut-off mark.  Instead, scholarships will be allocated on a competitive basis.  The total number of scholarships awarded will depend on the scholarship budget approved by the University. 

For 2016 BPhil Candidates who will progress to Year 2 in 2017, eligibility for Year 2 stipend will be determined through competitive ranking, based on the performance of all Year 1 units.  Exempt units will not be counted for calculation of the 'weighted average'.  The final weighted average of every BPhil candidate will be ranked and only the top ranked candidates will be awarded the Year 2 scholarship. See the RTP and IRTP Scholarship Conditions of Award 2016.

Candidates enrolling in Session 3 will also be considered provisionally based on their completed units.  Final outcome for eligibility will be dependent on meeting the required scholarship allocation weighted average.

New commencing direct entry MRes Year 2 2016:

BPhil applications received by the deadline which have been given the maximum exemption and will enter directly into Year 2 will go through a competitive ranking process in December.  Their applications will be benchmarked against the progressing cohorts with regard to the scholarship cut-off weighted mark.  Top ranked candidates will be recommended for the Year 2 stipend.  These will be reviewed and be approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). 

Successful scholarship recipients must enrol full-time.  MRes Year 2 scholarship will be given at the Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship rate ($26,288 p.a. in 2016 tax free).  Year 2 stipends are paid on a fortnightly basis.

Applicants commencing Year 2 in the 2016 mid-year intake will be considered for a scholarship for Session 2 in the same way as for Session 1.  The award of a Year 2 scholarship in 2016 will be based on academic merit.  Candidates are also encouraged to apply for advertised scholarships.

Scholarships for MRes Year 2 candidates progressing to a PhD:

To be eligible for the 3-year PhD scholarship, MRes Year 2 candidates who wish to progress to a PhD in 2017 must achieve a minimum of 85% in their Year 2 MRes.  This scholarship is also subject to Faculty approval.  The 3-year scholarship covers a living stipend at the rate of the Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship.  Tuition fees for domestic students are covered by the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP). 

Program Year Value Minimum requirement
PhD for 3 years

$26,682 per annum (2017 RTP rate)

85 or above obtained for MRes year 2 (entering PhD in 2016 or 2017).

From 2018 PhD scholarships for MRes graduates progressing to a PhD will be awarded through a competitive ranking process.

PLEASE NOTE: Current domestic MRES Year 2 candidates do not need to apply for PhD scholarships. They will be considered for scholarships automatically once their examination outcomes are available.

For more information, please refer to the MRES Examination FAQs

Other domestic BPhil/MRes scholarship opportunities

Please note, Universities were recently advised that Guidelines for 2017 Commonwealth Scholarships (Research) changed as at 30 September 2016. 

The University is undergoing a review of the currently published Conditions of Award for all 2017 Scholarships in view of these changes. Conditions of Award will be updated as soon as possible.

ALL current scholarship rounds will continue to be assessed in line with the advertised criteria and timelines.

Macquarie University Research Pathway funding for Indigenous Australians

The Macquarie University-funded Indigenous Research Pathway Program is the University's main opportunity for Indigenous Australians to undertake research in any field, and is open for application year-round: HDR Scholarships for Indigenous Australians

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