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 2017.

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 2017.

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.

From 2016, eligibility for a MRes Year 2 stipend for BPhil Candidates progressing to Year 2 in 2017, is determined by 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. The total number of scholarships awarded each year depends upon the scholarship budget approved by the University.

Candidates enrolling in Session 3 will also be considered based on the final outcome of their units.  Eligibility is dependent on meeting the 'weighted average' requirement approved by the University.

New commencing direct entry MRes Year 2, 2017:

BPhil/MRes applications received by the deadline which have been given the maximum exemption will enter directly into Year 2 will go through a competitive ranking process based on academic merit 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 scholarships will be issued at the Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship rate ($26,682 p.a. in 2017 tax free).  Year 2 stipends are paid on a fortnightly basis.

Candidates are also encouraged to apply for advertised scholarships.

Scholarships for MRes Year 2 candidates progressing to a PhD:

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

To be eligible for the 3-year PhD scholarship in 2017, MRes Year 2 candidates 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 2017)

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

PLEASE NOTE: 2016 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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