International HDR Main Scholarship Round

International HDR Main Scholarship Round

Programs Available

PhD, MPhil, MRes Y2+PhD Bundle 

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Opening Date

24 May 2021 12am AEST 

Closing Date

31 Jul 2021 12am AEST 

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2021 International HDR Main Scholarship Round is now CLOSED. The round will re-open in May 2021 for 2022 Commencement.

2021 International Research Training Program scholarship (iRTP) and International Macquarie Research Excellence Scholarship Program scholarship (iMQRES)

The main scholarship round for international candidates is the International Research Training Program scholarship (iRTP). The International Research Training Program is the Australian Commonwealth Government scholarship scheme for supporting international higher degree research candidates.

Applicants applying for an iRTP will be automatically considered for the University funded International Macquarie Research Excellence Scholarship program (iMQRES) in the same round.

Applicants should select International HDR Main Scholarship Round as the Scholarship type in their application. All applicants must read the additional information for applicants for important information regarding the application process.

Selection process

Macquarie University offers available awards to eligible candidates in accordance with the MQ Research Training Program Scholarship Policy, and the Macquarie University HDR Scholarship Rating Criteria.

Selection processes for candidates to be awarded the International Research Training Program Scholarship (iRTP) and International Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (iMQRES) will also include considerations of the Research Environment.

This may include an evaluation of the alignment of the candidate’s project with Macquarie University’s research strategy and research priorities, the quality of the supervisory team and the international standing of the research area.


Scholarship Eligibility:

Awards will only be available to applicants meeting the Eligibility and Selection Criteria who:

  • are citizens of countries other than Australia/New Zealand, and not Australian Permanent Residents
  • have already completed or expect to complete a research Masters degree in 2020
  • are enrolling as full-time students
  • will undertake a Masters of Philosophy or Doctorate in 2021
  • intend to reside in Sydney, Australia during their award tenure, unless on approved overseas research leave.

Awards will not be available to those who:

  • are receiving another equivalent or major award, scholarship or salary to undertake the proposed program
  • have already completed a higher degree in research at the same level or at a higher level than the proposed candidature in the same program of study
  • provide false or misleading information to the University. Where there is reason to believe this condition has not been upheld, the University reserves the right to reassess the student’s entitlement to the award.

Award-holders may:

  • be in receipt of minor awards, allowances or other earnings which are supplementary to an iRTP or iMQRES, or derived from part-time work undertaken within the guidelines set by the relevant scholarship conditions
  • receive stipend top-up funding from industry or other sources to a maximum equivalent of 75% of the basic Research Training Program (RTP) stipend rate
  • be in receipt of additional funds for field work, equipment and other such expenses not covered by the award.

Assessment of Qualifications gained overseas:

Information about the assessment of qualifications gained overseas can be found here.

Selection criteria

Macquarie University ranks applicants on the basis of academic merit, relevant research output and experience and/or potential and the University’s Strategic Research Framework 2015 to 2024 World - Leading Research with World - Changing Impact. You must satisfy all the criteria for admission to Macquarie University.

If you are seeking to establish eligibility for a scholarship you are encouraged to provide full documentation of your achievements to assist in the assessment of your qualifications. Other relevant research qualifications which may be considered include:

  • Completion of a research Masters degree or equivalent e.g. a coursework Masters with a substantial research component (you will be asked to provide information on your thesis abstract, length, grade, examination process and the percentage of research component in the course)
  • Published research (preferably in refereed publications: journals, books, book chapters etc)
  • Conference presentations (preferably refereed)
  • Highly relevant and substantial work-related research experience.

Scholarship Components

Successful iRTP candidates will receive:

  • Tuition fee offset for 3 years maximum
  • Stipend (tax exempt, indexed annually, 2020 rate $28,597 p.a.)
  • Travel Concession (applied to local transport OPAL Card)

Successful iMQRES candidates will receive

  • Tuition fee offset for 3 years maximum
  • Stipend (tax exempt, indexed annually, 2020 rate $28,597 p.a.)

How to Apply

Applications for commencement in Session 1 (January) and Session 2 (July) in 2021 will open on 24 May 2020 and close on 31 July 2020, 11:59PM (AEST). We encourage applicants to submit their application as early as possible prior to the deadline.

Please note that all dates refer to Sydney, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

  • International Scholarship round outcomes will be issued in the last quarter of 2020, with candidates expected to commence their scholarship in 2021

To apply, please visit our How To Apply page.

Please note that current MQ HDR candidates and applicants who have received a valid Macquarie University letter of offer for a Higher Degree Research program within the last 6 months (i.e. dated between 1 November 2019 and May 2020) must submit an online HDR Application for Scholarship Only. Please refer to the additional information for applicants document for instructions on how to submit a Scholarship Only application.


Applicants must contact the relevant Department/Centre/Research Area with which they wish to study prior to submitting their application.

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