International HDR Main Scholarship Round

International HDR Main Scholarship Round

Programs Available

PhD, MPhil, MRes Y2+PhD Bundle 

Reference Number


Opening Date

06 May 2020 12am AEST 

Closing Date

31 Jul 2019 11pm AEST 

Scholarship available to



2020 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.


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 2019
  • are enrolling as full-time students
  • will undertake a Masters of Philosophy or Doctorate in 2020
  • 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 $28,092pa)
  • 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 $28,092pa)

How to Apply

Applications for commencement in Session 1 2020 will open on 6 May 2019 and close on 31 July 2019, 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 from mid October 2019.
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