NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships

NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships


The aim of the NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme is to support outstanding health and medical graduates early in their career so that they can be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive and to develop a capacity for original independent research within Australia. This is achieved by NHMRC funding successful applicants to attain a research based postgraduate degree (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Masters Degree).


Stipend rates for scholarships commencing in 2020 are:

  • $27,599 p.a. for the standard stipend (provided to non-allied health graduates and non-medical graduates)
  • $35,571 p.a. for the priority stipend (provided to nursing, midwifery and allied health graduates),
  • $41,091 p.a. for the medical or dental stipends (provided to medical and dental graduates)

An allowance of $2,250 p.a. is provided to assist with the purchase of consumables and for travel to relevant conferences.

Scholarship recipients receive a thesis allowance of $500 in the final year.

Faculty Processes

Guide for NHMRC Applicants on Macquarie Approvals Process Through PURE

The Faculties have their own approval and review processes for grants under this scheme. They may also have deadlines for submission of draft applications that are earlier than Research Services deadlines. Please ensure that you contact your Faculty, as early as possible, for information on process and deadlines. Faculty contacts:

Faculty of Arts
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jan Zwar

Faculty of Business and Economics
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Faculty of Human Sciences
Ph 9850 9607 (x9607), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jo Tuck

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Key Dates

NHMRC opening date in Sapphire: Wednesday 17 April 2019
MQ Internal deadline: Wednesday  22 May 2018
NHMRC closing date: Wednesday 12 June 2019
Outcomes expected: December 2019


Note: NHMRC locates all their Scheme documentation in GrantConnect. You will be required to set-up a username and password to access.

Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme Guidelines
Grant Proposal Template
Referee Report Template (RGMS Profile)
Referee Report Template (Non-RGMS Profile) 
Co-Funding Partners 
Pure Research Management System
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 
Application Checklist


Information and Compliance
Research Proposals Team
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4193

Strategic Advice
Ms Courtney Bendall
Research Development Manager
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4745

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