The Faculty of VCA and MCM offers a range of scholarships for graduate researchers studying for a Master of Music, Master of Fine Arts or PhD.
Scholarships are competitive and are allocated on the basis of academic merit, previous research experience, previous creative output and strategic priorities.
Academic Merit: all applicants for scholarships are assessed on the basis of their previous academic performance. When assessing, the faculty will consider results from the final 2 years of the applicant’s most recent study in their discipline (third year of a Bachelor degree and Honours year or equivalent), or results from a Masters degree of 1.5 years in length or longer. Academic marks are adjusted to reflect the different grading scales used by universities, and form the main basis/criteria for assessment.
Previous Research Experience: applicants with previous research experience can have their score raised to reflect this. Included in this category are adjustments for:
Previous Creative Outputs: applicants who have previous creative output can have their score raised to reflect this. Previous creative output can include:
Strategic Priorities: Priority and preference will be given to applicants for the PhD. The faculty may also give preference to applicants on the basis of strategic research priorities. The University of Melbourne has identified Three Grand Challenges to focus strategic research across all disciplines.
Australian/domestic students are supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are exempt from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course.
Australian citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and New Zealand citizens are also eligible for Graduate Research Scholarships.
International Applicants can also apply for Graduate Research Scholarships which may include a tuition fee waiver and/or living and reloacation allowances.
31 October: Scholarship Applications Close (course and scholarship applications may close earlier for some courses)
November: Applicants assessed for entry to VCA and MCM Graduate Research Courses
Early December: Applicants assessed for Graduate Research Scholarships.
Mid to late December: Melbourne Scholarships Office issue scholarship outcomes to applicants by email. Some applicants may be placed on a wait list and may not receive an outcome at this time.
This policy sets out the procedures followed by the Faculty of the VCA & MCM (VCA & MCM) in granting scholarships to Graduate Research candidates enrolled in the Faculty of the VCA & MCM. In addition, this document will explain the procedures followed for the granting of government funded scholarships and how these relate to the Faculty of the VCA & MCM.
VCA & MCM Graduate Research Scholarships Policy (pdf file, 162kb)
The Melbourne Scholarships Office administers research scholarships for research candidates studying at the university, including scholarships and awards for domestic students, international students and travelling scholarships.