RAGS assists PhD, Masters by Research and Masters by Coursework candidates with the School to enrich their research and candidature. The Scheme allows students to apply for assistance. Schools allocate a portion of their research budget for graduate use, in addition to the funds that support graduate journals and school conferences.

If you wish to apply for research funding to support a conference presentation or research travel for example, please refer to the guidelines which outline eligibility and application procedures.


Funding will be awarded of up to $2,500 per candidature for PhD students, and $1250 per candidature for Masters by Research students.


RAGS - School of Culture and Communication Enquiries: Gabrielle Grigg

RAGS - School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Enquiries: shaps-rhd@unimelb.edu.au

RAGS - School of Social and Political Sciences Enquiries: : SSPS Research

RAGS - School of Languages and Linguistics Enquiries: Letty Nieuwenhuizen

RAGS - Asia Institute (Asia Institute Postgraduate Support fund) Enquiries: Robyn Borg



See links above to specific schools


See links above to specific schools



The amount available for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.

The judges' decision will be final and the University reserves the right not to award the prize in the event it is considered that no work of sufficient merit has been submitted. Winning applicants please note the University of Melbourne reserves the right to publish the name of the winning applicant on its websites and other University of Melbourne publications.

Taxation on scholarships

Scholarships awarded to part-time students are assessed as taxable income by the Australian Taxation Office (under section 51-10 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997).

To ensure the correct rate of income tax is withheld, part-time students will be asked to provide a Tax File Number (TFN) Declaration Form prior to payment.

For further information on whether a scholarship is taxable, please visit the Australian Taxation Office website.