Postgraduate and Research Scholarships

Notre Dame provides a diverse range of financial support initiatives for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students, funded by internal and external sources in Australia.

Whilst individual applications are encouraged, the University is prioritising “team-based” scholarships. As such it is recommended that stipend scholarship applicants discuss potential projects with prospective supervisors ahead of applying for a scholarship.

  • International Fee Remission Research Scholarships (IFRRS)

    For more information see IFRRS policy.

  • MACC Scholarship

    The Malaysian Australian Colombo Plan Commemoration (MACC) Scholarship is reserved for HDR students who will be enrolled in a Doctoral Degree between 2018-2020. Funding towards tuition fee during these three years is available for international students, who are encouraged to inform themselves of the policy and conditions as described for the IFRRS Scholarships.

External scholarships

Outside of the scholarships offered by Notre Dame, the following scholarships are offered externally. Students can access a number of external scholarships from organisations not affiliated with the University. It is recommended to visit the individual websites below to find out more information about the scholarship including application and eligibility requirements. The University of Notre Dame Australia is not responsible for the contents of the linked websites.

  • Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships

    The Australian Government RTP scheme provides funding for domestic and international students to undertake a higher degree by research at Notre Dame.

    The scheme consists of three types of scholarships to be used for:

    • Tuition fees offset

      Domestic students with an offer in a HDR course at Notre Dame are exempt from having to pay a contribution towards the cost of these courses. Notre Dame automatically allocates an Australian Government RTP Tuition Fees Offset Scholarship to any Australian citizen or permanent resident admitted to, or currently enrolled in a HDR degree at the University. Recipients are exempt from paying fees for their program for a maximum of four years' full-time equivalent study for a Doctoral research degree, and two years' full-time equivalent study for a Master's research degree

      International students are also eligible to apply for financial support through the Australian Government RTP, but a Tuition Fee Offset Scholarship is only available on a competitive basis

    • Stipend

      This scholarship can assist HDR students with their day-to-day life expenses while undertaking a Research Degree. Stipend Scholarships are available to domestic and international HDR students on a competitive basis. Both new HDR students and currently enrolled research students can apply for a Stipend Scholarship. For information on the current round, please find further information below in the Stipend scholarships section.

    • Allowance

      This Scholarship can assist students with ancillary costs related to undertaking a Research Degree at Notre Dame. Applications for Allowances are approved bythe Pro Vice Chancellor, Research (or delegate) at Notre Dame. Examples of allowances for consideration are research degree thesis printing and academic publication costs, relocation costs to undertake the research degree, or a standard Overseas Health Cover policy for international students, among others.

    The Australian Government RTP Scholarship procedures and awards for all three types of scholarships are at the discretion of each individual University.

    The application process is outlined in Notre Dame’s Guideline Information: Higher Degree by Research Scholarship Application Assessment and Scoring. Applications need to include the completed and signed Postgraduate Application Form along with all relevant documents (as described on the application form).

    Notre Dame has developed a Policy and Procedure (Conditions) on Australian Government RTP Scholarships, which are available here:
    Policy: Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships
    Conditions: Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships

    Applicants are also encouraged to inform themselves of the Australian Government RTP Scholarship criteria of eligibility and conditions as listed in section 1.5 and 1.6 of the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research) 2017.

  • External Funding Opportunities

    Postgraduate students are encouraged to browse through Notre Dame’s overview of postgraduate scholarships. Most scholarships will contribute to HDR research, some provide financial assistance in the form of a top-up scholarship or specifically for the postgraduate thesis write-up. Others present funding for internships and entrepreneur programs or the attendance of a Master Class.

    Postgraduate students enrolled in Notre Dame courses offered on the Broome campus are encouraged to check the range of scholarships and support schemes available for students in Aboriginal health and nursing. Further funding opportunities specifically for Indigenous students are also listed.

    The School of Medicine on Sydney campus presents an additional overview of Research Scholarships for postgraduate students and early career clinicians on offer by private, Commonwealth and international organisations and foundations for medical research and professional experiences. Please contact the Research Office for more information.

  • The Rhodes Scholarship

    The purpose of this postgraduate Scholarship is to enable exceptional all-round students to study at the University of Oxford. Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship program. In Australia, one scholar is selected per state, with three additional scholars selected nationwide per year.

    For further information and for application details about the program, please visit the Rhodes Trust website or call Ms Carolyn Lonie on (08) 9433 0667 or email

  • The John Monash Scholarship

    The purpose of this Scholarships is to assist outstanding Australian graduates who have demonstrated excellence in their field, leadership potential, and a vision for how they can contribute to a better Australia. 165 Scholars have been selected since the program began in 2004, enabling them to study at the world’s best universities.

    For further information and for application details about the program, please visit the General Sir John Monash Foundation website or call Ms Carolyn Lonie on (08) 9433 0667 or email

  • The RG Menzies Scholarship

    The purpose of this Scholarship is to enable postgraduate study at Harvard University. Candidates for the Scholarship are Australian citizens whose primary objective, after completing their studies at Harvard, is to make a significant contribution to Australia's development.

    For further information and for application details about the program, please visit the Australian National University website or call Ms Carolyn Lonie on (08) 9433 0667 or email

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