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How to apply for a graduate research degree

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Step 1: check your eligibility

Master’s degree by Research

To apply for Master’s candidature , you will need an Australian Bachelor’s degree with honours year, or approved international equivalent.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

To apply for PhD candidature , you will need an Australian Master’s degree at a minimum H2A standard, or approved international equivalent, or an Australian Bachelor’s degree with an honours year at a minimum H2A standard, or approved international equivalent. All acquired degrees must have included a significant research component, for example, completion of a minor research thesis.

The minimum requirement for scholarship eligibility is an Australian Bachelor’s degree with an honours year at an H1 standard or equivalent, from an Australian university or recognised overseas university.

Professional Doctorate

To apply for Professional Doctorate candidature, you will need to have completed an Australian Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree with Honours (H1 or H2A), or approved international equivalent, and have at least three years of relevant professional experience. Candidates may also be required to provide evidence of research expertise.

If you are an international applicant

As an international applicant, you will also have to provide evidence that you meet the minimum English language requirements set for your course. See information about the minimum English requirements and the different forms of evidence and test results we accept. Ensure you also check the course information for your chosen course as some programs can have higher English requirements.

Find out how to apply as an international applicant here.

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

Also, please note that our partner La Trobe College Australia offer comprehensive ELICOS Courses to specifically prepare international applicants for academic studies in English prior to commencing graduate research studies. Information about these courses can be found here .

If you are applying to the Law School

The La Trobe University Law School applies a First Class Honours equivalence test for HDR Scholarship Applications . Applicants to the LLM-R, the SJD and the PhD should review the First Class Honours equivalence standards for scholarships when preparing supporting documents for their course application.

PhD with an industry focus

If you are interested in completing the La Trobe PhD with an industry focus , the best way to get involved is to check the currently available Industry PhD projects and scholarships on our Specialist Scholarships page . Instructions on how to apply are provided in each scholarship advertisement, however the general application process is as follows:

  1. Expression of interest: Send your resume, transcripts, certificates and relevant publications (if any) in one PDF file to the person listed in the scholarship advert and within the timelines as advised. Please make sure you include all documentation to the one file and send your expression of interest by the deadline. Incomplete and/or late expressions of interest will not be considered.
  2. Outcome of expression of interest: You’ll be notified of the outcome of your expression of interest by email.
  3. Invitation to submit an application: If your expression of interest is successful, you will be invited to submit a formal application for both the scholarship and for PhD candidature. Instructions on how to apply will be provided in the invitation.
  4. Interview: If your formal application is successful and you are shortlisted for the scholarship and candidature, you will be invited to an interview with representatives of La Trobe and the industry partner.
  5. Final decision: The final decision on the recipient of the scholarship will be made based on your application and interview. The successful candidate will be made an offer for candidature and scholarship.

Successful applicants must meet the Australian University entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree and scholarships, and there may be additional requirements depending on the project and scholarship in question. Please refer to the scholarship advert for details.

Step 2: find your supervisor

Before you apply for graduate research candidature you must identify a potential supervisor and receive in-principle approval for your research project. You will need to include your potential supervisor’s details on your completed application form.

If you have already made contact and have in-principle approval from your potential supervisor you can move on to Step 3.

If you are applying for an PhD with an industry focus through a specialist scholarship project with a supervisor already attached to the project , you can move on to step 3.

Identifying your supervisor

You can search for a suitable supervisor using our find a Supervisor search function. To make contact with potential supervisors, or if you cannot find a supervisor in your area of interest, we recommend that you use our online enquiry system. You will need to provide information about your most recent academic qualification and your grades or results, your research background, any previous publications, your intended area of research, and a brief description of your intended research project. Your enquiry will be sent directly to a specialist in your area of interest and they will be able to quickly determine whether appropriate supervision is available for you.

Online enquiry system

This enquiry form is designed to allow us to provide you with a timely and accurate assessment of your current options. It will also help us to find out if supervision is available for your project.

Enquire now

Please note that your application cannot be processed until supervision is confirmed.

Step 3: submit your application

Download, complete and submit the Graduate Research Candidature and Scholarship Application form.

Application documents

  • Domestic Graduate Research Candidature and Scholarship Application form [DOC 86KB]
  • International Graduate Research Candidature and Scholarship Application form [PDF 72KB]
  • Confidential Academic Referee Report form [PDF 107KB]

Important information

  • The same form is used for both candidature and scholarship applications.
  • Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and are highly competitive. To be eligible for consideration you must hold La Trobe University H1-equivalent results in your honours year or Master’s, including your thesis component.
  • You will need to organise two academic referees. Download the Confidential Academic Referee Report form. Send the form to your referees and ask them to forward their completed referee report directly to La Trobe University via email to: [email protected] . International applicants email: [email protected]

Required documentation

  1. Your University academic transcripts and completion certificates (originals or certified copies)
  2. Your professional CV (resume) outlining relevant work experience, academic awards, prior research background etc.
  3. Details of any publications
  4. A copy of your Master’s thesis (with at least two chapters translated into English if it is not written in English)
  5. A preliminary research proposal of no more than 300 words (if you need assistance, use our Guide to Writing a Research Proposal [PDF 68KB] )
  6. Your birth certificate or citizenship certificate (original or certified copy, for domestic applicants only)

Additional required documents for international applicants

  1. Documentary evidence of your English language proficiency (optional)
  2. If you hold a current passport and/or an Australian visa, you must include a copy with your application

Application closing dates

You can apply for research candidature at any time.

Applications for research scholarships close annually on 31 October for domestic applicants, and 30 September for international applicants.

Where to submit your application

  • Domestic applicants email: [email protected] (You will receive confirmation by return email that your application has been received.) Postal mail: Graduate Research School, La Trobe University, Victoria 3086
  • International applicants email: [email protected] . Postal mail: La Trobe International, La Trobe University, Victoria 3086, Australia
  • In person: Graduate Research School , John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University, Melbourne Campus

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Launch your research career with a UQ Project Scholarship

The UQ Graduate School manages a number of scholarship schemes that provide financial support for  tuition fees , living costs and travel which enables you to focus on your research.

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You can  apply at any time  for admission to research higher degree programs. However, candidates who wish to be considered for a UQ Graduate School tuition fee and/or living allowance scholarship should note that the HDR Scholarship Selection Committee meets twice a year to select the recipients.

Scholarships for future HDR students   Scholarships for current HDR students

Scholarship rounds

2019 Round 1 RQ1 or RQ2 2019 start
Applications due ( submit your application online  )
If you have pending documentation, such as Honours or English tests, please still apply by this date.
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Applications due ( submit your application online  *)
If you have pending documentation, such as Honours or English tests, please still apply by this date.
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Future graduate students

Scholarships and Awards

There are a variety of funding sources for graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan. Many students are supported by a combination of awards, fellowships, or scholarships from university wide competitions, department specific opportunities, and national or external awards.


Dean’s scholarship

Master’s: $18,000 for up to two years
Doctoral: $22,000 for up to three years
Round 1: December 1
Round 2: February 2
Register for the first time in a thesis or dissertation based program at the U of S
Entrance GPA of at least 85%
Show evidence of previous research productivity as demonstrated by authorship of refereed journal publications or conference presentations/publications
You must be be nominated by your supervisor or graduate chair.
Nominations for Dean’s scholarships are made by academic units after you’ve applied.

These scholarships are offered to students who have outstanding academic records, show research promise and are registering for the first time in a thesis-based graduate program. 

Note: There are no service expectations while on CGPS funding. However, the required matching portion of these awards provided from different sources may have service expectations.

Graduate awards

The university wide opportunities below require you to be nominated by your supervisor or graduate chair. If you are interested in these funding sources, speak with them when applying and they will advise you on the process, which may require a joint application.

These awards are offered to graduate students who have good academic records and who show research promise. A student must be registered full-time in a graduate program, with a GPA, as determined by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS), of at least 80% over the last two years of study.

Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellowships

Are awarded through a university wide competition to twenty Ph.D. students, who are within the first 5 years of their program with a grade point average of 80% or higher. Preference is given to students who have completed their course work and comprehensive exam. Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellows receive up to $20,000 for one year, during which they will receive training in university teaching, and, will deliver an undergraduate course under the guidance of a faculty mentor. You and your faculty teaching mentor must make a joint application for the Fellowship on the application form.

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Scholarships (UGS)

Ph.D. students with a UGS receive $20,000 per year for up to 3 years subject to maintaining acceptable academic standing. Master’s students with a UGS receive $16,000 per year for up to 2 years subject to maintaining acceptable academic standing.

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Teaching Fellowships 

Provides students with $17,100 per year for up to five years. You are required to work 12 hours per week for the September to April period.

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Are available in most departments. New and continuing students should write to the Graduate Chair of the department to indicate their interest in being considered for a GTA. The graduate student rate of pay at the University of Saskatchewan is $18.51 per hour.

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Research Assistantships

Are offered to University of Saskatchewan graduate students by faculty members holding research grants and contracts. New and continuing students should contact faculty members doing research in their area of interest to ask about possible GRA opportunities. Be prepared to provide full information on your experience in the field. The graduate student rate of pay at the University of Saskatchewan is $18.51 per hour.

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Service Fellowships

Pays students $5,200 for a 4-month term. The student is expected to provide 12 hours of work per week on projects or initiatives that will enhance services and the quality of graduate programs for a broad base of graduate students. Graduate students will receive valuable work experience and learn skills related to project organization, delivery, and reporting. Contact the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Awards Office for more detailed information.


Many students receive funding from their department or supervisor’s research grants. When speaking with potential supervisors , students should ask if there are any funding opportunities within the department. In addition, many departments have scholarships specifically for students in their program.

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Tri-Council student scholarships are awarded by Canada’s three major research-granting agencies. For University of Saskatchewan students, the application process, nomination of candidates and administration of the awards is through the Graduate Awards Office in College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS).

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)

All graduate students who have been awarded a Tri-Agency scholarship and who come to the University of Saskatchewan for a master’s or doctoral program, will receive an additional $6,000 annual top-up scholarship from the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for each year that they hold the Tri-Agency award. Many departments also provide a supplementary matching value scholarship. Students should ask their Graduate Chair about this possibility.

  • Tri-Agency Awards


These scholarships are competed for nationally. Each award has other specific eligibility criteria and application procedures.

CAGS Distinguished Dissertation Awards

Eligible students will have completed a Ph.D. dissertation in the year prior to the application year. 
For engineering, medical and natural sciences: $1,500 plus travel expenses to attend the national CAGS conference. 
For fine arts, humanities and social sciences: $1,500 plus travel expenses to attend the national CAGS conference. 
March 7

This award recognizes Canadian doctoral dissertations that make unusually significant and original contributions to their academic field.

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Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships

Mackenzie King Open Scholarship

Must be a university graduate (undergraduate or master’s program) from a Canadian institution and planning to pursue graduate studies in any discipline in Canada. 
$9,000 (subject to change) 
February 1

Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship

Must be a university graduate (undergraduate or master’s program) from a Canadian institution, and, planning to pursue graduate studies in the United States or the United Kingdom in international relations or industrial relations (including the international or industrial relations aspects of law, history, politics and economics).
$11,000 (subject to change) 
February 1

You may apply for both The Mackenzie King Open Scholarship and the Mackenzie King Traveling Scholarship with a single application if the eligibility criteria are met for both.

  • Mackenzie King Open Scholarship details

  • Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship details

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

Awarded each year to up to 15 outstanding doctoral students who are doing social sciences or humanities research related to one of the Foundation’s four themes – human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada in the world and people in their natural environment. 
$40,000 with a travel allowance of up to $20,000 per year. Scholarships will be tenable for up to three years. 
November 9

Students must be nominated by their department and applications are submitted to the CGPS.

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WAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award

Given each year to a student completing a master’s degree in a discipline in which the university does not offer graduate degree beyond the master’s. Student’s must be nominated by their department to the CGPS for this award.
Certificate, US$1,000 cash prize, travel expenses 
June 13
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Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)

The AUCC administers more than 150 scholarships for Canadian students on behalf of governments, foundations and private sector companies. Students must apply. 

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These scholarships and awards are available to U of S graduate students through the generous endowments provided by our alumni, business and industry, and government contributors. They are available to graduate students who have good academic records on a competitive basis. The scholarships and awards are administered by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS), on behalf of our donors. Each award has its own eligibility criteria and application process.

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Postgraduate and PhD scholarships

Find out what PhD and postgraduate scholarships are on offer and how to apply.

Scholarships are available for Victoria PhD and Master’s by thesis candidates in all disciplines. Graduate awards are open to graduates of any university enrolling in Honours or coursework Master’s programmes.

Victoria Doctoral Scholarships

Applications for Victoria Doctoral Scholarships and for admission as a PhD student are completed in the same application process. There are three closing dates—1 March, 1 July and 1 November. The application form is available from the Faculty of Graduate Research website.

Victoria postgraduate scholarships and awards

  • Victoria Doctoral Scholarship
  • Victoria Master’s (by thesis) Scholarship
  • Victoria Doctoral Submission Scholarship
  • Victoria Doctoral Hardship Scholarship
  • Victoria Graduate Award

Visit the Scholarships database to find other scholarships that may be available to you as a postgraduate student.

Related links

  • Faculty of Graduate Research
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