Research Excellence Scholarship for International Students at Macquarie University, Australia

The Macquarie University in Australia invites applications for the Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) open to exceptional research students enrolled in research priority areas aligned with the University’s Strategic Research Framework.

The Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) scheme is a Doctoral (PhD) scholarship program that aims to support exceptional research students enrolled in research priority areas aligned with the University’s Strategic Research Framework 2015 to 2024 World – Leading Research with World – Changing Impact, as well as the
broader University.

Macquarie also offers a limited number of scholarships to international Master of Research (MRes) candidates. They must be applying for an ‘MRes/PhD 1+3 bundle’ (i.e. MRes Year 2 and 3 year PhD) through this competitive IRTP round.

Successful candidates will be awarded a provisional PhD offer, and they will be considered for a 3 year PhD scholarship on a competitive basis upon successful completion of MRes Year 2.

Worth of Award

  • All successful iRTP applicants for a PhD will receive 3 years of tuition fee coverage and a travel allowance (applied to the OPAL travel card). Successful MPhil candidates receive funding for 2 years. Additionally, successful iRTP applicants will receive a stipend (living allowance), currently valued at $27,082 pa, tax exempt (2018 rate).
  • Applicants applying for admission to PhD, who are (counter) offered entry to MRes Year 2 with a provisional 3-year PhD and who rank competitively for scholarship, may be offered a scholarship to cover their MRes Year 2 program.
  • The fully internally funded iMQRES, offers the same stipend plus tuition fees for up to 3 years for students enrolling in 2019.


Awards will only be available to applicants who:
• are citizens of countries other than Australian/New Zealand, and not Australian Permanent Residents.
• have already completed, or expect to complete in 2018 a research master’s degree
• are enrolling as full-time students
• will undertake a Masters of Philosophy or Doctorate in 2019.
• Scholarship holders must reside in Sydney, Australia during their award tenure, unless on approved overseas research leave.
Awards will not be available to those who:
• are receiving another equivalent or major award, scholarship or salary to undertake the proposed program
• have already completed a research Doctoral degree or its equivalent
• have already completed a higher degree in research at the same level or at a higher level than the proposed candidature
• provide false or misleading information to the University. Where there is reason to believe this condition has not been upheld, the University reserves the right to reassess the student’s entitlement to the award.
Award-holders may:
• be in receipt of minor awards, allowances or other earnings which are supplementary to an iRTP or iMQRES, or derived from part-time work undertaken within the guidelines set by the relevant scholarship conditions
• receive stipend top-up funding from industry or other sources to a maximum equivalent to 75% of the basic
Research Training Program (RTP) stipend rate
• be in receipt of additional funds for field work, equipment and other such expenses not covered by the award.

How to Apply
New Applicants to Macquarie University
For new* applicants, the Higher Degree Research Office at Macquarie University uses a single online application to apply for both candidature and scholarship. The application process is as follows for new* applicants:

  • Go to the How to Apply Entry Requirements webpage and follow the steps to complete an application. This includes uploading electronic original or certified copies of:
  • Academic transcripts and Degree testamur/graduation certificate confirming eligibility for the award. An official English translation must be included if documents are not in English
  • The qualification’s grading scale
  • A certified copy of your proof of identity, such as personal details page(s) of your passport
  • An original or certified copy of documents providing evidence of any name change (if applicable)
  • Evidence of meeting the English language proficiency requirements
  • A research proposal outline with reference list (general guidelines are provided on the How to Apply

Deadline: applications close 31 July 2018

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