PhD scholarships


RMIT offers merit-based scholarships awarded on a competitive basis to exceptionally qualified candidates who successfully enrol in our PhD programs. The HDR scholarship covers tuition fee waiver and a monthly stipend for three years, subject to satisfactory academic progress.


To be considered for a scholarship, candidates must have:

  • A Master Degree with Distinction that includes a research component of at least 25 per cent
  • English language certificate of an IELTS 6.5 or equivalent
  • A strong PhD research proposal

Note: These scholarships are not applicable to current RMIT employees, current PhD students or former PhD students.


Selection criteria

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a competitive selection process that ranks applicants according to their academic achievement, research output and relevant professional experience.

Before applying, we recommend that you to read carefully our PhD Scholarship terms & conditions.



Please make sure that you submit your full application before the deadline. 


Applicants applying for a scholarship should submit their PhD application to (as scanned documents). For full details, visit the how to apply page. 

The main scholarship rounds are as follows:

  • Intake 1: apply no later than 30 November each year for enrolment in February of the next year. Applications will be accepted until 5pm on 30 November (Vietnam time).
  • Intake 2: apply no later than 31 July each year for enrolment in October of the same year. Applications will be accepted until 5pm on 31 July (Vietnam time).


How to apply for a scholarship

The PhD application process provides automatic entry to consideration for a scholarship. 

PhD Research

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Research grant schemes

Grants are available for PhD students who have completed their confirmation of candidature to apply. These grants assist with travel costs and/or other expenses associated with research-related activities.


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Apply as a research assistant

Our PhD students have opportunities to apply for full-time or part-time research assistantships working under various research projects led by our selected academics.