Higher degree by research (HDR) scholarships

From economics and physical and mental health to molecular research and citizenship and globalisation, Deakin is well placed to provide world-leading research through high-quality, innovative facilities. Discover how we can support you.

Supporting your journey

We offer a number of HDR scholarships across a wide range of disciplines. Below are just a few of the HDR scholarships we offer. Use our Find a scholarship tool to get the full list.


Featured HDR scholarships

Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (DUPR)

Deakin University Postgraduate Research (DUPR) scholarships are funded by Deakin University. They are available to domestic and international students.

  • A stipend of $28,092 (2020 rate) per annum tax exempt
  • A relocation allowance from $500 to $1,500 (for single to family) awarded to students who are moving from interstate or overseas in order to study at Deakin
  • For international students only: Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the Student Visa. Tuition fees offset for four years for Doctoral degree and two years for Research Masters

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Research Training Program Scholarship (RTP)

The Government's Research Training Program (RTP) provides funding to top-ranking domestic – and some international – students to support higher degree by research studies. It is administered by individual universities on behalf of the Department of Education and Training.

  • A stipend of $28,092 (2020 rate) per annum tax exempt
  • A relocation allowance from $500 to $1,500 (for single to family) awarded to students who are moving from interstate or overseas in order to study at Deakin
  • For international students only: Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa. Tuition fees offset for four years for Doctoral degree and two years for Research Masters
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PhD scholarship - Fulbright Commission

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is a non-profit organisation sponsored by the U.S. and Australian governments, institutional and business partners and private bequests and endowments.

The commission promotes education and cultural exchange between Australia and the United States, in order to enhance mutual understanding and strengthen relations between the two countries.

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HDR Scholarship - NHMRC People Support Grants – Postgraduate scholarships

The NHMRC postgraduate scholarships scheme funds successful applicants to attain a research-based postgraduate degree (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Masters Degree).

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Choose Deakin and make a difference

There are a multitude of reasons Deakin's the right choice for your research degree.

  • Our PhD Xtra program offers you an enhanced learning experience through an individual, flexible learning program, tailored by you
  • 89% of our research is rated at or above world-class (Excellence in Research for Australia 2015)
  • We're in the top 2% in global rankings (according to all major international university rankings: Times Higher Education, QS and ARWU)
  • We're the leader in graduate satisfaction in Victoria for the seventh consecutive year (in the Australian Graduate Survey (2010–15) and 2016 QILT survey)
  • Our supervisors are global leaders
  • Our broad international research footprint is continually growing.

Become a research degree student

Join the 1700 HDR students in our PHD Xtra program and take advantage of our exceptional facilities, innovative research centres and excellent reputation.

Learn more about becoming a research student