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).

It aims to support these outstanding health and medical graduates early in their career so they can be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive and develop a capacity for original independent research within Australia.

Apply for funding

The NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to access/update your CV and profile and to submit your Postgraduate Scholarship application. If they have not already done so, applicants are advised to gain an RGMS log on and commence their CV and profile.

Applicants who are not yet registered on RGMS, should contact the Research Help Centre at for more information.

A complete Postgraduate Scholarships application consists of:

  1. Completion of Parts A and B of the application form including all required PDF uploads; and
  2. The relevant information in your RGMS profile and CV

Prior to submission, applicants are to ensure they:

  1. Read all the relevant reference material;
  2. Liaise with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the institution may have; and
  3. Ensure their application is complete and correct. Once an application has been submitted to NHMRC, it will be considered final and no changes can be accepted.

Applicants are advised to contact the Research Administration Office (RAO) at their Administering Institution early in the application process and are asked to direct any questions they may have to their RAO.

Key Dates

The key dates for the 2015 Postgraduate Scholarships application round are as follows:

  • Applications Open: 29 April 2015
  • Applications Close: 24 June 2015 at 17:00hours (5.00pm) AEST

Changes to the Postgraduate Scholarships Scheme for 2015

The following changes have been made to the Postgraduate Scholarships Scheme-Specific Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2016:

  • Section 6.1 – Ineligible situations:
    • New wording has been included to clarify that applications for funding periods of less than 12 months will be ineligible.
  • Section 8.2 – Electromagnetic Energy (EME) research
    • New wording has been added to clarify the requirements of applications addressing EME research.

Documentation to Apply for a Postgraduate Scholarship

Additional Information

Category details and allowance information can be found at this location:

Further information

If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your Research Administration Office in the first instance.

If you require assistance and are unable to satisfy your concern by seeking assistance through your Administering Institution:

Contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email