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Postgraduate Scholarships

The aim of the NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) scheme is to support outstanding health and medical graduates early in their career so that they can be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive and to develop a capacity for original independent research within Australia. This is usually achieved by NHMRC funding successful applicants to attain a research based postgraduate degree, which may be a PhD, a PhD equivalent degree, or Masters Degree.

Changes to the Postgraduate Scholarship scheme for 2013

  • The requirement for applicants to be enrolled in a PhD program for Dora Lush Biomedical Research Postgraduate Scholarship has been removed; and the scoring matrix has been updated;
  • Medical/Dental category has been re-named the Clinical Research Postgraduate Scholarship to align with NHMRC descriptors of broad research areas;
  • Public Health and Primary Health categories have been combined and renamed to Public Health and Health Services Research Postgraduate Scholarship;
  • MBBS/PhD applicants are no longer to apply in the Dora Lush Biomedical Research Postgraduate Scholarship category but may apply in the Clinical Research Postgraduate Research Scholarship category;
  • A new Part-Time Research Postgraduate Scholarship category has been introduced (conditions apply); and
  • Clarification of the assessment of applicants who are bioinformaticians and/or biostatisticians has been provided.

For a full list of changes to the PGS scheme, please refer to Part 2, Section 4 of the NHMRC Funding Rules incorporating the Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for funding commencing in 2014.

Additional Information

An introduction and category details can be found at this location:

Apply for Funding

The NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to access/enter your Profile and CV, and to submit your PGS application. Applicants that are not yet registered in RGMS should contact the Research Help Centre (RHC) at help@nhmrc.gov.au for more information.

A complete PGS application consists of:

  1. 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 PGS applications for 2013 round for funding commencing in 2014 are:

  • Applications open: Wednesday 1 May 2013
  • Applications close 1700 hrs (5:00PM) (AEST), Wednesday 3 July 2013

Documentation to Apply for a Postgraduate Scholarship

To apply for a PGS, please follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Review the current Postgraduate Scholarship Funding Rules, in particular the eligibility requirements;
  2. Ensure you use the NHMRC’s RGMS to access/enter your Profile and CV and submit your PGS application;
  3. Applicants must read the Postgraduate Scholarships Advice and Instructions carefully when completing their application;
  4. PGS Referee Reports
    Applicants should ensure their referee reports (Primary Supervisor and Independent Referee) are completed on the relevant template and submitted to NHMRC by 5:00pm (AEST) Wednesday 3 July 2013:
  5. Applicants wishing to apply for a Co-Funded PGS should read the following document regarding NHMRC PGS co-funding opportunities:
  6. PGS Peer Review Guidelines describe the general process, procedures and timeline for peer review of applications for Postgraduate Scholarships. The guidelines also contain important information about the conduct of peer review.

Further Information


If you require assistance and are unable to satisfy your concerns by seeking assistance through your Administering Institution, please contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or by email help@nhmrc.gov.au.

Page reviewed: 23 April, 2014