The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarships scheme funds successful applicants to attain a research based postgraduate degree – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Research 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.

The intended outcome of the Postgraduate Scholarships scheme is increased research capacity within Australia.

The NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships grant opportunity has previously offered three stipend amounts based on academic qualifications. From 1 January 2024 as advised by NHMRC’s Research Committee and approved by the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon. Mark Butler MP, all stipends will be increased to a single value of $50,000 per annum (pro rata) for NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships. This will apply to all current and new NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship holders.

Funding support

Postgraduate Scholarships may be funded by, or in conjunction with, other organisations. These grants offer opportunities to researchers whose work is particularly relevant to the priorities and research interests of the partner organisations.

Information on how organisations and individuals can support NHMRC to fund health and medical research is available on GrantConnect – refer to the Grant Guidelines and the Postgraduate Scholarships funding partners' document for information on our funding partners.

Peer review

Applications to the Postgraduate Scholarships grant opportunity will be assessed in accordance with the assessment criteria and category descriptors set out in the Grant Guidelines and Peer Review Guidelines (available on GrantConnect).

Grant at a glance

Duration of funding
Up to 3 years

Key changes

Applicants need to note the following changes for the Postgraduate Scholarships 2024 grant opportunity:

  • All NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship stipend categories will receive the same amount of stipend. The stipend amounts are updated annually at Personnel and Salary Support Packages.
  • The total budget allocated to the scheme has been increased to $10 million.
  • The requirement for applicants to use gender-neutral language in the research proposals has been removed.

Before you submit an application, please make sure you have:


Grant submission advice

Read all relevant reference material

GrantConnect GO Documents


Liaise with your Administering Institution

to identify any specific requirements that the institution may have


Ensure your application is complete and correct.