The 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 to build research capacity within Australia.

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 the NHMRC website. Refer to the Grant Guidelines and the PGS 2019 co-funding partners’ document for information on our funding partners.

Peer review 

Applications to the Postgraduate Scholarships 2019 grant opportunity will be assessed in accordance with the assessment criteria and category descriptors set out in the Grant Guidelines (available on GrantConnect), and the Guide to Peer Review (available in the download section below)

Grant at a glance

Duration of funding
Up to 3 years

Key changes

Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) Grant guidelines for funding commencing in 2020: 

  • Section 4.1.2 - Categories of research have been modified to fall into four broad research streams – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Public Health and Health Services Research, Clinical Medicine and Science Research and Dora Lush Basic Science Research.
  • Section 3.1.1 - Stipend types have been streamlined to fall into four categories, Medical/dental, Priority (i.e. allied health), Standard and combined MBBS/PhD. 
  • Section 3.1.1 - Standard Stipend recipients must have achieved their most recent academic qualification at least five years before 31 December in the year of application, if applying for the Clinical Medicine and Science Research or Dora Lush Basic Science Research Streams.
  • Section 4.1.1 - Applicants must not exceed 12 calendar months of full-time equivalent enrolment for a PhD degree, or 6 calendar months for a Research Masters degree, up to 31 December in the year of application.
  • Appendix C - An additional assessment element for reviewing the alignment of an applicant’s nominated Research Stream and the field of their proposed research has been included in the category descriptors for the Research Project criterion.
  • Section 3.3 - Part-time Scholarships are available for applicants undertaking a Research Masters degree.
  • The previous restriction on applicants in the final year of an Honours degree has been removed.


Note: the referee report templates for supervisors with RGMS and supervisors without RGMS can be found below in the download section. 

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.


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