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 mailto: 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 2018 Postgraduate Scholarships application round are as follows:

  • Applications Open: 18 April 2018
  • Applications Close: 13 June 2018 at 17:00 hours (5.00pm) AEST

Changes to the Postgraduate Scholarships Scheme for 2018

2018 Postgraduate Scholarships Scheme-Specific Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2019:

  • Section 5.4.2 Study Part-time Scholarship Option

Part-time Postgraduate Scholarships are available for applicants who are undertaking additional training to further establish their career.

  • Section 7.2  Electromagnetic Energy Research
    Wording has been updated to reflect current Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) policy.

2018 Postgraduate Scholarships Scheme-Specific Peer Review Guidelines for funding commencing in 2019:

  • Section 4.8 Nomination of Applications for Discussion at Teleconference

Nomination of applications for discussion at teleconference is no longer restricted to the top 50% of the provisional order of merit list.

Documentation to Apply for a Postgraduate Scholarship

Critical documentation to apply to the Postgraduate Scholarships scheme is available on GrantConnect.

Applicants need to be a GrantConnect registered user to download Grant Opportunity documents prior to starting an application in RGMS.  To register, applicants must complete the New User Registration on the GrantConnect website.

The following resources provide further information on how to apply for NHMRC grant funding:

Additional Information

Recent Outcomes

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