Scholarships and Grants

FBE Doctoral Program Scholarship

The Faculty of Business and Economics Doctoral Program Scholarship (FBE-DPS) was established to support its domestic and international research students.

The Doctoral scholarship is awarded on the basis that you maintain full-time studies. If you believe that there are extenuating circumstances affecting your studies, please contact to discuss your options.

The benefits of the FBE Doctoral Program Scholarship vary depending on a student’s circumstance and may include one or more of the following:

  • A fortnightly living allowance and limited paid sick, maternity and parenting leave
  • Full fee remission (applicable to international students only)
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Singles coverage up to the scheduled value of the University’s preferred provider (international students only)
More information

For more detailed information about the Doctoral Program Scholarship, please refer to the Graduate Research Scholarships Terms and Conditions.

FBE Graduate Research Enhancement Grant

The Faculty of Business and Economics provides each graduate researcher with a $10,000 enhancement grant that can be expended over the course of their candidature.
To be eligible to access the funding at any given time, the graduate researcher must:

  • Be currently enrolled in the FBE Doctor of Philosophy course;
  • Have confirmed their candidature;
  • Formally lodge a timely Leave to Study Away application to cover the FBE-funded travel; and
  • Have written approval from their Principal Supervisor and Graduate Research Director.

Graduate researchers are able to access the fund for the following purposes:

  • Data collection-related expenses
  • Purchase of appropriate survey panels
  • Purchase of mailing lists and data sets
  • Specialised research training (domestic or international)
  • Airfares and other travel (conference and/or data collection)
  • Conference/workshop registration
  • Research site/Conference accommodation
  • Visas and Permits
  • Required immunisations (as recommended by

How to apply:
Contact your Department Graduate Research Administrator and supply them with the required approvals and budget tracker

Note: For travel-related funding, you must be approved for study away before your departure. You should apply well in advance to allow for any delays in the application process. Graduate researchers travelling to a high-risk destination which requires approval by the Academic Registrar, should submit their request for study away at least two months prior to the date of travel. Please visit the Graduate Research Hub's Study Away webpage for detailed information on how to apply and return from Study Away.

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FBE-GRATS (FBE Graduate Research Abroad Travelling Scholarship)

FBE-GRATS is a travel funding scholarship that supports PhD and Masters by Research students for research-related activities that will enhance their thesis, including:

  • Interviews
  • Data collection
  • Archives or library resources
  • Interstate or Overseas Summer school attendance
  • Short-term fieldwork (less than 3 months)
  • Travel overseas or within Australia to present at a conference

Students may apply more than once to the scheme, but will only be funded up to a combined total of $4000 over the course of their candidature.

There are two application rounds per year.


Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is a University of Melbourne program, offered in 2021 to support early career researchers, and in recognition of the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on this cohort. Fellowships are available to University of Melbourne PhD graduates and current academic staff (fixed term or casual) who may have graduated with a PhD from another university.

  • Critical Dates
    Monday 12 July 2021

    Program opens on SmartyGrants

    Monday 26 July 2021

    Faculty of Business and Economics Expressions of Interest (EOI) due by 3:00pm (AEST)

    Monday 23 August 2021

    Full applications and if applicable, Eligibility Exemption Request (EER) due via Smarty Grants  by 3:00pm (AEST) - Referees to email completed written testimonials to

    November 2021

    Notification of results to applicants and Academic Divisions

  • Objectives
    • Attract and retain talented recent doctoral graduates to the University of Melbourne in areas that are a research priority for the University;
    • Recruit researchers who have the potential to build and lead interdisciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across Academic Divisions;
    • Promote research that aligns with the university’s Advancing Melbourne strategy and research priorities in Academic Divisions.
  • Funding

    The University will fund the Fellowships for a three-year appointment commencing at Level A.6 in the University salary band plus superannuation. There will be one award per faculty.

    Fellows will receive an additional $25,000 to be spent on project costs over the term of their Fellowship. Awards will be for a maximum of three years commencing between 1 November 2021 and 31 March 2022.

    Please find a PDF version of the Funding Guidelines below:

    Funding Guidelines

  • Eligibility

    Applicants must have been awarded their PhD between:

    • 1 January 2019 and the application due date of 23 August 2021; OR
    • on or after 1 January 2017 and had a period of significant research career interruption between 1 January 2017 and 23 August 2021. Applicants should be able to clearly demonstrate that their research career has been significantly constrained or interrupted by execptional circumstances. Applicants who fit this criterion must indicate thin in Part B of the Application Form and answer the additional questions that appear.

    Applicants must have graduated or have met the requirements to graduate with a PhD from the University of Melbourne, or from another university where they are current (fixed term or casual) employees of the University of Melbourne.

    An applicant may only ever be awarded one Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowship. Applicants to this scheme cannot apply for the McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme.

    Applicants must not have been awarded a competitively funded research fellowship from any institution external to the University of Melbourne, since the award of their PhD.

    An Eligibility Exemption Request (EER) should be submitted at the same time as the Fellowship Application, i.e. Part B of the Application Form.

  • What's Next?

    For further information about the program, including eligibility and how to apply, please click on the below link to view the Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowships website:

    Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowships

    Applicants must adhere to the Faculty of Business and Economics Expressions of Interest (EOI) process and timeline in order to be considered for the award. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Lishia Singh via Email or Phone: +61 3 8344 2818. Please ensure you have reviewed the above information carefully before submitting your EOI below.

    Submit your EOI

Peter Brownell Scholarship

The Peter Brownell PhD Scholarship was established by friends and associates of the late Peter Brownell, Professor of Accounting from 1991 until 1997. There is one scholarship available each year. In 2015, it was valued at approximately AUS$10,000. It is payable in two instalments.

The scholarship is awarded to a second year PhD student in Accounting for the duration of one year.

Further Information

Kilmany Scholarship

The Scholarship is for PhD candidates in the Doctoral Program in Economics to undertake research in the area of Economics or Econometrics.

Further Information

Wilfred Prest Travelling Fellowship

The Fellowship is open to students or graduates of the University who undertake postgraduate studies in the field of Economics at an overseas university or research institution. The Fellowship is valued at $10,512.27. An extension of the Fellowship may be granted for a further term of one year.

Further Information

Chancellor's Prize for Best Thesis

Every year, the University seeks nominations for the prize from Faculty deans. The Award consists of a medal for desk display. Six awards per year will be made. A seventh award may be awarded to an Indigenous PhD student.


All PhD students awarded the degree in the previous year are eligible to be nominated by their Department. Students are not able to apply for this prize themselves.