Research training and development scholarships

A range of funding is available to support graduate researcher training, development and research enhancement activities.

FBE-GREG (FBE Graduate Research Enhancement Grant)

The Faculty of Business and Economics provides each graduate researcher with a $15,000 AUD research enhancement grant available for use while enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy (Business and Economics).


Applicants must:

  • be currently enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy (Business and Economics) course;
  • be Confirmed;
  • formally lodge a timely Leave to Study Away application to cover any FBE-funded travel; and
  • have written approval from their Principal Supervisor, Graduate Research Director and Head of Department.


Graduate researchers can use FBE-GREG funding for research-related purposes, including:

Travel funding

  • as funding to support Faculty Graduate Research Abroad Travel (FBE-GRATS) or any other Travel scholarships that require a Departmental contribution
  • for domestic research-related travel funding:
    • economy airfares, transfers and local reasonable transportation costs
    • Visas and Permits
    • Required immunisations (as recommended by

Conferences, Workshops, Consortia

  • available to cover attendance and/or presentation (graduate researchers should check with their department Graduate Research Administrator for any specific requirements) and include:
    • registration
    • accommodation
    • conference-related events

Other research-related expenses

  • archival research costs
  • Photocopying or printing expenses
  • Translation costs
  • Equipment/consumables essential for fieldwork research
  • Software and external hard drives
  • Specialised research training (domestic or international)
  • Data collection-related expenses
  • Purchase of appropriate survey panels
  • Purchase of mailing lists and data sets

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.

Download FBE-GREG guidelines

Download budget tracker

FBE-GRATS (FBE Graduate Research Abroad Travelling Scholarship)

FBE-GRATS (FBE Graduate Research Abroad Travelling Scholarship) is a competitive travel funding scheme that supports the overseas research-related activities of our graduate researchers to enhance their researcher development.

There are two rounds per year. Applications for 2024 are open from:

15 April to 14 May

16 September to 15 October


Applicants must have:

  • confirmed funding from your Department to match the FBE-GRATS amount
  • confirmed your Candidature (probationary candidates are not eligible to apply)
  • Lodged a Leave to Study Away application. The University does not permit retrospective Leave to Study Away applications and unauthorised travel cannot be funded as student travel
  • obtained your ORCID ID


The funds are available for overseas research-related activities and purposes such as:

  • interviews
  • experiments
  • data collection,
  • overseas summer school attendance
  • fieldwork
  • conference or other public presentation
  • visits to archives or library resources

Applicants must meet all requirements for Study Away as detailed on the University’s Graduate Research Hub Study Away page.

The scheme is co-funded by the Faculty of Business and Economics and the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship funding provisions for Faculties.

For information on the scheme, please email

Jim Perkins PhD Travelling Scholarship

This scholarship honours the life and work of Emeritus Professor Jim Perkins, MA PhD Camb, MCom Melb. Established in 2014, the scholarship funds up to a year's overseas travel to do research in Economics or Econometrics at The University of Melbourne or at The University of Cambridge or any other university in the United Kingdom's research-intensive Russell Group.

This travelling scholarship is open to graduate researchers enrolled in a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics.

Find out more about the Jim Perkins PhD Travelling Scholarship

M. A. Bartlett Research Scholarship

Funding to support fieldwork

This scholarship was established with a bequest from Mary Anna Bartlett and is offered to high achieving research students who intend to undertake study related travel or fieldwork. You are automatically considered for the M. A. Bartlett Research Scholarship if you have applied for a travel or fieldwork grant offered by your faculty.

Find out more about the M. A. Bartlett Research Scholarship

Riady Scholarship

Funding to support fieldwork in Asia

This scholarship was established with a donation from FBE alumnus, Tjahaja James Lee Riady, and is awarded to high-achieving research students who intend to undertake fieldwork in Asia. One FBE scholarship is awarded each year. The award is based on academic merit.

Find out more about the Riady scholarship

Download the RIADY Fieldwork application form