Services and Support for Research Students

The Graduate Research Hub

Current graduate research students benefit from services and advice on their candidature offered through the University’s Graduate Research Hub. Step-by-step guides, resources and detailed information are available on this site for all aspects of candidature, from helping you get started, to managing your enrolment and through to submitting your thesis.

The Melbourne Business School

The Melbourne Business School’s Academic Programs team provides dedicated research training administrative support to students and academic staff. This includes managing candidature processes from admission through to thesis submission. The team can assist with queries about:

  • academic progress
  • campus life
  • candidature management (including enrolment, leave, extensions)
  • study abroad/exchange/conference and fieldwork travel
  • scholarship and travel funding
  • internships and industry engagement opportunities for graduate researchers

Functions and Events:

Annual Graduate Research Welcome and Orientation

The Melbourne Business School hosts a Graduate Research Welcome and Orientation event for commencing and current graduate researchers as well as a range of events throughout the year. These events provide graduate research candidates with opportunities to develop networks, maintain friendships and keep students informed of developments across all departments and disciplines.

Thesis Boot Camp

In 2016, the Melbourne Business School will launch the first of an annual Business and Economics Thesis Boot Camp for graduate research students. The camp creates dedicated time and space for graduate researchers to make significant progress on the first draft of their thesis manuscript. Like dissertation boot camps in the US, and patterned on the Thesis Boot Camp launched by the Melbourne School of Graduate Research in 2012, the camp helps students learn to write more productively by providing four critical elements: 1) space with minimal distractions; 2) a structured writing regimen/routine; 3) peer mentoring and facilitation; and 4) expert writing consultants, motivational speakers and a range of activities designed to support and sustain intensive periods of productivity.

Annual End-of-Year and Holiday Celebration

The Melbourne Business School hosts an end-of-year event for graduate researchers in conjunction with the FBE PhD Students Society to celebrate the festive season and acknowledge student achievements throughout the year.

Workshops and Seminars

The Melbourne Business School hosts a wide range of occasional and regular workshops and seminars throughout the year specifically designed for graduate researchers, including discipline-specific academic skills workshops and academic career seminars.

The Research Data Laboratory

The Faculty maintains a Research Data Laboratory for research students and staff on level 3 of 198 Berkeley Street. Information about the Laboratory, including a list of available databases, can be found on the Faculty's research pages for researchers.

The Centre for the Study of Higher Education

The CSHE provides outstanding professional development for graduate researchers through a wide range of programs. More information about these programs can be found under the For Graduate Researchers section on the CSHE website.


Graduate Research students who are planning to conduct research that involves people or information about people (or organisations) must submit an application for human research ethics approval to the Faculty Human Ethics Advisory Group (FHEAG).

Committee Secretary, Research Support Unit

Level 12, 198 Berkeley Street
Victoria 3010

Scholarships, Studentships and Prizes

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 Faculty awards approximately 30 commencing scholarships per year.

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, a relocation allowance for students moving to Melbourne from interstate or from outside Australia, and limited paid sick, maternity and parenting leave equivalent to the Australian Postgraduate Awards benefits
  • Full fee remission (international students only)
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Single Membership (international students only)

More information

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

If you have any further questions about the FBE Doctoral Program S, please do not hesitate to contact the MBS graduate research team.

Department of Finance Doctoral Scholarship:

The Department of Finance scholarship is valued at $39,000 per annum and is awarded to all successful applicants offered a full-time place in the Doctoral Program of Finance. Benefits are as for the FBE Doctoral Program Scholarship.

FBE-TS (FBE Travelling Scholarship):

FBE-TS 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 $2000.

There are two application rounds per year.

Download the Scholarship Guidelines which includes eligibility and contact details.

Download the application form.

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.

Contact the FBE Scholarships Office for further details.

Kilmany Scholarship:

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

Contact the MBS graduate research team for details.

Henry Buck Scholarship:

This scholarship is open to competition annually among students enrolled in the course for

the degree of doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Contact the MBS graduate research team for details.

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.

Contact the FBE Scholarships Office for further details.

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.

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