Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship (VCPS)

The Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarships (VCPS) are funded by RMIT University and are awarded to local and international candidates who are commencing from 1 January 2015 and undertaking a research doctoral degree, on the basis of academic excellence and research potential.

Value and duration

In 2015, the VCPS will provide the following benefits to recipients:
  • a stipend of $41,150 per annum pro rata (full-time study) which is the equivalent to the Government APA rate plus an RMIT top up of $15,000
  • a research support allowance of $5,000 per annum to support research activities
  • a HDR publication award of $10,000 (payable on thesis submission). Candidates must submit their thesis within three and a half years (or equivalent part-time) to be eligible for award
  • a relocation allowance for the cost of relocating in order to take up their postgraduate research program, up to $515 per adult and $255 per child to a maximum of $1,540
  • a thesis allowance for the cost of producing a thesis/appropriate durable record, up to $840
  • paid sick, maternity and parenting leave (within the limits of the Scholarship Guidelines).
  • be an Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia, or an international candidate who is commencing from 1 January 2015
  • have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours, or have demonstrated an equivalent level of academic attainment as determined by RMIT
  • have applied for a full-time PhD program at RMIT.

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