For enrolment in Semester 1/2014,
please lodge your ‘Expression of Interest ‘ now!
Doctoral Scholarship Program
UNDERSTANDING THE APPLICATION PROCESS – for an Arts Research Degree.
In general the application process involves 6 main steps.
Step 1 – Identifying a Suitable Research Degree
If you are interested in undertaking either PhD or Master’s by Research (100% Research) degree, you need to identify your research discipline, and find out which of our Graduate Research Programs would fit well with your research interest. There could be more than one programs, but you need to identify which one would be the primary one.
You will then identify which research degree offered by the Graduate Research Program you are interested in undertaking.
However, you may be interested in undertaking Master’s by Research and Coursework (66% Research) degree. You would need to choose the Area of Study that this degree is being offered in, and identify the Graduate Research Program that fits with your research interest.
Step 2 – Checking Your Eligibility and Searching for Potential Supervisors
a) To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy both academic and English language proficiency entry requirements.
Please see Course Details and Entry Requirements of each research degree.
***For scholarship applicants ***
It is important to note the eligibility requirements of scholarships and grants, which you apply for at the time of applying for a research degree.
Postgraduate Scholarships in the Faculty of Arts are awarded on merit and highly competitive. Successful scholarship recipients typically hold an Honours degree with the result of First Class Division (H1) in the final year, regardless of which research degree being applied for. In addition, results of the undergraduate degree may be considered by the Selection Committee, as well as publications, awards and prizes, and relevant research experience (e.g. industry-specific research experience, non-traditional research).
b) You may search for potential supervisors from the Graduate Research Program websites.
Each Graduate Research program website contains lists of researchers in various areas of research, and each name is linked to the person’s research profile, list of their publications and their email address.
You are encouraged to contact the potential supervisors directly and discuss your research proposal with them. When you contact a potential supervisor, you should state why you want to study with them. As a matter of courtesy, if you decide to contact more than one member of staff, you should mention this in your correspondence with all parties. Guidelines for preparing your research proposal.
Step 3 – Lodging an ‘Expression of Interest’ form
Before you proceed with a formal application, we would like to make an informal preliminary assessment of your qualifications and research preparedness. For this, we need some information from you to enable us to adequately evaluate your background, academic standing and research interests. We ask that you lodge an ‘Expression of Interest’ form, and provide relevant documentation as listed in the form.
Please note the submission of Expression of Interest form and accompanying documentation does not constitute a formal application for a Research Degree at the Faculty of Arts.
*** For scholarship applicants ***
The closing dates for Monash Postgraduate Scholarships applications are 31st May (mid-year round) and 31st October (end-of-year round) each year. It is strongly advised that you lodge the ‘Expression and Interest’ no later than 30th April and 30th September for the mid-year and end-of-year rounds respectively.
It is in your interest to provide supporting information and documentation with this form. Incomplete information or documentation may result in the delay in the processing of your ‘Expression of Interest’.
Step 4 – Obtaining an ‘Invitation to Apply’
After we receive your Expression of Interest, we will be seeking to understand your educational background, motivation to undertake research, research interest(s) and relevant research experience. We will also identify potential supervision and resources for your intended research.
Where you are assessed as suitable to apply for admission to the proposed research degree, and appropriate supervision and facilities may be available for your research project, we will provide you with an ‘Invitation to Apply’.
We aim to provide you with an Invitation to Apply or a response to your Expression of Interest within four weeks of its receipt. Therefore you should lodge an Expression of Interest no less than four weeks prior to the date on which you expect to submit your formal application.
Step 5 – Submitting a Formal Application for Candidature (and Scholarships if Applicable)
After you have received an Invitation to Apply, you can then start working on an online application.
The Monash University Institute of Graduate Research (MIGR) provides an instruction on How to Apply.
You are required to register for an applicant ID first and then work on the application in stages. You do not have to submit your application immediately. You can update your draft application and gradually upload supporting documentation. So make sure that you save the application along the way. When it is ready, you just submit it.
Your application options are:
- Research degree and Scholarship – if you are eligible for both.
- Research degree only
- Scholarship only
(You will be able to choose this option only if you are a PhD or Research Master’s candidate at the time of application.)
Your scholarship application will be assessed for all scholarships and grants for which you are eligible when you apply. No separate applications are required.
Step 6: Accept your offer
Your offer is your ticket to join Monash University’s vibrant research community. You need to read your offer letter and offer pack carefully to know how to accept your offer and enrol in your course. Your offer letter will have the information on the Program you will be affiliated with and also your commencement date. Please note that each Program has a preferred commencement date as listed in this table.
International students may need to pay their Overseas Student Health Cover and a course-fee deposit before the University can provide an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment, which you need for your student visa application.
You’re now ready to enrol.
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