How to Apply

How to apply – for an Arts Research Degree.

The application process involves 8 steps.

Step 1 – Identify a suitable research degree

You need to identify your research discipline, and find out which of our Graduate Research Programs would fit best with your research interest. Each Graduate Research Program offers a suite of research degrees from which you can select from, based on your eligibility.

Step 2 - Check your eligibility

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.

English language requirements

Applicants will need to meet the Faculty’s English Language Proficiency requirements in one of a number of ways.

Step 3 - Identify possible supervisors

Students enrolled in a graduate research degree at Monash pursue their research under the direction of two experienced supervisors.

Each Graduate Research Program engages with a group of academic researchers who can act as supervisors for students in the relevant areas of research. Please refer to the relevant Graduate Research Program webpage for a list of associated researchers and their profiles. Exploring these will give you some idea of the breadth of research undertaken in the Faculty of Arts. It will also help you understand where the research you intend to undertake fits into the bigger picture.

At the enquiry stage applicants are encouraged to make initial contact with researchers from the discipline of your interest to identify a possible supervisor for your proposed research. However, the final decision relating to the supervisory team will ultimately be made by the relevant Program Director.

To help assist the researchers with your enquiry, you should include the following information in your email:

Those applying for the Philosophy Program should direct their initial inquiry regarding supervision to the Program Director.

Step 4 - Identify a potential scholarship

There are an extensive range of scholarships available to support research students through candidature. You should consider which scholarship best suit your needs and whether you meet the eligibility criteria for them.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants need to hold a first-class Honours (H1), or qualifications considered equivalent, to be considered for the research scholarships available at Monash. The H1 standard at Monash is equivalent to an overall grade of 80 per cent or higher. Before a scholarship application is submitted, applicants must check that the eligibility criteria have been met. Many scholarships have specific requirements, which are explained on the specific scholarship criteria page.

Selection criteria

Selection for scholarships is primarily based on:

  • academic merit
  • research experience
  • publications relative to opportunity
  • alignment of the project with strategic priorities

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).

Current Scholarships Available

The closing dates for most Monash Graduate Research 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 of Interest’ no later than 30th April and 30th September for the mid-year and end-of-year rounds respectively.

Some scholarships may have different closing dates depending on their funding source – please check individual scholarship schemes.

Step 5 - Lodge an Expression of Interest

All applicants must lodge an Expression of interest form and provide relevant documentation as listed in the form. This enables us to adequately evaluate your background, academic standing and research interests.

Additional requirements for Music students:

A CD/DVD/MP3 of a piece of performance must be submitted together with the EOI, in replacement of the ‘face-to-face’ audition. The recording should be no less than 10 minutes and no more than 45 minutes, the student’s contribution should be presented right at the beginning.

You must lodge an Expression of Interest no less than four weeks prior to the date on which you expect to submit your formal application.

Please note the submission of Expression of Interest form and accompanying documentation does not constitute a formal application for a Research Degree in the Faculty of Arts.

 NOTE: Submission deadline of EOIs for the 31 October scholarship round has been extended to Friday 14 October 2016.  Any EOIs submitted after this date will not be considered.

Step 6 - Obtain an Invitation to Apply

If you are assessed as suitable to apply for admission to the proposed research degree, and the Faculty has determined that appropriate supervision and facilities are available for your proposed research, we will provide you with an ‘Invitation to Apply’.

We aim to provide you with a response to your Expression of Interest within four weeks of its receipt.

Step 7 - Submit a formal application

Once you receive an Invitation to Apply, you can proceed to lodging a formal application online.

The Monash University Institute of Graduate Research (MIGR) provides instructions on How to Apply.

Your application options are:

  • Research degree and Scholarship – if you are eligible for both.
  • Research degree only
  • Scholarship only (only applicable to currently enrolled PhD and Research Masters students)


You must upload a copy of the Invitation to Apply with your formal application, otherwise your application will not be considered.

If you have any questions with the application process, please contact the Arts Graduate Research Admissions Officer directly.

Step 8 – Accept your offer

Your offer is your ticket to join the Faculty of Arts’ 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 provide information on:

  • which Program you will be enrolled in
  • your candidature commencement date, which is the date you must enrol by 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 (ECoE), which you need for your visa application.