The Shah Rukh Khan La Trobe University PhD Scholarship

The Shah Rukh Khan La Trobe University PhD Scholarship recognises Mr Khan’s humanitarian and social justice achievements inspiring communities across the world to make positive change. This research scholarship aims to deliver a life-changing opportunity for an aspiring female researcher from India to make a meaningful impact in the world.

The successful candidate will be supported with a four (4) year research scholarship valued in excess of $200,000 (AUD) to be undertaken at La Trobe’s prestigious campus in Melbourne, Bundoora. She will have the opportunity to explore a research focus from a wide range of themes under the supervision of world-leading experts at a university ranked in the top 1.2% worldwide*.

Applications are only being accepted in 2019 as part of the celebrations for Shah Rukh Khan’s visit to La Trobe’s Melbourne Campus, where he received his first Australian university Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters (honoris causa). This prestigious scholarship is presented in recognition of Mr Khan’s wide-ranging humanitarian work, including establishing the Meer Foundation to support and empower women who have survived acid attacks in India.

Shah Rukh Khan’s philanthropic leadership reflects the University’s values of inclusiveness, equity and social justice. Our scholarship with the Indian icon continues our five-decade history of engagement with Indian culture – from academic programs to study tours, research partnerships and student exchanges.

Interested candidates who meet the scholarship criteria are encouraged to submit an eligibility form by 12pm (AEST) 30 August 2019 via the online submission form. Those who meet the eligibility criteria and are able to secure supervision will be invited to apply. The application must be submitted by the closing date: 30 September 2019. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will commence her research placement at La Trobe University in early 2020.

About the scholarship

The Shah Rukh Khan La Trobe University PhD Scholarship is available to a female Indian applicant to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University in one of the following research areas:

  • engineering
  • information technology
  • cyber security
  • health
  • sport.

Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a Master’s by research degree in a relevant discipline completed within the last 10 years assessed at a La Trobe Master's by research degree standard of 70 or above, or equivalent.

The recipient will be supported with a range of benefits, including:

  • a La Trobe Full Fee Research Scholarship for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe, Melbourne, Australia
  • a La Trobe University Graduate Research Scholarship for three and a half years, with a value of 27,596 AUD per annum (2019 rate) to support her living costs
  • visa length Overseas Student Health Cover for a single candidate
  • opportunities to work with award-winning researchers and have access to our suite of professional development programs.

If you're not eligible for the Shah Rukh Khan La Trobe University PhD Scholarship take a look at La Trobe’s other scholarship opportunities.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must be a female Indian national with a Master’s by research degree in a relevant discipline completed within the last 10 years. Your final grade must be equivalent to a La Trobe Master's by research degree standard of 70 or above.

How to apply for the Shah Rukh Khan La Trobe University PhD Scholarship

Step 1: Check your eligibility and submit an eligibility form

We recommend that you submit your eligibility form as soon as possible. Submissions close at 12pm (AEST) on 30 August 2019.

Submissions have now closed.

Step 2: Eligibility assessment, supervisor confirmation and submit your application

If we assess that you are potentially eligible for the Shah Rukh Khan La Trobe University PhD Scholarship, we will contact potential supervisors in your proposed research area on your behalf. If you have already made contact with any academic supervisors at La Trobe, or you have suggestions of who may be appropriate for your project, please provide details in your eligibility form.

Once we determine that you are potentially eligible and supervision is available, you will receive an invitation to submit your application and the application form will be emailed to you.

If invited to apply, you will be required to submit your application by 12.00pm (AEST)  30 September 2019.  

Please note that the following documents will need to be included with your application:

  • your University academic transcripts and completion certificates (originals or certified copies)
  • your professional CV (resume) outlining relevant work experience, academic awards, prior research background, etc.
  • a copy of any publications you have been involved in
  • a copy of your Master's thesis or equivalent (with at least two chapters translated into English if it is not written in English)
  • a preliminary research proposal of no more than 300 words (if you need assistance, use our Guide to Writing a Research Proposal [PDF 68KB])
  • your birth certificate or citizenship certificate to confirm you are an Indian national
  • documentary evidence of your English language proficiency (if required).

You will also need to organise two academic referees, who will need to complete a referee report form and email it directly to us. We will provide further instructions when we invite you to submit your application.

We anticipate you will be notified of the outcome of your application by mid-December 2019. If you are unsuccessful for the Shah Rukh Khan La Trobe University PhD Scholarship you may be considered for an alternative La Trobe University Graduate Research Scholarship. You will be notified of this alternative opportunity when advised of the outcome of your application for the Shah Rukh Khan La Trobe University PhD Scholarship.

One scholarship will be offered and the successful candidate will be notified in mid-December 2019.

For more information, please contact La Trobe University at srk.scholarship@latrobe.edu.au