Postgraduate research programs

Applying for a scholarship?

If you apply for a La Trobe Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Fee Remission Research Scholarship or an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, your application must be received by 30 September if you want to start at La Trobe the following year.

You can apply at any time of the year if you are not applying for a scholarship, but we will need enough time to process your application and visa before the semester starts.

How to apply (International applicant)

For Master's by Research, Professional Doctorate or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD):

Step 1:

Select a research area and program.

Step 2:

Check that you meet the academic entry requirements for your program.

Step 3:

Check that you meet the English language proficiency requirements for your course. If you don't meet these requirements, you can apply and submit another test score before or when you accept your offer.

Step 4:

Contact a potential research supervisor. If you need help, contact us at

Step 5:

Apply via the postgraduate research application form [PDF 72KB]. Your academic referee will need to submit the Additional Academic Referee Report Form [PDF 107KB].

If you need help writing your research proposal for your application, download our Guide to Writing a Research Proposal [PDF 48KB].

If you need further help with your application and visa, contact one of our overseas representatives.

Step 6:

Once you contact an academic supervisor who is interested in supervising your topic, submit your application. Make sure you include the following information with your application:

  • Completed and signed application form.
  • 300-word research proposal.
  • Bachelor and Master's transcripts.
  • Your CV (professional résumé) including details of your research background, academic publications, awards or achievements, and past research experience.
  • A copy of your master thesis (with at least two chapters translated into English if it is not written in English).
  • Evidence of academic English proficiency (optional).

Send your application to:

La Trobe International
La Trobe University
Victoria 3086
Fax: 03 9479 3660

We will check your application and forward it to the College and Higher Degrees Committee for assessment, which can take up to 12 weeks. We will then tell you whether your application was successful. If you are successful, you will receive an offer from La Trobe and instructions on how to accept.