Postgraduate Scholarships

Critical Dates

15 April 2020

Applications open in Sapphire

5pm -
Wednesday 10 June 2020

Minimum data due in Sapphire 

10am -
Monday 22 June 2020

Internal date for review by RIC 

10am -
Monday 6 July 2020

Final Submission due to RIC


Scholarships are awarded for a maximum period of three years full time or six years part time. Note that Part-time Scholarships are available to Medical and Dental Postgraduate Research Scholarship holders who are undertaking dual training – postgraduate medical/dental and a PhD, and applicants who are undertaking additional training to further establish their career.

Research, Innovation & Commercialisation (RIC) has a Submission Procedure for Major ARC/NHMRC Grants Rounds.  Please review the scheme specific details prior to submitting your application as it will be strictly adhered to.


How to apply

  1. Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI)

    The NOI should be completed early to provide RIC with applicant (CIA) contact details.

  2. Complete/update Sapphire Profile

    The applicant will need to obtain access to Sapphire to complete this step. Applicants are required to submit a registration form available on the Sapphire Landing Page.

  3. Review the funding documents and eligibility criteria

    The applicant should read the NHMRC 2020 PGS Grant Guidelines (available on Grant Connect, GO ID GO3917), as well as review the UoM Authority to Submit form.

    We strongly urge potential applicants to review the NHMRC Guidelines thoroughly before commencing an application to ensure they are eligible to apply for the scheme. If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please contact us as soon as possible.

  4. Complete draft application in Sapphire

    In addition to the Sapphire application, the applicant should download the pre-formatted Microsoft Word template for the Grant Proposal from Grant Connect (GO ID GO3917). Applicants must use this template to complete their Grant Proposal without changing the formatting in any way as this could render applications ineligible.

  5. Email a 'Review Ready' application to RIC

    Email a draft application (Grant Proposal PDF, and Application Report and Application Summary from Sapphire) to RIC for review by 10am Monday 22 June 2020.  A hardcopy of the application is not required.

    To obtain your Sapphire application preview documents, click the "Preview" button at the top right-hand corner. A zip folder consisting of the preview documents will be downloaded automatically.

  6. Complete the application after feedback

    After taking feedback from RIC into consideration, complete the application in Sapphire. It is suggested that advice is sought from Supervisors, Faculty Mentors, etc. before finalising the application.

  7. Applying for Heart Foundation or MS Research Australia co-funding?

    If applying for co-funding with either of these organisations, a separate application must be submitted to them in addition to ticking the co-funding option in your NHMRC Scholarship application.

    The review and submission of Heart Foundation and MSRA applications will be managed as a separate process due to the variation in application deadlines - with Heart Foundation applications due mid-May and MSRA applications due early July. If you wish to have your application considered for co-funding, please contact us as soon as possible for more information.

  8. Certify the application in Sapphire

    Certify the application via the ‘Certification’ function in the left panel of your Sapphire application. The applicant will be given the opportunity to download their application and attachments prior to the two-stage confirmation prompt before submission. The application will be locked once certified and the status then will be 'Submitted to RAO'.

    You do not need to send a copy of your final application to RIC.

  9. Submit the UoM Authority to Submit form

    Submit a fully completed and signed UoM Authority to Submit form to RIC by email before 10am on the internal final submission date, Monday 6th July 2020 - a hardcopy is not required. The form should be one PDF document and should include:

    • Completed compliance and eligibility section
    • Signature of the applicant and Head of Department/Institute Director.

    Note that this is an NHMRC requirement and the application cannot be submitted to NHMRC until RIC receives this form.

  10. RIC will submit the application

    Once the application has been submitted to NHMRC, the applicant will receive a Sapphire notification.

Supporting documents


  • ***Please note that all documentation relating to this scheme can be found via Grant Connect – GO3917. If you don't already have one, you will need to create log in details for Grant Connect.***



Rosie Hingston

P: +61 3 9035 5551


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