PhD and MPhil application

This section provides step by step instructions to apply for a higher degree by research.

Understand the entry requirements

To be eligible to be considered for admission to a postgraduate research degree at ANU, you must:

  1. Already hold, or be about to complete, an Australian Bachelor Degree with at least Second Class Honours - Upper (First Class Honours is often required) or its international equivalent, or, a Postgraduate Degree with a significant research thesis component, and;
  2. A supervisor must be available at ANU willing to supervise your research.
  3. All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for students.

Complete an expression of interest

Prospective research students first need to identify a research project and find an academic supervisor.

Review the fields of research we offer and contact the academic convenor for advice about potential projects, supervisors, and the pre-application process. The ANU Researchers website is also a good place to start looking for a supervisor.

Email your academic supervisor directly to enquire about projects and supervision. Your email should outline the reason(s) why you are attracted to their field of research, the type of research you would like to pursue and a summary of your academic qualifications and research experience. You may also submit a short research proposal, however, this is not mandatory at this point.

The academic supervisor may contact you to discuss your research proposal and possibly other projects, or they may forward your email to other staff in the research school / centre.

Once an academic supervisor has been confirmed to support your application you may proceed to step three.

If you are not sure which area of research or supervisor matches your interest please complete an expression of interest and we will get in contact with you. Do not proceed to step four until advised to do so.


Apply for a scholarship

ANU, Colleges and individual research schools, offer a number of scholarships which are awarded on a merit basis. You can also talk to your academic supervisor about other sources of funding you might access to assit with living expenses and tuition fees, since fulltime research students are normally allowed to work no more than 10 hours per week.

Please note, international research scholarships are only awarded to outstanding students and are extremely competitive. Domestic students should be aware that if you are applying for mid year entry your chances of obtaining scholarship funding may be greatly diminished.

Scholarship applications are included in the program application process, step four.


Submit your application

Applicants should apply online. Application for admission to a higher degree by research and scholarship is combined in the single application. A one page research proposal and three academic referee reports also need to be included. Ask your referees to complete the referee report form and submit directly to ANU.

Note that the online application form does not have to be completed in one session. You can log in at any time to complete or edit your application before submitting.