Support for research related activities

Graduate Research students have access to grants and funding at Macquarie University to cover expenses relating to the conduct of their research or fieldwork.

There are two levels of funding available to Graduate Research students:

  • The Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (offered for activities that add value to a research project)
  • Faculty administered funding (offered for other research-based expenses)

Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF)

The Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF) is a designated fund of up to $6000 per candidate for activities that add value to a research project, such as a trip for a conference presentation or visit to a laboratory.

Students can apply for funding once during their candidature, with the exception of those partaking in a joint PhD program, who may apply to the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Graduate Research for permission to make a second application.

The PGRF has two application rounds per year. Applicants should seek advice from their supervisors in preparing their application.

Details of application dates, periods and activities covered are in the PGRF Funding Rules. All planned travel must conform to Macquarie’s Travel Policy.

Note: In preparation of the application budget, PGRF applicants may attach indicative flight and accommodation quotes obtained online (i.e., through airlines, Airbnb, other accommodation sources). This exception is for the application form only. Flight and accommodation bookings must be made through Corporate Travel Management (Macquarie University’s travel management supplier) and should not be booked until after funds are approved.

Faculty funding

PhD and MPhil Candidates in the Faculty of Arts may apply for the following, in consultation with their Supervision Team and Department/School Research Training Director:

Faculty of Arts Graduate Research Student Essential Funding Scholarship

The Faculty of Arts Graduate Research Student Essential Funding Scholarship provides support for essential research expenses only for MRes Year 2 (max $1,000) and MPhil/PhD (max $5,000) candidates:

Candidates who enrolled in their graduate research program from 1 July 2022 will need to submit their Funding Application Form at the time of Confirmation of Candidature. Candidates who enrolled prior to 1 July 2022, may submit their initial application prior to Confirmation of Candidature, if justified. Both Funding Application and Variation Forms must be accompanied by a FoA Graduate Research Budget Spreadsheet.

All requests for travel funding must comply with the Macquarie University Travel Policy. All research-related travel is subject to any restrictions and approval processes that may be in place at the time of travel.

In the Faculty of Science and Engineering, research funding is provided by your School/Department. Visit the HDR section of your School/Department Sharepoint site for information on available funding.

External research grants

Opportunities may arise where you can obtain additional funding from external organisations. Consult with your supervisor for more information.

In the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, research funding is provided by your department. Each department's process is different, so contact your department manager/administrator for the funding application process.

For the Macquarie Medical School, contact your supervisor or Departmental HDR Director for the funding application process.

The School provides up to $10,000 for workshops, training, transcript services or colloquium and conference attendance.

For details of HDR funding provided by the School, refer to the MQBS HDR iLearn page (login required).