University of Melbourne-UGC PhD scholarship scheme

  • November 9, 2015
  • Country: Sri Lanka
Calling for applications for the Elite PhD Scholars' Programme with Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne, Australia

We are pleased to announce the above elite PhD programme that has been developed between the UGC/Ministry of Higher Education and University of Melbourne which is ranked as the No, 1 University in Australia according to the Time Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong rank, etc. Under this programme, the Melbourne School of Engineering will admit up to 5 outstanding graduates per year with effect from 2015, and the eligibility criteria are given below:

1. Should be graduates (Hons) in Engineering, IT, Mathematics or Computer Science
from the University of Moratuwa, Peradeniya or Colombo
2. Should possess a GPA of 3.75/4 or above m the last two years of their study
programme in the said degree programmes.
3. Please refer to the English Language requirement at For some degrees conducted entirely in English, this requirement may be exempted on case by case basis.

Current academic staffs from any public University who meet the eligibility criterion are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be less than 40 years of age on the closing date of applications. The potential applicants should approach academic staff in their desired research area at to seek agreement to
supervise the proposed PhD topic prior to sending in the application
Under this competitive programme, the Melbourne School of Engineering will fund 100% of the tuition waiver (currently AUD 36,896 per annum) and 80% of the tax free living stipend (currently AUD 25,849 per annum tax free per student) for 3.5 years while the UGC will fund 20% of the living stipend for 3.5 years. University will also appoint a co-supervisor from Sri Lanka for students selected.

As per the Letter of Intent signed with the UGC, the cash value of the benefits provided by it will not be included in the bond that the successful candidates will enter into with the respective local universities.

Closing date of applications will be 18th December, 2015. Please be advised that applicants must meet the eligibility criteria described above and include evidence of email communication by a potential supervisor at the Melbourne School of Engineering of University of Melbourne agreeing to be the supervisor of the proposed PhD topic.
Applications received will be evaluated and shortlisted in terms of merit by a panel appointed by UGC, and it will be forwarded to the Melbourne School of Engineering in Australia which will do the final selection. Successful candidates could commence doctoral studies at the University of Melbourne in 2016.

More information or any clarification in this regard can be obtained from the Office of the Vice Chairman of UGC (Tel: 011-3092449; E-mail: ) or from Prof. Saman K. Halgamuge, Melbourne School of Engineering (E-mail: ), the focal point at University of Melbourne in this regard.