Monash university PhD || GEMS

Call for GEMS applications for the 2023 intake is now open

Monash university PhD || GEMS

The GEMS program aims to bring the best and brightest PhD students to Monash University Malaysia, where they can work

with top-class research teams on some of the world’s core challenges on full time study.

The GEMS program offers 15 scholarships each year from 2022 to 2024, and scholarship recipients will be funded for 39 months. This is divided into two parts includi

ng: 27 months in Malaysia and up to 12 months in Australia. Each PhD student will be supervised by a team of staff in Malaysia and Australia, and as such, the program will include a paid placement in Australia for up to 12 months.

Stipends and Benefits

  • 100% tuition fee waiver for three years and three months under the Global Excellence and Mobility Scholarship (GEMS).
  • A monthly stipend of RM 2,800 for 27 months while in Malaysia.
  • An annual stipend of AUD 37,000 up to 12 months while in Australia.
  • A grant to cover travel and initial cost of living expenses in Australia.

Global Excellence and Mobility Scholarship (GEMS) recipients are required to contribute a maximum of 10 hours per week in academic support and/or research support activities as determined by the managing School.


  • Candidate must meet the academic and English language requirements
  • To be eligible for GEMS, you must possess a minimum academic qualification of First Class Honors (H1) or its equivalence (H1E) recognized by Monash Malaysia.
  • You must satisfy particular academic and English language requirements.


  • Applications must be submitted through this form with the following documents:
    • Academic transcripts (Certified true copies with grading scales)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Personal statement on why you think are a good match for the GEMS program (300 words)
    • Research proposals for up to 2 preferred research topics
    • Proof of English proficiency (Based on Monash University English language requirements)
  • All shortlisted candidates will be invited for a panel interview.
  • Successful applicants will receive an Invitation to Apply letter on the next steps to complete your application.

Research Area

Candidates should check details of research topics based on department, then select up to 2 preferred research topics only. A research proposal for each selected research topic must be submitted with the application.

Application and assessment timeline

Application deadline: 31st December 2022

Panel interview for shortlisted applicants: February 2023

Announcement of outcome: March 2023

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