How to apply

This information is for prospective PhD and MPhil candidates.

Step 1: Check your eligibility

To be eligible to pursue a PhD at the Australian National University, you must:

  • Already hold, or be about to complete, an Australian Bachelor Degree with at least Second Class Honours - Upper (though First Class Honours is often required for a scholarship) or its international equivalent, or, a Postgraduate Degree with a significant research thesis component, and;
  • have met the English language requirements (if you are an international student).

If you are unsure about whether or not you meet the minimum requirements, or have general questions about the PhD program, email the College of Asia & the Pacific Student Centre (

Step 2: Explore your options

Please look through the RegNet website to see what types of projects are currently being pursued by students and supervisors.

At RegNet, HDR students have a primary supervisor and a panel of supporting supervisors. The primary supervisor chairs the panel. RegNet supervisory panels for PhD students are typically made up of experienced professors, mid- and early-career researchers working in the student’s field of interest from the ANU and may include one or more colleagues from disciplinary or professional areas that relate to the student’s topic.

RegNet staff currently available to chair PhD panels include:

If you are interested in working with a supervisor not on this list, please contact RegNet directly ( in advance of the application deadline.

Note: Please do not contact potential supervisors at this stage of the process.

Step 3: Express your interest

To express your interest in pursuing a research degree at RegNet, email electronic copies of the following documents to RegNet directly (

  1. Completed expression of interest form (PDF, 904KB)
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Academic transcripts
  4. IELTS/TOEFL results (if applicable)
  5. Thesis proposal (5-10 pages)

International students are required to have a valid visa at all times. Applying for a visa can be a long process, so please take a look at the information on visas on the ANU website as early as possible.

Step 4: Meet potential supervisors

The Director of Education will inform you within three weeks of receiving your expression of interest whether there is a supervisor available to supervise your proposed topic. If there is, you will be asked to attend an interview (this can be done over phone/Skype if you are not based in Canberra).

Step 5: Make a formal application to the ANU

Once a supervisor has interviewed you and signed off on your proposal, the Director of Education will advise you to apply through the ANU online application process. The RegNet PhD program code is 9560XPHD, and the MPhil program code is 8560XMPHIL. Please select a summer commencement date (unless the Director of Education has advised otherwise).

Key Dates

The closing date for the Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship is 31 August for international applications and 31 October for domestic applications.

International students should check the Australia Awards and the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships websites for latest information on application deadlines.

For further information and advice, see the College of Asia and Pacific website and ANU pages on Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) study.

Living in Canberra

Due to the high demand in Canberra and particularly at university childcare centres, if you need childcare during your studies it is best to put your child on a wait list as soon as possible. There are three childcare services on university campus:

Before coming to Canberra it is worthwhile investigating the cost of living, which is quite high relative to other cities in many other countries. Please take a look at the information on the cost of living available on the ANU website which outlines the cost of everyday items, and housing rental costs in Canberra.

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet