Applying for candidature and/or scholarship

The application process at Deakin differs depending on which Faculty or Institute you wish to study in.

Applicants applying in the following areas must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) prior to submitting a formal application.
The Faculty or Institute will then advise if you should submit a formal application via the Applicant Portal.

  • Faculty of Arts and Education
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Applicants applying in the following area are required to nominate a potential supervisor and must have approval from their potential supervisor before making a formal application via the Applicant Portal.

  • Faculty of Health
  • Institute for Frontier Materials

Expression of Interest forms plus further information about application dates, intake dates, and the application process can be found on our
How to Apply page. Please note: the email address to send your Expression of Interest (EOI) form is listed in the form.

Applicants applying in the following areas, and those who have been invited to submit a formal application via the Applicant Portal should follow the 'formal application' instructions below.

  • Institute for Intelligent System Research and Innovation
  • Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²)

Formal Application

Before completing the HDR research candidature and scholarships application form you must first register to start your application with a valid email address and password. By registering you will be able to login to view and edit your application form. If you cannot finish your application form in a single session your progress will be saved and you can return later to complete the form.

All online applications must be supported by one referee report. These can be downloaded from our How to Apply page at step 3 and must be forwarded onto your referee(s) for completion.

Doctor of Psychology

Applications for Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) can be lodged online via the Deakin applicant portal.

Disclaimer Privacy statement

Please read the following Deakin University privacy statement with regard to any information you provide to Deakin as part of the application process:

Deakin University is collecting your personal information for the primary purpose of assessing your application. The University will also use this information to register you in Deakin’s student management system, for planning and quality assurance purposes and to notify you about further opportunities and activities of Deakin that may be of interest to you. Your personal information may be stored in ‘cloud’-based servers located in Australia or overseas. Deakin may provide your personal information to relevant institutions and employers to verify your qualifications and may disclose your personal information to Australian government agencies, including the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Education and Training, where required by legislation or to support your visa application. Your personal information will also be disclosed to your overseas student health cover provider and, if you are under 18 years of age, to the carer appointed for you. If an agent has assisted you with your application for admission or your visa application, Deakin and the agent may share your personal information.
You are not required to provide the information requested, however if the information is not provided, Deakin may not be able to assess your application.
Deakin manages personal information it holds, including requests by individuals for access to their personal information, in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic). Deakin’s Privacy Policy may be viewed on The Guide.

For further information on privacy at Deakin please contact +61 3 5227 8524 or email