FAQs- Admission & Scholarships

Research Program Applications and Research Scholarship Applications

Am I a Domestic or International candidate?

  • Domestic candidates are: Australian Permanent Residents or Citizens, or New Zealand Citizens
  • International candidates are: New Zealand Permanent Residents, or Citizens or Permanent Residents of all other countries

I am in the process of applying for Permanent Residency, should I apply as a Domestic or International candidate?

Please complete the application using your current residential status. This can be updated when your residency status changes.  

If you are applying for a scholarship and are unsure what your status will be at the time the results are announced, you can apply for both a domestic and an international scholarship to maximise your chances. Please contact the Admissions and Scholarships team should you wish to submit a second scholarship application.

Please note that if you are offered a scholarship based on a residency status that is not current at the time of your commencement, you will be unable to take up the scholarship.

I am an International applicant but I don’t have my IELTS results yet. Will my application still be processed?

All applicants to the University must provide evidence of English ability that meets the UNSW English language requirements policy.

If you are applying for a UNSW scholarship you must submit your satisfactory proof of English prior to the scholarship application deadline, which can be found on the Key Dates page.

If you are applying for admission only, you do not have to provide an Academic IELTS test report or other proof of English proficiency at the time of your application, and can be granted a conditional admission offer.

I am an International applicant and I have a strong command of the English Language, but no IELTS result. How can I prove my English ability?

Please find details of the UNSW English language requirements policy at the following link: https://www.unsw.edu.au/english-requirements-policy

How do I find a supervisor?

You can find details of all of our Academic staff and their projects, at the “Find a Researcher” tab on the research website: http://research.unsw.edu.au/

Also see Step 2 - Find a Supervisor & Develop a Research Proposal: https://research.unsw.edu.au/how-apply-enrol-research-degree

If you are having difficulty finding an appropriate supervisor, please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator of the School where you are interested in doing research.

A full list of Postgraduate Coordinators can be found at: http://research.unsw.edu.au/postgraduate-coordinator-contacts

How do I apply for a research program at UNSW?

To find details of UNSW Academic Research Programs as well as the application process, please refer to the following link: http://research.unsw.edu.au/how-apply-postgraduate-research-study-program

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Applicants can apply for UNSW scholarships during their admission application, please refer to the following link: http://research.unsw.edu.au/how-apply-postgraduate-research-study-program.

For information about the scholarship rounds closing dates, please review our Key dates page.


Important changes to Postgraduate Research Scholarship rounds

UNSW Sydney Postgraduate Research Scholarships will now be open for and assessed in 4 Rounds throughout the year. These rounds, named Round 1-4, will be open to both International and Domestic applicants.

The round numbers do not correspond with the same number Semester, so please ensure you check our Key Dates page to check which scholarship round you should apply for. Late or Out of Round applications will not be accepted.

How do I determine my position in cohort?

You should ask your university. However, not all universities are able to provide this information. If you are able to obtain it, it may assist with your application but, it is not compulsory for you to do so.

How do I submit my documents?

Applicants need to submit supporting documentation within the application (Apply Online), therefore it is important to prepare your documents before starting the application. All documents must be in English or include a certified English translation.

However, if you have already submitted your application, and want to submit further documentation, you can do so by logging in to your UNSW Apply Online account using the same details (email address and password) you used when you first registered. If you applied through a UNSW agent, please provide all additional documentation to your agent.

What are my chances of getting a scholarship?

Details of eligibility for UNSW Scholarships can be found in the Scholarship Guidelines available on our Procedures, Policies & Forms page: https://research.unsw.edu.au/graduate-research-school-policy-and-procedures.

You can undertake a Self-Assessment for an indication of the likelihood of receiving admission/scholarship by using the tool available at: https://research.unsw.edu.au/hdr-self-assessment-tool.

After you have submitted your documents, you will not be contacted regarding the scholarship until the ranking process has been finalised. The dates of the expected release of scholarship offers can be found at: https://research.unsw.edu.au/key-dates. We notify all applicants by email, both successful and unsuccessful, from the date advertised on our website. Occasionally the process will take longer if we need to wait for pending academic results such as your honours or masters program results or other documentation.

How will my referees be contacted?

Referees will be contacted directly by your School or Supervisor on an as-needs basis. Referee reports and recommendation letters are not required.

How do I track the status of my application and check all documents are received?

After you have submitted your application, within 2-4 working days you will be emailed an application receipt letter containing your UNSW student ID and outstanding documentation.

From this point you can provide your outstanding documentation and/or track your application by logging in to your UNSW Apply Online account. If you have not received your application receipt letter after one week, please contact the Admissions and Scholarships team at the Graduate Research School domestic.grs@unsw.edu.au international.grs@unsw.edu.au or for Canberra applicants the Admin Research Student Unit: rsu@adfa.edu.au. If you applied through a UNSW agent, please provide all the outstanding documentation to your agent.

I have applied for a scholarship - why does my admission letter state I am "Full Fee-paying"?

Admission offer letters for International students will always state they are Full-Fee Paying.  If you are a recipient of a fee paying scholarship or sponsorship, fees are still charged but your scholarship/sponsorship will pay the fees for the duration of your award.  

I have been awarded a scholarship. How do I accept my admission offer online without paying the tuition fee deposit?

Please print, complete and email your acceptance form and attach proof that you have been awarded a scholarship that will cover your tuition fees.  If you are a recipient of a UNSW scholarship, this proof should be your scholarship reply form.

Your acceptance will then be processed manually and you will not need to pay the deposit.

I submitted my Commencement of Study Form to activate my scholarship payments, but when I log onto myUNSW, it asks me to pay the tuition fee. What should I do?

Commencement Forms may take some time to process, however you will be sent a confirmation email once it has been processed.  If tuition fees are still outstanding after you received this confirmation email, please respond to the email to let us know.

Why did I receive more/less money in my first pay?

For scholarship payment details, please see: http://research.unsw.edu.au/unsw-pay-advice 

I am currently on a scholarship. What is the scholarship expiry date?

You can view your scholarship expiry date through the Graduate Research Information System (GRIS). Log in using your zID and password.

Details of your current scholarship/s will be in the "My Details" section, including the expiry date.