Postgraduate Research Scholarships

Graduate Research School

UNSW assists postgraduate researchers by providing a wide range of prestigious scholarships. The scholarships provide a range of benefits such as annual stipends, living allowances and coverage of tuition fee costs, as well as funding and supplements for travel. Scholarships are available to support current and new postgraduate research candidates at UNSW.

Students can apply for the UNSW scholarships during their admission application (please see How To Apply steps for instructions and dates). The UNSW scholarships available to Domestic students are:

  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
  • University Postgraduate Award (UPA)
  • UNSW Research Excellence Awards (RE) – attached to an APA
  • Faculty top ups – attached to APA or UPA

The UNSW scholarships available to International students are:

  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)
  • University International Postgraduate Award (UIPA)
  • Tuition Fee Scholarship (TFS) plus a Research Stipend
  • UNSW/Home Country Joint Scholarships 

If applying for the above scholarships, please ensure you read the relevant Scholarship Guidelines, as well as the Commonwealth Government Guidelines (please see Related Links).

Further to the main awards offered by UNSW during the admission application, UNSW has a range of other scholarships available.  Please read individual conditions and information.

The UNSW Paid Maternity Leave Scholarships are designed to enable local PhD candidates currently in receipt of a scholarship with no maternity leave entitlements to apply for paid maternity leave for a period of up to 12 weeks, under the same conditions that are provided by the APA/UPA scholarships. The support will be equal to the value of the scholarship that the candidate has held for at least two semesters. For further information, contact Catherine Zell, Senior Administrative Officer ( or +61 2 9385 6731).