Additional Benefits & Allowances for Award Holders

A number of scholarship schemes provide additional benefits and allowances to cover a variety of costs associated with undertaking a higher degree by research. The information below outlines each of these benefits. For further information, please refer to your scholarship guidelines. 

 

Relocation Allowance

Available under the following scholarship schemes: RTP stipend, UPA, NHMRC, or UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme

Recipients of the above scholarships may be entitled to a contribution to the costs associated with relocating themselves, their spouse and dependents to UNSW.

UNSW may pay a relocation allowance to scholarship holders who:

i. were living overseas or interstate at the time of applying for the scholarship; or

ii. have not studied at an institution in NSW/ACT within 12 months prior to applying for the scholarship and had to relocate to Sydney or Canberra to commence their program at UNSW

Allowance Deadlines

Claims should be made within six (6) months of the commencement of the scholarship.

Allowance Application Procedure

Scanned copies of tax receipts (not invoices) with the supplier’s Australian Business Number (ABN) and substantiating documentation (i.e. if claiming for your partner and/or dependant/s) or evidence of travel if claiming travel by car (i.e. fuel receipts can be used as evidence of travel by car) must accompany the Additional Allowance Claim Form (available on the Forms, Procedures and Policies page). The Form and receipts must be emailed to the Graduate Research School.

Please note that all receipts should be submitted in the one claim. Multiple claims will not be processed.

Candidates should retain copies of all receipts for their own records as required, as receipts will not be returned.

Applications should be lodged with the Graduate Research School as follows:
Domestic students email to: domestic.grs@unsw.edu.au
International students email to: international.grs@unsw.edu.au
Scientia students email to Scientia Office: ScientiaPHD@unsw.edu.au  

All enquiries can be directed to the Graduate Research School on +61 2 9385 5500, or (for Scientia PhD Holders) Scientia Office on  +61 2 9385 5571

 

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Thesis Allowance

Available under the following scholarship schemes: RTP stipend, UPA or NHMRC 

Recipients of the above scholarships may be entitled to a contribution to the costs associated with the production of their thesis.

Allowance Deadlines

Claims must be lodged within 1 year of first submission of the thesis for examination and no more than 2 years after the expiry/termination date of the scholarship.

Candidates should note that in circumstances beyond a student’s control, a waiver of this 1-year time-limit may be considered by the Graduate Research School. Supporting documentation must be provided.

Allowance Application Procedure

Scanned copies of tax receipts (not invoices) with the supplier’s Australian Business Number (ABN) must accompany the Additional Allowance Claim Form (available on the Forms, Procedures and Policies page). The Form and receipts must be emailed to the Graduate Research School.

Candidates should retain copies of all receipts for their own records as required, as receipts will not be returned.

Applications should be lodged with the Graduate Research School on research.tem@unsw.edu.au.

All enquiries can be directed to the Graduate Research School on +61 2 9385 5500

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Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Available under the following scholarship schemes: International RTP or UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme

Recipients of the above scholarships may be entitled to a contribution towards the cost of Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the candidate and their dependents for the standard award duration provided by a recognised medical insurance provider.

Please note that OSHC coverage is fixed at acceptance. Upgrades from single coverage to dual family or multi family will not be available.  

Allowance Deadlines

Claims must be made within six (6) months of the commencement of the scholarship.

Allowance Application Procedure

Scanned copies of tax receipts (not invoices) with the duration and amount of the OSHC must accompany the Additional Allowance Claim Form (available on the Forms, Procedures and Policies page). The Form and receipts must be emailed to the Graduate Research School.

Please note that all receipts should be submitted in the one claim. Multiple claims will not be processed.

Candidates should retain copies of all receipts for their own records as required, as receipts will not be returned.

Applications should be emailed to the Graduate Research School: international.grs@unsw.edu.au 
Scientia students email to the Scientia Office: ScientiaPHD@unsw.edu.au

All enquiries can be directed to the Graduate Research School on +61 2 9385 5500, or (for Scientia PhD Holders) Scientia Office on  +61 2 9385 5571

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Visa Processing Fee

Available under the following scholarship schemes: International RTP or UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme

Visa Charges for Australian Government International Research Training Program Scholarship (RTP) holders are waived by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) at the time of visa processing. Students need to declare to DIBP that they hold the RTP.

Candidates should note that where the visa process fees have already been charged due to circumstances beyond a student’s control, special cases may be considered by the Graduate Research School. Supporting documentation must be provided. Please send your case to: international.grs@unsw.edu.au

UNSW Scientia PhD Scholars will be reimbursed for visa processing fee costs*.  

Allowance Deadlines

Claims must be made within six (6) months of the commencement of the scholarship.

Allowance Application Procedure

Scanned copies of tax receipts (not invoices) with the duration and amount of the Visa processing charge must accompany the Additional Allowance Claim Form (available on the Forms, Procedures and Policies page). The Form and receipts must be emailed to the Scientia Office.

Please note that all receipts should be submitted in the one claim. Multiple claims will not be processed.

Candidates should retain copies of all receipts for their own records as required, as receipts will not be returned.

Applications should be emailed to the Scientia Office: ScientiaPHD@unsw.edu.au

All enquiries can be directed to the Scientia Office on +61 2 9385 5571

 

*Scientia reimbursement costs are included within the $10,000 per year support/travel package. 

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