Additional information

Applying for a scholarship? The information below should help you with your application and, if you're offered a scholarship, your commencement.

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions and Scholarships team at international.grs@unsw.edu.au (for international candidates) or domestic.grs@unsw.edu.au (for domestic candidates), or call the GRS on 9385 5500.

Key dates

Applications and all relevant documents (including English) must be submitted by the application deadline for the intended study period (Term), to ensure the acceptance and enrolment processes are completed by the Term Start Dates. Please visit https://research.unsw.edu.au/key-dates to find out more about key dates for admission and scholarships.

 

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Activating scholarship payments

Main UNSW scholarship holders (RTP, UIPA, UPA, TFS, SQA and HDR Completion Scholarship): there is a Commencement Form attached to the Scholarship offer letter you need to complete and submit once you have arrived, enrolled and started your degree. See your scholarship offer letter for details.

Scholarships holders of other UNSW awards: Please check your individual scholarship agreement or with their scholarship provider. For most awards, payments will be managed by the GRS but need to be activated by the funding manager. These are usually activated via a Scholarship Proposal Kit which is completed by the funding manager, and on which you will need to complete your bank account details. If you have not completed paperwork for an award you are expecting payment for, please contact the funding manager.

For scholarships where tuition is covered, tuition may be paid just before census of each term.

Payments are backdated to the date the candidate enrolled (started) their degree in the starting term of the scholarship. E.g. if a candidate holding a scholarship offer for Term 1, started their degree on 11th January but only provided paperwork on 26th March, the scholarship will be set up to backpay from 11th January.

 

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Relocation allowance

If you have been awarded a scholarship and you need to relocate to Sydney or Canberra to for your HDR candidature, you may be able to access a relocation allowance of up to $2,000 for International candidates and $1,000 for Domestic candidates. 

Which scholarships have this allowance? 

  • Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships

  • University Postgraduate Award (UPA)

  • University International Postgraduate Award (UIPA)

  • NHMRC or other scholarships - check your scholarship conditions

Eligibility
You can access this allowance if:

  • you were living overseas or interstate at the time that you applied for the scholarship; or

  • you have not studied at an institution in NSW/ACT within the 12 months prior to applying for the scholarship

How to apply
Domestic candidates: Complete the Commencement of Study Form as provided in your scholarship offer pack and attach proof that you have relocated to commence your candidature and submit to domestic.grs@unsw.edu.au

International candidates: Complete your Commencement of Study Form as provided in your scholarship offer pack and submit to international.grs@unsw.edu.au

 

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Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) allowance

If you are an International candidate and you have been awarded a scholarship, you may be able to claim an allowance towards the cost of your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Which scholarships is this allowance available under? 

  • International Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships

  • University International Postgraduate Award (UIPA)

  • NHMRC or other scholarships - check your scholarship conditions

How much will I receive? 
If approved, you will receive the single OSHC rate of UNSW's preferred provider (Medibank) for the duration of your HDR program. For example in 2020 the rate was approximately $2500 for the program.

How to apply
Complete your Commencement of Study Form as per the instructions in your scholarship offer letter. Send your completed form to international.grs@unsw.edu.au

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Visa processing fee allowance

Available under the following scholarship schemes: International RTP

If you have been granted an Australian Government International Research Training Program Scholarship (RTPI), the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) will waive the visa processing fee provided that you declare that you have been granted this scholarship on your application. 

If you have been charged the processing fee, please contact the Graduate Research School within 6 months of commencing your candidature and provide the following:

  • a scanned copy of your receipt showing that you have paid the visa processing fee 

  • your commencement of study form (provided with your scholarship offer pack

If you have any questions about this process, please call us on +61 2 9385 5500 or email us at enquiries.grs@unsw.edu.au

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Information about the conditions of your scholarship

UNSW has several policies that outline the conditions for our scholarships. The Higher Degree Research Scholarships Procedure and the UNSW Higher Degree Research Scholarships (including RTP Scholarships) Policy outlines eligibility, scholarship benefits and conditions for the living allowance to be paid. If you have any questions about the information in this procedure, please contact us: 

Phone: +61 2 9385 5500

General enquiries: enquiries.grs@unsw.edu.au

Domestic applicants: domestic.grs@unsw.edu.au

International applicants: international.grs@unsw.edu.au

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FAQs

Applicants and commencing candidates can access frequently asked questions at: https://research.unsw.edu.au/faqs-admission-scholarships.

 

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Contact Us

Have questions? Contact the HDR Admissions and Scholarships team

Phone: +61 2 9385 5500

General enquiries: enquiries.grs@unsw.edu.au

Domestic applicants: domestic.grs@unsw.edu.au

International applicants: international.grs@unsw.edu.au

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