Externally Funded Scholarships

A wide range of externally funded scholarships are available to UNSW research candidates, including full scholarships, top up scholarships, and small grants for research costs and travel.

Application periods are at the discretion of the fund providers, hence different opportunities may be available at various times throughout the year.

For specific details on eligibility criteria, funding availability and application processes, please refer to the scholarship website provided below.


Scholarships to Support Living Expenses





Closing Date

CSIRO Top UP Scholarship

CSIRO priority research areas

PhD Top-Up Scholarships are available to PhD students who have gained (or are expected to gain) first or upper second class honours or equivalent in relevant research areas. Students must also expect to receive a Research Training Program scholarship (RTP) or equivalent scholarship commencing in the year of the CSIRO scholarship.

Applications are being sought in nominated priority research areas for the 2022 program and will support a number of new PhD Top-Up Scholarships.

$10,000 per annum

Applications close 1 November 2021. 

For details on the opportunities available, please visit CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships

The Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC) Postgraduate Scholarships

Engineering, Law, Business, Criminology (FASS)

The Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC) aims to inspire the next generation of cyber security professionals by supporting innovative, industry-driven research into pressing cyber security problems. In addition to receiving scholarships, successful students from our participating universities may also work with some of the best cyber security researchers in Australia.

The CSCRC offers Postgraduate Scholarships of up to $50,000 a year for outstanding PhD and Masters (by Research) students in the following areas of research and development:

Resilient Systems
IoT Systems
Next Generation Authentication Technologies
Emerging Threats
Platform and Architecture for Cyber Security as a Service
Security Automation and Orchestration
Privacy Preserving Data Sharing in a Hyperconnected World
Real-Time Monitoring of Cyber Security Threats
Cyber Law and Policy

Please send expressions of interest to CSCRC

Up to $50,000 per annum 


Please email CSCRC for further details

Please email CSCRC for details

Data 61 PhD Scholarship

Engineering, Science

As part of Australia’s leading digital research powerhouse, we inspire Data61 PhD students to contribute to a data rich community that informs, impacts and continually evolves.

For more information, visit Data 61

Varies (please visit the website)

Application rounds are held two to four times each year, and candidates wishing to apply for a Data61 Scholarship should have already made contact with a Data61 supervisor to discuss a research project, and have written agreement from the Data61 researcher to supervise their PhD project.

For more information, visit Data 61 Scholarship Program

Forrest PhD Scholarships

All disciplines

Forrest PhD Scholarships are offered to students who have exceptional academic profiles and who have the desire, drive and imagination to undertake doctoral research of the highest standard. Academic excellence is a neccessary but not a sufficient, condition for winning a Forrest PhD Scholarship. You also need to demonstrate deep curiosity about your chosen field of study, a strong desire to communicate to others your enthusiasm for knowledge and discovery, a commitment to use this knowledge to have a positive impact on the world around us, and the drive and determination to succeed even when faced with obstacles and setbacks.

Up to 10 Forrest Scholars will be selected from international and Australian applicants who demonstrate an outstanding academic ability to undertake research work with the potential to change the world we live in.

For further details of the scholarships, go to: https://www.forrestresearch.org.au/scholarship

$50,000 per annum

Applications for Forrest PhD Scholarships are open until 31 October 2021.

For further details on how to apply, go to: https://www.forrestresearch.org.au/scholarship

FutureNow Plus Scholarships

Engineering, Science, Space, Defence

ANSTO is offering two scholarships for Australian Citizens undertaking a PhD to work on the development of:

1. Laser metal deposition (LMD) for applications in the construction and engineering industries

2. Ultra-high temperature ceramics for energy, space and defence applications

$35,000 per annum for 3.5 years

Applications close 31 October 2021.

For information on how to apply, visit https://www.ansto.gov.au/form/futurenow-plus-2021

Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Industry Research Scholarship

Agronomy, soils, climate studies, diseases, pests

The Grains Industry Research Scholarships are available to undertake post graduate research in areas of priority for the GRDC and the Australian grains industry. To be eligible for a GRS, applicants must secure a base University scholarship such as the Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship or equivalent. Successful applicants will receive a top up scholarship of up to 75% of their base scholarship in addition to an annual operating budget up to $10,000 (excluding GST).

For more information, visit Grains Industry Research Scholarships.

Top Up Scholarship of up to 75% of base scholarship, and annual operating budget of $10,000

Please refer to Grains Industry Research Scholarships for application dates

Joint UNSW / NSW Rural Health Research Alliance

PhD Scholarship in Health Services Research


Health, Science, Medicine

UNSW and the NSW Rural Health Research Alliance are offering a PhD scholarship to a motivated candidate who wishes to undertake higher degree research (HDR) on a project examining interventions/strategies to reduce preventable visits to hospital in rural communities and improve the quality of outpatient and community care.

Scope of project focus might include, but not limited to:

  • Understanding how Emergency Department (ED) data reflects population health and service gaps

  • Upstream drivers of ED Demand and models of care to address same


To be eligible for the HDR scholarship, PhD applicants must:

  • Meet UNSW’s minimum admission criteria for a PhD and be accepted for admission to UNSW.

  • Be Domestic or an Australian resident

  • Be from a rural area or prepared to move to rural NSW and be based out of UNSW’s rural clinical school for a significant proportion of their candidature

  • PhD Candidate’s progress will be reviewed annually and must maintain satisfactory progress while holding the Scholarship.

Consideration will be given to part-time applicants, although full-time applicants are preferred.

Evidence of previous research study (e.g. honours or masters degrees) is desirable for entry into a HDR scholarship, although not essential as equivalent experience gained via research in health services or related fields, such as public or population health, health economics, epidemiology or biostatistics, will be considered.


Dr Linda Ferrington:  l.ferrington@unsw.edu.au
Dr Alex Stephens:    Alexandre.Stephens@health.nsw.gov.au

The scholarship amount awarded to full-time HDR students is $28,092 per annum, tax exempt and indexed annually. PhD scholarship duration is three and a half years fulltime equivalent.

Start Date: on the date the last party signs this agreement.

End Date: 20 June 2029

To apply for the PhD scholarship, please submit a current curriculum vitae, including two referees, and a cover letter detailing your research experience and why you’re a good fit for the scholarship to:

Cara Elvidge (c.elvidge@unsw.edu.au)

The Justin Costelloe Scholarship

Hydrology, Ecology, Sociology

In 2018 the Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Forum agreed to establish the Lake Eyre Basin Justin Costelloe Scholarship Grant Program in honour of Dr Justin Costelloe’s significant contribution to the Lake Eyre Basin community. Dr Costelloe was a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne and held a member position on the Lake Eyre Basin Scientific Advisory Panel for a number of years providing hydrological and ecological advice to matters relating to the condition of the Lake Eyre Basin Rivers.


The Lake Eyre Basin Justin Costelloe Scholarship is aimed at encouraging and promoting research and monitoring to improve understanding and support informed decision making in relation to the Lake Eyre Basin Agreement Area. The Scholarship focuses on the development of future scientists and helps to foster links between academia, the wider community and governments in relation to the Lake Eyre Basin.


To be eligible applicants must be:

  • A student enrolled in an Australian public or private tertiary institution, such as a university and either be a:

  1. Postgraduate student or

  2. Honours student

  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia (proof is to be provided) by the closing date of each year of funding.

  • Over 18 years of age

The Scholarship is available to support new or continuing students to undertake research that:

  • contributes to water-related knowledge of the Lake Eyre Basin, and

  • focuses on hydrology, ecology or sociology related to water or related natural resources

Research can include activities outside the Lake Eyre Basin, although the primary focus must lie within the Basin

How to apply

Applicants are to contact Dr Stephen Morton, Chair of the Lake Eyre Basin Scientific Advisory Panel via mortondunnart@gmail.com for more information.

$20,000 per annum 

Applications close 2pm (AEDT) 28 October 2021


Short Term Scholarships and Grants





Closing Date

Royal Society of NSW Scholarships


Three scholarships of $500 plus a complimentary year of Associate Membership of the Society are awarded each year in order to acknowledge outstanding achievements by young researchers in any field of science. Applicants must be enrolled as research students in a university in either NSW or the ACT (on 1 January of the year of nomination).

For more information, please visit the Royal Society of NSW.

$500 plus a complimentary year of Associate Membership of the Royal Society of NSW