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

CQC2T Women in Stem PhD Scholarships (Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology)

Science, Engineering

CQC2T has just launched a new top-up scholarships available to successful female candidates that have secured a PhD.

  • A Unique opportunity to join a world-leading research Centre, led by Prof Michelle Simmons, 2018 Australian of the Year

  • Help to develop quantum computing technologies that have the potential to change the future

  • Work with leading researchers at UNSW

As a successful candidate, you will be supported by a mentor at UNSW, given access to a wide range of resources to assist with the development of your career and provided with top-up funding to support your education journey.

Visit cqc2t.org/cqc2t-women-in-stem-scholarships or
email coo@cqc2t.org

PhD top-up scholarships $5,000AUD per annum for up to 3 years

Applications for the first round close on the 11th January 2021. Multiple intakes will be considered throughout the year. Please contact Alison Taylor at coo@cqc2t.org  for further information on submission deadlines.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Postgraduate Scholarships

Science, Engineering

CSIRO's Postgraduate Scholarship Program provides opportunities in science and engineering for outstanding full-time postgraduate students who are undertaking research which will lead to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). PhD students at CSIRO are supported by both a university supervisor and a CSIRO supervisor; allowing students to maintain and develop their university connections while being exposed to research in a working environment.

CSIRO offers full and top-up Postgraduate Scholarships for periods of up to three years.

For further information, visit CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships.

Full and/or top up scholarships may be available


Visit the CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships for information on how to apply.

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

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)

Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA)

Quantum Computing

The SQA PhD Scholarships seek to recognise and encourage excellence amongst postgraduate candidates intending to undertake their research training in related fields of quantum science and technology. The Scholarships provide successful candidates a unique opportunity to work with researchers with industry linkages across Sydney’s foremost universities leading the way in the quantum field.

SQA PhD Scholarships are awarded to outstanding postgraduate students who will contribute to and enhance research and innovation in the field of quantum science and technology.

For further information, visit SQA PhD Scholarships.

$35,000 per annum for four years

$5,000 per annum for career development


Visit SQA PhD Scholarships for how to apply

Australian Parliamentary Fellowship (26720)

*Postdoctoral Fellowship

Parliament Library

The Australian Parliamentary Fellowship (the Fellowship) is managed by the Parliamentary Library on behalf of the Parliament. The purpose of the Fellowship is to:

  • Contribute to scholarship on the Parliament and its work;

  • Promote knowledge and understanding of the Parliament;

  • Raise awareness of the role of the Library’s Research service;

  • Provide a researcher with work experience in the parliamentary environment; and

  • Support “early career” scholars.


A PhD which has been awarded within the last three years.

How to apply:

Please upload the following as one document here:

  1. A brief statement of claims against the selection criteria for the Parliamentary Fellowship position (maximum of 500 words), and 

  2. An outline of your research proposal that is consistent with the selection criteria for the project, and 

  3. Two referees’ reports.

If proof of qualifications, licences or certificates are required as part of the application process, please incoporate these documents into your resume or within your applicant response before you submit your application.

For further information, please contact Carlene Dunshea – 02 6277 2721 or carlene.dunshea@aph.gov.au

Currently, the salary range for this position is $84,910 - $95,433 per annum.

(The position may be held as an adjunct to other posts and attachments)


Submit your application here by 11.30pm (AEDT), 31 January 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