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

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

Applications close 31 October 2020

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

Industry Foundations Scholarship

All Faculties

Under the auspices of an NSW government funding scheme designed to establish a Graduate Institute 'Industry Foundations Program,' ANSTO will award a minimum of 5 scholarships for graduate students or early career researchers working on industry-focused translational research projects aligned with ANSTO strategic objectives.

Selection Criteria:

  • Impact and benefit to ANSTO and NSW in accordance with the Priority Focus Areas.

  • The level of industry support.

  • Project quality, readiness and feasibility.

For more information, visit NSW Government Industry Scholarships.

The scholarships include a top-up stipend of $7,500 and approved research, conference, travel and accommodation support of up to $10,000.


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)

Medical Physics Research Top Up Scholarships

Physics, Maths, Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology

The Radiation Oncology Medical Physics (ROMP) research group at Liverpool and Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centres is seeking high quality PhD candidates to join their research team in 2021. They are seeking candidates with a technical/scientific undergraduate major, which may include but is not limited to:

  • Physics

  • Maths

  • Engineering

  • Computer Science

  • Chemistry/biology

For detailed information on the projects available and the eligibility and selection criteria for this scholarship, please download the Scholarship Guidelines.

$5,000 for one year, with likely continuation of up to 3.5 years

1 November 2020

To apply, please complete this application form.

NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships Scheme

Health, Science, Medicine

The NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme aims to support outstanding health and medical graduates early in their career so they can be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive and develop a capacity for original independent research within Australia. A number of scholarships are available, including the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Research Postgraduate Scholarship, the Clinical Research Postgraduate Scholarship, the Dora Lush Biomedical Research Postgraduate Scholarship, and the Public Health and Health Services Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

For further information, visit National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Standard rate $27,596 per annum (2019 rate)


State Super Scholarship

All Faculties

The scholarship provides funding support for successful applicants to pursue research in fields related to public sector employees and their retirement, pensions or superannuation.

The scholarship will support those seeking to complete research at postgraduate level – either Masters (by Research) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


  • Australian citizen or permanent resident

  • Applicants must be accepted to undertake full-time Masters (by Research) or PhD at UNSW

  • Have an idea for research into innovative solutions for superannuation and retirement

  • Research must be conducted in Australia

  • Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply

How to apply:

Email to register your interest: scholarship@statesuper.nsw.gov.au

-Include your name, university and field of study.
State Super will let you know if you're eligible and email you an application form to return before 31 December 2020.

If you are interested but would like to discuss your application please call Louise Moody on 0402 463 052 or email your questions to: scholarship@statesuper.nsw.gov.au

For further information, please visit State Super

Successful applicants will receive financial support for a period of 12 months as follows:

Masters (by Research) $16,000  - (4 scholarships per year)

PhD Scholarship $36,000 - (1 scholarship per year)

31 December 2020 by 11.59 pm (AEST)

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

Applications close 7 October 2020

Visit SQA PhD Scholarships for how to apply

Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA)

*Postdoctoral Fellowship

Quantum Computing

The Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA) Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded to outstanding early-career researchers. SQA Fellows will contribute to and enhance research and innovation in the field of quantum science and technology at one of the SQA partner universities.

Applicants from related fields in quantum science and technology are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will have opportunities to work with leading quantum research groups across the SQA partner universities. Professional development and industry engagement opportunities will also be provided to recipients.

For further information, visit SQA Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • A three-year, research-focused appointment at one of the SQA partner universities.

  • Generous employer-provided superannuation contribution.

  • Research support and career development funding.

Applications close 15 September 2020.

Visit SQA Postdoctoral Fellowships for how to apply


Short Term Scholarships and Grants





Closing Date

Dr Timothy Steel Scholarship


In addition to being a top consultant neurosurgeon and spinal surgeon at St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Sydney, Professor Steel teaches at UNSW as a Conjoint Senior Lecturer, and also at Notre Dame, where he recently became an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor. He has decided to launch a scholarship for students studying Medicine, Medical Science and Nursing, to help them with their studies.

For more information visit the Dr Timothy Steel Scholarship website.

The value of this sponsorship is $4,000. This amount is paid as a one-off payment to the winner.

Open now
Entries close October 31, 2020
Winner chosen November 15, 2020
Winner notified by January 31, 2021

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

30 September 2020

Visit this page for instructions on how to apply.