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

ABRS National Taxonomy Research Grant Program


The National Taxonomy Research Grant Programme (NTRGP) focuses on support for training and/or recruitment of taxonomists, especially for research on critical taxonomic groups. The ABRS is offering applicants starting a PhD on an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) in 2017 the opportunity to top up the existing APA rate by $10 000 per year. The PhD research projects of applicants must be focused on taxonomy or systematics analysis and address the ABRS Research Priorities. At least $5 000 of the Top-Up must be used to supplement research costs, with up to $5 000 of the Top Up used to supplement living costs.

For more information, visit ABRS National Taxonomy Research Grant Program.

$10,000 per annum


Anika Foundation & Black Dog Institute PhD Scholarship


PhD in adolescent depression and suicide at the Black Dog Institute.

A scholarship has been established with the support of the Anika Foundation http://www.anikafoundation.com/ to encourage exceptional postgraduate students to undertake full-time research leading to a PhD in adolescent depression and suicide at the Black Dog Institute, an affiliate of UNSW Medicine.  

The Scholarship will be supervised by Black Dog Institute and the recipient will complete research with a focus on young people. 

The Scholarship (valued at $30,000 per year) is provided for three years to a candidate undertaking a PhD, subject to satisfactory progress and annual review.

The Scholarship will commence within Term 3 of 2019 (earliest enrolment in August 2019).

Please download the scholarship information sheet for further details. 

Australian citizen, New Zealand Citizen, or Australian Permanent Resident only.

Full living allowance $30,000 per annum (2019 rate, indexed) for 3 years

To apply, applicants should contact Iana Wong for an application form via iana.wong@blackdog.org.au

Applicants will be required to submit:

  • Academic Transcript

  • CV

  • A document addressing the eligibility criteria

  • A completed application form, as well as any attachments outlined in the form.

Applicants will be shortlisted and contacted to attend an interview. 

Black Dog Institute PhD Scholarship


The Black Dog Institute (BDI) is offering PhD scholarships to carry out innovative research on suicide prevention from Term 3 2019 (earliest enrolment in August 2019). 

Successful applicants will receive academic development support via BDI's Capability and Capacity Building Program (EMERGE), which includes workshops on how to be a successful researcher, mentoring, and writing support. BDI provides a highly supportive study environment, with excellent facilities including desk space, computer access and statistical support.

Please download this scholarship information sheet for further details.

These scholarships are available to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens, and Australian Permanent Residents only.

Full living allowance $28,000 per annum (2019 rate, indexed) for 3 years 

Applications close 12 June 2019

To apply, applicants must submit the following to iana.wong@blackdog.org.au

  • Academic Transcript

  • CV

  • A completed application form, as well as any attachments outlined in the form. 

Applicants will be shortlisted and contacted to attend an interview  

Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC) PhD Scholarship Program

Business, Health, Law

The CMCRC PhD Program provides a range of PhD scholarships for high achieving students to conduct industry-based research projects in Finance, Health and Law Enforcement. Scholarships are valued at up to $50,000 per annum for three years. The scholarship is a living allowance and does not cover tuition fees.

More information is available at CMCRC PhD Program.

Up to $50,000 per annum

Applications are accepted throughout the year

CEPAR Postgraduate Scholarship in Decision Making and Ageing


The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) is seeking applications for a Postgraduate Research Scholarship for Decision-Making, Expectations and Cognitive Ageing Research. 

CEPAR is a unique collaboration bringing together academia, government and industry to provide global solutions to the economic and social challenges of population ageing.

One PhD scholarship is on offer for up to 3 years starting in 2019. The CEPAR scholarship will be awarded under the same conditions and benefits as the Research Training Program (2019 base rate $27,596 p/a) and will include an additional $5,000 annual top-up. The scholarship is open to domestic applicants (Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents).

More information here

RTP Scholarship base rate $27,596 per annum (2019 rate, indexed) and a top up of $5,000 per annum. Scholarship duration is 3 years.

Applications open 8 May - 3 June 2019

If you are interested in applying, please contact Dr Craig Sinclair on c.sinclair@unsw.edu.au (or 02 9399 1095) or Prof Kaarin Anstey k.anstey@unsw.edu.au to discuss development of a proposal. 

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Postgraduate Scholarships

Science, Engineering

CSIRO is currently offering top-up postgraduate scholarships for students enrolled at an Australian University and holding a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or university equivalent, commencing in early 2020.

These scholarships are for PhD projects aligned with the CSIRO’s priority research areas. The students’ research will be co-supervised by CSIRO and university researchers. 

Top-up PhD Scholarships are available to PhD students who have gained (or expected to gain) first 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.

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2019.  Students must apply via the CSIRO careers webpage.


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

The application closing date for top-up scholarships currently being offered, is 31 October 2019.


for ALL CSIRO postgraduate scholarship opportunities, please refer to CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships for 2019 application dates

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

June Opie Fellowship

All disciplines

The award, available to citizens and permanent residents of Australia, Canada and New Zealand, is designed as an incentive for students of high academic achievement who have a severe disability. It is intended for those who plan to undertake postgraduate study with a view to preparing themselves for a role in the professions, in politics, or more particularly, in university teaching and research and who have disability issues as a continuing interest. The award is made to enable the recipient to secure such assistance, by travel, by the preparation of computer software, or by other means as will facilitate effective study and preparation for the future.

For more information, please visit the June Opie Fellowship

NZ $12,000 for 12 months


For information on the application process, please visit the June Opie Fellowship

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) PhD Top Up Scholarship

Diabetes Research

The JDRF PhD Top-up scholarship is designed to support and encourage PhD students pursuing research in the field of type 1 diabetes in line with JDRF's mission - to treat, prevent and cure type 1 diabetes and its complications. The Top-Up will provide successful candidates with additional funding up to $6,000 per year, on top of their PhD Scholarship stipend, full-time or part-time, contingent on satisfactory progress.

For further information, visit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Up to $6,000 per annum

28 February 2018

Kristian Anderson Award


The Merck-AGITG Kristian Anderson Award supports a clinician undertaking a higher degree (MD or Ph.D) researching an aspect of personalised medicine in the area of gastro-intestinal cancer.

The award will provide one year’s funding at an equivalent level to NHMRC support for a higher degree ($36,700). This would be the first year of a planned three-year project – the grant aims to allow the clinician to be more competitive for funding agency support in later years. 

The award recipient will be announced at the 20th AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting Dinner on 1 November 2018. The recipient will be required to present on the status of the project at a future   AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting.

For more information, visit the Merck-AGITG Kristian Anderson Award, or email AGITG to register your interest. 

$36,700 per annum for one year. The grant aims to allow the clinician to be more competitive for funding agency support in later years


To register your interest and request an application form, email AGITG.

Lionel Murphy Endowment Postgraduate Scholarship

Science, Law

The Lionel Murphy Foundation Endowment offers postgraduate scholarships for the study of law and/or science, or other disciplines where there is opportunity for some common good in Australia or overseas. Scholarships are available to Australian citizens or permanent residents who have resided in Australia for 12 months. The scholarship comprises a living allowance of $40,000 per annum for one year.

For more information, visit Lionel Murphy Postgraduate Scholarships.

$40,000 per annum for one year

30 November 2019

National PhD Positions in Groundwater

Science, Engineering, Social Sciences

The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) is seeking Expressions of Interest from the brightest minds from a wide range of science, engineering and social science disciplines to undertake a variety of groundwater PhDs across the country.

For more information, visit National PhD Positions in Groundwater

$27,596 per annum for full-time study; or $13,798 per annum taxable for part-time study (2019 rate) 


To download the Expression of Interest form, visit National PhD Positions in Groundwater

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)


Further information at National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

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, supported by pensions and superannuation.

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

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 per year)

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

31 January 2020

Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship

All Faculties

Whether your focus is strengthening Australia-Asia ties, technology and innovation, or enabling positive social change, Westpac are offering support for postgraduate study for talented individuals at Australia's leading universities.

For more information, visit Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship.

Up to $120,000 per student over two or three years

4 September 2019

For detailed information on eligibility, selection criteria, and the application process, please visit Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship.

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Agilent PhD Scholarship

Health, Science, Medicine

Investigate the underlying causes of atherosclerotic plaque rupture and work in the newly established Metabolomics Research Laboratory. For more information, visit the Victor Change Cardiac Research Institute.

Up to $36,000 per annum

To find out more about the application process, please email recruitment@victorchang.edu.au


Short Term Scholarships and Grants





Closing Date

Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Aerospace Science, Aerospace Engineering

To assist the future of women in aerospace sciences and engineering, Zonta International established the Amelia Earhart Fellowship in 1938 in honour of legendary pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. Today, the Fellowship of US$10,000 is awarded annually to 35 talented women, pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering around the globe.

Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree, who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering, are eligible and encouraged to apply.

For more information, visit Amelia Earhart Fellowship.



Australian Academy of Science Grants and Exchange Programs


The Australian Academy of Science offers grants and funds exchange programs for higher degree research students undertaking science research.

For more information, visit Australian Academy of Science.


Various – please refer to the Australian Academy of Science

Australian Federation of Graduate Women (AFGW) Fellowships for female PhD candidates in their second or third year

All disciplinary areas

AFGW Barbara Hale Fellowships are offered to women graduates who are Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia and are enrolled for a PhD degree by research in any Australian university. The funds are to be used for a specific project or purpose for PhD research in any field. For more information, visit AFGW Barbara Hale Fellowship.


The AFGW Georgina Sweet Fellowship is offered every second year to women graduates who are Australian citizens or permanent residents and are enrolled for a PhD degree by research. Applicants must be women graduates who are Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia and are enrolled for a PhD degree by research in any Australian university. The funds are to be used for a specific project or purpose for PhD research in any field. For more information, visit AFGW Georgina Sweet Fellowship.

AFGW Barbara Hale Fellowship $7000 each


AFGW Fellowship $6000 each

30 April 2019

Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Postgraduate Awards

Nuclear Science

The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) is an integral organisation for enhancing Australia’s capability in nuclear science and engineering by facilitating world-class research and education. to foster scientific advancement and promote an effective collaboration between AINSE members and ANSTO.

For further information, visit AINSE Postgraduate Awards.


Various - please refer to AINSE Postgraduate Awards

Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA)

Petroleum industry

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) is the peak national body representing Australia’s oil and gas exploration and production industry. APPEA offers two scholarships to students undertaking studies that benefit the petroleum industry.

For more information, visit Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA).

One-off grant of $3,000 or $10,000


Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) / Reserve Bank of Australia Brian Gray Scholarship Program

Insurance, Superannuation; Prudential Supervision

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) and the Reserve Bank of Australia have established the Brian Gray Scholarship program in memory of Brian Gray, who died on 24 August 2001 while serving as Executive General Manager of APRA’s Policy, Research and Consulting Division.

The Brian Gray Scholarship program funds up to four scholarships annually to support Domestic students who intend to focus full time on their studies and research. As part of the scholarship, students will devote a substantial amount of time to an agreed research topic benefiting, where possible, from access to APRA expertise and data.

For more information, visit APRA / Reserve Bank of Australia Brian Gray Scholarship Program.

Up to $15,000 each

2019 closing date will be published at APRA / Reserve Bank of Australia Brian Gray Scholarship Program 

Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) Postgraduate Research Travel Award


The Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) is a not-for-profit organisation, formed in 1959 as a learned society devoted to furthering the science of microbiology. This award is open to ASM members, allows for the reciprocal exchange of one student member each year to visit the National conference of the other society and to visit the research lab of a collaborating researcher in that country.

The award is valued at up to AUS$3000 for travel to the NZMS annual general meeting, internal flights to the collaborating institution and accommodation costs for 14 days.

For more information, visit Australian Society for Microbiology.

Up to $3,000 for travel to the NZMS annual general meeting

31 March each year

Australian Wildlife Society University Student Grants

All disciplinary areas

The Australian Wildlife Society University Wildlife Research Grants are scholarships of $1,500 offered to honours or postgraduate students undertaking a research project of direct relevance to the conservation of Australian wildlife.

Grants may be used for the purchase of equipment and consumables, travel expenses related to field research, or attendance of conferences at which you are presenting your work.

For more information, visit the Australian Wildlife Society.

$1,500 each

31 May 2019

BetaShares Student Grant

All disciplinary areas

BetaShares, an Australian ETF manager, is offering the chance for a chosen recipient to receive an EFT Grant towards educational costs or resources to assist with their studies, as well as the chance to have their work featured in the Insights section of the BetaShares website and via BetaShares social media channels.

In 2019-20, the total Grant value is AUD $5,000

For more information, visit BetaShares Student Grant


3 June 2020

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Travel Grants and PhD Scholarships


The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) is a non-profit organization for the exclusive and direct promotion of basic research in biomedicine. BIF offers three scholarship programs for postgraduate research students, including a PhD Scholarship and Travel Grants.

For further information, please refer to Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds.


Various - please refer to Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds 

Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ)

Cardiovascular Health

The CSANZ Research Scholarship is intended to provide support for CSANZ members who wish to pursue a career in cardiovascular research. Research Scholarships are open to all current financial CSANZ members at the time of applying. The Scholarships will be awarded only to applicants whose research is to be conducted in Australia or New Zealand.

For more information, visit The Cardiac Society of Australia & New Zealand (CSANZ).

Please refer to The Cardiac Society of Australia & New Zealand (CSANZ)

Please refer to The Cardiac Society of Australia & New Zealand (CSANZ)

Capstone Editing Grant for Professional Thesis Editing

All disciplinary areas

The grant provides free thesis editing for one Masters student and one PhD student per year. There is no limit on the amount of words in the thesis that we will edit (so long as the thesis meets the students’ departments’ word limit). It just needs to be a thesis written for a postgraduate degree for an Australian or New Zealand university. Applications are assessed based on both financial need and academic merit. 

Please refer to Capstone Editing

Please refer to Capstone Editing

Elite Editing Thesis Write-up Scholarship

All disciplinary areas

The Elite Editing Thesis Write-Up Scholarship provides financial assistance for one postgraduate student per year for a period of 12 weeks to free them from other forms of employment and allow them to concentrate solely on the task of writing their thesis.

More information is available at The Elite Editing Thesis Write-up Scholarship.

Please contact Elite Editing for details info@eliteediting.com.au

1 January and 30 June each year

John Holliday Student Conservation Award


The  John Holliday Student Conservation Award is to encourage post-graduate students to share their research findings on topics of interest to NSW Department of Primary Industries.The award is open to post-graduate students who were enrolled at an Australian University during the year of Award and who undertook fisheries-orientated research work in NSW.  

For more information, visit DPI Website

a cash prize of $3,000 

25 July 2019

Lake Macquarie Environmental Research Grants


The Lake Macquarie Environmental Research Grants program is design to support projects that will assist Council and other environmental managers to develop appropriate land use practices, plan remedial and preventative works as well as adjust management strategies. Grant funds are to cover consumables and costs incurred during field works. It can also cover laboratory works, computing, printing etc.

For more information, visit Lake Macquarie Environmental Research Grants.

Up to $8,000 each

8 January 2019

National Library Summer Scholarships

History, literature, archives

The National Library offers annual summer scholarships to support younger scholars undertaking postgraduate research who require special access to the Library’s collections. The scholarships are open to Australian citizens and permanent residents who have commenced PhD study and are under the age of thirty at 31 December in the year of their application. The scholarship includes an honorarium of $300 per week plus twin share accommodation with breakfast included, at University House at the Australian National University (ANU) for six weeks. A return economy class air fare from the scholarship holder's home within Australia will also be provided.

For further information, visit National Library Summer Scholarships.

Honorarium of $300 and twin share accommodation breakfast at ANU for six weeks, and a return airfare within Australia.

Will re-open in July 2019

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Scholarships


The College offers a large number of scholarships, awards, lectures and prizes to support research and training regarding surgery and surgical standards.

For more information, visit The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).


Various - please refer to The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

RSPCA Australia Research Scholarships

Animal Welfare

Every year, RSPCA Australia offers three scholarships to encourage students to support animal welfare research.

The RSPCA Australia Sybil Emslie Animal Law Scholarship is offered to law students and lawyers who engage in legal scholarship and practice dedicated to advancing animal welfare. The RSPCA Australia Alan White Scholarship is offered to students for the funding of original research aimed at improving the welfare of animals in Australia. The RSPCA Australia Scholarship for Humane Animal Production Research is for specific projects aimed at improving the welfare of production animals. For more information, visit RSPCA Australia Scholarships.

One-off grants between $1,000 and $8,800


Sir Ninian Stephen/RG Menzies Scholarship in International Law


The Menzies Foundation offers scholarships to future leaders who will represent the Menzies ethos of being the best you can be, no matter where you start: taking risks, inspiring others and being willing to work hard. In 2018, the Menzies Foundation will offer scholarships to postgraduate research students who are undertaking a research project seeking to help shape Australia’s response to increasingly complex global issues.


For further information, visit the Menzies Foundation

Please refer to Menzies Foundation

Please refer to Menzies Foundation

Wentworth Group Science Program Scholarships


The Wentworth Group has established a science leaders program to enhance the ability of post-graduate students, scientists, lawyers and economists to engage in public policy on the future of our land, water, coasts and biodiversity. The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists offers scholarships for post-graduates (PhD candidates) to participate in the Wentworth Group Master Class held in March.

For further information, visit Wentworth Group.

Cost of the Wentworth Group Master Class

Applications will re-open in early 2019


Schmidt Science Fellowship

The Schmidt Science Fellowship Program is a one-year placement for future leaders who are passionate about the potential of interdisciplinary science to accelerate discovery and solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

The Program is open to PhD candidates in the natural sciences (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences), Engineering, Mathematics, or Computing, who have completed, or expect to complete, all the requirements for their degree between 1 May 2019 and 30 June 2020.

Successful applicants will receive the following:

  • $100,000 USD 

  • one year placement in a leading laboratory anywhere in the world, July 2020 – June 2021

  • bespoke academic and professional mentoring from renowned international experts

  • participation in a Global Meeting Series in international locations delivering professional training in a range of areas including leadership, funding, broadening interdisciplinary perspectives, and developing communities

How to Apply

Complete the expression of interest form and send your completed form to the UNSW Graduate Research School via email at grs@unsw.edu.au by 26 July 2019.

If shortlisted, you will be invited to submit a formal application to the Schmidt Science Fellowship Program by 1 October 2019.