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


Black Dog Institute PhD Scholarship


The Black Dog Institute (BDI) is offering at least one PhD scholarship to carry out innovative research on suicide prevention within a current, ongoing research trial known as ‘LifeSpan’. It is expected that the successful applicant(s) will enrol in Semester 1, 2018 through the School of Psychology, University of New South Wales.

Full living allowance $27,082 per annum

Please refer to the Black Dog Institute for dates and the application process.

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

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

Please refer to CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships for 2018 application dates

Data 61 Information and Communication Technology Scholarship

Information and Communication Technology

Data 61 offers scholarships UNSW Domestic and International postgraduate students who have a passion for ICT research and are looking to combine new technologies and new ways of thinking with a focus on project delivery.

Applicants may be Australian or international students. They must have already applied for, or have already commenced a PhD research program at one of our 23 participating universities.

For more information, visit Data 61 Scholarship Program.

Full living allowance $26,682 per annum (2017 rate)

Top Up Scholarship $10,000 per annum

31 August 2017 for commencement in 2018 Semester 1

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 Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) 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 (exc 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

October 2017 – please refer to Grains Industry Research Scholarships for further details

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


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 2017

MS Research Australia Postgraduate Scholarships

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 $26,684 per annum (2018 rate)

7 June 2017

Agilent PhD Scholarship, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

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

30 November 2017


Short Term Scholarships and Grants





Closing Date

AINSE ANSTO French Embassy (SAAFE) Research Internship

Health, Science, Engineering

The SAAFE Program objective is to facilitate the conduct of research and foster research collaborations between France and Australia in nuclear science and engineering in the areas of Human Health, Environment and Nuclear Fuel Cycle.

The scholarship provides a maximum funding of up to $15,000 AUD which will contribute towards travel and / or accommodation expenses in France.

Applicants must be enrolled as a PhD student, and carrying out a research project which stimulates research collaborations between France and Australia in the following areas:

- Human Health Research

- Environmental Research

- Nuclear Fuel Cycle Research

For more information, visit Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassy (SAAFE) Research Internship.

Maximum of $15,000 for travel and/or accommodation expenses in France.

1 May 2017

Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Aerospace Science, Aerospace Engineering

According to Women in Aerospace, in 2010, roughly 10 percent of the aerospace industry was made up of women. While the number has slowly increased, there must be reinforcements behind each step forward. To assist the future of women in this field and other aerospace-related 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.


15 November 2017

Arthritis Australia

Arthritis, Muskuloskeletal Disorders

Arthritis Australia funds research into potential causes and possible cures for arthritis, as well as better ways to live with arthritis. The organisation may offer up to two PhD scholarships for 2018.

For more information, visit Arthritis Australia.

To be announced

Applications will re-open in 2018

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 $8000 each


AFGW Georgina Sweet Fellowship $7000 each

31 May 2017

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.



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

August 2017 - please refer to APPEA Scholarships for further details

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

5 May 2017

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 August 2017

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 2017

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)

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

30 June 2017

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


Medibank International Conference and Fieldwork Grants (MICFG)

All disciplinary areas

Medibank International Conference and Fieldwork Grants (MICFG) are for international students undertaking a Postgraduate Research program.

Grants of $2,000 are available each semester for students with an international component to their research or conference presentation.

Grants are for the sole purpose of:

  • Domestic conference travel to present a paper

  • International fieldwork; or

  • Domestic fieldwork with an international focus

For more information, visit MICFG.

$2,000 each

Various - please refer to MICFG for further details.

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.

30 September 2017

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

30 July 2017 Sybil Emslie Animal Law Scholarship

30 September 2017 Alan White Scholarship and Scholarship for Human Animal production Research

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.

To be revised in 2018

Closed in 2017.

Will re-open for 2018.

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