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

Name

Area

Description

Value

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

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

Data 61 Scholarship

Mathematics, Statistics or Computer Science

Bayesian Inference on short texts: this project will consider ways in which expert knowledge can be included to guide the creation of topics groups in short texts; the incorporation of meta information; and the related issues of Bayesian model choice. For large scale problems, development of new computational methods will be required, particularly in cases for when new information becomes available. This project aims to address these two challenges and support causal analysis in heterogeneous and dynamic settings through a knowledge-driven causal framework.

Eligibility criteria and selection criteria

  • A first-class honours (H1) Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the relevant research area (completed or near completion);

  • Students with a strong background in mathematics, statistics and/or computer science with a strong maths background; 

  • Applied for admission to a PhD program at an Australian university 

  • A university supervisor who confirms they are willing and able to supervise you;

  • Not already hold a PhD degree.  

 
Applications will be assessed on: 

  • Academic calibre of the student:  The quality of the student is critical to the assessment of a scholarship and candidates must have a relevant first-class honours (or equivalent) degree from a recognised university (students near the completion of their honours year will be asked to demonstrate evidence of first-class honours upon receiving final grades). 

  • Research potential of the student:  The student must be able to demonstrate research potential to carry out the nominated research project including required research knowledge, literacy, and skills.

  • Evidence of skills and capability required to carry out the advertised project:  The student should demonstrate through their application the required skills, knowledge, and experience for the particular project.  

How to apply:

Applications require the following documentation:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Academic Transcripts

 
Information about these documents is outlined below. Candidates may be required to provide at least two referees (preferably academic referees) upon request.
 
In the online application system (https://jobs.csiro.au/job/Various-Data61-PhD-scholarships/932023710/), you will be required to submit your application in the following order:

  1. In the ‘Resume/CV’ field attach your Cover Letter and Resume/CV as one document.

  2. In the ‘Cover Letter’ field attach your Academic Transcripts.

  3. In the ‘Education’ section select your university from the Educational Institute list.

  4. in the ‘Job-Specific Information’ section, select your preferred research project/s in order of preference.  You are not required to provide your Grade Point Average (GPA), please select ‘Not Applicable’.
     

If you have a question, please email Tom Stindl t.stindl@unsw.edu.au.

Successful candidates receive a scholarship package including:

  • A stipend at the Research Training Program (RTP) base rate (2022 rate $29,863 pa) and/or a Top-up scholarship of $10,000 per annum.

  • Benefits of up to $5,000 learning and development funding over the term of the scholarship with the use of these funds being at the discretion of CSIRO and the student's university supervisor.

  • Access to national research infrastructure, tools, and resources to further enhance your research capability.

Important note: Students who are awarded a base stipend from their university will be considered for top-up scholarships from CSIRO’s Data61.

3 November 2022, 11pm (AEDT)

Data 61 Scholarship

Engineering, Science, Medicine

Reproducibility and replicability (R&R) in scientific research are essential to validate results and confirm new knowledge. They are even more important when these results inform policy, future scientific studies, or health-based decisions. This PhD research will build the framework and structure from which an R-index can be constructed across research in Science, Engineering and Medicine. This work will be of global importance and potentially extremely significant impact.

Eligibility criteria and selection criteria

  • A first-class honours (H1) Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the relevant research area (completed or near completion);

  • Applied for admission to a PhD program at an Australian university or be a student enrolled in their first 12 months of study in a PhD program at an Australian University;

  • A university supervisor who confirms they are willing and able to supervise you;

  • Not already hold a PhD degree.  

 
Important note: If you have already commenced your PhD studies, you must be less than 12 months into your PhD on 01 February 2023. Students who are awarded a base stipend from their university will be considered for top-up scholarships from CSIRO’s Data61.
Applications will be assessed on: 

  • Academic calibre of the student:  The quality of the student is critical to the assessment of a scholarship and candidates must have a relevant first-class honours (or equivalent) degree from a recognised university (students near the completion of their honours year will be asked to demonstrate evidence of first-class honours upon receiving final grades). 

  • Research potential of the student:  The student must be able to demonstrate research potential to carry out the nominated research project including required research knowledge, literacy, and skills.

  • Evidence of skills and capability required to carry out the advertised project:  The student should demonstrate through their application the required skills, knowledge, and experience for the particular project.  

How to Apply:

Applications require the following documentation:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Academic Transcripts

 
Information about these documents is outlined below. Candidates may be required to provide at least two referees (preferably academic referees) upon request.
 
In the online application system (https://jobs.csiro.au/job/Various-Data61-PhD-scholarships/932023710/), you will be required to submit your application in the following order:

  1. In the ‘Resume/CV’ field attach your Cover Letter and Resume/CV as one document.

  2. In the ‘Cover Letter’ field attach your Academic Transcripts.

  3. In the ‘Education’ section select your university from the Educational Institute list.

  4. in the ‘Job-Specific Information’ section, select your preferred research project/s in order of preference.  You are not required to provide your Grade Point Average (GPA), please select ‘Not Applicable’.
     

If you have a question, please email Yanan Fan Yanan.Fan@data61.csiro.au

Successful candidates receive a scholarship package including:

  • A stipend at the Research Training Program (RTP) base rate (2022 rate $29,863 pa) and/or a Top-up scholarship of $10,000 per annum.

  • Benefits of up to $5,000 learning and development funding over the term of the scholarship with the use of these funds being at the discretion of CSIRO and the student's university supervisor.

  • Access to national research infrastructure, tools and resources to further enhance your research capability.

  • A maximum scholarship term of 3.5 years (less any time lapsed in a PhD if you are already enrolled and have commenced studies at the university).

3 November 2022, 11pm (AEDT)

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

Development of acoustically dampening material for the envelopment of underwater acoustic transducers within reflective laboratory test environments

Science

This PhD project, in collaboration with and supported by Department of Defence, DST Group, will develop advanced anechoic materials to envelop underwater acoustic transducers so that the interference caused by reflections within water tanks can be eliminated and the signal-to-noise ratio of the transducers can be significantly improved to allow underwater communication units. Specifically, the new materials developed in this project will allow acoustic modems to be tested within a laboratory environment. The anechoic material can be used to envelop an acoustic modem and a closely located hydrophone, permitting communication between the transducers, while significantly attenuating any background noise contamination.

Potential applicants: Local students, who meet the following requirements and are interested to gain expertise in the field, are invited to apply.

  • a four year Bachelor’s degree with Honours class I or upper second class Honours from an Australian institution or equivalent research qualification experience, or

  • a completed Masters by Research with a substantial research component and demonstrated capacity for timely completion of a high quality research thesis
     

$28,854 per annum (2022 rate) plus a top-up scholarship $10,000 from DST Group

Please contact Professor Zhongxiao Peng z.peng@unsw.edu.au 

NHMRC PG Scholarship Scheme

Medicine

The NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship scheme provides funding for successful applicants to attain a research based postgraduate degree (Doctor of Philosophy or Research Masters degree). The objective of the Postgraduate Scholarship scheme is to support outstanding graduates early in their careers so they can be trained to conduct health and medical research that is internationally competitive. The intended outcome of the Postgraduate Scholarship scheme is increased research capacity within Australia.

Full details are available online: https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/funding/find-funding/postgraduate-scholarships

Please also refer to the NHMRC PG Scholarship Scheme Guidelines.

Varied - please refer to the NHMRC website

 

This scheme provides living stipends for a maximum period of three years full time equivalent study for a PhD degree, and two years for a Research Masters Degree.

 

 

Closed for 2022

POTS Top Up Scholarship

Open to PhD candidates whose research directly targets Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

The Australian POTS Foundation intends to provide a flexible scholarship program for those wishing to undertaking PhD studies into POTS.

APF is offering PhD top-up scholarships to Australian researchers whose primary research project, directly targets Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).

To be eligible applicants must be:

  • Enrolled fulltime in a PhD program at an Australian University

  • Residing in Australia for the tenure of their PhD program

  • A recipient of an Australian Government RTP grant, NHMRC scholarship or similar

  • No more than 18 months into their PhD program at the time of application. (Pro-rata payments will apply accordingly)

Varied - please refer to the website

Applications close 14 November 2022.

Please complete the application form on the POTS website.

State Super Academic Scholarships

All disciplines

Today's environment is challenging for everyone. And although some restrictions are easing, we understand that studying online can be difficult.

Whilst we can't change these circumstances, State Super is able to provide valuable financial support to successful applicants through the State Super Academic Scholarship program.

This support could help you begin your postgraduate studies, or continue with an existing program of research.

$36,000

Applications close: 9 December 2022

Visit State Super NSW for more information.

Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA)

Quantam 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 

Plus $2,000 for career development

 

Open 17 August - 26 Sept 2022

Visit SQA PhD Scholarships for more information.

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Short Term Scholarships and Grants

Name

Area

Description

Value

Closing Date

Royal Society of NSW Scholarships

Science

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

Closed

 

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