Faculty and Donor Funded Scholarships

Some Faculties and Schools have a range of full or top up scholarships available to candidates.


UNSW Medicine PhD Scholarship

Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and School of Women’s and Children’s Health, UNSW Sydney is proud to offer a new PhD position dedicated to researching the implications of precision medicine for children, their families and the healthcare professionals who care for them.




Closing Date

UNSW Medicine PhD Scholarship 

$30,000 per annum 

A full-time postgraduate scholarship is available for a suitably qualified domestic or international candidate with a minimum of an honours or masters degree. The research will be conducted under the supervision of the Head of the Behavioural Sciences Unit at the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital (Professor Claire Wakefield), a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Dr Janine Vetsch) and Clinical Oncologist (A/Prof David Ziegler). 

More information is available here

Please note: This scholarship provides funds to cover living expenses. International candidates may also apply for a UNSW Tuition Fee Scholarship for their tuition fees.

28 February 2019


PhD Scholarships in Translational Cancer Research

The Translational Cancer Research Network (TCRN) is offering two scholarships to undertake a PhD program at UNSW in the area of translational cancer research:




Closing Date

TCRN PhD Scholarship

Top Up of up to $20,000 per annum

$2,500 per annum for research costs

Open to Australian citizens or permanent residents who will undertake a full time PhD in translational cancer research.


Please refer to the TCRN website for further information.


Donor Funded Scholarships

In addition to Faculty/School funded scholarships, UNSW offer top-up scholarships funded by UNSW benefactors:




Closing Date

Baxter Family Postgraduate Scholarship*

$15,000 per annum

Open to Australian citizens or permanent residents undertaking a full time PhD in Engineering, Medicine or Science.

3 years, with a possible 6 month extension.

How to apply:
Submit a detailed statement of approximately two pages outlining the anticipated benefits of your proposed research to Australian technology and industry, attach CV, and send to domestic.grs@unsw.edu.au.

*this scholarship is available for new candidates only, under full-time candidature


Memorial Dr Tony Collings PhD Scholarship

$10,000 per annum

Established in memory of Dr Tony Collings, an alumnus of UNSW and advocate for Australian sport.

Open to PhD candidates seeking to undertake research relevant to Australian sport. This scholarship provides an opportunity to work with elite sports people, coaches and scientists from UNSW, CSIRO, and the Australian Institute of Sport. 

3 years, with a possible 6 month extension. 



Petre Foundation Top Up Scholarship

For Commonwealth funded candidates:

• $20,000 per annum top up scholarship

• $15,000 research and development support fund

For other competitively awarded scholarship:

• $30,000 per annum top up scholarship 

• $5,000 research and development support fund  

The purpose is to award a PhD Top Up Scholarship to candidates able to demonstrate academic excellence and whose research contributes to the betterment of mankind without particular regard for their own personal or commercial gain. Candidates must be undertaking world leading scientific research at UNSW in the areas of fundamental sciences, engineering or medical research. Research should be innovative and focused on discovery rather than solving social problems or delivering policy-driven outcomes.


• RTP eligibility (Honours 1 equivalence). For info on H1 equivalence see here

• Already undertaking a PhD or commencing a PhD in 2018

• Have already been awarded a competitive scholarship for study at UNSW

• Full-time candidature

• Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident (2018 round only)

Former recipients are ineligible to reapply

Selection Criteria

• Interest in a research and/or an academic career in fundamental sciences, engineering or medical research

• Brief research proposal

• Evidence of research output

• Statement by the applicant on how their research area aligns with the purpose of the scholarship and how it will contribute to the betterment of mankind.

How to apply:




William McIlrath Travel Scholarship

One payment of $5,000 

The William McIlrath Travel Scholarship supports a higher degree researcher to undertake a period of study at an overseas university or institution. The scholarship may be used for lab visits, fieldwork, or access to overseas archives/resources. 

Applications for this award should address the following selection criteria:

  • Financial need

  • Academic merit

  • Reasons for, and benefits of, the proposed overseas study

  • Demonstrated ability and leadership qualities, and potential to contribute to the wider University community

How to apply:



For additional Faculty scholarships, please visit the Faculty website.