Faculty and Donor Funded Scholarships

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




Closing Date

AHURI Top-up Scholarship (domestic)

Total package $35,597 per annum: $28,597 (RTP stipend rate, indexed annually) + $7,000 pa AHURI top-up (for 3 years). This scholarship is tax exempt. The duration of the scholarship will be reduced by any previous enrolment in the program of study prior to taking up the award.  

A top-up scholarship from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), which can be held in addition to a UNSW RTP domestic scholarship. All AHURI top-up scholars are required to attend three Postgraduate Symposiums organised by AHURI over the course of their candidature. The Postgraduate Symposium is an event that assists in creating and fostering a housing research community for emerging researchers. Candidates must prepare a paper for presentation at each symposium.  

Topic Area 

Housing, homelessness, cities, urban policy and related research areas. The research area must be directly relevant to AHURI Research priorities detailed in current or recent AHURI National Housing Research Program Research Agendas, available at https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/national-housing-research-program  


Applications are invited from domestic PhD candidates who have been awarded or have applied for an RTP for 2022 and are currently being considered for the award, and who are enrolling on a full-time basis. Bachelor degree with first class honours, Master of Philosophy or Master of Research, or equivalent.  

How to apply

Please provide a brief statement, up to 500 words, clearly stating how the proposed research aligns with a recent AHURI National Housing Program Research Agenda. Submit this, along with your academic CV and Student ID (if applicable) to hazel.easthope@unsw.edu.au by 27 August 2021.  

Please direct enquiries to A/Prof Hazel Easthope, UNSW AHURI Director, hazel.easthope@unsw.edu.au, (02) 9385 6041


Submit your application by 27 August 2021

ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making + Society, UNSW Node  


$30,000 annual living allowance for up to 4 years.

The purpose of the Scholarship is to support PhD candidates working on a topic related to the sociocultural aspects of automated decision-making in health or medicine under the supervision of Professor Deborah Lupton at the UNSW Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making + Society.


The candidate must be eligible to enrol in an accredited Research Doctorate at UNSW. Applicants for this scholarship will not be considered if they do not meet the minimum UNSW requirements for doctoral candidature. Please first check the requirements for admission https://research.unsw.edu.au/higher-degree-research-programs.

The scholarship is available to full-time and part-time candidates. The duration and payment of the scholarship will be pro rata if awarded to a part time candidate.

Selection criteria

Eligible candidates may apply for this Scholarship by submitting a written statement, of no more than two pages in length, addressing the below selection criteria:

  • Their academic training and achievements in a relevant discipline (see below)

  • Brief description of the proposed research/thesis, clearly demonstrating how it fits the research directions of the program led by Professor Lupton in the Health Focus Area in the Centre of Excellence

Applicants should demonstrate an initial academic training and high level of achievement in a relevant discipline (e.g. sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, media studies, medical humanities) and a capacity and interest in qualitative methods and critical social theory.

How to apply

Complete and submit this form to ada.hdr@unsw.edu.au.

For more information on scholarships offered by the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture visit https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/our-students/current-students/research-candidates/scholarships-prizes

Applications remain open until the scholarship is awarded.

ARC HDR Scholarship - Teaching Indigenous Content in the Australian Curriculum

$28,597 p.a, tax exempt and indexed annually

The Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture (ADA) are offering a scholarship for a PhD or MRes./M.Phil. candidate to undertake research as part of an ARC Discovery Indigenous Project. The project focuses on how and the extent to which Australian teachers are able meaningfully engage with and enact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content of the Australian Science and History Curriculum. The project includes both qualitative and quantitative components.
The scholarship offers a unique opportunity to be involved with and contribute to innovative research on a topic of national importance and to receive interdisciplinary training and mentorship.
Applicants of Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander background are highly desirable for this scholarship.


  • Due to funding arrangements and current international travel restrictions, applicants must be a domestic candidate or international candidate currently located in Australia with capacity to commence study in 2021 or 2022.

  • Be able to undertake full-time study.

  • Meet all necessary requirements for admission to an HDR program at UNSW. Eligibility requirements can be viewed here: https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/study-us/postgraduate-research/how-apply

  • While all applicants are welcome to apply for this position, Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander background in particular are recommended to consider an application for this scholarship.

How to Apply

Eligible candidates should first contact Chief Investigator Dr Kevin Lowe to discuss their interest and suitability for this project.
Email Dr Lowe on kevin.lowe@unsw.edu.au with the subject line: “ARC Scholarship”
After consultation with Dr Lowe, eligible candidates will be invited to submit an expression of interest with the following:

1. Cover letter addressing the following: capacity to undertake study as specified above (i.e., location, full-time, commence by 2022), educational attainment, research experience, and provisional project title.

2. 500-word summary of proposed project. Please address the objectives of the proposed project and include the proposed methodology. The successful applicant will have access to the following data, thus they may consider these when developing their project proposal. However, candidates are also encouraged to consider collecting complementary data.

  • Audit of the NESA and ACARA Science and History Curriculum

  • Qualitative interview data from Curriculum experts

  • Quantitative survey data from NSW and QLD secondary Science and History Teachers

  • Qualitative focus group data from NSW and QLD secondary Science and History Teachers

3. Current CV

4. Writing sample (e.g., journal article, book chapter, report, essay, media output, etc).

5. Names of two academic referees able to attest to your capacity to undertake this study

Applications remain open until the scholarship is awarded.

ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for the Global Hydrogen Economy (GlobH2E)

A stipend of $33,413 per annum (tax-free) will be provided for three years (2021-2024).

Additional top-up scholarship of $10,000 per annum may also be available for qualified candidates. 

A new PhD scholarship is available to work within the recently commenced ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for the Global Hydrogen Economy (GlobH2E) (https://www.globh2e.org.au/).

This project, in collaboration with the associated partner organisations of GlobH2E (https://www.globh2e.org.au/), will involve investigation into the system of system modelling of hydrogen value chains and the analysis of the impact of decisions on the technology development, cost and environmental impact. The project will be undertaken through the Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering Research Group @ UNSW (www.lceresearch.unsw.edu.au).

Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree of at Honours 1 or equivalent in Mechanical, Industrial, Chemical or Environmental Engineering. A prior experience with Life Cycle Assessment, System of System Modelling and Hydrogen Value Chain will be desirable.

Further information on the project and scholarships on offer may be obtained from Prof. S. Kara (S.Kara@unsw.edu.au). Applications for the scholarship should include the following:

- Cover letter and motivation;

- Academic transcript and/or record, and;

- CV.


ARC Laureate PhD Scholarships in The Regulation of the Data Revolution

$28,597 p.a, plus Faculty top-up ($5,000 p.a.)

Up to 4 years, subject to confirmation of candidature and satisfactory progress. 

The Faculty of Law & Justice, UNSW Sydney, wishes to offer two PhD Scholarships for applicants with outstanding research potential and an interest in how society might best regulate the rise of data and its algorithmic analysis. 

This PhD scholarship is available to applicants who are interested in undertaking research for an ARC Laureate project entitled “The Financial Data Revolution: Seizing the Benefits, Controlling the Risks", led by Scientia Professor Ross Buckley.  

Further details on purpose, eligibility, selection criteria, residential requirement, selection criteria, details of available scholarship, how to apply and submission of application here

Applicants may be Australian citizens, permanent residents or international.

Students currently enrolled in or holding an offer to commence a full-time PhD in the UNSW Faculty of Law & Justice in 2021 may apply, provided that, by the application deadline, they shall have been enrolled for no longer than twelve months and they are not already holding or have been offered a scholarship for study at UNSW.

The Scholarship is for study on a full-time basis only, unless there are exceptional personal or medical circumstances that would require study on a part-time basis for all or part of the PhD program. This Scholarship is not open to students already enrolled in a PhD program elsewhere.

Selection criteria
Australian citizens and permanent residents must possess:

an undergraduate degree in Law or a related discipline with a minimum Honours Class II, Division (I) that includes a substantial research component (or equivalent); or 
a postgraduate qualification in Law or a related discipline (including a substantial research component) with an average that equates to a minimum Distinction average at UNSW (75%); or
equivalent research or professional experience, supported by references and a detailed CV.

How to Apply
Applicants must complete the Application Form for the Faculty of Law & Justice PhD Scholarship. Application forms are available either by emailing Jenny Jarrett on j.jarrett@unsw.edu.au or download application form here

Submission of Application

Please email completed applications to:

Dr Jenny Jarrett
HDR Officer
University of New South Wales
Faculty of Law & Justice
Email: j.jarrett@unsw.edu.au

For further enquiries, please contact:

Dr Jenny Jarrett
HDR Officer
Faculty of Law & Justice
Tel: 0466 716 527
Email: j.jarrett@unsw.edu.au

Applications open until both scholarships are awarded

ARC Linkage project on Disassembly Automation of End-of-Life (EOL) Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries

A stipend of $33,281 per annum (tax-free) will be provided for three years (2021-2024).

Additional top-up scholarship of $10,000 per annum may also be available for qualified candidates.

Three PhD scholarships are available to work within the recently commenced ARC Linkage project on Disassembly Automation of End-of-Life (EOL) Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries.

  • PhD Project 1: The aim of this sub-project is to develop a cognitive robotic agent with learning by demonstration and reasoning capabilities to handle uncertainties around battery types and conditions.

  • PhD Project 2: The aim of this sub-project is to design, develop and operate a scalable, automated disassembly cell and tooling to address the current volume as well as the projected volume growth in the near future.

  • PhD Project 3: The aim of this sub-project is to develop a vision system for safe disassembly of a de-charged battery pack to cell level.

The project will be undertaken through the Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering Research Group @ UNSW (www.lceresearch.unsw.edu.au) and the associated industry partner organisation. It is expected that the qualified candidates will closely work with the project industry partner to deliver project outcomes

Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree at Honours 1 or equivalent in one of Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Robotics, Electrical, or Computer Science or allied disciplines. Prior experience with EV batteries will be desirable.

Further information on the project and scholarships on offer may be obtained from Prof. S. Kara (S.Kara@unsw.edu.au). Applications for the scholarship should include the following:

- Cover letter and motivation,

- Academic transcript and/or record, and,

- CV.


ARC PhD Scholarship in Immersive Data Visualisation

$27,609 for up to 3 years (tax free)

One scholarship is available for an exceptional student to complete a PhD in Immersive Data
Visualisation supervised by Scientia Professor and ARC Laureate Fellow Dennis Del Favero
(UNSW, iCinema Centre, School of Art & Design), Professor Maurice Pagnucco (UNSW,
School of Computer Science & Engineering) and A/Professor Tomasz Bednarz (UNSW,
EPICentre, School of Art & Design) beginning in 2022. The scholarship is available to
undertake postgraduate research in the area of Data Visualisation for AR/VR technologies.

The work undertaken by the successful PhD candidate will be closely aligned with the
international Australian Research Council funded project ‘Burning Landscapes: Reimagining
Unpredictable Scenarios’. This project is part of flagship research currently undertaken at
UNSW’s iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research. It aims to practically enable
globally distributed users and intelligent systems to collaboratively model unforeseen and
multi-located scenarios, such as wildfires, and to visualise these in real time at 1:1 scale. The
project will transform how we visually understand, explore and respond to complex and
dynamically evolving events.

The project is undertaken in collaboration with a range of national and international academic
and industry partners including San José State University (USA) and CSIRO. The PhD
candidate will be part of an art, design and technology research team and will contribute to
the participatory research.

Eligibility details

• meet the UNSW PhD entry requirements
• a four-year Bachelor’s degree with Honours Class I from an Australian institution or
equivalent research qualification experience or a Masters Degree with a Distinction
average. The qualification must be in a field relevant to the proposed area of research.
• be able to enrol as a full-time PhD student
• practical knowledge of Object-Oriented Programming with C++/C# or similar
• Game Development experience with Unity 3D or Unreal Engine (Unity 3D preferred)

• experience in designing interfaces for AR, VR, and Mixed Reality
• experience working with large datasets
• familiarity with graphics pipeline
• competence in shader programming
• an interest and awareness of digital interaction systems

Scholarship Details
• The student will receive an annual living allowance of $27,609 for up to 3 years, beginning
in 2022, and be allowed to take on external work for up to 2 days per week.
• The scholarship is tax exempt.


How to apply
To apply for this scholarship – or for more information about the project, eligibility or
selection criteria – email ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Dennis Del Favero
Please include your CV, academic transcripts, and a broad
description of research interests (max. 500 words).

ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC) PhD Scholarship

$41,209 for 3 years, with a possible 6-month extension.

The successful applicant will be entitled to a support package of up to AUD$ 10,000 per annum for career development activities.

Open to Australian citizens & permanent residents only.

This PhD project is part of a DST Group research program to understand durability of composite materials under operational conditions including the effects of water absorption and foreign body impact behaviour. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Bachelor (Honours) or Masters degree in Mechanical, Civil, Materials or Manufacturing Engineering; at 1st class or upper second class level, or equivalent. The candidate must meet the UNSW admission requirements for the Higher Degree Research

  • The candidate must meet the UNSW admission requirements for the Higher Degree Research https://selfassessment.research.unsw.edu.au/

For more details about this scholarship & the application process, visit AMAC: http://advanced-composites.co/

Open until a suitable candidate is found.


Please contact Professor Gangadhara Prusty, Email: g.prusty@unsw.edu.au 


For more details about this scholarship & the application process, visit AMAC: http://advanced-composites.co/

Defence Innovation Network (DIN) and Industry-led PhD scholarship

$34,097 p.a. tax exempt and index annually for 3 years

Project title: Optical technologies for distributed array sonars

Overview: The overarching objective is to integrated optical technologies (opto-electronics transducers, power-over-fibre) to target the development of next generation low-cost, low-power distributed sonar arrays for ocean monitoring.

Context: This project is done in collaboration with Thales Underwater Systems which will also provide addition funds ($2,500 pa) towards experimental support. Most experimental work will be done at UNSW as part of a strong multidisciplinary team.


Applications are invited from Australian citizens who intend to enrol on a full-time basis. Science or engineering bachelor degree with first class honours or equivalent is required.

How to apply

Eligible candidates should first contact Prof François Ladouceur to discuss their interest and suitability for this project by sending a brief email at f.ladouceur@unsw.edu.au with with the subject line “DIN Scholarship”.  Further instruction will be provided.

Closing date August 27th 2021

FutureNow Plus Scholarship on the Development of Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics (UHTC) for Extreme Environments in Energy, Space, and Defence Applications 

The student will receive a full FutureNow PhD scholarship of $35k/year, or a combination of $15k/year top-up and the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) stipend scholarship. Additional funding of $10k/year from ANSTO’s FutureNow Plus is available for travel and consumables of the project. 

This project will focus on the development, and assessment of single and multiphase UHTCs (e.g. HfB2, ZrB2, HfC) as these materials have application in the next generation fission/fusion energy-generating systems, space and defence applications. The proposed PhD project will first aim to address a number of high-level challenges associated with fabrication of UHTCs such as the effect of various second-phase additives/aids (SiC, C, B4C, MoSi2, etc.) and processing routes (e.g. vacuum hot pressing/sintering, cold-pressing followed by pressureless sintering, hot isostatic pressing) on the densification, grain growth, and high-temperature strength. Prepared UHTCs will be systematically characterized using various diffraction and microscopy techniques readily available at ANSTO to investigate the additives-processing-structure relationship. This will allow for a rapid modification and optimization of additives/processing with the view of obtaining functional microstructural characteristics of engineered UHTCs. Compounds that meet microstructural and density requirements will be subjected to further high-temperature testing taking advantage of various high-temperature facilities available at ANSTO and DSTG (Defence Science and Technology Group). For example, we will investigate the kinetics of the oxide layer formation on the surface of prepared UHTCs during an exposure to extreme temperatures in oxidising environments. The oxidation behaviour will be studied with respect to the composition, processing routes and microstructure to evaluate characteristics governing formation of protective oxide layer. In the final stage of the proposed project we will explore the scalability (upscaling) of the developed processing routes and near-net shape part production for industrial applications. 

Eligibility Criteria
A background in materials science, chemistry, physics or engineering is welcome. We value diversity and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply, however, this program is open to Australian citizens only. 

To enquire call (02) 9717 3488, and to apply, email your CV and transcript of your most recent or current degree to Adjunct Associate Professor Ondrej Muránsky:  ondrej.muransky@ansto.gov.au 

Applications remain open until the scholarship is awarded.

Modelling the Basin and Stratigraphic Evolution of the Barents Sea with Computational Methods


Understanding the kinematic processes around the formation of a sedimentary basin is central to quantifying resource potential. Constructing a model representing the current state of these processes is a time consuming and often subjective. This project aims to understand the development of sedimentary basins in the Barents Sea (northern coasts of Norway and Russia) over the last 250 million years. Computational methods integrating landscape and stratigraphic evolution will be applied to quantify basins formation in a source to sink context over geological time and will incorporate available industry and public data. The project will have implications for understanding the development of resources in the Barents Sea as well as its complex history of uplift and subsidence.

Eligibility criteria

Selection Criteria

  • Relevant research experience (in geoscience or physics) of 6 months FTE (e.g. honours or Masters project or Masters by Research)

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Self-motivated, organised and independent worker

  • Aptitude in physics, applied mathematics or statistics

  • (Desirable) Programming/Scripting languages


For further details regarding admission requirements, please contact:

A/Prof. Stuart Clark
UNSW Mineral and Energy Resources Engineering
UNSW Sydney, NSW 2052 Australia

For technical details regarding the project, please contact:

Dr Tristan Salles
Sydney University, Sydney, NSW, 2006 Australia

Dr Bhavik Harish Lodhia
UNSW Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia

To Apply

Applicants should send an email to A/Prof. Stuart Clark (stuart.clark@unsw.edu.au)  specifying" Basin and Stratigraphic Evolution of the Barents Sea with Computational Methods" in the subject, and include the following documents:

Applicants will be processed on a rolling basis, therefore apply at your earliest opportunity. The review of applications will commence immediately until the positions are filled.


NSW Health Gene & Cell Therapy PhD Program

$40,000pa (tax exempt) for 4 years and additional $10,000pa will be available for project consumables

Immune cells are capable of fighting cancer with great effectiveness, but cancer actively evades immune recognition. We discovered a genetic immune master switch (A20 gene) that can be used to dial up anti-cancer response in patient’s immune cells extracted from blood which have been suitably genetically engineered and injected back into patients. This type of genetic engineering is currently carried out using viruses, the procedure which is uncontrolled and potentially dangerous to patients. This project will establish a virus-free technology where genes in the immune cells will be edited by using CRISPR technology, and favourable variants of the A20 gene inserted by using patented liposomes developed at UNSW. These liposomes are produced from clinically approved components, facilitating their future regulatory approval.

The project outcomes will be significant to future immunotherapy of cancer and immune cells engineered in this way will be able to augment leading edge techniques such as CAR-T. The project will test the applicability of this approach to pancreatic cancer, with a view to extend the CAR-T technology to solid cancers, which represents a Holy Grail in this field.

The PhD student involved in this project will develop expertise which is central to the field of cell and gene technologies. They will work with leaders in this field Grey, Goldys and Deng who will supervise this project. They will be exposed to components of medical translation and project commercialisation.

The candidate will receive training in:

  • Research skills development, including state-of-the-art analytical methods, statistics, academic writing, presentation and collaboration skills.

  • Training in cell culture in vitro, advanced microscopy, flow cytometry, genetic engineering, histopathology, synthesis and characterisation of liposomes., animal models and animal handling; animal ethics

  • Training in specialized methods applied in cell and gene technologies;

  • Training in designing and management of complex projects;

  • Commercialization training (focused on drug development pipeline) and business networking;

  • Preparation and submission of the IP disclosure/ provisional patent(s); negotiations with potential investors; steps towards commercialization strategy


Domestic candidates only are eligible

The candidate should have undergraduate and/or Masters level training in areas such as biology, biotechnology, or biomedical science. Excellent grades would be preferred, ideally combined with documented research experience (supported by refereed publications).

How to apply

Any enquiries, please contact Christina Rofe and she will schedule a meeting with Prof Ewa Goldys. c.rofe@unsw.edu.au .

Interested candidates should send their CV with a covering letter to Christina Rofe (c.rofe@unsw.edu.au) in charge of Prof Goldys’ office.

Applications remain open until the scholarship is awarded.

PhD Scholarship - Quantum Technology in Space

$45,000 per annum for 3 years

$16,000 per annum top up scholarship for 3 years

$5,000 per annum for travel to the United States and international conferences.

In this 3-year PhD project, you will be tasked with exploring the use of quantum technology, such as quantum entanglement, as a means to enhance next-generation equipment that NASA may deploy in future systems.
This project offers the PhD candidate the opportunity to enter an exciting and emerging technology frontier that is positioned at the interface of advanced quantum physics and space-based technology. This three-year PhD Scholarship is sponsored in part by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Baltimore) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (Baltimore). Although the PhD candidate will be based at UNSW, Sydney he/she should be prepared to spend several weeks per year visiting and collaborating with NASA, Goddard in Baltimore, USA.
The candidate must be an Australian Citizen before the commencement of the PhD and is expected to hold the equivalent of a First-Class Honours degree in Engineering or Physics. No prior experience in quantum physics is required – just the ability to learn new theoretical concepts quickly.

For more information, download this information sheet.


Please contact Professor Robert Malaney, Email r.malaney@unsw.edu.au

PhD Scholarships from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

$38,092 - $50,000 per year (plus conference travel allowance)

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales is offering PhD Scholarships to exceptional individuals who hold Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency, with our goal to train the next generation of industry and research leaders. This rewarding scholarship opportunity is competitive, with candidates expected to have exceptional academic credentials (Honours 1) and communication skills, as well as industry or other relevant experience following completion of their undergraduate studies. Candidates will also be assessed on their leadership abilities. The PhD scholarship is tax-free and includes travel to two local/international conferences during the 3.5 year program of study.

Potential applicants are welcome to discuss this opportunity with  Professor Denis O’Carroll: d.ocarroll@unsw.edu.au

To remain open until filled.

Applications including a resume and a copy of transcripts should be submitted to Ms Lucia Wong: lucia.wong1@unsw.edu.au

PhD Scholarship from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering - Numerical Simulation for Maritime Platforms

$31,000 - $48,000 per annum (tax free) for three years with a possible 6 month extension & relocation allowance

A PhD scholarship is available for studies focused on the structural behaviour and response of maritime platforms such as commercial or Naval vessels and offshore platforms when exposed to severe sea-states and to structural deterioration such as fatigue and corrosion. The research project is funded through an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project and by industry partners.

The scholarship is available for enrolment and living support for PhD study in Engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW. The research project will be based primarily at the UNSW Kensington campus under the supervision of Professor Chongmin Song.


Scholarship Terms and Conditions: 

The scholarship stipend is $31,000 per annum, tax exempt, for three years with a possible 6 month extension. For a suitably qualified and experienced applicant, this stipend may be supplemented by a tax free “top-up” of around $6,000 per annum for three years. When the candidate receives a UNSW centrally funded research scholarship awarded based on academic excellence, the “top-up” scholarship will be $17,000 per annum for three years.
A relocation allowance of up to $2,000 may be payable after arrival at UNSW to the successful applicant living outside Sydney to recover travel and removal expenses.

Qualifications Required of Applicants: 

Applicants for the Scholarship must be an Australian citizen and must further satisfy the following requirements:
(1) Have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Civil, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, Naval Architecture accredited by either the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust) or the Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA). The Bachelor’s degree should preferably be at a level of Honours Class 1 or 2 (2/1 or 2/2);
(2) Able to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment with other researchers and the technical staff of the project partners;
(3) Preferably have some experience in numerical modelling; and
(4) Be competent in spoken and written English.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Chongmin Song or Mr Damian McGuckin 

How to Apply: 

Applicants should email their applications to Professor Chongmin Song copied to Mr Damian McGuckin. The application should include:
(1) A curriculum vitae (CV) of four (4) pages (or less) detailing your academic qualifications, your practical experience and other relevant information;
(2) Copies of your academic qualifications, including undergraduate and postgraduate and transcripts of subject studied and results;
(3) A statement why you would like to be involved in this particular project;
(4) Contact details (only) of two (2) referees, i.e. their names, affiliations and email addresses. (do not send copies of references); and
(5) A statement of when you could begin your studies if appointed.
Short listed applicants will attend an interview in Sydney. The interview will include members of the Research team.

Applicants should email their applications to Professor Chongmin Song copied to Mr Damian McGuckin 

Masters of Philosophy Scholarship from the School of Computer Science and Engineering - Formal Methods for Fault Tolerant Autonomy

$38,000 per annum for two years plus topup

Expressions of interest are invited for a two year scholarship expected to be offered for a Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) candidate in the School of Computer Science and Engineering. 

This scholarship is funded from an Australian government Defence Science and Technology Group grant "Fault Tolerant Autonomy" for a project in collaboration with Cornell University (USA), with the US work funded by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, as part of the AFOSR-DST Autonomy Initiative.

The project concerns the application to fault tolerant protocols in autonomous systems of a formal verification and synthesis tool MCK, developed at UNSW. This tool conducts automated verification and synthesis of finite-state systems based on specifications in the logic of knowledge and time. Details of MCK are available here 

The scholarship will suit candidates with interests and background in the following topics:

  • fault tolerant distributed algorithms

  • byzantine agreement protocols

  • formal verification

  • model checking

  • modal logic (temporal and epistemic)

For more information, contact Prof. Ron van der Meyden

Due to the project time-frame and current travel restrictions, candidates already resident in Australia and able to commence studies early in 2021 will be given preference for this scholarship.


NSW Education Waratah Scholarship

$10,000 per annum for up to 3 years, full-time equivalent (pro-rata for part-time candidates) in line with the RTP Scholarship

This top-up scholarship from the NSW Department of Education.


  • be a enrolled in a higher degree research program with UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture.

  • be a domestic candidate in receipt of the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship

  • be undertaking research in one or more of the following NSW Department of Education research priority areas:

  1. Transition - identifying and piloting effective transition strategies at a systemic and local level for students moving between home care, school education, post-school education and training, and employment.

  2. Wellbeing - cultivating students and education staff’s wellbeing and happiness and addressing the challenges of COVID-19 and remote learning.

  3. Pedagogical innovation - evaluating and enhancing the effectiveness of current and potential pedagogical approaches and addressing the challenges of COVID-19 and remote learning.

  4. Inclusiveness - meeting the education and training needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities and disadvantaged groups.

  5. Learning environments - designing and implementing learning infrastructure which engages students, enhances their experience and improves outcomes.

  6. Quality teaching - improving quality teaching by enhancing the effectiveness of teacher professional learning, particularly using digital technologies.

  7. Workforce Development - identifying current and future skills needs for NSW industries and workforce and how these needs should be addressed.

  • demonstrate a commitment to present your research to the NSW Department of Education (as a report, presentation or otherwise) upon request by the Department.

  • provide approval for your name, project title and a description of your research (including the research objectives and outcomes) to be published by the NSW Department of Education.

Selection Criteria

The successful applicants will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of their academic and research merits, and the alignment of their research project to the department’s priority areas.

The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of a selection committee comprising of:

  1. Dean, UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture or their nominated delegate(s)

  2. Associate Dean Graduate Research, UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture

  3. at least one academic in any one of the Schools of Education and Social Work, Economics or Social and Political Sciences.


Application Process

Eligible candidates are invited to submit an application for the Waratah Scholarship, which outlines:

  • their academic/research merits

  • the alignment of their research project with one or more of the above priority areas.

Applicants must also provide a statement indicating their willingness to:

  • be named a Waratah Scholar and be part of the inter-university group of Waratah Scholars,

  • present their research to the NSW Department of Education (as a report, presentation or otherwise) upon request by the Department,

  • and have their name, project title and a description of their research (including the research objectives and outcomes) to be published by the NSW Department of Education.

Applicants should complete this application form and email it to ada.hdr@unsw.edu.au

The subject line for your email should be: NSW Department of Education Waratah Scholarships

Complete this application form and email it to ada.hdr@unsw.edu.au with the subject line: NSW Department of Education Waratah Scholarships by 16 August 2021



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

The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage high-achieving students to pursue postgraduate study in Engineering, Medicine or Science, where research shows promise of advancing Australian technology and industry in the modern world. 

The scholarship duration is 3.5 years. The rate and duration will be pro-rated for part-time or prior study. 

The scholarship is open to Domestic applicants and candidates planning to undertake a PhD in Engineering, Medicine or Science. In 2021, three scholarships are available, one in each Faculty. 

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

2022 round will open in late 2021