Research Scholarships at UWS

UWS offers a range of scholarships to enable higher degree students to undertake their research:


Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA)

  • The Australian Postgraduate Awards are Commonwealth Government funded scholarships. They are awarded to exceptional new candidates to assist with general living costs while undertaking higher degree research. These scholarships have closed for 2015.

UWS Postgraduate Research Awards (UWSPRA) for international students

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarships are tuition fee scholarships for full-time study towards a higher degree by research. These prestigious scholarships are funded by the Australian Government. These scholarships have closed for 2015.

Yarramundi Higher Degree Research Scholarships (for Indigenous applicants only)

  • The Yarramundi Scholarship scheme aims to strengthen and support Indigenous participation in higher degree research at UWS. A number of scholarships are available for candidates seeking admission to a research higher degree at either Masters (Honours) or doctoral level. The closing date for applications for 2015 will be announced when available.

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

  • The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic graduate seeking to undertake a PhD scholarship opportunity in the field of plant-microbe interactions working with ARC Fellow (DECRA) Dr Jonathan Plett. The closing date for applications is 31 March 2015. For more information, please download the HIE Flyer (PDF, 437.96 KB) (opens in a new window). To apply, download the HDR application form (PDF, 436.91 KB) (opens in a new window)
  • Two PhD scholarship opportunities are currently available with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis (CETP) at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment on the regulation and diversification of C4 photosynthesis. The closing date for applications is 31 March 2015. For more information, please download the CETP Flyer (PDF, 448.34 KB) (opens in a new window). To apply, download the HDR application form (PDF, 436.91 KB) (opens in a new window)

The MARCS Institute

School of Humanities and Communication Arts

  • William Chiu PhD Scholarship in Chinese Studies:
    The School of Humanities and Communication Arts invites applications from graduates seeking to undertake a PhD in the field of Chinese history and politics and/or Chinese language and linguistics. For more information, please download the William Chiu Scholarship Flyer (PDF, 239.01 KB) (opens in a new window). To apply, download the HDR application form (PDF, 436.91 KB) (opens in a new window)

School of Medicine

  • School of Medicine Start-up Scholarship 2015:
    The School of Medicine and the pre-eclampsia research team has a one year scholarship available to undertake PhD research in the field of pre-eclampsia and the Renin angiotensin system. Closing date for applications is 6 February 2015. For more information, please download the Pre-eclampsia Flyer (PDF, 362.09 KB) (opens in a new window). To apply, download the HDR application form (PDF, 436.91 KB) (opens in a new window)

E.A. Southee Scholarship Award to Promote Excellence in Agriculture or Agriculture related Research

The E.A. Southee Scholarship Award is in recognition of the significant contribution of E.A. Southee to Hawkesbury as Principal of Hawkesbury Agricultural College over the period 1921 to 1954.

The scholarship is open to both Australian and international students and is valued at $20,000. Applicants must be actively involved in PhD research that meets the objectives of the Award. To apply, please download the Application Form (DOC, 137 KB) (opens in a new window). The closing date for applications is 24 April 2015.

F.G. Swain Award

The F.G. Swain Award is funded by the UWS Hawkesbury Foundation and provides funding for research activities such as travel for fieldwork, equipment, software/hardware and general research expenses. To be eligible you must be enrolled in a doctoral program and located on the Hawkesbury campus. The closing date for applications for 2015 will be announced when available.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Joint Research Engagement (JRE) – Engineering Cadetships

The Joint Research Engagement (JRE) scheme provides support for higher degree research students undertaking a cadetship in relevant areas of engineering or science. Cadetships involve a combination of formal research training with the University and concurrent employment with a business to carry out R&D activities.

In 2014, each cadetship is valued at $5,350.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a domestic student enrolled in a PhD or M(Hons)
  • Be employed in R&D activities eligible for support under the R&D Tax Incentive Scheme (check with your employer)
  • Be undertaking paid employment on a part-time or casual basis.

Download the Engineering Cadetships application form (PDF, 81.54 KB) (opens in a new window) or visit the Australian Government Joint Research Engagement website (opens in a new window) for more information. Applicants should email the completed form to HDRscholarships@uws.edu.au

Applications are accepted all year round.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

Applications are now open for the 2015 round of JDRF PhD Top-up Scholarships and Travel Grants.

  • The PhD Top-up Scholarship is worth $6000 per year for up to three years to support Australian PhD students pursuing research relevant to JDRF's mission – to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes and its complications.
  • The JDRF Travel Grant Scheme provides grants of up to $2,000 for domestic travel, and up to $4,000 for international travel to early stage scientists, and allied health/nursing professionals. The awards are designed to provide funding for travel to research institutions or scientific meetings, for the purpose of furthering the recipient's expertise in type 1 diabetes research or management.

Please contact JDRF (opens in a new window) for further application information. Should you have any questions, please email travelgrants@jdrf.org.au or call 02 9020 6121.

Closing date: 1 February 2015

Other Scholarships

The following organisations offer scholarships to help support research candidatures. Application is made directly to the relevant organisation.