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.

China Scholarship Council (CSC) Research Scholarship

The CSC Research Scholarship is a collaborative arrangement between the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and University of Western Sydney (UWS) to provide high quality research training to qualified students from Chinese universities with the aim of developing research collaboration between UWS and Chinese universities.

CSC Scholarship funding covers living allowance, Overseas Student Health Cover in Australia, one 'round trip' airfare to Australia, and your Australian Student Visa application fees.

UWS will waive full tuition fees for successful applicants for up to a maximum of 48 months.

For further information and to apply, please see the China Research Council (CSC) Research Scholarship website (opens in a new window)

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 PhD candidate to research the conservation biology and management of emus in urban environments. The project is a collaboration with the Office of Environment and Health, and is part of the WildLab, specialising in Conservation Biology and Wildlife Management, as well as a range of Citizen Science tools. The closing date for applications is 17 May 2015. For more information, please download the Conservation Biology and Wildlife Management Flyer (PDF, 489.97 KB) (opens in a new window). To apply, download and submit the HDR application form (PDF, 174.72 KB) (opens in a new window)
  • 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 PhD Scholarship Flyer (PDF, 437.96 KB) (opens in a new window). To apply, download the HDR application form (PDF, 174.72 KB) (opens in a new window)
  • The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic PhD candidate to research how environmental change affects RNA regulation, epigenetic memory forming processes, cellular communication and secondary metabolism in plants. The closing date for applications is 30 June 2015. For more information, please download the Environmental Regulation of RNA Flyer (PDF, 422.43 KB) (opens in a new window). To apply, download and submit the HDR application form (PDF, 174.72 KB) (opens in a new window)
  • Dr Alexie Papanicolaou at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment is seeking a highly motivated, dynamic, creative and enthusiastic PhD candidate to build software, develop new bioinformatics methods and apply them on insect genomes. The successful candidate will lead the design of their own thesis content around the lab's interests. The closing date for the application is 20 May 2015. For more information, please download the Engineering Bioinformatic Tools Flyer (PDF, 459.55 KB) (opens in a new window). To apply, download and submit the HDR application form (PDF, 174.72 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, 174.72 KB) (opens in a new window)

The MARCS Institute

  • The MARCS Institute invites highly motivated graduates seeking to undertake a PhD scholarship to work with Dr Paul Breen in association with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The goal of the proposal is to improve vestibular function through the use of a portable electronic stimulator about the size of a hearing aid. The application closing date is 3 April 2015. For more information please download the MARCS Flyer (PDF, 1483.11 KB) (opens in a new window). To apply, download the HDR application form (PDF, 174.72 KB) (opens in a new window).

School of Science and Health

  • Professor Andrew Shalliker at the School of Science and Health is seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate to undertake research in the area of Supercritical Fluid Chromatography. For more information, please download the Georges Guiochon Postgraduate Flyer (PDF, 93.91 KB) (opens in a new window). To apply, please download the HDR Application Form (PDF, 174.72 KB) (opens in a new window). The application closing date is 20 April 2015 and the scholarship is open to domestic applicants only.
  • Applications are invited from talented and highly motivated graduates to undertake a PhD as part of a NHMRC funded project grant on the role of the brain in persistent low back pain. Under the supervision of Dr Siobhan Schabrun and Dr James McAuley, you will focus on the novel role of biological mechanisms, such as maladaptive brain plasticity and sensitisation of the brain and spinal cord, which may explain why some people get better after hurting their back while others do not. The closing date for applications is 17 April 2015. For more information, please download the Understanding Persistent Low Back Pain Flyer (PDF, 105.18 KB) (opens in a new window). To apply, please download the HDR Application Form (PDF, 174.72 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 is 24 April 2015. To apply, please download the F.G. Swain Award application form (DOC, 135.5 KB) (opens in a new window)

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

The NHMRC (opens in a new window) offers various scholarships throughout the year. Please check back regularly for updates.

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.

Other Scholarships

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