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 their general living costs while they undertake higher degree research

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

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. Submit a Yarramundi Higher Degree Research Scholarship application form (PDF, 242.49 KB) (opens in a new window) and supporting documents before 18 April 2014.

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Institute for Infrastructure Engineering

The Institute for Infrastructure Engineering offers various scholarships throughout the year.  Please check back regularly for updates.

The MARCS Institute

  • MARCS will shortly be seeking applicants for five new research scholarships.

Institute for Culture & Society

School of Humanities and Communication Arts

School of Science and Health

  • Molecular and Physiological Insight: Stomatal Guard Cells (PDF, 131.23 KB) (opens in a new window) The School of Science and Health is seeking a PhD candidate for an ARC project in plant biology investigating the role of chloroplast retrograde signalling in terms of drought regulation. Applicants should be strong in areas of plant physiology, plant molecular and cell biology.

Religion and Society Research Centre

Cross Cultural Public Health Research Award

  • The Cross Cultural Public Health Research Award (PDF, 32.15 KB) (opens in a new window) is open to candidates from the degrees of Master (by research), PhD, MD or professional doctorate in public health either at the University of Western Sydney or the University of Sydney.  The award supports research on public health issues affecting Indigenous Australians, refugees or recently arrived migrants to Australia. Applications now sought.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Joint Research Engagement - Engineering Cadetships (JRE)

The 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 Research & Development activities.

Each cadetship is valued at $5350 for 2014.

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 or visit the Australian Governemnt Joint Research Engagement website (opens in a new window) for more information. Applicants should email the completed form to

Applications are accepted all year round.

F.G. Swain Award

The University invites you to apply for the F.G. Swain Award. 

The 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.

Download the F.G Swain Award application form (PDF, 75.84 KB) (opens in a new window).  To apply please submit the application form before the closing date 31 May 2014.

Other Scholarships

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