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

UWS Postgraduate Research Awards (UWSPRA) for international students

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. The closing date for applications for 2015 will be announced when available.

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

The MARCS Institute

School of Humanities and Communication Arts

School of Science and Health

  • The School of Science and Health is seeking a PhD candidate to work on an ARC Discovery Indigenous project with Professor Pauline Ross and Dr Laura Parker (previous ARC Indigenous Research Fellow) in conjunction with the School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney. For more information, please download the Climate Change Impact Flyer (PDF, 110.69 KB) (opens in a new window). To apply, download the HDR application form (PDF, 256.76 KB) (opens in a new window)
  • The School of Science and Health is seeking an excellent doctoral candidate to undertake research in the field of medicinal chemistry with Dr Christopher Gordon. For more information, please download the Flow Chemistry Flyer (PDF, 109.99 KB) (opens in a new window). To apply, download the HDR application form (PDF, 256.76 KB) (opens in a new window)

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.

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.

Maldives International Policing Research Scholarship

UWS invites applications from excellent candidates to undertake doctoral research in an area of policing (PDF, 90.58 KB) (opens in a new window) that has an international focus. The scholarship is part of a capacity building initiative with the Maldives Police Service. To apply, download the HDR application form (PDF, 256.76 KB) (opens in a new window)

Other Scholarships

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