UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme

The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of our dedication to harnessing our cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia scholars will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy.  The Scientia Scheme is targeted in that applicants will apply to a specific research area with an identified supervisory team and application is by nomination.

  • Work on high quality research projects with the best supervisory teams in world class environments
  • $40K a year stipend for four years
  • Tuition fees covered for the full 4 year period
  • Coaching and mentoring will form a critical part of your highly personalised leadership development plan
  • Up to $10k each year to build your career and support your international research collaborations
  • At least 5 of these scholarships will be reserved for Indigenous research candidates. 

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Domestic Research Candidate Scholarships

  1. Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship
  2. University Postgraduate Award (UPA)
  3. Faculty Top Up Scholarships - attached to RTP Scholarship or UPA

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International Research Candidate Scholarships

For more information, see International Research Candidate Scholarships

Visit the UNSW Graduate Research School for more information on scholarships and details of eligibility and how to apply. 

E&ERC postgraduate scholarships

E&ERC Postgraduate Writing and Skills Transfer Scholarship.

In addition to these special courses run by the E&ERC, several courses run by senior postgraduate students and typically scheduled towards the end of the year have also been offered as a part of the “E&ERC Postgraduate Writing & Skills Transfer Scholarship”.

These awards support students who have recently submitted their PhD theses to continue the preparation of journal articles from their theses. Students receiving this award will also present a short course. The short course is usually based upon the skills they developed during their tenure as PhD students and is presented to students in the E&ERC graduate program. The aim of these awards is to maximise research output (and to increase competitiveness for post doctoral research fellowships and research positions), and to facilitate the transfer of professional and research skills between post graduate students.

Previous skills transfer courses have included:


Communicating your research visually

Alicia Guerrero


"Shout it from the benchtops" Engaging methods for outreach and science communication

Floret Meredith


Data synthesis and meta-analysis

Si-Chong Chen


Modelling Workshop

Justin Wan


From Sample to Sequence: Can molecular methods help me

and my research?

Melanie Sun &

Sandra Vardeh

2015 Money Makes the World Go Round Rhiannon Dalrymple


Introduction to GIS in Ecology

Suzanna Evans


Introduction to MATLAB

Natasha Henschke


Tree-thinking workshop

Anna Namyatova


Building a Professional Network: Meeting & Tweeting

Katelyn Edge


Winning Presentations

Marie Attard


Clarity, Intrigue and Persuasion: Making Your Scientific Writing

Worth Reading

Margo Adler


Understanding and incorporating genetic and microbial analyses

into your research

Tiffanie Nelson &

Anna Kopps


Introduction to the R Environment

Luke Hedge


A Successful Abstract, Making your Conference Talk Stand Out,

and Speaking to the Public

Alex Jordan


Interdisciplinary Research: melding for maximum impact

Louise McKenzie



Research funding opportunities


Contact Dr Terry Ord ( for a list of further awards, grants and travel scholarships available to postgraduate students. 


Faculty of Science Vacation Research Scholarship


The Vacation Research Scholarship provides an excellent research opportunity for science undergraduate students to experience working in a research environment.


Further information on admission, enrolment, scholarships and costs is provided by the UNSW Graduate Research School.