Research Scholarships


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Release 2 applications are open.

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Western Sydney University accepts applications from current and new students for higher degree research scholarships. Domestic and international students are invited to apply.

Scholarships are released periodically throughout the year, and each release has specific application dates and eligibility criteria.

The information below outlines the requirements for each scholarship release. You should only submit an application for a release where you meet the eligibility criteria.You must review the frequently asked questions below as they include important information about how to apply. Due to the high volume of applications received, incomplete applications or those that do not conform to the requirements may not be assessed.

Visit the project scholarships page for information about other scholarship opportunities offered throughout the year.

Release dates

Release 1, 2019

Applications open Monday
25 March 2019
Applications close Friday
10 May 2019
(11.59pm AEST)
Outcomes advised Friday
26 July 2019
(5.00pm AEST)
Note: Confirmation will be via email - please do not request an update prior to this date.
Scholarship commencement: Domestic 2020
Scholarship commencement: International 2020
Who can apply?

Domestic applicants (Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and Australian Permanent Residents) and International applicants.

Scholarship inclusions

Scholarships include a stipend of $30,000 per annum for up to 3 years.

Domestic candidates will be awarded a Research Training Program (RTP) funded place in the degree.

International candidates will be awarded a tuition fee waiver, and funding for a single person Overseas Student Health Care (OSHC) Policy.

Additional criteria

Applicants must provide written evidence that a Western Sydney University academic has agreed to be Principal Supervisor on the project.

Release 2

Applications open Saturday
11 May 2019
(9.00am AEST)
Applications close Sunday
4 August 2019
(11.59pm AEST)
Outcomes advised Friday
27 September 2019
(5.00pm AEST)
Note: Confirmation will be via email - please do not request an update prior to this date. 
Scholarship commencement: Domestic 2020
Scholarship commencement: International 2020
Who can apply?

Domestic applicants (Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and Australian Permanent Residents) and International applicants.

Scholarship inclusions

Scholarships include a stipend of $30,000 per annum for up to 3 years.

Domestic candidates will be awarded a Research Training Program (RTP) funded place in the degree.

International candidates will be awarded a tuition fee waiver, and funding for a single person Overseas Student Health Care (OSHC) Policy.

Additional criteria

Applicants must provide written evidence that a Western Sydney University academic has agreed to be Principal Supervisor on the project.

Release 3

Applications open Monday
21 October 2019
Applications close Sunday
24 November 2019
(11.59pm AEST)
Outcomes advised Friday
17 January 2020
(5.00pm AEST)
Note: Confirmation will be via email - please do not request an update prior to this date. 
Scholarship commencement: Domestic 2020
Scholarship commencement:
International
2020
Who can apply?

Domestic applicants (Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and Australian Permanent Residents) who have completed or are due to complete a Western Sydney University Honours degree in 2019

Applicants who have completed or are due to complete a Western Sydney University Master of Chinese Cultural Relations degree in 2019.

All other applicants are ineligible for this release.

Scholarship inclusions

Scholarships include a stipend of $30,000 per annum for up to 3 years.

Domestic candidates will be awarded a Research Training Program (RTP) funded place in the degree.

Additional criteria

Applicants must provide written evidence that a Western Sydney University academic has agreed to be Principal Supervisor on the project.

*TBA = To be advised.

How to apply

I am a new applicant. How do I apply for admission and a scholarship?

Step 1: Complete the Higher Degree Research Scholarship Application Form (PDF, 123.42 KB)(opens in a new window) and submit it along with any supporting documentation. You must follow the instructions included in the form.

Step 2: Review the how to apply for research degrees(opens in a new window) page and follow the steps to apply for admission via the Online Application Portal.(opens in a new window)

As a new applicant, this is all you need to do to be considered for a scholarship.

I have already applied for admission. Can I apply for a scholarship?

Yes, current applicants are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Step 1: Complete the Higher Degree Research Scholarship Application Form (PDF, 123.42 KB)(opens in a new window) and submit it along with any supporting documentation to the Graduate Research School. You must follow the instructions included in the form.

As a current applicant, this is all you need to do to be considered for a scholarship.

I am already enrolled in a research degree. Can I apply for a scholarship?

Yes, current Western Sydney University students are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Step 1: Complete the Higher Degree Research Scholarship Application Form (PDF, 123.42 KB)(opens in a new window) and submit it along with any supporting documentation to the Graduate Research School. You must follow the instructions included in the form.

As a current student, this is all you need to do to be considered for a scholarship.

I am a Master of Research student. How do I apply for admission to a PhD and a scholarship?

Western Sydney University Master of Research students

Information about applying for admission to a doctorate degree and a scholarship has been sent to your student email. Please contact the Graduate Research School if you need further advice.

External Master of Research students

Please follow the process below.

Step 1: Complete the Higher Degree Research Scholarship Application Form (PDF, 123.42 KB)(opens in a new window) and submit it along with any supporting documentation. You must follow the instructions included in the form.

Step 2: Review the how to apply for research degrees(opens in a new window) page and follow the steps to apply for admission via the Online Application Portal.(opens in a new window)

As a new applicant, this is all you need to do to be considered for a scholarship.

Frequently asked questions

All potential applicants must review the following frequently asked questions before submitting an application.

Are international applicants eligible for a scholarship?

Yes, international applicants are eligible for scholarships. Please submit your application for admission and a scholarship according to the instructions provided above.

Please note there are strict commencement dates for each release. You must be prepared to commence your studies by the dates indicated for the applicable release.

This means you must:

  • be living in Australia already and hold a valid visa which allows you to stay in Australia; or
  • already hold a visa which enables you to enter Australia and be able to travel to Australia to commence your studies by the date indicated above; or
  • be able to obtain a visa to enter Australia to commence your studies by the commencement date indicated above.

Do I need to identify a supervisor for my project before I apply?

Yes, to be eligible for a scholarship, you must have already identified a suitable supervisor for your project. You must provide written evidence that a Western Sydney University academic has agreed to supervise your project.

For more information, visit the find a supervisor(opens in a new window) page.

Can I submit additional documentation after the closing date?

No, to ensure equity for all applicants, late documentation or information will not be accepted after a release closing date. This applies to application forms, evidence of publications, evidence of supervisory support and all other supporting documentation.

What does a scholarship provide?

All scholarships include:

  • a tax-free stipend of $30,000 per annum for up to 3 years.
  • a funded place in a research degree for domestic students, or a tuition fee waiver for international students.

Scholarships do not include funding for relocation costs, the costs associated with obtaining a visa or for other expenses unless otherwise stated.

I am an international student and want to bring my family to Australia. Is there additional funding available?

Unfortunately, Western Sydney University is unable to provide additional funding to cover the costs of bringing family to Australia or additional living expenses.

Are top-up scholarships available?

Western Sydney University does not currently award top-up scholarships.

How are scholarships awarded?

Research scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis by a Western Sydney University appointed ranking panel.

Refer to the Guidelines for Ranking Higher Degree Research Scholarships (PDF, 157.28 KB)(opens in a new window) for more information.

Please note these guidelines are subject to change in future releases.

Can I work while on a scholarship?

Yes, scholarship holders are permitted to undertake up to 10 hours paid employment each week provided that the work does not interfere with your study program. It is expected that a minimum of 35 hours per week will be devoted to your study program throughout the year. Scholarship holders are entitled to 4 weeks annual leave per year of the award.

Scholarship holders are not obligated to undertake tutoring or other academic employment.

Can I study from overseas and receive a scholarship?

No, you are expected to live in Australia for the duration of your studies, except for periods of approved overseas study leave to undertake fieldwork or other activities related to your project.

Can I apply for a part-time scholarship?

Scholarships are awarded for full-time study. Part-time awards are available if you have an illness or disability which prevents you from studying full-time or you have significant caring commitments for a family member. You may not apply for a part-time award to enable you to work more than 10 hours per week. Part-time awards are taxable.

When will I be expected to commence my studies?

If you are a domestic candidate awarded a scholarship in Release 1, you will be expected to commence your studies by 12 August 2019.

If you are an international candidate awarded a scholarship in Release 1, you will be expected to commence your studies by 2 September 2019.

If you are awarded a scholarship in Release 2, you will be expected to commence your studies by 28 October 2019.

If you are a domestic candidate awarded a scholarship in Release 3, you will be expected to commence your studies by 10 February 2020.

If you are awarded a scholarship and are not able to commence your studies by the date indicated on your offer, the scholarship may be cancelled.

Can I apply in another round if my application is unsuccessful?

If your application is unsuccessful, it will be rolled-over into the next release (subject to meeting the eligibility criteria).

If your application is unsuccessful in a second release, you will need to submit a new application in the next suitable release.

Who can I talk to about scholarships?

If you have any other questions about the application process or have a general enquiry about scholarships, please contact the Graduate Research School via email at grs.scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au.