Main Round Scholarships


In 2017, Western Sydney University will conduct one main round of higher degree research scholarships open to domestic and international applicants. Current Western Sydney University students and new applicants are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

A range of project scholarships are also offered throughout the year. Please visit the project scholarships page for more information.

Scholarship Main Round 2017


Important Dates

Applications open 4 September 2017
Applications close (general applicants) 24 September 2017
Applications close (Master of Research only) 11 October 2017
Outcomes advised 1 December 2017

Frequently asked questions

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

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

Step 1: Complete the Main Round Scholarship Application Form (PDF, 223.51 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 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.

Applications must be received by 11.55pm, 24 September 2017.

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 Main Round Scholarship Application Form (PDF, 223.51 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.

Applications must be received by 11.55pm, 24 September 2017.

I am already enrolled. Can I apply for a scholarship?

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

Step 1: Complete the Main Round Scholarship Application Form (PDF, 223.51 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.

Applications must be received by 11.55pm, 24 September 2017.

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

Master of Research students who have completed their degree or who will submit their thesis for examination during 2H 2017 are eligible to apply for admission to a doctoral degree and a scholarship.

Step 1: Complete the Main Round Scholarship Application Form 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 page and follow the steps to apply for admission via the Online Application Portal.(opens in a new window)

As a Master of Research student applying for admission to a doctoral degree, this is all you need to do to be considered for a scholarship.

Applications must be received by 11.55pm, 11 October 2017.

Are international applicants eligible for a scholarship?

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

What does a scholarship provide?

A scholarship awarded during the main round provides:

  • a tax-free stipend of $30,000 per annum for up to 3 years
  • a funded place in a research degree

International scholarship holders are also eligible for single person Overseas Student Health Cover (OHSC).

How are scholarships awarded?

Main round scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis by a Western Sydney University appointed ranking committee.

Refer to the Guidelines for Ranking HDR Main Round Scholarships (PDF, 101.19 KB).(opens in a new window)

Can I work while on a scholarship?

Yes, scholarship holders are permitted to undertake up to 8 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.

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 8 hours per week. Part-time awards are for taxable.

When will I be expected to commence my studies?

If you are awarded a scholarship in the 2017 main round, you will be expected to commence your studies within six weeks of 1 January 2018.

If you are unable to commence your studies before the 12 February 2018, you should wait and apply for a scholarship in a later round.

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.