Research Scholarships


Applications are now open for Release 4 only.

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

Scholarships will be released periodically throughout the year, and each release has specified dates and residency requirements.

You should choose when to submit your application based on your preferred commencement date and residency status. The tables below outline the requirements for each scholarships release.

Please ensure your read 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 4, 2018

Applications open Now open
Last date to submit an application to be considered in this release period 19 December 2018
(5.00pm AEDT)
Outcomes advised 4 - 6 February 2019
Scholarship commencement date Applicants must be prepared to commence their scholarship no later than 28 February 2019.
Who can apply?

This release period is open to applicants who have completed an Honours (Class 1) degree at Western Sydney University in 2018.

Other applicants are ineligible to apply.

Scholarship inclusions

Scholarships will include a stipend of $30,000 per annum. Domestic applicants will be awarded a Research Training Program (RTP) funded place in the degree. International students will be awarded a tuition fee waiver.

Western Sydney University is unable to offer an early commencement bonus or funding for an OSHC policy in this release period.

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

Release 3, 2018

Applications open Closed
Last date to submit an application to be considered in this release period 21 October 2018
(11.59pm AEDT)
Outcomes advised 17 - 19 December 2018
Scholarship commencement date Successful applicants can commence their scholarships from 8 January 2019. Applicants must be prepared to commence their scholarship no later than 28 February 2019.
Who can apply?

This release period is open to applicants who have completed or are currently enrolled in the Master of Research degree at Western Sydney University.

Other applicants are ineligible to apply.

Scholarship inclusions

Scholarships will include a stipend of $30,000 per annum. Domestic applicants will be awarded a Research Training Program (RTP) funded place in the degree. International students will be awarded a tuition fee waiver.

Western Sydney University is unable to offer an early commencement bonus or funding for an OSHC policy in this release period.

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

Release 2, 2018

Last date to submit an application to be considered in this release period Closed
Outcomes advised 7 - 9 November 2018
Scholarship commencement date Successful applicants can commence their scholarships from 5 November 2018. Applicants must be prepared to commence their scholarship no later than 31 January 2019.
Who can apply?

This release is open to domestic students (Australian Permanent Residents).

This release is open to international students who are able to obtain a visa in time to commence their studies by 31 January 2019.

Scholarship inclusions

Scholarships will include a stipend of $30,000 per annum. Domestic applicants will be awarded a Research Training Program (RTP) funded place in the degree. International students will be awarded a tuition fee waiver.

Western Sydney University is unable to offer an early commencement bonus or funding for an OSHC policy in this release period.

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

Release 1, 2018

Last date to submit an application to be considered in this release period Closed
Outcomes advised 30 July - 3 August 2018
Scholarship commencement date Successful applicants can commence their scholarships from 6 August 2018. Applicants must be prepared to commence their scholarship no later than 31 August 2018.
Who can apply?

This release is open to domestic students (Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and Australian Permanent Residents).

This release is open to international students who already hold a visa which allows them to be in Australia before the 31 August 2018. International applicants must provide evidence they hold a visa when they apply.

Scholarship inclusions

Scholarships will include a stipend of $30,000 per annum. Domestic applicants will be awarded a Research Training Program (RTP) funded place in the degree. International students will be awarded a tuition fee waiver.

The scholarship also provides funding for a single person Overseas Health Care Policy (OSHC).

Western Sydney University will also offer a one-off early commencement bonus of $5,000 to applicants who start their scholarships on or before 31 August 2018.

Additional criteria New 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, 128.9 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, 128.9 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, 128.9 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?

Master of Research students who have completed their degree or who will submit their thesis for examination during 2H 2018 are eligible to apply for admission to a doctoral degree and a scholarship. Release 3 has been established specifically for students who have already completed or are currently enrolled at Western Sydney University in the Master of Research degree.

Step 1: Complete the Higher Degree Research Scholarship Application Form (PDF, 128.9 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 Master of Research student applying for admission to a doctoral degree, this is all you need to do to be considered for a scholarship.

I am an Honours student. How do I apply for admission to a PhD and a scholarship?

Honours students (end-on or embedded) with a Class 1 or Class 1-2 result who have completed their degree in 2018 are eligible to apply for admission to a doctoral degree and a scholarship. Release 4 has been established specifically for Honours students who have completed their degree at Western Sydney University.

Step 1: Complete the Higher Degree Research Scholarship Application Form (PDF, 128.9 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 an Honours student applying for admission to a doctoral degree, 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.

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, or the costs associated with obtaining a visa.

Release 1 scholarships may include additional provisions. Please refer to the tables above for more information about specific releases.

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, 204.78 KB)(opens in a new window) for more information.

What is the early commencement bonus payment?

The early commencement bonus payment is a one-off payment of $5,000 that will be paid to students who apply in Release 1, and commence their scholarships before 31 August 2018.

Unfortunately, Western Sydney University cannot extend or vary the early commencement date, irrespective of the circumstances.

The bonus will be paid as a lump sum after you have completed three (3) continuous months of your enrolment.

The early commencement bonus payment is not available for applicants who apply in Releases 2 and 3.

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 their 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 awarded a scholarship in Release 1, you will be expected to commence your studies by 31 August 2018.

If you are awarded a scholarship in Release 2, you will be expected to commence your studies by 31 January 2019.

If you are awarded a scholarship in Release 3, you will be expected to commence your studies by 28 February 2019.

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 reapply if my application is unsuccessful?

If your application is not successful, you will be asked whether you would like your application to be considered in future scholarship releases. You will not be required to reapply, but you may choose to, or be required to submit additional supporting documentation.

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.