Project Scholarships

Western Sydney University offers a range of project-based scholarships to support higher degree students in undertaking their research. Scholarships are available to support both current and new postgraduate research candidates. You may also be eligible for scholarships offered by other organisations.

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The following scholarships are now open for applications:

School of Social Sciences

Transforming Communities

This PhD project will involve undertaking in-depth qualitative research comparing existing, newly built and planned housing developments across Western Sydney.
Applications close 31 July 2020


F.G. Swain Award

The F.G. Swain Award to Promote Excellence in Postgraduate Research at the Hawkesbury Campus provides support to help with travel, equipment and other research expenses.
Applications close 31 July 2020


Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Mechanisms of Heat and Drought Tolerance in C4 Crops

The PhD project will investigate how photosynthesis determines yield and water use efficiency responses to climate extremes such as heat and drought stress.
Applications close 31 July 2020


NICM Health Research Institute

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarship

The PhD project will provide an opportunity to develop a research project in a NICM research stream.
Applications close 31 July 2020


Institute for Society and Culture

Schooling, Parenting and Ethnicity: Asian Migration and Australian Education

This PhD project will investigate how parental influence extends into students’ choice of tertiary study, focusing on the impact of Asian migration at this level of education.
Applications close 31 July 2020


Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Evolution of Dynamic Anti-predator Behaviour of Insects

The PhD project aims to unravel the complex and often extraordinary life history of Australian alpine animals with the view of ensuring they are conserved into the future.
Applications close 31 July 2020


School of Social Sciences

Challenging Racisms and Enhancing Social Belonging

This PhD project focuses on identifying and filling data gaps on racism, measuring and enhancing anti-racism, and mapping and disrupting racism online.
Applications close 31 July 2020


Cognitive Strategies to Improve the Outcomes for Children with Spinal Cord Injuries or Diseases

This PhD project will investigate the use of cognitive strategies in improving outcomes for children with spinal cord injuries or disease.
Applications close 31 July 2020


School of Engineering

ARC Hub for Computational Particle Technology: Discrete Element Method for Industrial Applications

This PhD project aims to lift the capability of DEM to tackle real industrial problems.
Applications close 31 July 2020


School of Social Sciences

Religion, Materiality and the African Diaspora in Australia

This PhD project project will investigate how churches support African communities and their translocal and transnational mobility and sense of belonging.
Applications close 31 July 2020


Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Biogeography of Plant Traits that Govern Bushfire Risk and Drought Vulnerability

The PhD project aims to model the spatial variation in plants traits that affect vegetation responses to drought and control temporal dynamics of forest flammability.
Applications close 31 August 2020


School of Science

Australian Wildlife Society Research Scholarship

This scholarship will support a current candidate undertaking a project relevant to the conservation of Australian native wildlife (flora or fauna)
Applications close 30 September 2020


Yarramundi Doctor of Philosophy Scholarship

Yarramundi scholarships are available to current or new higher degree research students who identify as being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
Applications open 5 October 2020


Yarramundi Master of Research Scholarship

Yarramundi scholarships are available to new Master of Research applicants who identify as being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
Applications open 5 October 2020


School of Social Sciences

Migration and Return Migration of Skilled Health Workers from Fiji

This PhD project will focus on Fijian skilled healthcare migration to Australia.
Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


External Scholarships

External Scholarships

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