Yarramundi Doctor of Philosophy Scholarship

About the project

Western Sydney University has announced a scholarship program to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who wish to undertake a higher degree by research at Western Sydney University.

The scholarship is available to current or new higher degree research students who identify as being Aboriginal and Torress Strait Islander. Applicants from any School, Institute or discipline area are eligible to apply.

Applicants must provide a statement that explains who their research will be of benefit to Indigenous Australian society.

To discuss your project or for information on how to prepare a statement that explains how your research will benefit Indigenous society, please contact:

Vanessa Smyth
Research Scholarships Development Officer
E: v.smyth@westernsydney.edu.au
Ph: (02) 4736 0966

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Students will receive a tax-free stipend of $50,000 per annum to support living costs. Tuition fees will be supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset.
  • Support for conference attendance, fieldwork and additional costs as approved by the relevant School/Institute.

Eligibility criteria

We welcome applicants from a range of academic discipline backgrounds, who can demonstrate how their research will benefit Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander society in Australia.

The successful applicant should:

  • identify as being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person (being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification as authorised under Section 14 (D) of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977 NSW.
  • hold qualifications and experience equal to one of the following (i) an Australian First Class Bachelor (Honours) degree, (ii) coursework Masters with at least 25% research component, (iii) Research Masters degree, or (iv) equivalent overseas qualifications.
  • demonstrate strong academic performance in the applicant's area of interest.
  • be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.

How to apply

1. Contact Vanessa Smyth (Research Scholarships Development Officer) to discuss your eligibility, the project requirements and your intention to apply: v.smyth@westernsydney.edu.au

2. Prepare your application documents including:

  • Yarramundi Scholarship Application Form (PDF, 85.83 KB)(opens in a new window)
  • Certified copies of your transcript and testamur for all previous academic qualifications.
  • Certified copy of your Passport or Birth Certificate.
  • Certified copy of your document that confirms your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity.
  • Statement that explains how your research will benefit Indigenous Australian society (one to two paragraphs).
  • Research proposal.(opens in a new window)
  • Copy of your CV with contact information for two referees.

3. Ensure all documentation is certified according to Western Sydney University requirements.(opens in a new window)

4. All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted directly to the Graduate Research School as follows:

  • Use the email subject line: Application_Yarramundi_Scholarship
  • Submit to v.smyth@westernsydney.edu.au
  • All attached documents must be submitted as PDF.
  • In the body of your email, include your full name, your student ID (if you are a current or previous Western Sydney University student) and the full title of the scholarship.

Incomplete applications or applications that do not conform to the above requirements will not be considered.

Please contact the Graduate Research School via email at v.smyth@westernsydney.edu.au for more information.


Applications open 5 October 2020

Applications close 27 November 2020

*Applications close at 11.59pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

Scholarship reference code: Yarramundi