Research Scholarships


Western Sydney University supports higher degree research candidates with a range of scholarship opportunities. Research scholarships are released periodically and each type of scholarship has specific application dates, eligibility criteria and conditions.

The information below outlines the requirements for our scholarship releases. You are invited to submit an application for any scholarship where you meet the eligibility criteria and the application period is currently open.

The frequently asked questions below include important information about how to apply. We receive a very high volume of applications and scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, so incomplete applications or those that do not meet the requirements may not be considered.

You can also visit our project scholarships page for information about other scholarship opportunities offered throughout the year.

Master of Research International Scholarship

This scholarship provides support to international students commencing study in our Master of Research (MRes) program.

The scholarships have an exclusive focus in health and/or medical fields and you will be required to undertake an international engagement activity during your research studies. The engagement activity may be based on a pre-existing collaboration or a new collaboration. It might involve activities such as a virtual collaboration, an exchange of research skills and training, or data collection and processing. You must provide a Statement of Intent that explains how your proposed research will address the health and/or medical research field and international activity.

Successful applicants will receive a combined offer for a Master of Research (MRes)/Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), with the final PhD offer being determined by successfully meeting academic progression and eligibility criteria for the program.

Applications open: TBA
Applications close: TBA
Outcomes advised: TBA
Scholarship commencement:

TBA

Who can apply?

International applicants that meet the following criteria:

  • Have Average Admission Mark (AAM)(opens in a new window) of 85 or above;
  • Provide a Statement of Intent(opens in a new window) that addresses:
    • Your proposed research within the health and medical field.
    • How your proposed research will include an international engagement activity in the thesis stage.
  • Have evidence of professional experience which has contributed to your research skills or training and/or authorship in a peer-reviewed publication (non-predatory);
  • Hold a Statement of Supervision Support(opens in a new window) from a Western Sydney University academic;
  • Hold qualifications required to meet the criteria for direct admission(opens in a new window) into the Master of Research;
  • Hold evidence of current English proficiency(opens in a new window) (e.g. IELTS 6.5, with no bands below 6.0);
  • Can demonstrate strong academic performance in the area of research interest; and
  • Are enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.
Scholarship inclusions:

Scholarships include a stipend of $24,000(AUD) per annum for two (2) years.

A tuition fee waiver will be awarded.

Scholarship exclusions:

Scholarships do not include an Overseas Student Health Care (OSHC)(opens in a new window) insurance policy. This cost must be covered by the student and is required for the duration of study in Australia.

Travel costs, visa costs, relocation expenses and other expenses are not covered by the scholarship.

How do I apply? Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.

Yarramundi MRes Scholarship

Applications open:Wednesday
05 May 2021
9.00am (AEST)
Applications close:Friday
14 May 2021
11.59pm (AEST)
Scholarship inclusions:Scholarships include a lump sum of $8,000(AUD) in Session 1 and Session 2 of the coursework stage, and a stipend of $32,000(AUD) in the research stage.
How do I apply?Refer to the instructions on the Yarramundi MRes Scholarship page for information about how to apply.

Yarramundi PhD Scholarship

Applications open: Wednesday
05 May 2021
9.00am (AEST)
Applications close: Sunday
01 August 2021
11.59pm (AEST)
Scholarship commencement:October 2021
Scholarship inclusions:

Scholarships include a stipend of $50,000(AUD) per annum.

Tuition fees are covered by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP).

How do I apply?

Refer to the instructions on the Yarramundi PhD Scholarship page for information about how to apply.

2021 Scholarship Releases

Applications open:

TBA

Applications close:TBA
Outcomes advised:TBA
Scholarship commencement:TBA
Who can apply?TBA
Scholarship inclusions:

Scholarships include a stipend of $30,000(AUD) per annum for three (3) years.

For domestic students, tuition fees are covered by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP).

For international students, a tuition fee waiver will be awarded.

Scholarship exclusions:

For international students, scholarships do not include an Overseas Student Health Care (OSHC)(opens in a new window) insurance policy. This cost must be covered by the student and is required for the duration of study in Australia.

Travel costs, visa costs, relocation expenses and other expenses are not covered by the scholarship.

*TBA = To be advised.

How to apply

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

Step 1: Review the how to apply for a research degree(opens in a new window) page and follow the steps to apply for admission via the online application process.

Step 2: Review the how to apply for a research scholarship(opens in a new window) page and follow the steps to apply via the online application process.

You must apply for both admission and a scholarship to be considered as part of the competitive ranking process for a scholarship.

I have already applied for admission. How do I apply for a scholarship?

Step 1: Review the how to apply for a research scholarship(opens in a new window) page and follow the steps to apply via the online application process.

As an existing applicant for admission, this is all you need to do to be considered as part of the competitive ranking process for a scholarship.

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

Step 1: Review the how to apply for a research scholarship(opens in a new window) page and follow the steps to apply via the online application process.

As a student currently studying a research degree, this is all you need to do to be considered as part of the competitive ranking process for a scholarship.

Frequently asked questions

All potential applicants must review the following frequently asked questions before submitting an application for a research scholarship.

Are international applicants eligible for a scholarship?

Yes, international applicants are eligible to apply for research scholarships. You should review the eligibility criteria and submit your online application according to the instructions provided above.

Scholarship releases feature strict commencement dates. You must be prepared to commence your studies by the dates indicated for the applicable release.

To commence your studies by the required date, you must:

  • be living in Australia and hold a valid visa which allows you to study in Australia; or
  • hold a visa which enables you to enter Australia and be able to travel to Australia to commence study; or
  • be able to obtain a visa to enter Australia to commence study.

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

Yes. To be considered for a research scholarship, your application must include a letter of support from a suitable supervisor(opens in a new window) for your proposed research 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. Research scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. To ensure equity for all applicants, late documentation or supporting information will not be accepted after the relevant closing date. This applies to online admission and scholarship applications, 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(AUD) 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 Overseas Student Health Care(opens in a new window) insurance, relocation costs, the costs associated with obtaining a visa or for other expenses unless otherwise stated.

Do international students receive additional funding to bring their family to Australia?

No. Unfortunately, Western Sydney University is unable to provide additional funding to cover the costs of bringing your family to Australia, including costs associated with insurance policies, relocation expenses or additional living expenses.

Are top-up scholarships available?

No. 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, 41.6 KB)(opens in a new window) for more information.

The application process, eligibility criteria, ranking criteria and guidelines for awarding scholarships are subject to be revised and may change for future scholarship 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 four (4) weeks annual leave per year of the award.

Scholarship holders are not obligated to undertake tutoring or other academic employment at Western Sydney University.

Can I study from overseas and receive a scholarship?

No. You are expected to be onshore 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.

Exceptions may be made on a conditional basis, due to factors such as travel restrictions.

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?

The Graduate Research School will contact you with further information about research commencement dates.

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

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

If your application is unsuccessful, you will need to submit a new online application(opens in a new window) 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.