Research Scholarships


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

Scholarships are released periodically throughout the year, and each release has specific application dates and eligibility criteria.

The information below outlines the requirements for each scholarship release. You should only submit an application for a release where you meet the eligibility criteria. You must review 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 1, 2020

Master of Research & Bachelor (Honours) Applicants Only

Applications open: Monday
16 March 2020
9.00am (AEDT)
Applications close: Sunday
29 March 2020
5.00pm (AEDT)
Outcomes advised: Friday
19 June 2020
5.00pm (AEST)
Confirmation will be sent via email - please do not request an update prior to this date.
Scholarship commencement:

Domestic: 08 February 2021

International 08 February 2021

Who can apply?

Domestic applicants (Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and Australian Permanent Residents) and International applicants that have completed one of the following at Western Sydney University in 2019 or 2020:

  • Master of Research (with an invitation to apply for a scholarship); or
  • Bachelor (Honours) Class 1.
Scholarship inclusions:

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

Domestic candidates will be awarded a Research Training Program (RTP) funded place in the degree.

International candidates will be awarded a tuition fee waiver.

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

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

Release 2 & Release 3, 2020

Update:

Unfortunately, as a result of the COVID-19 challenges facing many of our applicants worldwide, Western Sydney University has made the difficult decision to postpone our HDR Scholarship Release 2 and Release 3 application periods for 2020. Release 1 has now closed and is not affected by this decision.

Applications for admission into our HDR programs remain open, and we are continuing to accept applications for project scholarships.

Information about future HDR Scholarship Releases to be held in 2021 will be made available soon, so check this page regularly for updates.

*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, 162.09 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.