Western to the World

Western to the World is a knowledge exchange program for Western Sydney University PhD candidates and their supervisors designed to grow Western’s international reach and research impact.

What is Western to the World?

Research is, by its nature, international. To operate at the cutting edge of a field demands collaboration with leading international colleagues.

Western to the World will provide our health and medical research students and academics with the resources to partner with pre-eminent international experts by supporting an extended research period overseas.

The program will build our research capacity at Western Sydney University and bring international expertise to impact on the health outcomes in our region. In turn, we will transfer our own leading research to international colleagues and their communities.

We invite PhD candidates and their academic supervisors to join us in this exciting program and help us build impact across our international community.

What does the program provide?

Western to the World is open to our highest performing PhD candidates working in areas of strength in health and medical research. In gaining access to international leading researchers and innovators, our research candidates will enjoy a unique research training and networking experience, make important industry contacts and contribute to the international research community.

Western to the World is designed to support substantial, mutually beneficial and sustainable partnerships with international universities. It is expected that all relationships will deliver joint-author publications and funding applications.

PhD Candidates

PhD candidates will receive up to $10,000(AUD) to support a research period of up to three months at a suitable international university. Additional funding (up to a further $10,000) is available, if required and if justified, to cover countries with high costs of living and any related project costs.

Principal Supervisors

The PhD candidate’s Principal Supervisor will be offered $5,000(AUD) to support a two-week research trip to coincide with the candidate’s research period. Additional funding (up to a further $5,000) is available, if required and if justified, to cover countries with high travel costs and any related project costs.


International Research Mobility Program

Research mobility is where a HDR candidate undertakes fieldwork as part of their research project. This may include research undertaken to collect data as part of their HDR project or research at another educational institution, third-party Global Study provider or industry partner, where a formal Dual Award and Joint Higher Degree agreement does not exist. For the purposes of Western to the World, the research must be primarily conducted through an international university.

The Student International Mobility Policy(opens in a new window) includes conditions, stipulations and requirements related to research mobility.

PhD candidates in receipt of a scholarship granted by the University will continue to receive their stipend under the usual conditions of their award.

PhD candidate eligibility

Western to the World is open to Western Sydney University PhD candidates and their Principal Supervisors. Domestic and international candidates studying full-time or part-time are eligible to apply.

The PhD candidate must:

  • Provide evidence that they have successfully completed their Confirmation of Candidature and have met all other required milestones.
  • Provide letters of support from:
    • School Dean or Institute Director.
    • Associated Dean, Research (or equivalent).
    • Nominated international university, with details including:
      • commitment to the Western to the World scholarship research proposal;
      • the researchers (or others) the candidate will work with; and
      • a firm interest in an enduring relationship with Western Sydney University.
  • Have ethics clearance (if required by the project) at least one month prior to the expected departure date.
  • Be committed to producing outputs following the program.

Partner university eligibility

Western to the World is only available for research with universities based in countries other than Australia. Applicants who wish to conduct their research through a research institute, hospital, health precinct or other similar organisation may do so, if such an organisation has an affiliation with a suitable university, and that university supports the research and the application.

Partner Universities should be selected with consideration to the following criteria:

  • Top 500 Universities in the World (QS, ARWU or THE rankings); or
  • Top 200 ranking in a relevant subject area (QS rankings); or
  • A University with an established partnership and agreement, or that is building a partnership and agreement, with Western Sydney University (see International University Partners (PDF, 196.92 KB)).(opens in a new window)

Applications for partner universities outside of these categories may be considered, at the discretion of the selection panel, if a strong supporting case can be made by the applicant. To discuss this option, please contact Marisa Furno, Associate Director, International Partnerships. The outcomes of the discussion should be included in the application.

Selection criteria

The selection panel will favour applications that:

  • Demonstrate the applicant is a high-performing PhD candidate.
  • Have a clear link to at least one of the identified disciplines in health and medicine, describing how the project will advance Western Sydney University’s standing in that discipline.
  • Meet the defined parameters for a partner university and demonstrate how the program will support Western Sydney University in building an enduring partnership with that university.

The selection panel and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Enterprise and International) have the discretion to select applicants that are in the best interest of Western Sydney University, including ensuring a broad representation of disciplines and partner universities.

How to apply

Applications open: TBA

Applications close: TBA

1. Complete the Western to the World Application Form (DOCX, 665.99 KB)(opens in a new window) (PhD candidate to complete in consultation with the Principal Supervisor).

2. Complete a Statement of Claim.

3. Submit the documents to the Graduate Research School as follows:

  • Use the email subject line: Application_WTTW_2020
  • Submit to grs.scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au
  • All attached documents must be submitted as PDF.
  • In the body of your email, include your full name, your student ID and the name of the Principal Supervisor.

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 grs.scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au for more information.