For current research degree students
All living allowance scholarships are associated with a research project, usually for full-time students. If you are a current student who would like to apply for a living allowance scholarship please speak to your supervisor or Research Degree Coordinator in the first instance.
Where a year is not listed in the closing date, the same date applies every year.
University Wide Scholarships
|Scholarship name||Discipline area||Eligibility||How to apply||Closing date|
|Ability Grants||Any||PDF file (78kb)||Anytime|
|Completion scholarships||Any||RTF file or Word||28 February and 1 August|
|Fee-relief scholarships||Any||Application form (PDF 64KB)||Various, depending on research period|
|International Travel Grants||Any||Application form||Please Note: Funding for the Research Degree International Travel Grants: Student Mobility is placed on hold due to COVID-19 travel and budgeting restrictions for 2020 and 2021.|
|Maurice de Rohan International Scholarship||Any||Application form||Closed in 2020|
|Vacation Research Scholarships||Any||UniSA Honours students||Vacation Research Scholarships||Mid September|
|Vice Chancellor and President's Scholarship||Any
(scholarships are awarded to the top two PhD scholarship recipients in each Division per annum)
|Eligible students will be invited to apply.
Further details can be found at Vice Chancellor and President's Scholarship
|UniSA Research Degree Excellence Grant||Any||Student Portal My Scholarships||Applications will not be available in 2021.|
For more university wide area-specific scholarship available to research degree students see:
|Scholarship name||Discipline area||Eligibility||How to apply||Closing date|
|Gould Experimental Science Grant||Science (including the social sciences)||UniSA Honours & PhD students||Personal written statement||Application opens from 24/01/2020 to 08/03/2020.|
|Zero Waste SA Pam Keating Memorial Scholarship||Sustainable design and behaviour||Honours, Masters degrees||N/A||Varies, around end March|
|BUPA Health Research Grant||Human health and improved health outcomes for society||$2,500||Student Portal My Scholarships||Applications will not be available in 2021.|
|Jennifer McKay Innovative Socio Legal Research Grant||Innovative socio-legal research||$1,500||Student Portal My Scholarships||Application opens from 03/02/2020 to 15/03/2020.|
|Chris Adams UniSA Research Grant||Brain tumour research||$5,000||Student Portal My Scholarships||Application opens from 03/02/2020 to 15/03/2020.|
|UniSA Education Futures, Timely Submission Scholarship||Division of Education Arts and Social Sciences||$4,000||More info||August|
|BPW Adelaide Heather Southcott Memorial Grant||Pharmacy and Medical Science||$5000||Apply online||Application opens from 03/02/2020 to 15/03/2020.|
|Ruth Rentschler Research Grant
||Leisure management (tourism, sport or arts management)||$4,000||Apply online||Application opens from 03/02/2020 to 15/03/2020.|
|Emily Trott Ovarian Cancer PhD Top-Up
|Ovarian cancer||$5000 per year for 3 years||More info||Application opens from 03/02/2020 to 15/03/2020.|
|Saab Defence Technology PhD Top-Up
|Modelling and Analysis, Cyber Security, Mixed and Augmented Reality,
|$10,000 per year||More info||Application opens from 03/02/2020 to 15/03/2020.|
|Marcia Nicholl Research Top Up Scholarship||Female student who commence as PhD or Masters by Research||Up to $24,000 to be paid as a top-up stipend||Apply through My Scholarships, accessed via your myUniSA student portal||Application opens from 24/01/2020 to 15/03/2020.|
|Sydney Ball Friends of the South Australian School of Art International Travel Grant||UniSA Creative||$4000||Please direct any queries to||The end of October|
|SIDA Foundation PhD Scholarship||Interior Design||$5,000 per annum for 3 years||More info||Not being offered in 2020|
|Boeing top-up scholarship||Machine learning and communication||$14,151 per year for 3 years||More info||Open until filled|
|Graham Arnold Travel Grant||Corporate Social Responsibility and/or International Management and International Business||$5,000||More info||Not being offered in 2020|
Overseas opportunities for research degree students
The scholarships and other funding opportunities listed below are for current students. If you are a future student, visit Australian or international applicants. If you are a current research degree student wishing to apply for an APA or USAPA scholarship, please visit how to apply.
See also funding information for researchers for details of Australian and international funding opportunities for researchers.
This list is not exhaustive and there may be more opportunities available – we recommend you do some internet searching of your own!
The Ian Davey Research Thesis Prize fund supports a prize to acknowledge the most outstanding research thesis by a University of South Australia research degree student leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree. The award aims to encourage the recipient to travel overseas and undertake research. See a list of past awardees.
The Ian Davey Research Thesis Prize will be awarded to the most outstanding research thesis passed and leading to a Doctor of Philosophy in the preceding calendar year. The prize is a prestigious honour and may not be awarded in a year should the selection committee consider there is no meritorious student.
Students for the award will be nominated by institute directors, directors of research centres or deans research (or equivalent), by the end of December, for presentation at a graduation ceremony in the following year.
The prize will be normally awarded to a thesis of excellence that is:
- passed without changes or only with minor changes of an editorial nature
- noted for the quality, international standing and location of the examiners and the content of their reports
- accepted or most likely to be accepted for publication
- likely to have a significant impact on communities beyond the University
Selection committee and management of the award
The selection committee consists of the following members who will recommend the winner to the Vice Chancellor and provide a brief report to the Foundation Committee:
- The Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President: Research and Enterprise, or like member of the Senior Management Group
- The Dean of Graduate Studies, or like member of the University
- Emeritus Professor Ian Davey, or in the event of his unavailability, a senior respected University researcher
- The selection committee is convened by the Scholarshis and Candidature Manager.
The Ian Davey Research Thesis Prize fund will be managed and administered by Student and Academic Services Scholarships and Candidature team.
The Ian Davey Research Thesis prize is $5,000.
The Foundation Committee will determine the level of the prize recognising that the intention is for the prize to be awarded in perpetuity.
Contributions to the fund may be accepted from various sources but the name of the prize shall remain unchanged.
About Emeritus Professor Ian Davey
The Ian Davey Research Thesis Prize fund exists thanks to the generosity of Emeritus Professor Ian Davey
Emeritus Professor Ian Davey retired from the University of South Australia in 2006, having served as Pro Vice Chancellor (Research & International) from 1994 to 2003 and Pro Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) from 2004 to 2006. Prior to joining UniSA, he was the inaugural Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Adelaide from 1991 to 1994 and Chair of its Research Committee from 1987 to 1990.
His academic background is in social and demographic history with a particular interest in the impact of industrialisation on childhood experience. He was President of the Australian & New Zealand History of Education Society in 1987, Chair of the Deputy & Pro Vice Chancellors Research Committee in 1997 and a member of the Commonwealth Government's Research Quality Framework Development Advisory Group in 2006.
Professor Davey was also an inaugural member of the South Australian Premier's Science & Research Council and has served on the boards, of both Luminis and ITEK, the commercial arms of the University of Adelaide and UniSA. He has also been on the boards of TGR Biosciences, the Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute, the History Trust of South Australia and numerous Cooperative Research Centres.
Approved by Research Degrees Committee, 4 May 2006
Approved by Academic Board