Scholarships for domestic research students

Research degree scholarships listed here are available to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents of Australia. Where a year is not listed, the same date applies every year. 

Applications for scholarships are part of the online application for research degree admission, unless otherwise stated.

Please note this is not an exhaustive listing, and you are encouraged to search for additional opportunities. 

Note: Other available research degree scholarships administered by the University of South Australia can be found here

University-wide scholarships

Scholarship name Eligibility Value How to apply Key dates

Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) Scholarships

 

University of South Australia Postgraduate Awards (USAPA)

Competitive selection for RTPd and USAPA is conducted as one process, per the research degree scholarship allocation guidelines. At least $28,597 (2021 base rate)   

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How to apply guide

All applications should be finalised by 31 October 2020 for commencement in early 2021.  Please apply early to allow us time to request supporting evidence.

 

Rural and Isolated Scholarship Applicant originally from a rural, regional or isolated area $28,597 (2021 base rate)  rate) plus a one-off establishment grant of $5,000 How to apply guide

All applications should be finalised by 31 October 2020 for commencement in early 2021.  Please apply early to allow us time to request supporting evidence.

Indigenous Scholarship Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant $28,597 (2021 base rate)  plus a one-off establishment grant of $5,000 How to apply guide

All applications should be finalised by 31 October 2020 for commencement in early 2021.  Please apply early to allow us time to request supporting evidence.

Note: Other available research degree scholarships administered by the University of South Australia can be found here

Area-specific scholarships and projects at UniSA

Scholarship name Area of research Value How to apply Closing date
Joyner Scholarship Fine arts, science, medicine and law 10% above the current RTP rate Apply online 31 October
Intelligent Materials and Devices Scholarship Nanotechnology Not specified More info Not specified
Research scholarship for SEAM training centre Engineering or Science $32,304 per year More info 30 December  2020

Triplet photon generation in optical fibres and their quantum properties

Physics/Engineering/Optical Sciences/Quantum Physics

$40,000 per year for3.5 years More info Open until filled

Plasma Physics Scholarship

lasma physics, plasma engineering, plasma diagnostics, UV-vis spectroscopy, measurement of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species in the plasma phase and liquid phase.

$28,597per year for 3 years

 

More info

Open until filled

Identifying Neurobiological Markers of HIgh Mental Performance and Optimal Decision Making in Individuals and Teams

psychology, management, business, statistics,

$28,092 per year for 3 years

More info

Open until filled

Plasma Touches Life Scholarship

General molecular and cellular biology, tissue culture (mammalian and bacteria), microscopy, immunohistochemistry

$28,597 per year for 3.5 years

 

 

More info

Open until filled

Lie symmetry analysis in regularised nonlinear diffusion problems

Mathematics

$28,597 per year for 3 years

More info

Open until filled

Surface nanoengineering scholarship

Chemistry, nanotechnology, biotechnology, plasma physics, energy or materials, and surface science.

$28,597 per year for 3 years

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23/12/2020

The William T. Southcott Scholarship

Engineering

$35‚000 per year for 3 years

More info

Applications are currently closed and will be advised in 2021

Firefighter Lung Function Scholarship

Health Sciences

$30,000 per year for 1.5 years

More info

23 November

UniSA Connect Outreach Scholarship

 

Education, science communications

$28,597 per year for 3 years

More info

6 November

Rebuilding Life After Migration: Settlement Experiences of Refugee and Migrant Youth – PhD Scholarship

Psychology, social work or a related field

$28,597 per year for 3 years

More info

30 November

ITTC SEAM

Material Science and Engineering

$32,304

More info

30/11/2020

Alan Reddrop Research Grant for Family Business

Family business

$5000

More info

Application opens from 26/10/2020 to 08/11/2020.

BAE IMCRC Data Linking Analytics

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

$37,285 per year for 3 years

More info

Open until filled

BAE IMCRC Narrative Visualisation

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

$37,285 per year for 3 years

More info

Open until filled

Exploring Wellbeing Outcomes in the Aquatic and Recreation Industry

Business, Social Science, Health, Sport Management 

$28,597 per year for 3 years

More info

31/1/2021

Note: Other available research degree scholarships administered by the University of South Australia can be found here

Other funding opportunities

See also High achiever scholarships

Funding opportunities Area of research Value How to apply Closing date
APRIntern: PhD Industry Internships Industry experience for 3-6 months to kickstart your career. The program has an emphasis on encouraging underrepresented people in STEM, such as women, regional, indigenous and disadvanted PhD students $3,000 External Check the APRIntern website
ATA Scientific Encouragement Award  Life, Material, Chemical or Environmental Sciences $1,500 for the winner. 2 runner up awards of $600 are also available. External July
Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust: Scholarships Cystic fibrosis (CF) related research $15,000 across 3 years External May
Australian Building Codes Board Research Scholarship Building regulations in Australia Up to $5,000 for 1 year External Any time
Australian Federation of Graduate Women Various Various, for example accommodation expenses  External Check Australian Federation of Graduate Women Inc. website
Australian Federation of Graduate Women: Canberra Accommodation Bursary Women who wish to carry out a short research project, in any field, which would benefit from a short stay in Canberra Four week accommodation bursary More info and application form Check Australian Federation of Graduate Women Inc. website
Australian Grape and Wine Authority Travel Bursaries  Various Funding to support travel, study tours or conference attendance  External First Friday in April and first Friday in October
Australian Nurse Teachers Society (ANTS): Research Scholarships Available to ANTS members to attend conferences which are relevant to nurse teachers $1,000 External January, April, July & October
Australian Rotary Health: PhD Scholarships in Health Research

Rural Mens' Mental Health, depression, youth suicide

$30,000 maximum External October
Australian Rotary Health: Funding Partner PhD Scholarships EOIs  Rural Mens' Mental Health, depression, youth suicide $29,000 per annum reviewed after 12 months (for up to 3.5 years) External February, June & October
Australian Society of Medical Imaging & Radiation Therapy: Research Scholarships Diagnostic radiography & Radiation therapy $10,000 maximum External Check the ASMIRT website
Bushfire CRC Fire behaviour, management of fire in the landscape, social and economic aspects of bushfire in Australia and New Zealand Check the website External Check the website
Cambridge Australia UK PhD Scholarships Cambridge Australia Scholarships offers scholarships for Australian graduates of outstanding academic merit to study for a PhD degree at the University of Cambridge UK£10,550 per annum External November (internal) & December (external)
Capstone Editing: Grant for Professional Thesis Editing Free thesis editing for one Masters student and one PhD student per year N/A External September 
Clare Burton Scholarship  Gender equity $10,000 research funding along with individual support and mentoring. External October
CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships CSIRO priority research areas Various scholarships available Check CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships website  Refer website
The Data Incubator: Data Science Fellowship Data science: 8-week fellowship (think data science bootcamp) for PhDs looking to enter industry N/A External November 
Dementia Australia Research Foundation: PhD Scholarships Dementia research - the award aims to build capacity in dementia research by encouraging medical practitioners, nurses & allied health professionals to develop ideas that will ultimately improve outcomes for people living with dementia, their carers & families $30,000 per annum for up to three years External August
Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships and Fellowships (for domestic students) Various Various awards Check the Endeavour website Check the Endeavour website
Foundation for Australian Studies in China: BHP Australia China Scholarship Agriculture, animal studies, food science and veterinary science; Commerce, economics and management; Environment and natural resources; Law, legal studies and criminology; Medicine, dentistry, health and welfare up to $180,000 - 5 scholarships available N/A For enquiries, contact info@fasic.org.au
Fulbright: PhD Postgrad Scholarship Fulbright provides unique opportunities for Australians to build long term research collaboration and linkages with U.S. universities.  AUD $40,000 External Applications are currently closed and will re-open in 2021
Gates Cambridge UK: PhD Scholarships Full-cost scholarship awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge N/A External November 
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Grants Various €750 – €1000 per month, plus additional benefits External 31 October
Healthy Development Adelaide and Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation PhD Excellence Award Various $5,000 per annum for up to 3 years only to augment an Australian Postgraduate Award or equivalent competitive scholarship More info and application form  17 December
Heart Foundation: Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Awards Cardiovascular health - projects are expected to produce tangible outcomes with the potential for creating high-impact change in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cardiovascular health research community. Between $2,500 - $150,000 depending on category applied for External May
Heart Foundation: Health Professionals Scholarships Any area of cardiovascular research, including biomedical, clinical, public health and health services. 

Up to $40,000 pro rata per annum External May
International Research Scholarship on Primary Snoring Various USD $1,000 External  31 July
JDRF: PhD Top up Scholarships Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) $6,000 External April
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Australia: PhD top up Scholarships Biomedical or public health research in motor neurone disease $5,000 per annum stipend for the PhD candidate (and $5,000 per annum project costs for the Principal Supervisor) External January 2021 
MOVE muscle, bone & joint health PhD Scholarship in Musculoskeletal Health  Musculoskeletal (MSK) health $30,000 per annum for three years External September
MS Research Australia: Postgrad Scholarship The research proposed must contribute to finding a cure for MS, result in improvements to treatments or provide for greater ability to assist those people living with MS. $20,000 - $30,000 per annum for up to three years External July
National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC): Postgrad Scholarship The NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme funds successful applicants to attain a research based postgraduate degree (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Masters Degree) See NHMRC website for funding details External See NHMRC website for details
National Suicide Prevention Research Fund: PhD Scholarships The Scholarship supports research relevant to all aspects of suicide prevention and to develop a capacity for original independent research within Australia. $105,000 over three years External N/A
Nature Foundation SA: Grand Start Grants Program Conservation of South Australia’s biodiversity & habitats $3,000 per annum for a maximum of 3 years External N/A
Nature Foundation SA: Roy & Marjory Edwards Scholarship Conservation of South Australia’s biodiversity & habitats. They prioritise grants that align with their Science Strategy and focus on our nature reserves and the conservation program Water For Nature $12,000 per annum for a maximum of 3 years External N/A
Nicholas Baudin: Internships in France Initiative Various - research internship  Minimum of €554 per month + daily costs covered by home University + return flights from Australia to France External June
Playford Trust PhD Scholarships  Agriculture (especially horticulture and aquaculture); water, energy and climate change; advanced manufacturing and new technologies; mining and resources development More info External Check Playford Trust website
Postgraduate Top-Up Scholarship for Batten Disease Support & Research  Batten Disease $5,000 per annum External Not specified
Rhodes Scholarships Various - postgrad scholarship Scholarship covers all University fees, health insurance, return airfare + stipend of £14,700 per annum (2018 rate) External September
Sir John Monash Scholarships Various - to consider applying, a candidate and their referees should believe they have demonstrated excellence in their university degree, together with the ability to lead in the private or public sector $70,000 pa for 3 years External Applications are currently closed and will re-open in 2021
Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship Allied health sciences, engineering, law, medicine Up to $80,000 over two years External Check Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship website
Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Fund Scholarships Science of aeronautics; preference will be given to South Australians Not specified External March, June, September & December
Sport-based PhD Scholarship Program National sports programs Varying length and remuneration level External Check AIS website
Taiwan Fellowship Social sciences, including Taiwan studies, cross-strait studies, China studies, Asia Pacific studies, and sinology NT$50,000 stipend each month External Not specified
Techtyche Digital Media Scholarship  Digital media $1,000 USD  External 31 December
Water Research Australia scholarships Water resources Various External 31 October
Data61 PhD Scholarship Various Various Scholarships available Check Data61 website for more details Varies. Check the Data61 website for more details
The Hospital Research Foundation Clinical and scientific medical research Various Scholarships available More info Check the website
Scholarships with The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre Public health, social science, health policy, evidence synthesis or health communication Various Scholarships available More info Check the website
Brian Gray Scholarship program finance, economics, actuarial science, econometrics, statistics $15,000 More info More info
The Australian Federation of University Women scholarship Various $5000  for PhD candidates
$3000 for Masters by Research candidates
More info Check Australian Federation of University Women website
Postgraduate Research Award (PGRA) Various $7,500 per annum More info Applications open: 1 February 2021
Applications close: 15 April 2021
Residential Student Scholarship (RSS) Various $7,500  stipend and $5,000 travel support per annum More info Check the RSS website
Early Career Researcher Grant (ECRG) Various $10,000 More info Check the AINSE website
AINSE Supported Facilities (ASF) Various $5,000 More info Check the AINSE website
International Conference Travel Various $1000 More info Year-round
APPEA Scholarships

geology, safety, engineering, economics, law or environmental management, petroleum engineering or geoscience

$3000 More info Refer to website
AsuIMM Scholarships

Mineral industry

Refer to website More info Refer to website
BiGold 88 Endowment Economic geology and mineral economics Refer to website More info Refer to website

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