As a legacy of the 25th Birthday in 2016, UniSA launched the 25th Birthday Scholarship Fund with the aim of raising funds for scholarships and grants in the key areas of equity, excellence, international, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Alumni, staff, and other supporters donated generously through two fundraising appeals and a landmark fundraising Gala Dinner.

The UniSA Research Degree Excellence Grant is open to continuing full-time or part-time PhD or Masters by Research students enrolled in their second or third year at the University of South Australia.
Applicants must have had their research proposal approved.

The grant is open to Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents of Australia or international students, and is awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence, and the importance of the research and its contribution to society.

The grant may be used to cover PhD research-related travel e.g. presenting at an international conference, collecting data, collaborating with international experts, or other purchases required by the research.

The grant funds should be utilised within 12 months of payment. If it is not expected that funds will be used within the timeframe, the reasons must be outlined in the written statement.

Applicants are required to provide a written statement (maximum 500 words) detailing:
- academic achievements
- reasons for studying their current program
- the importance of the research, alignment with UniSA research themes and its potential impact
- future career goals
- how the research grant will be spent
- ability and willingness to act as an ambassador for UniSA, e.g. participate in occasional activities such as filming/interviews to document the research journey and impact of the grant

Applicants are required to provide a reference from their principal supervisor. If successful in being shortlisted applicants will need to attend a selection panel interview.

Applicants would normally be able to study full-time, however part-time applications will be considered with the reason for part-time study clearly outlined in the written statement.

The grant will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement, written statement, principal supervisor support, and performance at interview.

Students may be in receipt of another scholarship or grant administered by UniSA.

How to apply:
Apply through My Scholarships, accessed via your myUniSA student portal.

In addition to applying online, applicants are required to provide a written statement, principal support statement (as outlined above) and Curriculum Vitae to

Value: $10,000

Please note this grant is not open for applications in 2022

For more information contact:
SAS: Scholarships and Candidature
Tel: +61 8 8302 5880