Information for Research Students

HDR Student Administration Centre provides the ongoing administrative support for HDR students during their candidature.

Useful information and resources for HDR students can be found on the following links:
HDR Administration Centre
Research Calendar
Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA)

Changing the details of your candidature

You can request the following changes to your candidature online through
Sydney Student:

- Suspension, Leave of Absence or Time Away
- Change Mode of Attendance
- Change of Primary or Auxiliary Supervisor
- Change Thesis Title or Abstract
- Extension of Candidature
- Course Transfer
- Thesis submission

Annual Progress Review and Confirmation of Candidature (Probation) Forms

Probation Form and Probation Guidelines
Annual Progress Review and Progress Plan

Thesis Submission

Please find forms relating to thesis submissions here.

Research Funding Available to Students:

Postgraduate Research Support Scheme

The PRSS is a scheme that provides direct support for currently enrolled postgraduate research students in the faculty. This is for expenses incurred in the current calendar year and cannot be carried over to the next or previous calendar year.

Please note: Applicants can only receive one PRSS award per calendar year.

Funds can be applied to cover:
- Travel to conferences to present papers (HERDC qualified papers, which means the full paper has been peer reviewed and published)
- Use of specialist services
- Field expenses
- Purchase of specialist books and software

There are usually more applications than available funding, so funds are allocated on a competitive basis. Applicants are encouraged to read all information in the Information pdf located on this page to assist in completing their application.

The Selection Committee will consider (1) quality of the applicant and track record relative to opportunity and stage of candidature, (2) demonstrated need for funding, and (3) Faculty priorities, if any, placed on the expenditure categories by the Faculty.

HERDC-countable conferences are preferred

Click here for more information regarding HERDC eligibility.

How to apply for PRSS
Please refer to the following link for information on applying for PRSS.

HDR Support Scheme

The Faculty also has a funding scheme similar to PRSS called the HDR Support Scheme, which is open for application until 27 October each year. Students should apply for PRSS funding in the first instance where possible.

HDR Support Scheme Application Form

Please read the attached policy and guidelines carefully before applying. If you have any questions on HDRSS contact in the SAC office.

Please also make sure you complete the HERDC pro-forma, and provide all necessary supporting documents, if your application relates to presenting at a conference. Funding preference will be given to students presenting at conferences that are HERDC eligible.

Student Journal Publication Prize

A prize of $500 (on application) is given to currently enrolled research students who are the first author of a journal article (ISI, Ulrich or HERDC-listed) or HERDC-eligible book chapter.

Please use the following forms to apply for this Prize:

Book Chapter

A prize of $1000 (on application) is given to currently enrolled research students who are the first author of a HERDC-eligible monograph (this does not apply to 'editor').

Please use the following form to apply for this Prize:


Click here for more information regarding HERDC eligibility.

Students should send applications to Research Development Officer, , with the publication’s full reference.

HDR Forum and Research Visions

HDR students are invited to participate in a monthly forum to discuss important issues relating to their studies. HDR students are also invited to participate in the annual Research Visions event, which showcases the Faculty’s student research output.

The current Faculty HDR Student Representative is , who can be contacted for further information.