Prizes, scholarships and other financial support


Scholarships Office website
The University of Sydney Scholarships Office has information on scholarships offered by the University to all students: current and future; local and international; undergraduate, Honours, postgraduate coursework and research.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences scholarship information
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences lists information on Scholarships and Prizes available to students in the Faculty.

Research Office
The Research Office provides information on research funding, including a scholarships bulletin, and links to databases of research grants and scholarships.

Postgraduate Research Support Scheme
The PRSS is a scheme that provides direct support for currently enrolled postgraduate research students. Under the scheme, funds are allocated to Schools or Departments (in some cases Faculties) based on their higher degree research enrolment figures in the previous year. The funds are not allocated directly to the students but are awarded by Schools or Departments to eligible applicants on a competitive basis according to the University's general guidelines. Information about the Postgraduate Research Support Scheme is available on the Scholarships Office website.

In the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the PRSS application process is managed by the Schools. At least one application round will be held every year. For information on application closing dates and to obtain copies of application forms and guidelines visit the School website.

Below are listed prizes and scholarships specific to this Department.


The following prizes are available for annual award following the November meeting of department staff to review students’ results.

Winston G. Lewis Prize in Chinese History | Value: approximately $1800
Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Languages and Cultures on the advice of the Professor of Chinese to the student who does the best work in senior units of study on Chinese history (or related topics) taught within the Chinese Studies curriculum, provided that the student’s work is of sufficient merit.

Funds to establish this prize were donated in memory of Winston G. Lewis, a former lecturer in the department and a historian of premodern China.

Asian Students’ Council’s 1963 Festival of Asia Prize for Proficiency in Chinese Studies | Value: approximately $350
Awarded annually to reward excellent work in Chinese Studies in the pre-Honours year on the part of a qualified applicant for admission to Honours in Chinese Studies.

The Raymond Hsu Scholarship | Value: approximately $5,000.00
Established in 2013, this scholarship is funded by the bequest of the late Eulalia Sau-Kuen Hsu to support postgraduate research in Chinese studies, Chinese literature or Chinese linguistics.

The scholarship is open to students enrolled in the Department of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney who are in their final stage of a Master of Arts (Research), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (Phd) and are on track to complete and submit their thesis within the normal candidacy period (two full-time years for Masters or four full-time years for PhD or part-time equivalent).

The award is made by the Head of School of Languages and Cultures on the recommendation of the Department of Chinese Studies on the basis of academic excellence, research progress, and research achievement. The Head of School of Languages and Cultures may exercise his discretion not to award the scholarship in any year if the candidates are in his opinion of insufficient merit.

Scholarships to support in-country study

Applications are invited for the following awards:

The Chinese Studies Travelling Bursary | Value: approximately $1,000
The purpose of this bursary is to assist students to travel to China, spending some time in Hong Kong where possible, for the purpose of exposing them to Chinese culture and improving their knowledge of Chinese language. Holders are normally expected to undertake a course of study, for which they may receive credit (as appropriate) towards their degree at the University of Sydney. Preference is given to students enrolled, at the time of application, in a unit of in-country study. Preference may also be given to students who have, at the time when the award is made, no other scholarship or bursary support for the proposed travel to China known to the awarding committee.

The bursary was established in 1997 by a generous donation from Professor John Wong, a prominent Hong Kong alumnus.

Other Minor Travel Awards

Australian Government AsiaBound Grants
The Department of Chinese Studies has been successful in securing Australian Government AsiaBound funding for the Peking University program. In the July intensive session up to 5 students will receive a scholarship of $2000 to support their in-country study in China.

Who can apply?
Students who receive this scholarship must be:

  1. Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents;
  2. enrolled in the Chinese in-country study program at Peking University in the Intensive Session of July 2015; and
  3. undertaking the in-country study for their Chinese majors.

How to apply?
Please submit the following documents:

  1. a one-page letter stating your motivation for wanting to study in China and details of your current plans for Chinese studies;
  2. your current academic transcripts; and
  3. a copy of the ID page of your passport.

Applications should be addressed to:

Ms Xiaowei Zhang
In-country Study Coordinator
The Department of Chinese Studies, SLC
Brennan MacCallum Building – A18
The University of Sydney NSW 2006

Either post your application to this address, email as an attachment to , or deliver in person to the School office (Room 506), on Level 5, Brennan MacCallum Building.

The closing date for applications is 4.00pm Friday, 17 April 2015.

Externally funded scholarships

Generous scholarships for in-country study in China or Taiwan are sometimes offered by sources external to the University. These opportunities are openly advertised within the department, which is sometimes required to select the best-qualified applicant(s) and nominate them to the awarding body. This is done by a sub-committee of department staff in accordance with selection criteria that have been publicized in advance. The central criteria are usually:

  • merit as measured by results in Chinese Studies units of study plus China-focused units of study offered or cross-listed in the Asian Studies program;
  • motivation as reflected in students’ application letters plus other evidence of commitment to Chinese studies.

Occasionally we are asked to recommend students for opportunities at very short notice, and we regret that in such circumstances it may be impossible to follow the above procedures.

Confucius Institute Scholarships

The Confucius Institute Scholarship Program encourage students, scholars and Chinese language teachers worldwide to study Chinese language and culture in China, or proceed to a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL). Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens aged from 16 to 35.

There are three categories of Confucius Institute Scholarships:

  • Scholarships for Four-Week Study;
  • Scholarships for One-Academic Year Study, and;
  • Scholarships for a Master's Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.

For information on the Confucius Institute Scholarship, please consult the Confucius Institute Scholarship website or contact .

Huayu (Mandarin) Enrichment Scholarship (HES) - Taiwan

Huayu Enrichment Scholarship is funded by the Ministry of Education, Taiwan, and aims to provide the scholarship recipients a better understanding of the language (Huaya). It designs to give the non-Mandarin Speakers an in-depth Mandarin learning environment and to promote mutual interactions between Taiwan and Australia.

Please follow the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship link on the Taiwan Ministry of Education webpage.