Postgraduate Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Prizes and Scholarships

The School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry presents a prize every year for the best thesis submitted in the School the previous year. Students are nominated for this award by their departments.

Postgraduate Prizes and Scholarships

Applications for scholarships must generally be lodged with the Scholarships Office by the end of October (check with the Research Office for the exact deadline in the year that you are applying). Prospective students must also lodge an application for candidature with the Faculty Office by the stipulated deadline or they will not be able to take up their scholarship if successful.

Find the current application form

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

Any student enrollling for a postgraduate program by research will probably also wish to apply for financial support. The most important of the available awards are the Australian Postgraduate Award with stipend (APA), and the University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (UPA)

The Australian Postgraduate Award with Stipend (APA) is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents of Australia who have been living in Australia for the twelve months prior to the closing date for application. Awards are funded by the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) and are tenable at an Australian tertiary institution for doctoral and masters research degrees.

The benefits include a non-taxable stipend valued at $19,231 per annum (2006 full-time rate), relocation and thesis allowances. A maintenance allowance is also provided by The University of Sydney. Competition for the APA is extremely high and successful applicants must hold a first class Honours undergraduate degree or equivalent. Application forms are available from the Scholarships Office from 31 August in the year prior to the first year of enrolment in the Masters or PhD.

Students who will have completed one year of study towards Masters by Research or up to 2.5years of study towards PhD by the commencement of their scholarship are also able to apply. Applications close at the end of October each year.

University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (UPA)

The University of Sydney Postgraduate Award has conditions and allowances similar to the APA. However, the award is funded by The University of Sydney and is not transferable to other institutions. The University of Sydney Postgraduate Award is offered to applicants ranked on the Australian Postgraduate Award order of merit list. To be considered for the UPA applicants should submit the APA/UPA application form.

The University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (UPA) has conditions and allowances similar to the APA. However, the award is funded by The University of Sydney and is not transferable to other institutions. The University of Sydney Postgraduate Award is offered to applicants ranked on the Australian Postgraduate Award order of merit list. To be considered for the UPA applicants should submit the APA/UPA application form to the Research Office.

Information on scholarships other than the APA and the UPA

There are many scholarships, the conditions of which can vary from year to year. Your supervisor will support your application for relevant scholarships wherever possible, but it is your responsibility to keep yourself informed about what scholarships are available, and of their requirements. The Department therefore advises strongly that you contact the Research Office to obtain regular updates.

Postgraduate Research Training Scheme (RTS)

The Research Training Scheme (RTS) replaced the Research Higher Education Contribution Scheme in Semester 1 (February), 2001. It provides Commonwealth-funded Higher Degree Research (HDR) students with an "entitlement" to a HECS exemption for the duration of an accredited HDR course, up to a maximum period of four years' full-time equivalent study for a doctorate by research and up to two years' full-time equivalent study for a Masters by research.

Where a student exhausts his/her entitlement but continues enrolment in the same degree, the University may elect to impose fees on such a student.

Entitlements for RTS students may vary according to conditions prescribed by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Students should check these conditions with the Faculty.

Other scholarships

Post-Graduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS)

PRSS is a scheme to provide direct support for currently enrolled postgraduate research students. There are two rounds for the PRSS each year. For full details concerning eligibility, selection criteria, what will and will not be supported, and the application procedure find more information on the research office site.

Grants in Aid (GIA)

GIAs are available periodically; deadlines are usually in mid-April. For more information, see this page.

Other grants

To be sure of receiving relevant information on grants and scholarships, make sure that you are on the Research Office's scholarships mailing list. This ensures that you receive the regular bulletin on research funding.