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 scholarship information
The Faculty of Arts 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 Leon Fink Scholarship for Middle Eastern Studies Short Programs

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 03-27 July, 2017.
Applications for 2017 are now open.

Full information can also be accessed at the Leon Fink Scholarhip website:

All inquiries should be directed to:

Moran Pitchon
Student Liaison Officer & Project Developer
Australian Friends of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem Limited
75 Grafton Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022
Tel: 02 9389 2825
Fax: 02 9387 5584

John Rector Scholarship in Jewish Studies

Through the generosity of John Rector, the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies is able to offer up to two scholarships per annum to support study or research in Jewish Studies at The University of Sydney.

Conditions: awarded to a student enrolled in Honours, Masters or PhD level in Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, based on academic merit, as judged on prior academic record and current achievements. If there is more than one suitable applicant, the scholarship(s) will go to the student(s) with the best academic results.

For more information and on how to apply, please click here.

Sir Zelman Cowan Universities Fund

Because of its relationship with both the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Sir Zelman Cowan Universities Fund has been able to play a unique role in sponsoring an exchange of scholars between the two universities. With financial support provided by the John Hammond Trust, the Fund has established a Student Fellowship to support the Program of Student Exchange which has recently been re-ratified between the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Fellowship provides funds for short-term student exchanges between the Hebrew University and the University of Sydney.

Who is eligible?
University of Sydney postgraduate students and undergraduates who have completed at least one year of undergraduate study at the University of Sydney and who have received approval from the University of Sydney to attend the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as exchange students.

How to apply
Application should be made through the Exchange and Study Abroad Unit of the University of Sydney's International Office. Applications are invited from all disciplines and will be ranked on academic merit. Preference will be given to projects in the area of Semitic Studies.

Amount of Grant
Where an application is approved, support will contribute to the costs of accommodation during the period of exchange.

Closing dates: 30 April and 30 September annually.

Sue Freedman-Levy
Administrative Officer
Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund
Department of Anatomy and Histology
University of Sydney F13
Sydney 2006
Tel/Fax: +61 2 9351 6558
Email: or visit the website.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Scholarship

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is one of the most eminent tertiary institutions in the Middle East. Located in the ancient heart of Jerusalem, the Hebrew University caters to some 30,000 local and international students across a wide spectrum of courses and subjects.

The university is especially recognised for specialisation in various fields. This includes, classical and biblical languages (including Hebrew, Arabic, Akkadian, Egyptian and Greek), theological and textual studies of religion, archaeology, ancient history of the Near and Middle East and case studies in literature, liturgy and mysticism of ancient and modern religions.

The university is also well recognised for its leading role in international peace and security studies, conflict resolution, diplomacy, history of war and peace in the Middle East and contemporary Israel studies. Located in the vibrant and eclectic heart of Israel, study at the Hebrew University would enable students to meet fellow students from Israel and across the world.

The University of Sydney can offer academic credit for students who undertake a semester of study at the Hebrew University and there is also an official exchange agreement between the two universities. Please contact the Chair of department.

Scholarships are available and are awarded on the basis of either academic merit and / or financial need.

For more information call +61 2 9267 7144 or visit the website.

The Max and Sasha Freilich Scholarship

This scholarship, for the amount of $3,000.00, is donated by Drs Herbert and Valmae Freilich in memory of their parents.

The scholarship is available to a first-year undergraduate resident in Mandelbaum House. It is awarded on the basis of need, merit and the intention to follow a career in Jewish Studies. The balance is applied to the usual fees for accommodation at Mandelbaum House.

If you would like to apply, please forward to the office a letter of application accompanied by a curriculum vitae showing your academic results and other relevant information to Mandelbaum House.

Bernard and Lotka Ferster Scholarship for first year Modern or Classical Hebrew

Established in 1977 by a gift of $1000 from Mr and Mrs Bernard Ferster, this prize is awarded annually to the student who achieves the highest aggregate mark in 12 junior units of Modern or Classical Hebrew (provided that the academic work is of sufficient merit) and subsequently enrols in senior Hebrew units. Value $100.

Bernard and Rodia Ferster Memorial Prize in Modern Hebrew (HBRW2611 and HBRW2612)

This award was established in 1998 by Rodia Ferster with a gift of $2000 to perpetuate the memory of Bernard and Rodia Ferster. One prize is awarded annually to the student who demonstrates greatest proficiency in Advanced Level Modern Hebrew.

Ivan and Ursula Cher Prize

This prize was created to encourage the study of and interest in Jewish Civilisation and established in 2003 by a donation of $5000 from Mandelbaum House with the assistance of the Mandelbaum Trustees to honour Dr Ivan Cher, Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney for his longstanding contribution to the cause of tertiary Jewish education. It is awarded annually on the recommendation of the chair of the department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, to the student who obtained the highest mark in 12 junior units of Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture, provided the work is of sufficient merit.

Percy Joseph Marks Prize

This prize was established in 1950 by a bequest of £1100 from the late Percy Joseph Marks. Five prizes of $200 each are awarded annually on the recommendation of the Chair of the
Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, to the best candidates (judged by both academic results and effort) in the following areas of Modern and Classical Hebrew:

  1. First year Classical or Modern Hebrew (The Percy Joseph Marks Prize for First Year Beginner's Classical or Modern Hebrew)
  2. Intermediate Level Modern Hebrew (The Percy Joseph Marks Prizes for Intermediate Modern Hebrew) (2 prizes)
  3. Advanced Level Modern Hebrew (The Percy Joseph Marks Prize for Advanced Modern Hebrew)
  4. Senior Level Classical Hebrew (The Percy Joseph Marks Prize for Senior Classical Hebrew).

Each prize is awarded provided that the work in each case is of sufficient merit.