Postgraduate Scholarships in the Department of History

Applications for scholarships must generally be lodged with the Scholarships Office. Please check the Scholarships Office website for the exact deadlines in the year that you are applying).

Please note: Prospective students must also lodge an application for candidature with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office by the stipulated deadline.

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

Any student enrolling 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, Training and Youth Affairs (DETYA) and are tenable at an Australian tertiary institution for doctoral and masters research degrees.

The benefits include a non-taxable stipend, 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.

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 to:

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 History Department therefore advises strongly that you contact the Research Office at least once a year 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 enrolmemt 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. Students should check these conditions with the Faculty.

Other scholarships available to postgraduate research students in History

Post-Graduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS)

What is the PRSS?
PRSS is a scheme introduced by the University in 2001 to provide 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.

There is one round for the PRSS each year, usually in April. For full details concerning eligibility, selection criteria, what will and will not be supported, and the application procedure see the online Guidelines for students.

Faculty Doctoral Research Travel Grant Scheme

This funding scheme, for full-time Doctoral candidates only, is for expenses to be incurred relating to research outside Sydney.

For full details of eligibility, selection criteria and the application procedure see the online Information sheet for applicants.

Scholarships available exclusively for postgraduate research students in History

Grants in Aid (GIA)
GIAs are available periodically; deadlines are usually in mid-April. To be sure of receiving information in time, make sure that you are on the Research Office's mailing list. This ensures that you receive the regular bulletin on research funding. Please check the Grants in Aid webpage and download the information for the current year.

The list below includes funds available in recent years. These are indicative only.

  • Farrington-Thorpe Scholarship (History)
  • Sir William McMillan Awards (History) (Also open to undergraduate students)
  • John Frazer Travelling Scholarship (History)