Undergraduate scholarships

  • Honours Scholarships for 4th Year
    Honours scholarships are for new or continuing students intending to enrol in an Honours program at The University of Sydney for the following year.
    Honours Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and personal attributes such as leadership and creativity.
  • Sir William McMillan Awards (History)
    Available either to full-time postgraduate students enrolled in the Department of History or undergraduate students enrolled as candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in History IV Honours who are researching Australian Federal or New South Wales History 1885-1905 and who require assistance with travel or research costs.
  • Summer School Scholarships
    Summer and Winter School Scholarships are offered to eligible local undergraduate students who are currently enrolled. Students from other universities are welcome to apply.
    To apply for a Summer or Winter School Scholarship, you need to provide evidence of long-term educational disadvantage for two or more reasons, one of which is financial hardship.
  • Marion Macaulay Bequest Travel Scholarship (for 3rd year students)
    The Marion Macaulay Bequest Travel Scholarship is for or students enrolled in either the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or Faculty of Education & Social Work who will be undertaking studies or professional experience overseas. The proposed studies or professional experience must be approved by the Faculty concerned and count towards the applicant's degree.
  • Scholarships Office
    The Scholarships Office administers scholarships for undergraduates, postgraduate coursework and postgraduate research students. There are over 700 scholarship schemes on offer and each year the University of Sydney gives out over $65 million in scholarships.

Requesting Letters of Recommendation: Some guidelines for students
Academics often write letters of recommendation for students when they apply for scholarships, exchange programmes, internships, and jobs. A good letter of recommendation requires time and preparation. A hastily written, platitudinous letter does the recommendee no favours and reflects badly on the recommender. These are some guidelines for students requesting references.

  • Choose recommenders who know you in a capacity relevant to the purpose of the recommendation. If you are applying for a PhD scholarship, approach people who are familiar with advanced study you have done (say at honours level) rather than someone who taught you in a first-year unit.
  • Explain the purpose – and form of the recommendation. What is required? A full letter? A multiple-choice form? Print out the scholarship criteria or job description and give this to your recommender.
  • If what you are applying for requires a personal statement from you, give your recommender a draft of it, so that you and the person writing for you are ‘on the same page’.
  • Provide your recommenders with as much relevant information as you can, such as a CV and an academic transcript. Offer to give them copies of the essays they gave you high marks for last year or the year before (ideally with their comments on). The more specific they can be about your distinctive brand of accomplishment, the better.
  • Fill out any forms as completely as possible. Don’t leave it to the recommender to write in your full name, email address and phone number. They may not know this information, and this could cause delays.
  • Give your recommender a stamped, addressed envelope for the letter. They may be writing it from home, not putting it in the university mail. Few organizations accept emailed references.
  • Thank your recommenders and let them know the outcome of your application. We want to know how you do!