Research Scholarships and Funding

Listed below are some research scholarships and funding available to research students. For a comprehensive list of research and funding available at the University of Sydney, in Australia and overseas, please visit the Research Office website.

Funding Opportunities

Vice-Chancellor’s Research Scholarships (VCRS)

The Vice-Chancellor’s Research Scholarships (VCRS) are offered to attract students with an outstanding track record of academic achievement and research potential to pursue full-time PhD study at the University of Sydney. Up to 20 VCRS will be awarded every year.

Applicants must be an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident who will commence their full-time PhD candidature in the semester that the scholarship is awarded. A separate application for the VCRS is not required and highly ranked applicants for the Australian Postgraduate Award or University of Sydney Postgraduate Award will be automatically considered.

The VCRS will be awarded by the Vice-Chancellor on recommendation by a selection committee consisting of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), the Dean of Graduate Studies and a Federation Fellow nominated by the Vice-Chancellor. Academic excellence and outstanding research potential will be the selection criteria.

The value of the VCRS will be $30,000 p.a. (tax-exempt) for up to three years for full-time PhD students. A maximum extension of up to six months is possible provided the student is making satisfactory progress and the grounds for the extension relate to the study and are beyond the control of the student. A relocation allowance of up to $5,000 may be provided for students who need to relocate to Sydney to take up the scholarship.

The VCRS can be held at any Faculty at the University but is not transferable to other universities. All other conditions of award including leave will be the same as those offered by the Australian Postgraduate Awards.

Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and University of Sydney Postgraduate Awards (UPA)

The Scholarships Office
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International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

For information about International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) for overseas postgraduate research applicants only visit the Scholarships Office website.

Iain A. Cameron Travel Grant

Applications are now invited for the Iain A. Cameron Travel Grant. The grant provides assistance for one or more Honours or postgraduate research students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Sydney College of the Arts or the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to undertake research in either France or Scotland as part of their degree. Further information can be obtained from Anne Campbell,