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)

Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA)

APA scholarships are awarded to students of exceptional research potential to undertake a higher degree by research at an Australian university. The scholarships are provided to assist with general living costs. Of the APA from the Commonwealth Government in 2007, The University of Sydney was allocated 153.

In 2008, the University expects to award 55 University of Sydney Postgraduate Awards (UPA) which are similar to APA in terms of tenure and benefits. In addition, up to 70 UPA’s co-funded with faculties and schools/departments may be awarded to commencing students. Eligible APA applicants are automatically considered for these awards. Some faculties and departments also offer postgraduate research scholarships and/or supplementary scholarships (see Information for 2008 Applicants for details). APA/UPA applicants may also be considered for these awards where funding is available.

University of Sydney Postgraduate Awards (UPA) Co-funded - Semester 2, 2008

Applications for these awards will open in mid May 2008

The University of Sydney will offer up to 40 scholarships to Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and New Zealand Citizens proposing to commence a full-time Research Masters or Research Doctorate degree at the University of Sydney in Semester 2, 2008.

Please note: if you intend to commence your degree in Semester 1 2008 you should apply instead for the APA/UPA.

  • Information for Semester 2, 2007 Applicants PDF

Research Office
Room K4.01, Main Quadrangle, A14
The University of Sydney, NSW 2006
Phone:+61 2 9351 3250
Fax: +61 2 9351 4812

Research Office website:
APA website:

Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS)

The PRSS is 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.

When should I apply?

At least one application round will be held every year by individual Schools or Departments (in some cases Faculties). Please check the list of PRSS administering units at the end of the Information for Students document (a link to the document appears below) and contact the appropriate office for information on when applications open and close.

How do I apply?

The application process will be administered by individual Schools or Departments (in some cases Faculties). Please check the list of PRSS administering units at the end of the Information for Students document and contact the appropriate office for an application form.

* Guidelines for 2008 will be available in early April

Applications should be lodged with the Faculty Office:
Postgraduate Manager
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Main Quadrangle, A14
University of Sydney, NSW 2006

PhD Research Travel Grant Scheme 2008

This scheme, for full time PhD candidates only, is for expenses incurred for research undertaken outside Sydney for the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008. Applicants must be undertaking essential research during the specified period that cannot be completed without significant travel outside Sydney, be enrolled as full-time PhD candidates and have completed at least one year full-time in their current PhD candidature.

The maximum award to any one candidate in any 12 months will be $2,000.

Application forms and information were sent to all currently enrolled, full time PhD candidates in June 2007.

Application forms should be signed by the Supervisor and the Chair of the Department and forwarded to;
Postgraduate Manager
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Main Quadrangle, A14
University of Sydney, NSW 2006

* Applications for 2008 are NOW CLOSED.

The University of Sydney Travelling Scholarships

Open to graduates or graduands of the University of Sydney who are of not more than four years standing from qualifying for the first degree appropriate to the proposed course of study overseas.

Scholarships shall normally be awarded to enable scholars to undertake studies or research overseas. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. Scholarship conditions vary but usually include an annual stipend of $20,000 and supplementation up to $2,000 to cover the cost of airfares.

  • Information for 2008 PDF
  • Application form DOC PDF

Applications close 11 April 2008.


Phone: +61 (02) 9036 7076
Fax: +61 (02) 9351 4812

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

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