Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS)

The PRSS is a scheme that provides direct support for currently enrolled postgraduate research students. Under the scheme, funds are allocated to Schools within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 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 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.

The School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI) accepts PRSS applications from postgraduate research students associated with the following departments:

  • Archaeology
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Gender and Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy

The Postgraduate Research Support Scheme provides reimbursement for expenses (or proposed expenses) incurred during the calendar year of application only. Each eligible student can lodge only one application in any PRSS round.

When to apply

There is one application round each year. Applications for 2015 open on Monday 13 April and close at 4pm on Monday 18 May 2015. Late applications will not be accepted.

How to apply

1. Download a copy of the application form, School's guidelines and University's information for students.
2. Read the guidelines carefully; they contain important information on who is eligible to apply, how often you may apply, the categories of expenses that will be supported under this scheme, and minimum / maximum amounts that can be claimed.
3. Make sure you complete the application form in full (including signatures, which may be electronic) and attach all relevant supporting documentation.
4. Ensure all funding claims are supported with evidence (e.g. if you are claiming funds for presenting at a conference include evidence of the invitation to present).
5. Discuss your application with your supervisor, both to seek their feedback on the quality of your application and to ensure they support your application for funds.
6. Obtain a supporting statement from your supervisor to attach to your application.

PRSS information session

An information session for the 2015 PRSS round will be held to provide advice to applicants on submitting a funding proposal for this competitive grant scheme. The session will include an opportunity for questions.

Date: Wednesday 29 April 2015
Time: 10-11am
Venue: Woolley Common Room (N480, John Woolley Building)

*NEW* Download a copy of the PowerPoint presentation

Submitting an application

Please submit your completed application and all attachments (including your supervisor's statement of support) as a single pdf file to


All enquiries relating to the application process for the Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) should be directed to Sophie Ellwood on 9114 1150 or at , or Nikki Whipps on 9351 4033 or at