Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The University of Sydney has over 700 scholarships schemes on offer and thousands of recipients! Each year the University of Sydney gives out over $65 million in scholarships; and this is not taking into consideration prizes or College and Sporting Scholarships! To read about and apply for available scholarships from across the Faculty and the University, please go to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Scholarship webpage.


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 through the HDR Administration Centre.

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 usually open in April.

How to apply

  1. The application form is online and will appear in your MyUni portal when it is active. Guidelines for completing the PRSS application will be emailed to all HDR students by the HDR administration centre.
  2. Make sure you complete the application form in full (including signatures) and attach all relevant supporting documentation.
  3. Ensure any 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).
  4. 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. More information about the requirements for the supervisor statement of support.

PRSS information session

An information session for the 2016 PRSS round will be held to provide advice to applicants on submitting a funding proposal for this competitive grant scheme.

Thursday 26th April 2016 at 3 - 4 pm

Eastern Ave Lecture Theatre 315


All enquiries relating to the application process for the Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS)in the School should be directed to the .