Scholarships, Prizes and Awards

The University of Sydney offers a wide range of scholarships. For the most up-to-date information on these, please visit the Scholarships web-site at


The TROLLDENTAL Travel Scholarship

Continuing to supply only the best quality innovative products for dentists and for the oral health of Australians, the majority of products offered by TrollDental are developed and manufactured in Sweden – renowned for superior quality in workmanship and design.

TrollDental have generously offered support in the form of a Travel Scholarship for either a Bachelor of Oral Health, Bachelor of Dentistry/Doctor of Dental Medicine or postgraduate student, or academic member of staff in the Faculty of Dentistry to attend and present a poster paper on their research or attend a major international dental industry exhibition or research meeting, as selected by the Dean.


  • The award is based on a 1-page proposal with indications of the benefit contributing to our thematic research from your participation.
  • The award is valued at a total of $5,000 per annum and may be granted to one applicant or shared between several.
  • Funding may be applied towards conference fees, travel and associated accommodation to attend a relevant conference exhibition, clinical research or scientific meetings to present research data.
  • Specific details of a budget are required for funding application and an outline of the use to which the funds are intended.
  • A report with accompanying photos is to be presented on return for presentation to TrollDental and publication on the Faculty website and Encompass newsletter.
  • This award cannot be deferred and will be terminated if the recipient withdraws from the program.
  • Once terminated, the award will not be reinstated.


Applications will be considered by the Faculty of Dentistry Research committee.


  1. Applicants name;
  2. Program of study and year;
  3. Conference details – 1 page with references;
  4. Project title and Abstract (if applicable);
  5. Proposed travel date;
  6. Purpose of the funding: travel, accommodation, specific needs;
  7. Referees – names and contact details (email, postal details, professional affiliation) of 2 people within the field who may be approached for comment if required

2013 Applications now closed.

The successful applicant(s) will be advised by close of business Monday 10 March, 2014.

John Spencer Nolan Bursary

This bursary may be awarded to a student in the Faculty of Dentistry in any year, who needs financial assistance to meet student expenses. The bursary is awarded on the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty.
Value: $500.

The Waterman Scholarship

Established in 2011 in memory of Willem and Leni Waterman.

In 2014 up to four scholarships will be awarded to full-time students who are enrolled in either the University of Sydney, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), Bachelor of Dentistry (BDent) or Bachelor of Oral Health (BOralHlth) programs and who are experiencing financial difficulty which impacts on their studies. Preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (proof required) students and students providing evidence of prior or current involvement in community activity. Applicants must demonstrate that they are eligible for this scholarship, and must also be making satisfactory progress. The scholarship will be awarded by the Scholarships & Financial Support Service, following approval by the Director, Student Support Services and in consultation with the Faculty of Dentistry. Short-listed candidates may be required to attend an interview with the Dean or his nominee.

Value: Value : up to $12,000, paid as a one-off payment.


The Dr Leslie Green Scholarship

Applications now closed.

The Schweitzer Scholarship

The Faculty is endeavouring to identify funds to establish means tested scholarships for students of the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. As details emerge, the relevant information will be provided on this site.

Established in 2012, the Schweitzer scholarships are funded by a bequest from the late Emilie Marguerite Schweitzer in memory of her late husband Friedrich A Schweitzer, BDS 1950 (University of Sydney).
In 2014, up to 10 scholarships will be awarded to full-time students who are enrolled in their final year of the University of Sydney Bachelor of Dentistry (BDent) programs who are experiencing financial difficulties that are impacting on their studies.

Preference will be given to students from a regional or rural background. Applicants must demonstrate that they are eligible for these scholarships and are making satisfactory academic progress. The scholarships will be awarded by the Financial Assistance Service following the approval of the Director Student Support Services and in consultation with the Faculty of Dentistry. Short-listed candidates may be required to attend an interview with the Dean or his nominee. Value: $6,000 per scholarship.

Applications for the Schweitzer Scholarships close at the end of April.
Please contact the Financial Assistance Service for information of other financial assistance schemes.

The Noel Martin Memorial Scholarship

The Noel Martin Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Emeritus Professor Noel Martin, who served as Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry from 1970-1988.


An annual prize of $1,500 will be awarded for an Essay of Merit submitted by either a 3rd or 4th year Dental student who has shown sustained and consistent academic excellence in clinical aptitude and competence and professional attitude over the last three years of the program.

The 2014 topic of the essay is to be:
"Consider the reasons why the proposal to fluoridate the public water supply in the Shire of Byron has aroused such opposition, and develop a short leaflet to the local residents explaining the benefits of Fluoridation"

The prize will be awarded for an essay of sufficient merit and will be submitted for publication in the relevant Dental, Medical or Educational University Publication.
The recipient will be chosen based on nomination by a selection committee chaired by the Professor of Population Health and members of the Faculty of Dentistry.

Please do not wait till the last day to submit an application.
Last date for aplications 28 November 2014

The Pacific Smiles Group Scholarship

Established in 2012, the Pacific Smiles Group scholarships are funded by the Pacific Smiles Group to provide scholarships to support Final Year Faculty of Dentistry students at the University of Sydney.



This scholarship is open to all Final Year BDent/DMD students at the University of Sydney.

The Pacific Smiles Group scholarships are awarded to students on the basis of:

  1. Excellent overall results in clinical competency,

  2. Proficiency in academic studies in the dental program,

  3. Professionalism displayed in the students’ approach to patient management and care,

  4. A personal statement, no longer than one A4 page, outlining why the applicant chose to study in the field and their future career aspirations, and

  5. An interview of short-listed candidates with a selection panel comprising:

  6. - The Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, or his representative
    - The Associate Dean (Students) or, the Associate Dean (L&T), and
    - A representative of the Pacific Smiles Group

Conditions of award

The two (2) Pacific Smiles Group scholarships are to be awarded to Final Year students in the current dental degree program.
The scholarships are valued at $6,000 per annum, payable on a semester basis.
A confirmed offer of a scholarship must be taken up by enrolment in the final year of the BDent/DMD program in Semester 1 for which the offer is made.

This Scholarship cannot be deferred. The scholarship will be terminated if:

  1. the recipient withdraws from the degree program;
  2. the recipient receives CAPS demerit points;
  3. the recipient requires remediation or reassessment;
  4. the recipient fails to progress to Year 4;

Once terminated, the scholarship will not be reinstated.

Scholarship recipients may have the opportunity to participate in work experience placements at Pacific Smiles Group Dental Centres during their University breaks.

For more information on the organisation please refer to their website: of their eligibility to attend an interview with the selection panel.

2013 applications are now closed.

  • Last date for 2014 application is by close of business, Friday, 15 November, 2013,
  • Short-listed applicants will be advised by close of business, Friday, 22 November, 2013,
  • Short-listed applicants must ensure their availability at 3.30pm on Thursday, 28 November, 2013.
  • Announcement of scholarship recipients on Friday 29 November, 2013.


Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) students are eligible to apply for a University of Sydney Scholarship, awarded to applicants who satisfy all admissions criteria to the BOH program and achieve a UAI of 90 or above. Applications are typically called for in the year prior to intended enrolment. Applications for the 2012 round round have closed.
Information is available from

The Sydney Access Scheme is designed to assist students who have been disadvantaged in some way, such as financial disadvantage, disability or moving from a country/rural area to study at the University of Sydney.
For further details visit

Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships are also available to help students from rural and remote areas with general education and accommodation costs.


Scholarships are also available for postgraduate students enrolled in the PhD and MSc research programs. Details are available from the Research Office website at

Australian Dental Research Foundation Inc - R.W. HESSION AWARD

This Award is made possible by the use of proceeds derived from a dedicated investment fund established by the Australian Dental Research Foundation following the receipt in 2006 of a very large donation from Dr Reginald Hession, AM, DDSc. During a long and
distinguished career spanning the highest levels of dentistry, both internationally and nationally, Dr Hession’s enthusiasm and support for dental research and higher education have always been evident. From 1991-1998 he was the Foundation’s Chairman, having previously served as Chairman of its Research Advisory Committee and as a Board member. At an early stage of his professional progression, he experienced at first hand
the difficulties encountered by those seeking qualifications or experience at the highest level. His donation was made with the intention of easing this path for recipients of the Award. Its Conditions reflect that vision.


  1. The Award will be made available to one recipient every two years.
  2. The value of the Award at its inception shall be $15,000; and subsequent awards may be varied in advance, at the discretion of the Foundation.
  3. Applicants for the Award must be Australian residents.
  4. Applicants may seek the Award for the purpose of
    •  facilitating overseas or interstate travel to a dental research institute or laboratory of distinction for an arranged work period of    not less than six weeks *   Note:* This is a favoured option.
    •  assisting with the acquisition of a doctoral research qualification
    •  funding in entirety of a post-doctoral research project
    •  supporting any combination of the above
    •  furthering any other proposal that may be adjudged to conform with the intent of the Award.
  5. Applications must be received by 31 May in each even year.
  6. Applications must contain full details of the proposal to be considered, presented in a manner consistent with the Guidelines relevant to other applications for Foundation support, including a budget, and curriculum vitae detailing previous
    qualifications and research experience.
  7. An independent expert panel will be appointed to review applications and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.
  8. The Board will announce the Award winner at its November meeting in each even year.
  9. The Board will be seeking to reward excellence, and is not obliged to make the Award in any year for which there are no sufficiently highly rated applications.
  10. The Foundation will if required assist in facilitating access to the desired centre of excellence for a recipient of the Award.
  11. On completion of the proposed activity, a recipient of the Award shall submit to the Board a full Final Report.
  12. It is expected that an activity made possible by the Award will appear in a published paper: hence the Final Report should be prepared in a form that is suitable for imminent submission by the recipient (either under sole or collaborative authorship) to the Australian Dental Journal or other recognized scientific journal, or else that foreshadows subsequent intent to publish, and in either case such publication shall include reference to support received from the R.W. Hession Award conferred by the Australian Dental Research Foundation.
  13. For projects extending beyond one year, Progress Reports will be expected at least once annually.
  14. In all cases, 10 per cent of the award amount will be withheld until receipt of a full Final Report; but in other respects incremental payments for each case will be arranged with the recipient on an individual basis: for example,
    •  with a travel grant, an initial payment may cover ticket purchase and be followed by subsistence payments upon arrival and at    the mid-point of stay;
    •  for an extended project or study grant, increments may coincide with receipt of Progress Reports; or
    •  when a large initial outlay is required for equipment, this may be covered by the first increment.
  15. Where the Award has been made to assist overseas experience, it is expected that the recipient will return to residency in Australia.
  16. In the event of default with respect to any of these Conditions, a recipient will be required to return the funds received, unless mitigating circumstances can be established to the satisfaction of the Board of Directors.

Please note: Applications must be received by 31 May in each even year

The James Fairfax Postgraduate Award in Oral Rehabilitation

Mr James Fairfax AO continues his generous contribution to Prosthodontics and Oral Rehabilitation in the Faculty of Dentistry with annual support of up to $10,000 available for specific projects, with particular emphasis on biological aspects of Oral Rehabilitation.

The James Fairfax Postgraduate Award in Oral Rehabilitation (JFPAOH) is open to all currently-enrolled students in the Faculty of Dentistry completing a coursework specialty - DClinDent (Prosthodontics) program or a research degree in Oral Rehabilitation.

Further information can be found here.


Bursaries and Scholarships available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students include:

The Chancellor’s Committee Indigenous Australian Bursaries – awarded on a needs and merit basis. For more information please contact the Koori Centre – 1800 622 742 or visit

The College of Health Sciences offers scholarships and bursaries on a needs and merit basis. For further information contact (02) 9036 5029.


The NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship

The NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship will be offered again in 2014.
Applications for 2014 will open on 9 December 2013 and close on 17 February 2014.

The NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship aims to support a student with strong links to regional New South Wales to train for a professional dental career. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student commencing dentistry studies.

The one-year scholarship has a value of $4,800. The scholarship holder will also have access to mentoring support from an experienced dentist who is based in regional New South Wales.
To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents;
  • have lived in regional New South Wales for at least five years from the age of five; and
  • be commencing full time study in an accredited Australian dentistry degree in 2014.

The successful applicant will be selected on the basis of the length of time they have lived in regional New South Wales; financial need; and a demonstrated commitment to living and working in regional New South Wales.

The application form and application guidelines detailing the eligibility and selection criteria will be available online when applications open on 9 December. Please download the NSW_RDS_flyer for more information.

The NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship is supported by Senator John Williams, The Nationals Senator for New South Wales, and is administered by the National Rural Health Alliance.


The University also offers a number of scholarships to international students. For further information see International Office web-site:


The full list of Faculty managed prizes is available from this link.