Postgraduate scholarships

Postgraduate students at the school are eligible for a range of awards. Many are offered and administered internally by either the University's Scholarships Office or the school. Others are funded by external bodies on a competitive basis across a number of institutions.

Scholarships and prizes that are open to all domestic postgraduate students in the school are listed on this page. Others apply only to students from overseas or students undertaking particular courses. These can be found by clicking on the links below or the submenus at the left of this page.

BHP Billiton Australia China ScholarshipsOpen

These scholarships, worth up to $60,000 a year for a maximum of three years, are administered by the Foundation for Australian Studies in China and have been established to encourage and assist students and young professionals to pursue specialised postgraduate study, research and experience at a university in China in one of the following disciplines:

  • sustainability, including climate change, carbon capture storage, low-emissions technology, biodiversity and water stewardship

  • governance (including corporate and local community governance), international regulatory systems

  • economic policy such as free trade

  • women in leadership

  • Australian Studies, with the scholarship awarded in this discipline to be known as the BHP Billiton David Walker Scholarship in Australian Studies.

With the exception of the BHP Billiton David Walker Australian Studies Scholarship, scholarships are restricted to Australian citizens or Permanent Residents. All applicants for a scholarship in any discipline, must have completed – or be about to complete – an undergraduate degree from an Australian or Chinese university and be planning to undertake postgraduate study at a Chinese university no later than in the calendar year following the year of the scholarship's award.

Applications are OPEN until June 16 for scholarships that take effect in 2020.

Further information and applications

The Stanley and Ivy Tipper Trust

This bursary of up to $5000 was established in 2011 through a bequest from the late Beryl Mary Bubacz. Tenable for one year, the bursary is open to full-time, undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Applicants should be able demonstrate that financial need, caused by sickness and/or loss of employment, is impacting on their studies. Academic merit will be a factor in the assessment of the award. Previous recipients of this bursary may apply, provided the conditions for award are met.

Applications have closed for scholarships that take effect in 2018.

School-based postgraduate scholarships

Each year, the school invites applications from people enrolling in postgraduate study or research, who may be eligible for any of a number of scholarships, fellowships and awards made possible under several bequests and trusts. Some of these may be available to international students.


Applicants will need to read carefully the eligibility, terms and conditions of each of the scholarships, fellowships and awards before ensuring reports from their academic referees are in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) before the relevant closing date for the scholarship they hope to receive..

After FASS confirms that eligibility criteria and award conditions have been met, applications will be considered on the basis of: academic merit; giving particular attention to the academic record and standing of applicants; the academic merit of the proposed research and other activities. Applicants must provide sufficient information to enable assessment of overall academic merit.

Applications have closed for scholarships that take effect in 2018.

Rhodes Scholarship

This is a postgraduate award supporting exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes, the scholarship program is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious in the world. Its aim is to nurture public-spirited leaders for the future.

Applicants must be Australian citizens who have been resident in Australia for at least five of the past 10 years and who will not have reached their 26th birthday by October 1, 2019. Enquiries should be directed to the honorary secretary of the NSW selection committee, Professor Tyrone Carlin, on the email link provided below. Selection criteria are:

  • an outstanding academic record leading to a first-class honours degree (or equivalent) at – or before – the end of the current calendar year

  • a record of community service

  • proven leadership abilities

  • enthusiastic sports participation.

Applications have closed for the 2018 scholarship. Applications for the 2019 scholarship open in July 2018 and close in September 2019.