Undergraduate and graduate-entry students

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

Scholarships and prizes that are open to all graduate-entry and undergraduate students in the faculty are listed on this page. Others apply only to students undertaking particular courses. These can be found by clicking on the links below or the sub-menus at the left of this page.


The Stanley and Ivy Tipper Trust

This bursary of up to $6000 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 students enrolled in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Applicants should be achieving a credit average and be able demonstrate that financial need, caused by sickness and/or loss of employment, is impacting on their studies. Previous recipients of this bursary may apply for award in consecutive or subsequent years, provided the conditions for award are met.

Applications have closed for scholarships that take effect in 2014.

Further information and applications


ZONTA Club Sydney East Inc Scholarship

This scholarship has been established to support one mature-age female student per year to complete a degree or undertake a research project. Preference will be given to candidates who are making a career change, or applying for support for a professional-experience internship, field-education placement, or research project with a strong social-improvement focus.

Applications have closed for scholarships that take effect in 2014.

Further information and applications (pdf, 122kB)


Walter & Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarship for a Student with a Physical Disability

The Walter & Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarship for Student with a Physical Disability was established to ensure that the absence of money does not stand in the way of a person with a diagnosed physical disability achieving their maximum potential in terms of a formal tertiary education. The scholarship, which is valued at $6000 covers a period of one year only. Ideally, the award should be used to cover the costs of computers, textbooks and/or additional tutoring required by a student to enhance their studies. Funds may be used for living expenses, but this is not preferable. Funds must be used for the direct benefit of the student only. Applicants must be Australian citizens in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink benefit. They must also have completed at their first or second year of study and be undertaking a minimum of two subjects each semester.

Applications have closed for scholarships that take effect in 2014.

Further information


Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

A large number of scholarships are available to students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. For details, see http://sydney.edu.au/koori/scholarships/

Government-funded scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program (CSP) assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, particularly those from rural and regional areas, with costs associated with higher education. Five types of Commonwealth scholarship are open to students who are about to commence studying.

Any indigenous student about to commence tertiary studies or bridging studies to a tertiary degree may qualify for an Indigenous Access scholarship. Students about to commence their degree studies by direct admission may apply for Education Costs and Accommodation Costs scholarships. Students required to complete a 'bridging' course of at least 10-weeks' duration before commencing their degrees may qualify for Enabling Education Costs and Enabling Accommodation Costs scholarships.

CSP scholarships are tax-free and do not affect Centrelink payments. For the purposes of determining whether a particular course is covered by a scholarship, Schedule 1 of the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Education) 2013 lists the study disciplines that are regarded as national priorities. Enquiries should be directed to the University's Scholarships Office.

Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships

These scholarships, which last for up to four years, provide financial aid toward the education costs of Indigenous students enrolled in any undergraduate course or a graduate diploma (or equivalent postgraduate course) in an area of national priority required for initial registration to practice in the chosen field. The value of each scholarship in 2014 will be $2492 (indexed annually).

Indigenous Enabling Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships

These scholarships, which last for up to one year, provide financial assistance in meeting education costs for Indigenous students to undertake any required bridging course of more than 10-weeks' duration prior to commencing study in any undergraduate program or a graduate diploma (or equivalent postgraduate course) in an area of national priority required for initial registration to practice in the chosen field. In 2014 each scholarship is valued at $2492 (indexed annually).

Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships

These scholarships, which last up to four years, provide financial assistance toward the accommodation costs of Indigenous students from rural and remote areas who are enrolled in any undergraduate course or a graduate diploma (or equivalent postgraduate course) in an area of national priority required for initial registration to practice in the chosen field. The value of each scholarship in 2014 will be $4985 (indexed annually).

Indigenous Enabling Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships

These scholarships, which last for up to one year, provide financial assistance toward the accommodation costs of Indigenous students from rural and remote areas who are enrolled in a required bridging course of more than 10-weeks' duration prior to commencing study in any undergraduate program or a graduate diploma (or equivalent postgraduate course) in an area of national priority required for initial registration to practice in the chosen field. The value of each scholarship in 2014 will be $4985 (indexed annually).

Indigenous Access Scholarship

In 2014, the value of these are one-off scholarship payments will be $4702. They are provided to assist Indigenous students from rural and remote areas in meeting the education and accommodation expenses involved in undertaking any of the following courses:

  1. an undergraduate program
  2. a graduate diploma (or equivalent postgraduate course) in an area of national priority required for initial registration to practice in the chosen field
  3. a bridging course of more than 10-weeks' duration that is required by an education provider prior to allowing the student to enrol in 1. or 2.


Marion Macaulay Bequest Scholarships

Marion Macaulay was a graduate of the University of Sydney who spent many years in the teaching profession and was closely associated with women's and educational professional associations. She bequeathed her estate to the University of Sydney to be applied in the area of humanities.

These scholarships have been offered since 1995 to undergraduate or postgraduate coursework students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Education and Social Work who will be travelling overseas for the purpose of gaining credit towards their degrees, either in the form of approved exchange or an approved professional experience such as an internship or practicum.

Applications are assessed on the basis of academic merit, purpose/appropriateness of the applicant's intended study or professional experiences at the overseas institution and contribution of the overseas experience to the applicant's personal and professional development.

The value of the scholarship is $7500 regardless of the destination or duration of stay, and applicants who already hold a primary scholarship for the same scholarship period will receive $5000.