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 submenus at the left of this page.


The Stanley and Ivy Tipper Trust Open

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 Faculty 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 are OPEN until July 1 for scholarships that take effect in 2016.

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 2016.


Walter and Eliza Hall Scholarships

Walter and Eliza Hall were active philanthropists during their life together. Following her husband’s death Eliza set up a million pound charitable trust in 1912 calling it the Walter and Eliza Hall Trust, as a means of assisting those in need. Since that time the trust has helped thousands of Australians to reach their full potential. The trust has made scholarships of one-year duration available each year to Australian citizens who are enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Places and can demonstrate financial hardship through evidence of Austudy, ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance or other payments from the Department of Human Services. Two of these scholarships are available for students within the Faculty of Education and Social Work, including one specifically for a student studying special-needs education. These scholarships require the applicant to have already completed at least 48 credit points of study. A further scholarship is available for a commencing or continuing student with a physical disability enrolled in any faculty at the University. Each of the scholarships is valued at $6000 for one year paid in semester amounts of $3000. Successful candidates will be required to submit a one-page report toward the end of the scholarship stating how the scholarship funds have been used and how the funds have assisted the study progress of the candidate.

Applications have closed for scholarships that take effect in 2016.


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.

Applications have closed for scholarships that take effect in 2016.


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/studying/scholarships.shtml

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 2015 was $2543 (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 2015 each scholarship was valued at $2543 (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 2015 was $5087 (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 2015 was $5087 (indexed annually).

Indigenous Access Scholarship

In 2015, the value of these are one-off scholarship payments was $4823. 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.