Research applications

Applying for and obtaining admission to a research degree is a process that requires time and preparation before submission of the application. You should read the instructions below carefully and ensure you follow the steps outlined.

Step 1: Check your eligibility

To be eligible for admission to a research degree, you need to have undertaken a significant research project or thesis in your previous university level studies. For example, an Australian honours degree (or equivalent), a masters by research degree, or a masters by coursework with at least 25% thesis or project component.

Step 2: Find a supervisor

Find a potential supervisor through Research Supervisor Connect. If a supervisor has agreed to support your candidature go to step 3.

Step 3: Apply Online

Application Checklist

You must supply the following documentation:

  • Proof of communication with an academic contact/portential supervisor (e.g. print out of an email stating willingness to supervise your project);
  • Research proposal as agreed with your supervisor;
  • A complete resume or curriculum vitae (CV);
  • A complete academic transcript for all previous and current tertiary qualifications. The transcript must include an explanation of the grading system used;
  • A testamur or proof of completion stating the degree awarded for all previous tertiary qualifications;
  • An official translation of any/all documents in a language other than English;
  • Documentary evidence of any name change if documents were issued under a different name;
  • If English is not your first language you must demonstrate English proficiency;
  • Proof of any scholarly publications or output in the relevant field of research within the last five years, e.g. copies of journal articles, book chapters, etc.

Domestic applicants must also provide:

  • A certified copy of your proof of citizenship or permanent residency. If you have PR you must provide the personal details page of your passport along with the PR visa page with the date the visa was granted and the page showing the immigration stamp with date of entry into Australia (if visa granted outside of Australia).

International applicants must also provide:

  • A copy of the personal details page from your passport;
  • Two confidential Academic Referee's Reports (see the International Postgraduate Research Application Form for full instructions);
  • International students must also pay a non-refundable application processing fee of A$100.

Incomplete Qualifications

If you still have to complete one semester of your current course of study, you should include transcripts up until your final semester, and official documentation from your institution stating that you will finish at the end of the semester, and the name of the degree you will be awarded.

If you are currently completing a degree by research only, you should provide official documentation from your institution confirming your candidature and expected completion date.


International Applicants

International applicants who wish to be considered for the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and University of Sydney International Scholarship (USydIS) awards may indicate this by completing the relevant section of the International Postgraduate Research Application Form. To be considered for the awards, applications MUST be received by the International Office by:

- 31 July of the previous year for Semester 1 (March) commencement
- 31 December of the previous year for Semester 2 (July) commencement

Domestic Applicants

Domestic applicants must submit a seperate application for scholarships. See the Scholarships Office website for scholarship eligibility criteria, application instructions, and deadlines.