FUNDING

Domestic students

Domestic (i.e. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) higher degree by research students are provided with HECS exemptions by the Commonwealth Government to undertake their degree under the Research Training Scheme (RTS). RTS covers the tuition fees (not the Student Services and Amenities Fee) for a maximum of four years' full-time equivalent study for students undertaking a doctorate and two years' full-time equivalent study for student undertaking a masters. For further details visit the Research/Admissions and Enrolment/RTS chapter of the Graduate Studies Handbook.


Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS)

The Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) was introduced by the University to provide direct support for currently enrolled postgraduate research students. The funds are not allocated directly to the students but are awarded by Research and Innovation Office to eligible applicants on a competitive basis according to the University’s general guidelines. Selection committees will consider (1) quality of the applicant and track record relative to opportunity and stage of candidature, (2) demonstrated need for funding, and (3) priorities, if any, placed on the different expenditure categories by the Faculty.

You can apply for the following costs under PRSS:

  • Conference expenses where you are presenting a paper or poster that is authored by you and that relates to your research
  • Expenses related to the use of specialist services or facilities or to learn a specialist technique
  • Field expenses
  • Purchase of specialist books, software
  • Purchase of computers or other equipment
  • Thesis production expenses to a maximum of $600 for a research doctorate and $300 for a masters doctorate

PRSS funds cannot be used for direct research costs.

Access the PRSS Standing Orders document

Access the PRSS Checklist


PRSS eligibility and applications

Students currently enrolled in a Research Doctorate are eligible to apply provided their candidature has not exceeded 8 full time semesters (or part time equivalent). Students currently enrolled in a Masters by Research are eligible to apply provided their candidature has not exceeded 4 full time semesters (or part time equivalent). Please note, students who have suspended their candidature, withdrawn from their course or are under examination at the application closing date are not eligible.

Doctoral students can receive a maximum of three successful applications during their candidature. Masters students can receive a maximum of one successful application during their candidature. If a Masters student converts to a PhD, they will be eligible for a maximum of three successful applications in total.

For more information about PRSS eligibility criteria and funding categories see the PRSS website.

All applications must be submitted on the Postgraduate Research Support Scheme Application form. Please note that the 2013 round has closed.

The application must be for expenses incurred or to be incurred during the current calendar year. Applications are submitted to the Research and Innovation Office. The R&I office will notify the applicants of the outcome via their university student email. Applications must be received by the Faculty R&I office before the closing date. Late applications cannot be accepted. Students will be notified of outcomes via their Sydney University email accounts only. Applications open in approximately April/May.

Please submit one set of the completed application and attachments to:

Research & Innovation Office
Faculty of Health Sciences
A Block, Room A017

Contact: Julia Harte at or telephone: 9351-9637


Faculty Funding Scheme

The Faculty Funding Scheme provides financial support towards direct research costs related to a research higher degree (RHD) student’s study. Direct research costs include equipment, communication, general consumables, lab consumables, computer software and licences and travel and associated expenses. These costs are normally borne by a student’s supervisor or by the student. However, RHD students may apply for financial support under this scheme.

Additionally, the Faculty will reimburse the cost of printing and binding the copies of your thesis required for the examination process and for conferment of award.


FFS eligibility and applications

Doctoral students are eligible for two successful applications, during their candidature provided their candidature does not exceed 8 full-time semesters (or part-time equivalent) when the application is submitted. Masters by research students are eligible for one successful application during their candidature provided their candidature does not exceed 4 full-time semesters (or part-time equivalent).

Currently enrolled RHD students may apply for a maximum of $750 in one calendar year for expenses incurred during that year. Please note, that students who have suspended their candidature, have withdrawn from study or who are under examination are not eligible to apply.

In addition to this all students may claim up to $600 for thesis printing and binding. PhD candidates, the Faculty will reimburse the cost of up to 4 examinable copies of the thesis and up to 2 final hard bound copies (for hard copy submissions only). Masters candidates may claim up to 3 examinable copies and up to 2 final hard bound copies (for hard copy submissions only).

The Scheme opens 1 February and closes 30 November each year. Thesis printing and binding may be claimed all year around. All applications must be submitted on the Application for faculty postgraduate funding form and endorsed by the student’s primary supervisor and the Research Group Convenor. The application must be for expenses incurred or to be incurred during the current calendar year. Applications for travel and equipment must include quotations. Applications are submitted to the Research and Innovation Office at R&I office will notify the applicants of the outcome via their university student email.

Original receipts and Vendor EFT insert link should be attached to the approved application before forwarding to the R&I office which is located in room A017 of the Jeffrey Miller Administration Building (A Block) at Cumberland Campus.

Alternatively, the documents can be mailed to:

Faculty Postgraduate Funding
Research and Innovation Office
Faculty of Health Sciences
PO Box 170
LIDCOMBE NSW 1825

Please note, the University requires original receipts; we are unable to process photocopied or scanned of receipts.


Research related travel

Research students may apply for travel support to attend national or international scientific conferences, if they are presenting an oral communication or poster presentation, through the Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS). The Faculty Funding of Direct Research Costs scheme may also be used to support research-related travel.

University grants-in-aid are available to provide students (who are citizens or permanent residents of Australia) with travel grants to support short-term periods of research overseas. Individual grants vary in value and purpose with most approximately $1,800. More information can be found at the Scholarships Office website. Applications for grants-in-aid are usually due in April.

From time-to-time additional opportunities arise. Continue to monitor this page and the Scholarships office overseas travel website for information about current opportunities.