Scholarships in Biomedical Science

The Discipline also manages the annual allocation of funds from the Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS). This scheme tends to change from year to year and will be advertised at the appropriate times.

Prospective students can also apply for various research scholarships as summarised below.

(The information on this page is from the University's Scholarships and Financial Support Service website. For the latest information about postgraduate research scholarships, please visit their website).

Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and University of Sydney Postgraduate Awards (UPA)

Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) are scholarships awarded to students of exceptional research potential to undertake a higher degree by research at an Australian university. The scholarships are provided to assist with general living costs.

University of Sydney Postgraduate Awards (UPA) are also available and they are similar to the APA in terms of tenure and benefits. Eligible APA applicants are automatically considered for these awards.


The University awards these scholarships twice a year - applications for Round One open in September and applications for Round Two open in May of each year.

Round One is for admission to research period 1 or 2, i.e. January to March, in the following year, and Round Two is for admission to research period 3 or 4, i.e. July to October, of the same calendar year.

You will need to apply for admission to a postgraduate research degree prior to submitting your APA/UPA application. You will be required to provide your admissions application number or SID (Student Identification Number) in your APA/UPA application.

The above information is from Research Scholarships webpage - http://sydney.edu.au/scholarships/research/postgraduate_awards.shtml

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Scholarships

  • NHMRC Biomedical Postgraduate Research Scholarships
  • NHMRC Medical/Dental Postgraduate Research Scholarships
  • NHMRC Primary Health Care Postgraduate Research Scholarships
  • NHMRC Public Health Postgraduate Research Scholarships
  • NHMRC Indigenous Australian Health Research
  • NHMRC Partner Scholarships

Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens holding a Special Category Visa. Persons who have applied for but not yet been granted Australian permanent residency or a Special Category Visa may apply, however permanent residency or the Special Category Visa must be obtained prior to commencement of the scholarship.

Heart Foundation Postgraduate Research Scholarships

The Heart Foundation offers Postgraduate Research Scholarships in Biomedical, Clinical and Public Health disciplines. These scholarships are for nursing, medical, science and other relevant graduates seeking support for full-time research studies leading to a PhD at an Australian university or institution. Scholarships are awarded for research in cardiovascular disease and related disorders.

Applications are invited from Australian citizens and permanent residents or New Zealand citizens holding a Special Category Visa. Persons who have applied for but not yet been granted Australian permanent residency or a Special Category Visa may apply, however permanent residency or the Special Category Visa must be obtained prior to commencement of the scholarship.

Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia Postgraduate Scholarships

Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MSRA) is offering postgraduate scholarships for full time study for a higher degree (PhD or Masters by Research) in an Australian university or institution. Stipend is based on NHMRC medical or biomedical graduate rate. Applicants must be Australian citizens or who have been granted permanent residence status and have lived in Australia continuously for 12 months before submitting the application.

  1. NHMRC/MSRA Betty Cuthbert Scholarship – Applicants must submit an application to both NHMRC and MSRA.
  2. MSRA Postgraduate Scholarships
  3. Trish MS Research Foundation

The Menzies Foundation Allied Health Sciences Scholarships

The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation wishes to stimulate research in the allied health sciences and is now offering one or two research scholarships in this field. The purpose of the scholarship is to try to improve the health of Australians by supporting an outstanding applicant from one of the non-medical allied health disciplines whose research is likely to fall outside the conventional areas of medical research. Preferred fields of research include clinical psychology, nutrition, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech pathology, but graduates working in other fields will be considered. Projects in laboratory science will not be supported.

Applicants must be Australian citizens of at least 5 years standing at the time of application.

Other medical scholarships

If you are applying for a scholarship which is not listed on the medical scholarships webpage or in the research scholarships database, and the application form requires the signature of the Head of Administering Institution (or Nominee) or similar, you will need to submit the application via the Scholarships Office. Please contact Scholarships Office as soon as possible to arrange the submission. Do not leave it until the day before applications are due at the funding body!

Successful applicants

Postgraduate research scholarship stipends will usually need to be paid to the student via the University as the administering institution.

If you have submitted your application via the Scholarships Office, the funding body will normally also notify the Scholarships Office of your result if your application is successful. You should however, still contact the Scholarships Office once you have received your offer from the funding body.

In some cases (such as the NHMRC) the funding body will notify the Scholarships Office of the results, and the Scholarships Office will then contact you to advise you of your result.

If your application did not require the signature of the Head of Administering Institution (or Nominee) and was submitted by you directly to the funding body, if your application is successful you will need to forward a copy of all correspondence, including a copy of your application, to the Scholarships Office.

Enquiries

Research Scholarships
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