Grant Schemes for Research Students

The School Research Committee administers a range of research grants to support research students. These include:

Post Graduate Research Student Scheme (PRSS)

The aim of this scheme is to provide direct support for currently enrolled postgraduate research students. Schools or Departments award eligible applicants funding 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.

Eligibility criteria
Currently enrolled (including international students).
* Enrolled PhD students, full-time or part-time, are eligible to apply for funds under the PRSS provided their candidature does not exceed eight full-time semesters (or part-time equivalent) at the closing date for applications.
* Enrolled Masters by research students, full-time or part-time, are eligible to apply for funds under the PRSS provided their candidature does not exceed four full-time semesters (or part-time equivalent) at the closing date for applications.
* Satisfactory progress towards timely completion of the degree.
* Justification for the need and proposed use of funds.
* Support by the applicant’s supervisor/s.
* Any achievement related to the applicant’s research

Please ensure you read all the criteria and detail for this scheme carefully. This Scheme is highly competitive and students should not assume that submitted applications will automatically receive funding.

Eligible students may apply for a minimum amount of $200 and a maximum amount of $1,200 (up to $3,000 for presentations at conferences in Europe, Africa, North and South America. And up to $2,000 for conferences held in other overseas countries

Items that can be funded
* Conference expenses – for the purpose of presenting a paper or poster
* Expenses in connection with the use of specialist services, or a visit to use specialist facilities or to learn specialist technique/s directly related to the students’ research.
* Field expenses
* Purchase of specialist books, periodicals, software that are not normally available or difficult to obtain in the School of Public Health or the University’s Library.
* Purchase of computers or other equipment
* Thesis production expenses to a maximum amount of $600 for a PhD thesis or $300 for a Masters thesis.

Timing of expenses
The expenditure/proposed expenditure must have been incurred or will be incurred during this calendar year.

Direct research costs will not be supported.

Applications open late April/early May, close off end May. Outcomes announced July.

Research Student Grants Scheme

This is a School administered funding scheme. All applications to the PRSS will automatically be considered, separately, for top-up from the Student Grant Scheme. However, where requests for grant money exceed funds available (this is nearly always the case) the Committee will rank applications as follows:

  • Applications for research field expenses, specialised software, laptop purchases for field work and international conference expenses will be ranked higher than purchases of books and periodicals, purchases of computers or other equipment (for non-field work needs), and thesis production expenses.
  • With regard to conference expense applications, third year (FTE) students will be ranked higher than second years, who will be ranked higher than first years.
  • Applicants who received money last year will be ranked lower than those who did not receive
    funding last year. Being ranked lower can result in either receiving no funding or a partial top-up.

  • While the maximum top-up available is $1,200 per application realistically students should expect to only receive a modest amount due to the fact the funding schemes are heavily subscribed and the Committee aims to be as equitable and transparent as possible in distributing these funds.

    Remote Student Grant Scheme

    The School of Public Health's Research Committee implemented a funding scheme specifically for remote students enrolled with our Lismore and Broken Hill campuses and based in Australia. This scheme will provide up to $1,000 per student per year to help with the costs associated with meeting face-to-face with Sydney-based supervisors or to attend training courses not available locally.

    The timing of these visits would ideally coincide with some of the compulsory postgraduate seminars held during the year. The scheme will operate by reimbursing students for travel and accommodation costs. Students must provide a budget outlining expenses. Costs must be minimised e.g. early registration, discounted fares, moderate accommodation. Original receipts will need to be retained and submitted for reimbursement.

    * Students must be enrolled in a PhD or MPhil degree in the SPH with the Lismore or Broken Hill Campus..
    * Applicants must be based outside of the Greater Sydney area (including Wollongong, Blue Mountains and Newcastle).
    * Applicants must have a letter from their supervisor supporting their application.
    * Applicants must declare what other forms of support they have access to (eg other grant schemes, research grant funding or scholarships) and applications will be ranked on a needs basis.
    * Any funds awarded through this scheme must be spent and claimed by December of each year.
    * Applicants may only make one application to this scheme per year.
    * Students must provide a budget outlining expenses. Costs must be minimised e.g. early registration, discounted fares, moderate accommodation.
    * Original receipts of all expenses claimed from the School must be kept.

    Maximum of $1,000 per year.

    Announced twice annually: Semester 1 and Semester 2 (if there is money left over from the first round).

    Collaborative Research Student Scheme

    A funding scheme is available to foster the work of collabortive research student groups with the School. These groups will be able to apply for funds, on a competitive basis, to support their operations. Funding may be provided for items such as payment of honoraria for guest speakers, domestic airfares, taxi fares etc.

    * The application is from an established group.
    * The group has a good history of meetings & attendance.
    * Funds will be used to improve education and cohesion of the group.
    * If the funds are to be used for an educational event, the application must state the minium numbers of students that need to be registered to make the event worthwhile and identify registration and possible fee arrangements to ensure student commitment.

    Maximum of $2,000 per year

    Once a year - late October

    Guest Visitor Scheme

    Funds are available for international or local (ie within Australasia) guest speakers to run a 2-3 day course on topics of interest to students and staff. Members of the School are asked to nominate people and courses they are most interested in. Nominations will be taken from individual academics as well as from groups of research students, providing they have the support of an academic member of staff. Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis.

    Essention criteria for nomination include:
    * Demonstrated interest in speaker and topic.
    * Submission of detailed budget.
    * Agreement by applicatn to organise all aspects of the visit, including accommodation, room bookings, advertising and registration etc.
    * Agreement by applicant to refund to the SRC the amount of money awarded under this scheme if the workshop has made a proft in excess of the amount, and to pay the 20% levy of any remaining profit to cover costs incurred by the School.

    Desirable criteria for nomination include:
    *Ability of visit to take place before the end of each year that the scheme is applied for.
    * Good cost-effectiveness, demonstrated for example by the potential for the visitor to attract a fee-paying audience, or an overseas visitor to attend the University of Sydney while in Australia/ New South Wales for another purpose.
    * Likelihood that the workshop will make a profit.

    The maximum amount that will be awarded is $7,300. Note that this budget must include any additional administrative costs associated with running the course and the cost of hiring University venues.

    Cross-cultural public health research award

    Provided there is a candidate of sufficient merit, the Award is made annually to support research on public health issues affecting Indigenous Australians or refugees or recently arrived migrants to Australia. This Award is open to Public Health students of the University of Sydney and the University of Western Sydney.

    The award will be offered annually and more than one award may be made in any one year.

    Applications will be assessed by a panel of three academics, two nominated by the Research Committee of the School of Public Health at The University of Sydney and one nominated by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Western Sydney.

    Criteria for assessment
    a) Academic merit and research potential (taking into account the applicant’s career stage) as assessed from:
    * Number of publications published or in press and/or marks for any coursework subjects completed
    * Progress with research since degree commenced
    * Quality and relevance of the research proposal

    b) Financial need:
    * The difference the award would make to their ability to undertake their research
    * Other sources of funding they have received
    * Attempts they have made to acquire other sources of funding

    Conditions of award
    * The award is open to full and part-time students for the degrees of Master (by research), PhD, or MD in public health in the School of Public Health, The University of Sydney, or at the University of Western Sydney.
    * The award is open to scholarship and non-scholarship holders
    * The award is tenable for one year only, but a student may apply again in a subsequent round
    * A report must be submitted to the Head of the School of Public Health at The University of Sydney within 12 months of the award being granted.

    Maximum of $5,000