Scholarships

There are a number of unique scholarship opportunities available to students studying at the Faculty of Pharmacy. In addition to those listed below, the University of Sydney's Scholarships and Financial Support Service (see link on right) offers many other scholarship schemes worth considering if you are eligble.

Undergraduate scholarships.


Undergraduate scholarships are generally awarded based on a combination of school examination results, ATAR, and other factors. Application forms and brochures are sent out to school careers advisers in Australia in early August each year and applications close in September each year. The University also offers scholarships to continuing undergraduate students based on merit.

Blooms the Chemist - John Sidgreaves Scholarship

Background: This scholarship was established to honour Mr John Sidgreaves for his commitment to the faculty and his outstanding contributions to the profession of community pharmacy.

Who is eligible to apply: Domestic students
This scholarship is available to a third year domestic undergraduate student who is:

  • entering their fourth and final year of the degree next year
  • from a lower socio-economic background (as determined by the Universities Admissions Centre - UAC)
  • has a minimum credit average in the first three years of the degree
  • has a proven interest in community pharmacy as demonstrated by full-time or part-time employment in a pharmacy for a minimum duration of one year

Value: The scholarship is valued at $5000

How to apply: Applications are through UAC Equity Scholarships.

A list of potential nominees will be compiled by the Scholarships Office in collaboration with the UAC. The Dean will then review the applicants and choose the best candidate based on the criteria and particularly taking into account the fourth criteria of a demonstrated interest in community pharmacy.

Closing date for applications: See the UAC website for information on closing dates

Postgraduate scholarships.


A number of scholarships are offered to postgraduate students untaking coursework or research. Check here regularly for updates.

Scholarship for citizens of Timor Leste

Background: The Faculty of Pharmacy offers one scholarship per year to citizens of Timor Leste to undertake the graduate entry Master of Pharmacy program.

Who is eligible to apply: Citizens of Timor Leste. Applicants must have the support of the Timor-Leste Government.
Contact: Herminia Ornai, Secretaria Executivo
Email:erminia_ornai@yahoo.com
Mobile: +670 7724767

Value: This scholarship provides full tuition fees and living expenses.

How to apply: Applicants must:

  • have a prior bachelor’s degree
  • meet the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements OR
    have sat the Graduate Australian Medical Admissions Test (GAMSAT) OR
    have sat the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  • meet a minimum of 42 out of 54 credit points, or equivalent, in seven prerequisite subjects at university level
  • have English language proficiency (if relevant).

More information can be found on the Master of Pharmacy webpage.

More details on GAMSAT and MCAT tests can be found at these sites:
www.gamsat.acer.edu.au
www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

Closing date for applications: End of August

Postgraduate research scholarships.


The faculty is committed to delivering a rich, vibrant research program and offers several postgraduate research scholarships to encourage promising research students to connect with our prolific academic ranks. In addition to the faculty-specific scholarships, there are also a variety of University-wide scholarships and grants available to local and international research students.

PhD Scholarship in regulatory safety advisories on medicines

Background: A full-time postgraduate scholarship is available for a suitably qualified candidate with a first class honours degree (or H1 equivalent result e.g. MPhil) in pharmacy, epidemiology, pharmacology, biomedical science or equivalent four-year health science discipline, to undertake research studies leading to a PhD in Pharmacy. The candidate should also have training or experience in a relevant field such as public health, health informatics, health services research or pharmacoepidemiology.

This student will work on a project to compare regulatory safety advisories on medicines in Canada, Australia, the United States (US), and the European Union (EU) over a 10-year period, with the aim of identifying factors that lead to effective risk communication. This is a mixed methods study that includes a systematic review of the research evidence, key informant interviews, and controlled interrupted time series analyses to assess effects of regulatory advisories on prescribing. We will develop a database of regulatory risk communications within each region, and identify discordant cases for in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis. Discordant cases are defined as differences between countries in whether or not an advisory is issued (“dear health professional” communications or advisories for professionals or the public), communication methods used, timing and/or key messages.

Applicants have the option to focus their studies mainly on the qualitative or quantitative component of this mixed methods study. The successful candidate will work with an international multi-disciplinary team with expertise in pharmacy, pharmacology, pharmaco-epidemiology, pharmaceutical policy analysis, health services research and risk communication, and will be mentored by Dr Barbara Mintzes, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Charles Perkins Centre.

Who is eligible to apply: Applicants must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in medication safety and regulatory policy, and experience in at least one of three research methods: 1) conducting systematic reviews; 2) pharmacoepidemiology; or 3) key informant interview studies. We seek a candidate who is interested in working across different research paradigms and disciplines and can collaborate well with an international team. The candidate should be able to demonstrate very strong written and verbal communication skills.

Value: The scholarship shall be valued at the same rate as the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and indexed annually. It may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

How to apply: Applications should be emailed directly to and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a copy of an academic transcript, and the names and contact details of at least two referees.

Closing date for applications: The scholarship will commence in Semester 2, 2015. Applications close 31 July 2015.

CREMA PhD Scholarships

Background: We are looking for talented and motivated doctoral candidates, with or without a primary scholarship, who are not afraid of a challenge. You may have a research idea of your own or you may like to take up one of the topics currently being investigated at our NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence In Medicines and Ageing (CREMA). The right candidates will be offered enrolment in one of the four CREMA nodes and financial support (e.g. a full or a top-up scholarship) that can be tailored to their needs.

CREMA is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between enthusiastic, highly dedicated and internationally recognised researchers. Using large linked databases of routinely collected medicine data (e.g. PBS data) and other health information, we produce much-needed, quantitative evidence on the real-world use, harms, costs and cost-effectiveness of specific medicines and related health care interventions. One of our goals is to build a national workforce in pharmacoepidemiology and health services research by training new outstanding researchers in the use of routinely collected medicines data to address key issues in quality use of medicines.

Core Research Themes:
1. Appropriate and judicious use of medicines
2. Real-world medicines use and safety
3. Real-world medicine costs and cost-effectiveness

Research Nodes:
Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmaceutical Policy Research Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, the University of Sydney Node Director: Assoc. Prof. Sallie-Anne Pearson

Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation, University of Technology, Sydney Node Director: Prof. Rosalie Viney

National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health Research School of Population Health, Australian National University Node Director: Prof. Emily Banks

Centre for Health Services Research,
School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia Node Director: Prof. David Preen

Who is eligible to apply: A relevant undergraduate or master’s degree and met the institutional requirements for enrolment in a doctoral degree at one of the CREMA research nodes. Knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines: medicine, pharmacy, psychology, epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, econometrics, health economics. Demonstrated skills in one or more of the following areas: quantitative analysis, data management, outcomes measurement. Applicants must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens. International applicants may apply only if they have an appropriate primary scholarship and Australian residency status (i.e. residency visa, study visa).

Expressions of Interest: Please email the Research Program Manager on briefly outlining your expression of interest including: the research you are interested in; how you see your proposed research fitting within the objectives of CREMA; and the level of financial support you are seeking. Please attach your CV detailing your academic achievements including, publications, awards and scholarships.

Goal setting and chronic condition self-management PhD Scholarship

Background: Two full time postgraduate scholarships are available for suitably qualified candidates with an Honours degree or equivalent in psychology, sociology, social sciences or health sciences, to undertake a full-time Doctoral degree in 2015.

The study (funded by an ARC discovery grant) investigates how chronic condition self-management goals are negotiated and enacted between patients and their healthcare providers. It will identify differences in the health goals of individuals and healthcare providers and why they occur. One scholarship will be based at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University (Sydney Campus preferred) and the other scholarship will be based at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney. Each candidate will be a full time member of the research team, and assist with the management of the overall project, working in collaboration with researchers at both ACU and University of Sydney.

Who is eligible to apply: Applicants must be enrolling full time. Applicants must hold an Honours degree (H1 or H2/1) or its equivalent, in psychology, sociology, social science or health sciences. Applicants must be accepted for entry for the institution to which they wish to apply:

Australian Catholic University: http://www.acu.edu.au/research/future_research_students/application_process/domestic

Sydney University: http://sydney.edu.au/future-students/domestic/postgraduate/research/apply/

Applications are open to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens. Prior experience in qualitative research methods and an interest and/or experience in chronic condition self-management research or practice are desirable.

How to apply: Applications should be sent direct to Associate Professor Lorraine Smith, University of Sydney and should include a curriculum vitae, a copy of an academic transcript, and the names and contact details of at least two referees.

Value: Each scholarship is valued at $30,392 per annum (tax exempt) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Closing date for applications: This scholarship is currently filled.

James Millner PhD Scholarship in Pharmacy

Background: James Millner AM graduated from Pharmacy at the University of Sydney in 1947 and after returning home from being a prisoner of war during World War 2, he joined the family business, Soul Pattinson, which had been founded by his maternal grandfather, Levy Miall Pattinson. Under James’ leadership, he helped make the family group of Soul Pattinson pharmacies one of the country's top 100 companies. The James Millner PHD Scholarship in Pharmacy was created to honour his memory by his wife, Jean Millner and their extended family in 2013.

Medicines selection and drug pricing project:
A full-time postgraduate scholarship is available for a suitably qualified candidate with a first class honours degree (or H1 equivalent result e.g., MPhil) in pharmacy, pharmacology, biomedical science or equivalent four year health science discipline, to undertake research studies leading to a PhD in Pharmacy. The candidate should also have training or experience in a relevant field such as epidemiology or public health. The project will be part of the multidisciplinary program on Research Integrity and Science Policy that focuses on describing cultural, social, corporate, political and other influences on the design, conduct and dissemination of research. The candidate will have the opportunity to use mixed-methods approaches to study the role of clinical evidence and other factors in medicines selection and drug pricing decisions. The goal is to improve the transparency and evidence-base for making medicine regulatory and purchasing decisions, particularly for chronic conditions. International comparisons of drug selection processes may be possible. The successful candidate will be part of an internationally recognized multidisciplinary team incorporating pharmacy, epidemiology, health policy and health services research and mentored by Professor Lisa Bero, Chair of Medicines Use and Health Outcomes at the Charles Perkins Centre.

Who is eligible to apply: Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in evidence-based health care and medicines use and experience in critical appraisal of drug studies, conducting systematic reviews, and analysis of archival data. We seek a candidate who is interested in working across different research paradigms and who can work well as part of a team. The candidate should be able to demonstrate very strong written and verbal communication skills. Applicants must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens*.

Value: The scholarship shall be valued at the same rate as the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), and indexed annually. It may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

How to apply: Applications should be emailed directly to Professor Lisa Bero, and should include a curriculum vitae, a copy of an academic transcript, and the names and contact details of at least two referees.

Closing date for applications: Applications close 31 July 2015.

Personalised Medicine in the Treatment of Cancer PhD Scholarship

Background: A full-time postgraduate scholarship is available for a suitably qualified candidate with a first class honours degree (or H1 equivalent result) in an interdisciplinary field, such as biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmaceutical science or biomedical science, to undertake research studies leading to a PhD in Pharmacy.

Who is eligible to apply: Applicants should have experience in hands-on laboratory work using analytical methods such as chromatography (HPLC or LCMS), tissue culture or in vitro drug metabolism and the ability to use data analysis software such as MATLAB, SPSS or similar would be an added benefit. We seek a candidate who is independent and self-motivated, yet still able to work as part of a team. The candidate should be able to demonstrate very strong interpersonal and communication skills. Applicants must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens*.

Value: The scholarship shall be valued at the same rate as the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), and indexed annually. It may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

How to apply: Applications should be emailed directly to Professor Alan Boddy, and should include a curriculum vitae, a copy of an academic transcript, and the names and contact details of at least two referees.

Closing date for applications: This scholarship is currently filled.

Medication Screening for Falls Reduction PhD Scholarship

Background: A full-time postgraduate scholarship is available for a suitably qualified candidate with a good honours degree in pharmacy or equivalent four year health science discipline to undertake research studies leading to a PhD in Pharmacy. The project is to develop and trial an innovative electronic medication screening tool with the intention of reducing the rate of falls in the elderly. The research will be interdisciplinary incorporating pharmacy, clinical geriatrics, health services and computing and will be undertaken primarily in the hospital setting.

Who is eligible to apply: Applicants should have an interest in pharmacy and have experience in the reviewing or prescribing of medication, either as a pharmacist or a prescriber. A particular interest in the use and development of electronic prescribing and electronic decision support is desirable. Applicants must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens*.

Value: The scholarship will be valued at the same rate as the Australian Postgraduate Award, and will be indexed annually. It may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

How to apply: Further information can be obtained from Dr Carl Schneider, Faculty of Pharmacy, the University of Sydney NSW 2006 (Phone: 61 2 9036 9015 ; Email: . Applications should be emailed directly to Dr Schneider at the above address and should include a curriculum vitae, a copy of an academic transcript, and the names and contact details of at least two referees.

Closing date for applications: This scholarship is not currently available.

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Development Project Postgraduate Scholarship

Background: A full-time postgraduate scholarship is available for a suitably qualified candidate with a good honours degree in an interdisciplinary field, such as biochemistry, physical chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmaceutical science or material science, is required to undertake research studies leading to a PhD in Pharmacy. The project is highly interdisciplinary, involving the use of numerous biophysical methods in order to understand and therein gain insight to enhance the stability of seasonal flu vaccine. In addition, it requires working on the development of novel approaches to study different aspects of the vaccine with an emphasis on degradation issues during processing steps. The research will span both fundamental, applied research and process development on a broad range of characterization, formulation and degradation issues including but not limited to study – overall stability of the vaccine and structure of the virus, protein aggregation, particle size, surfactant-virus interaction, degradation mechanism of the virus by surfactants and temperature, and finding appropriate stabilizers. The candidate will have a rare opportunity to work in an academic environment which collaborates closely with pharmaceutical companies with an aim to streamline biotherapeutics/vaccine manufacturing.

Who is eligible to apply: Applicants should have an interest in biotechnology and biophysics and experience in hands on laboratory work using biophysical methods such as light scattering and fluorescence spectroscopy, electron and optical microscopy, chromatographic methods such as SEC-HPLC, and being able to use data analysis software such as MATLAB or Igor Pro would be an added benefit. We seek a candidate who is independent and self-motivated, yet still able to work as part of a team. The candidate should be able to demonstrate very strong interpersonal and communication skills. Applicants must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens*.

Value: The scholarship will be valued at the same rate as the Australian Postgraduate Award, and will be indexed annually. It may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

How to apply: Further information can be obtained from Associate Professor Veysel Kayser, Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney NSW 2006 (Phone: 61 2 9351 3391; Email: ). Applications should be emailed directly to Dr Kayser at the above address and should include a curriculum vitae, a copy of an academic transcript, and the names and contact details of at least two referees.

Closing date for applications: Applications close 31 July 2015.

Faculty of Pharmacy PhD Scholarship

Background: Faculty of Pharmacy PhD Scholarships (FPPS) are available on a highly competitive basis for domestic students commencing a full-time PhD at the Faculty of Pharmacy.

Who is eligible to apply: Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or an Australian permanent resident by the scholarship closing date. Applicants must have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours (or H1 equivalent results). Applicants must be commencing their degree and not currently enrolled.

How to apply: Application for the above scholarship is automatic upon application for an APA/UPA through The University of Sydney Scholarships Office

Closing date for applications: Applications for Semester 2, 2015 close early June 2015.

W H and Elizabeth M Deane Pharmaceutical Fund PhD Scholarship

Background: William Houison Deane was a great contributor to the University of Sydney during his lifetime, and in 1956 created the W H and Elizabeth M Deane Pharmaceutical Fund.

Who is eligible to apply: Domestic students commencing a full-time PhD at the Faculty of Pharmacy for research in the area of direct pain relieving drugs. Applicants must have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours (or H1 equivalent results). Applicants must be commencing their degree and not currently enrolled.

Value: The scholarship will be valued at the same rate as the Australian Postgraduate Award, and will be indexed annually. Successful applicants must apply for externally funded scholarships, such as Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (UPA) and NHMRC Scholarships where eligible.

How to apply: Application for this scholarship is automatic upon application for an APA/UPA through The University of Sydney Scholarships Office.

Closing date for applications: Applications for Semester 2, 2015 close early June 2015.

The Ross Brown Postgraduate Scholarship

Background: The Ross Brown Postgraduate Scholarship was established in 2007 with a donation by Mr Ross Brown, AM RFD ED to support Higher Research Degree students in the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney.

Who is eligible to apply: Domestic students who have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours (or H1 equivalent results). Applicants must be commencing their degree and not currently enrolled.

Value: The scholarship shall be valued at the same rate as the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), and indexed annually.

How to apply: Successful applicants must apply for externally funded scholarships, such as Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (UPA) and NHMRC Scholarships where eligible. Application for this scholarship is automatic upon application for an APA/UPA through The University of Sydney Scholarships Office.

Closing date for applications: Applications for Semester 2, 2015 close early June 2015.

The Pharmacy Alumni Postgraduate Scholarship

Background: The Pharmacy Alumni Postgraduate Scholarship, established by a donation by Mr Ross Brown, AM RFD ED to support Higher Research Degree students in the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney.

Who is eligible to apply: Domestic students. Preference shall be given to those candidates conducting research with the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Applicants must have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours (or H1 equivalent results). Applicants must be commencing their degree and not currently enrolled.

Value: The scholarship shall be valued at the same rate as the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), and indexed annually. Successful applicants must apply for externally funded scholarships, such as Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (UPA) and NHMRC Scholarships where eligible.

How to apply: Application for this scholarship is automatic upon application for a APA/UPA through The University of Sydney Scholarships Office.

Closing date for applications: Applications for Semester 1, 2015 close early June 2015.

Scholarships open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.


The faculty also offers a number of scholarships designed to support both undergraduate and postgraduate students, by offering special conditional assistance, or an enriched co-curricular learning program.

Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme

Background: The Rural Pharmacy Scholarships have been established to provide financial support to encourage and enable students from rural and remote communities to undertake undergraduate or graduate studies in pharmacy at university level.

Who is eligible to apply: Domestic students
Applicants must meet the following preliminary eligibility criteria. The applicant must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in a pharmacy Undergraduate or Graduate degree at an Australian university that leads to a registerable qualification as a pharmacist.
  • Have resided in a defined rural area for a minimum of five consecutive years, or eight cumulative years from the age of five years.
  • Be a member of the student Rural Health Club or a member of the Universities affiliated Rural Health Club.


Value: There are up to 30 scholarships offered annually, with a value of $10,000 per annum per student (ie. $40,000 per student over a four year period).

How to apply: Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of individual student application, supplied on a standard application form, which will be assessed against eligibility criteria, as detailed in the Guidelines provided on the Pharmacy Guild of Australia website.
Scholarship recipients are encouraged to seek employment in rural and remote areas following graduation.

Closing date for applications: Information on closing dates can be found on the Rural Pharmacy website.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme (ATSIPSS)

Background: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme aims to encourage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to undertake undergraduate or graduate studies in pharmacy at university. It is acknowledged that if the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are to be adequately met by pharmacists, there is a need for more Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander pharmacists working in the industry.

Who is eligible to apply: Domestic students
Applicants must meet the following preliminary eligibility criteria. The applicant must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Be enrolled or about to be enrolled, as a full-time student in a pharmacy undergraduate or graduate degree at an Australian university that leads to a registrable qualification as a pharmacist. Scholarships are available to students in any year of their undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Be a member of the student Rural Health Club or a member of the University’s affiliated Rural Health Club
  • Be preferably from a rural or remote location. Although not a mandatory criterion, scholarships will be offered preferentially to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who currently live, or have lived, in a rural or remote community

Value: A total of three scholarships valued at $15,000 per annum for a maximum of four years are offered annually.

How to apply: Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of individual student application, supplied on a standard application form, which will be assessed against eligibility criteria, as detailed in the Guidelines provided on the 5th Community Pharmacy Agreement website.

Closing date: Information on closing dates can be found on the 5th Community Pharmacy Agreement website.

Summer Vacation Scholarships

Background: The Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney is pleased to offer Summer Scholarship opportunities to students (local and international) currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate pharmacy, science, medical or equivalent physical or natural science degree in Australian and New Zealand universities.

The Pharmacy Summer Scholarships are a unique opportunity to gain research experience while working with world-renowned academics in a leading centre for Pharmacy education in Australia. Collaborative projects are offered in a range of areas, covering medicinal/pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutics/drug delivery, pharmacogenomics, pharmacy practice and pharmacy education.

Who is eligible to apply: The program is open to both current University of Sydney students as well as students from other Australian Universities. Applicants must be enrolled on a full time basis in the 2nd or 3rd year of their undergraduate degree program in pharmacy, science, medical or equivalent physical or natural science at an Australian or New Zealand University. *International students must have an appropriate visa to cover the period of the project.

How to apply: http://sydney.edu.au/pharmacy/current-students/scholarships/apply.php

Collaborative research projects will run for a 6 week period from the end of November until late February. Students must be able to commit 6 weeks full time (35 hours per week) to the project. Start and end dates will be negotiated between the supervisors and students.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of the academic merit of the applicant. Generally, successful applicants will have a credit average or above. Scholarship allocation will be divided equally between 2nd and 3rd year students if possible.

Closing date for applications: Applications are now closed.

Pharmacy Cricket Scholarship

Background: Pharmacy Cricket have made available two scholorships to any student studying at a pharmacy school or university in Australia.

Who is eligible to apply: Any Bachelor of Pharmacy or Master of Pharmacy student. Applicants do NOT have to have any interest or involvement with cricket to apply.

Value: $2500 per student

How to apply: Application criteria may be obtained by email to or .

Please see the Pharmacy Cricket website for more details.

Closing date for applications: Scholarship applications for 2015/2016 will open in September 2015.

Faculty prizes .


The Faculty of Pharmacy awards prizes to continuing undergraduate students based on performance and merit. There is no application process for prizes, students who have been awarded a prize based on merit will be notified.