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/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.

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 the 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 pharmacy.research@sydney.edu.au 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: The scholarship will commence in Semester 2 2014. Applications close 15 August 2014.

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 pharmacy.research@sydney.edu.au 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: The scholarship will commence in Semester 2 2014. Applications close 15 August 2014.

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 29 August 2014.

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, 2014 open in mid-May.

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, 2014 open in mid-May.

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, 2014 open in mid-May.

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 2, 2014 open in mid-May.

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 Pharmacy Guild of Australia website.

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

Summer Vacation Scholarships

Background: During the summer period the Faculty of Pharmacy is offering a number of Summer Vacation Research Scholarships to students.

These scholarships provide students with experience in research that might not be available elsewhere in their degree. By gaining an insight into the research process, students have the opportunity to see if they are interested in pursuing further studies or a career in a research environment.

Who is eligible to apply: Local and international students currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework pharmacy, science, medical or equivalent physical or natural science degree in Australian and New Zealand universities.

How to apply: Applications are invited from:

  • 4 year degree – 2nd and 3rd year students (preference given to 3rd year students)
  • 3 year degree – 2nd year students
  • 2 year graduate entry degree – 1st year students

The scholarships are available for up to 8 weeks between December and February, with a stipend of $200 per week (Find out if your stipend will be tax free).

Applications will be assessed on the basis of the academic merit of the applicant and the quality of the application by a panel of academic staff. The application process may also include an interview.

Closing date for applications: Dates for submission of applications will be advised.

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 peteroreilly@optusnet.com.au OR can be downloaded here.

Please see the Pharmacy Cricket website for more details.

Closing date for applications: The closing date is 21 October 2013.

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.