Scholarships Open Now

The scholarships listed here are highlights of what is currently open for application.

Please refer to the Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research Scholarships pages for more options and opportunities.

Highlights and Current Opportunities

International Funding Schemes

External Scholarships, Sponsorships and Opportunities

Highlights and Current Opportunities

CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships

The CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship Program provides opportunities in science and engineering for outstanding graduates at Australian tertiary institutions.

Each year, the Program supports postgraduate scholarships for students to work on a project relevant to one of several priority research areas. Students are co-supervised by researchers in an Australian university and CSIRO.

Top-up PhD Scholarships are available to PhD students who have gained (or expect to gain), first class honours or equivalent in relevant research areas. Students must also expect to receive a Research Training Program scholarship (RTP) or equivalent scholarship commencing in the year of the CSIRO scholarship. Full scholarships may be available in certain circumstances.


Applications are being sought in nominated priority research areas for the 2019 program and will support a number of PhD Scholarships.

For details on the opportunities available please visit: CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships.

Applications close 31 October 2018

Australian Parliamentary Library Summer Research Scholarships for Postgraduate Students

The Parliamentary Library offers two summer research scholarships for postgraduate students each year.

Scholars work alongside specialist researchers in the Parliamentary Library in Canberra for a period of six weeks to produce a report on a topic of relevance to the Library’s research program.

Upon successful completion of the scholarship, an honorarium of $1,800 is awarded.

For further information, including answers to frequently asked questions, details on eligibility, and the application form, download a copy of the 2019 Application Kit, or visit their website

Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships

The Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship supports Australia’s future leaders by providing an enriching postgraduate experience for talented individuals to study at one of Australia’s leading universities, participate in a bespoke leadership program and form a global network of connections. The Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship will provide funding of up to $120,000 to support study, research, global experience and access to the Leadership Development Program. The value of your proposed program of study or research may be less than $120,000, and will depend on the type of course or research program.

More information can be found on the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships Website

Applications for 2018 have closed

Aurora Internship Program

The Aurora Internship Program is focused on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and graduates via internships as pathways to jobs in Indigenous organisations and other organisations working in the Indigenous sector.

The Program places students and graduates with backgrounds in law (including some business), anthropology, some social sciences (including archaeology, community development, cultural heritage, environmental management, education, history, human geography, Indigenous studies, media/communications and sociology) as well as health science and social welfare (including social work and psychology) and at Indigenous sector organisations involved in native title, land rights, justice, policy and community development, health, social welfare and research, Australia wide.

Under the Program, Scholarships will cover the interns’ daily living expenses in the amount of $750/week for a 4 to 6 week placement. In addition, funding will cover travel and accommodation expenses for away-from-home placements.

More information can be found on the The Aurora Internship Program Website

Closing Date for Summer 2018/19 round: 31 August 2018

CSL Florey Next Generation Award 2018


The 2018 CSL Florey Next Generation Award will be conferred to a current PhD candidate who has demonstrated outstanding capability, creativity and potential in the biomedical sciences and/or health and medical research.

Open to:

a. Applicants must be of any nationality but must currently reside in Australia

b. Applicants must be a PhD candidate who has not had their PhD conferred as of 21 August 2018

c. Applicants must have completed a majority of their PhD research in Australia

Selection Criteria:

a. Excellence in research achievement in the biomedical science and/or health advancement

b. A creative component - articulared in a 90 second video that answers the question: "What research challenge do I intend to solve during the course of my career?"

Value and Duration: 

As well as the award tropy, the award currently carries a prize of $20,000.

Two runner-up prizes of $2,500 will also be awarded.

Information on Selection Criteria and Eligibility Criteria and how to apply can be found below.

Further Information

Application form and all attachments must be submitted to our office via the University of Sydney website application form by the closing date. Late application will not be considered. 

More information is available from the Australian Institute of Policy & Science website at and must be read in conjunction with the University of Sydney instructions (see below).

Applications are assessed and ranked by the University and then forwarded for ifnal selection.

Important: the submission deadline on the Australian Institute of Plicy & Science website is realted to University's submission. Refer to internal closing date below for application closing date.

Opening Date: 15 August 2018
Application Form:  APPLY NOW
Internal Closing Date: 3 September 2018

John Grill Centre for Project Leadership - Women Leaders in Projects Scholarship


This Scholarship was established by the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership to assist female leaders of major projects to further develop their leadership capabilities and to support better project and organisation outcomes.

Those who apply for the Scholarship will also be assessed for admission into the Program through the one application.

Open to: Female applicants that have completed an undergraduate degree, graduate certificate or graduate diploma (or equivalent) at the University of Sydney or a comparable awarding institution with a minimum Weighted Average Mark of 65.

Applicants must also have a minimum of 10 years relevant professional project experience and are currently employed working on a major project, or on project related issues.

  Applicants must receive an unconditional offer for the Executive Leadership in Major Projects (ELMP) Non-award Program, delivered by the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at The University of Sydney, to be eligible for the Scholarship.
  Applicants must have the support of their current employer to participate in the Program.
Value and Duration: The Scholarship will cover the academic course fees for the four ELMP modules providing they are completed in the one calendar year.
Open Date: Will reopen in late 2018
Close Date:  TBA
Conditions: Read More

Cancer Council NSW PhD Scholarships


Cancer Council NSW is an independent charity, and the only organisation that works across every area of every cancer: research, prevention, support and advocacy. Cancer Council NSW is dedicated to conducting and funding world-class research that underpins our work in preventing cancer.


These scholarships focus on lung and prostate cancers and are directly linked to the Pathways to a Cancer-Free Future program.

Scholarship One:



Supervisor: Dr Nicole Rankin
  Pathways to a cancer-free future 
  The Pathways to a cancer-free future (‘Pathways’) program presents an innovative approach to addressing those interventions that are likely to have the greatest impact on improving lung cancer outcomes by 2040. The program will make a significant contribution to reducing the burden of illness in the Australian population by engaging with key stakeholders, guiding future research priorities and health policy, and translating research evidence into action. Pathways is underpinned by multiple streams of work in statistical modelling and projections, systematic reviews, exploration of large epidemiological datasets and implementation science.
  The applicant will be expected to work as part of the lung cancer team to identify and evaluate relevant lung cancer interventions and focus on the topic area of psychosocial, supportive, palliative and survivorship care interventions to improve quality of life. The applicant should be willing to explore issues concerning the value and cost of interventions, implementation (potential or actual) into real-world settings and the potential to translate into policy. The candidate will commence work by undertaking a systematic review, as well as developing projects to investigate implementation of interventions in Australian cancer services. An ability to engage with key stakeholders, including consumers and experts in lung cancer and other relevant areas, will be required.  

Scholarship Two:



Supervisor: A/Prof David Smith


Inequity in Prostate Cancer Outcomes (CRE-PCS) 


The Centre for Research Excellence in Prostate Cancer Survivorship (CRE-PCS) is a national collaboration aimed at improving the lives of men with prostate cancer. This CRE is focussed on developing, evaluating and translating responsive, equitable and accessible survivorship interventions for men with prostate cancer in areas of high need. In Australia and internationally prostate cancer outcomes are associated with both where men live and their ability to pay for healthcare. One of the themes of the CRE is to provide high quality descriptive epidemiological evidence on the extent and reasons for this inequity. For example, an Australian rural-urban inequality in prostate cancer mortality rates has been increasing over time, yet little is known about the risk-modifying factors.  


The applicant will work as part of the prostate cancer group at Cancer Council NSW but also closely with the national CRE-PCS collaborators. The broad scope of the PhD is to identify relevant risk factors and patterns of care associated with inequity in prostate cancer outcomes. This includes patterns and outcomes of care, quality of life and mortality differences. The ultimate goal is to use these results to shape effective interventions to improve survivorship. The applicant should be willing to explore epidemiological and health service research methods best suited to these objectives. Various data sources, including population-wide linked data sets, clinical cancer registries and cohort studies such as the 45 and Up study will likely form the basis for this work. The candidate will be expected to undertake systematic reviews, developing their specific focus towards these broad aims and undertake independent statistical analysis and write-up of their work. An ability to statistically analyse linked data will be necessary. Engagement with key stakeholders, including clinicians, consumers, researchers and policy experts in prostate cancer will be required. 

Additional Information:

The PhD stipend is AU $30,000 per year, tax free, and is currently available for three years from Semester 1, 2019. An additional $3,000 funding to support research activities will be available each year for both candidates. 


Applicants should have an academic background in epidemiology, public or population health, health sciences, psychology, behavioural science, health economics, statistics or a related discipline. A bachelor’s degree with first-class honours (including a research component equating to one full time semester of study), or equivalent research experience, with publications in refereed journals is highly desirable. 


Candidates must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand. 


The research will be carried out at Cancer Council NSW. The successful candidate must also fulfil the entry requirements for admission to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Sydney. Please refer to The University of Sydney – Postgraduate research entry requirements via this link:  

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit their CV, a cover letter (which should include which of the two scholarships is of interest), and academic transcripts to Amy Goodsell before 5pm, November 5th via email: 
  For further information please
Closing Date: 5 November 2018 5pm

International Funding Schemes

Governor Phillip Scholarship

The Governor Phillip Scholarship was established to commemorate the bicentenary of the death of Admiral Arthur Phillip RN (1738-1814), the founder of modern Australia. Its purpose is to promote bilateral exchange of outstanding students from Australia and the United Kingdom to study at postgraduate level at leading universities in both countries.

The Governor Phillip Scholarship offers a fully funded master’s degree and an opportunity to be educated at the world’s leading universities and engage with the world’s brightest minds.

Funding includes:
- University and college fees
- Board and accommodation on campus in halls of residence
- Grant for other living costs
- Direct return airfare Australia to London
The scholarship is valued at approximately A$154,000

Eligible students may register their interests for 2019/2020 academic year from September 2018.

For further information please visit the Governor Phillip Scholarship Website

Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant

The Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant is designed to encourage students to undertake study, research or professional development in France.

For more information please visit the Nicolas Baudin Grants page or email

To apply for the grant please visit the Embassy's Grants and Opportunities page.

Harvard University Mobility Scheme

The Office of Global Engagement operates a mobility scheme designed to support academic staff from the University of Sydney to develop high-impact research and educational themes with staff and students at Harvard in 2018. The funding is intended to help defray the expenses of participating academics, including those relating to travel, accommodation, or living expenses. PhD students will be funded through this scheme to travel to Harvard, but applications must be initiated and submitted on their behalf by their academic supervisor. Academic supervisors may accompany their PhD students, but it is not compulsory to do so. In 2018 up to five grants of AUD 10,000 will be available for travel in 2019.

Applications open: 6 August 2018

Applications close: 14 September 2018

Applicants notified: 16 November 2018

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External Scholarships, Sponsorships and Opportunities

The Defence University Sponsorship

The Defence University Sponsorship is the perfect way to make university life more manageable and provides you with the opportunity to make a difference in your degree. The sponsorship is available to undergraduate or graduate students studying an accredited degree at any recognised university in Australia. As a sponsored student you will receive a salary to study, your HELP and student fees covered from when sponsorship starts and many other benefits. For more information please visit the Defence University Sponsorship website.

Lebanese International Finance Executives Scholarship

Lebanese International Finance Executives (LIFE) is a non-for profit membership organisation providing a platform to channel the influence of Lebanese Finance Executives worldwide in order to establish stronger bonds, nurture the next generation and promote Lebanon.

The LIFE scholarship provides support to talented Lebanese students – or those of Lebanese descent – with financial needs, to pursue their academic aspirations in the field of finance. It is a unique combination of financial support and mentorship opportunity by a LIFE Senior Member who will provide guidance and advice to the scholars on their professional objectives.

To apply, please go on the LIFE website.

2019 Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship


The 2019 Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship aims to assist academically outstanding but disadvantaged students, from a rural or regional area, who have been offered a full-time place at an Australian university or college for the first time

Open to:

a. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents from a rural or regional location.

b. Applicants must be commencing thier undergraduate studies on a full-time basis at the university or college.

c. Applicants must have graduated from secondary school in either 2018 or in 2017 (taken a gap year)

Selection Criteria:

a. Demonstration of the disadvantage (economic and.or social) hindering further study

b. Outstanding academic achievement and community involvement

c. Scholarship will be awarded on the recommendation of a selection comittee and will be assessed on academic achievement, demonstrated disadvantage and community  contribution.

Value and Duration: 

Award value remains at the discretion of the special Committee. Award value is $5,000 (per annum)

The duraiton of the scholarship is one year initially but may be awarded for up to two years (dependent upon academic performance)

The Award value aims to cover accommodation costs and/or expenses directly related to the study of successful applicants (e.g course costs, study related materials/equipment, text books, tutoring)

Opening Date: 3 December 2018
Further Information:

Please visit for more information. The website will contain full information about the scholarship from 3 December 2018.

For any queries, please contact Community Enterprise Foundation on 1300 204 541.

Closing Date: 29 January 2019