Scholarships for international postgraduate students

University of Sydney Students

If you are a local University of Sydney student interested in scholarships for postgraduate study overseas, see the Research Scholarships site for more information.

International Students at the University of Sydney

The Scholarships listed below have funded the study of international students at the University of Sydney in the past. However, this is not a list of every scholarship that may be available throughout the world.

Students are encouraged to look for funding from any source available to them. For example, you may be able to find further scholarship information from companies, universities in your home country, the Australian mission in your home country, by searching the internet, etc.

Anne Wexler Australian-American Public Policy Scholarships

The Anne Wexler Australian-American Public Policy Scholarship, supported by the Australian Government, provides an opportunity for Australian and American postgraduate students with strong academic credentials and leadership potential to undertake a Master’s degree in the field of public policy for up to two years.

For more information, please visit the Anne Wexler Master's Scholarships in Public Policy page.

Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP)

The Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) was established in April 1988 with financing from the Government of Japan. It aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB’s developing member countries to undertake postgraduate studies in development-related fields. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to contribute to the economic and social development of their home countries.

Places on this program will next be available in Semester 1, 2020.

Approved Fields of Study at The University of Sydney

Eligibility for the ADB Scholarship
Applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • be a citizen of the Asia Development Bank's developing member countries
  • have gained an unconditional offer for one of the approved postgrad courses listed above
  • have at least two years full-time professional work experience (acquired after a university degree) at the time of application
  • be aged 35 years or under at the time of application
  • not have already completed a master degree
  • not previously studies overseas
  • be living and working in your home country

How to Apply
To be considered for this scholarship, you MUST:

  • Lodge an application for admission to one of the above degrees direct to the University, using the 'apply now' option within Find a course to take you to the Sydney Student portal where you apply and upload supporting documents.
  • Complete the ADB-JSP Information Sheet and upload it to your application. Use filename “ADB Scholarship Application Sheet’ and upload it as evidence of the scholarship you have applied for.
  • Complete the Income Conversion to US Dollars form and upload to your application in the general documents area.
  • The University of Sydney application processing fee (APF) will be waived if you choose ‘I have applied for a scholarship’, and ‘submit and request fee waiver’ when submitting your course application.
  • Your ADB-JSP application will only be considered, if you receive an unconditional offer to one of the above degree programs prior to the ADB-JSP application deadline. If your entry is conditional on English language proficiency or academic documentation, you must provide all required documents before the ADB-JSP scholarship deadline.
  • Upload evidence of two (2) years work experience (your CV) and your latest income tax return (an official letter from an employer may be accepted in cases where an income tax return is not available).

Next Commencement Period:

The next intake will take place in Semester 1, 2020. Applications for the Semester 1, 2020 intake close on November 1, 2019.

All students with an unconditional offer for Semester 1, 2020 and a completed ADB application form uploaded to their application by November 1, 2019 will automatically be considered for the Scholarship.

Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of the cut-off date. Only successful students will be notified via email. Please do not contact the University regarding outcomes.

No applicant will be allowed to apply for the ADB-JSP scholarship more than three times. Previously unsuccessful applicants must wait one year before re-applying.

Selection Criteria
The University will nominate eligible students to the ADB on the basis of following criteria:

  • Preference will be given to candidates with outstanding academic achievement. The current GPA average required to be considered is 3.5/4.0 (6.5/7.0 or equivalent). The University of Sydney will calculate a grade conversion for other scales.
  • Preference will be given to female candidates.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a lower financial capacity.
  • Applicants with less than two years of work experience will not be selected.

The Asian Development Bank allocates a limited number of scholarships each year to each participating university. Competition for an ADB-JSP scholarship is extremely strong. Only successful students will be notified via email.

Successful scholarship recipients will be eligible for a University of Sydney application fee refund if they remain enrolled after the first census date.

More information
For further information about the scholarship program, please visit the website of the Asian Development Bank.

Australia Awards Scholarships (AAS)

AAS are funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) as part of Australia’s foreign aid program. The AAS provide opportunities for people from selected developing countries to study in Australia. These Scholarships are awarded either on merit or on nomination by home governments. Information and application forms for the AAS must be obtained directly from the Australian Diplomatic Mission or the Australian Education Centre in your home country. Application process may take up to one year.

Successful scholarship recipients will be eligible for a University of Sydney application fee refund if they remain enrolled after the first census date.

For more information, please visit DFAT’s Australia Awards page

Australia Awards Leadership Program (AALP)

The Australia Awards Leadership Program is supplementary to the Australia Awards Scholarship. It is offered to those who are identified as current and future leaders in their country and professional area. The Leadership Program offers leadership learning and development opportunities for awardees while they are in Australia undertaking postgraduate study. It is designed to motivate and inspire future leaders, develop individual leadership capabilities, and build enduring linkages and partnerships between developing countries and Australia.

For more information, please visit DFAT’s Australia Awards page

Becas Chile

The Chilean Government (Ministry of Education) offers scholarships to Chilean students through the Becas Chile program. Scholarships are available for Masters, PhD, Postdoctoral research, short-term research, teacher training and technical programs. Becas Chile is administered by the National Commission for Scientific Research and Technology (CONICYT).

For more information, please visit the Becas Chile Scholarship page (in spanish).

Brazilian Government Scholarship Program ‘Science without Borders’

Brazilian applicants can apply for scholarships for studies in priority areas through the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de N'vel Superior (CAPES) and Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cient'fico e Tecnológico (CNPq) to undertake studies at the University of Sydney.

For more information, please visit the Science without Borders page.

Undergraduate and Short-Term Programs

If you are interested in either an Undergraduate program, or a short-term Study Abroad program of one semester or one year, which may include the possibility of a short research internship, please email the .

Doctoral Studies

If you are interested in Doctoral studies, leading to the award of a PhD at the University of Sydney (usually requiring four-years of full-time study), please refer to the International Research page for application instructions.

Business Leader Postgraduate Scholarship

The University of Sydney Business School is offering up to twenty scholarships annually for local and international students undertaking one of the eligible single masters postgraduate coursework programs offered. The Scholarships are awarded on merit to the most outstanding applicants against the following selection criteria of academic achievement, leadership capabilities, ambassadorial potential and motivation to succeed in business in a socially responsible way.

For more information, please visit the Business School's Postgraduate Scholarship page.

Commonwealth Scholarships

Any Commonwealth country that wishes to do so may institute awards under this plan; however not every country participates and others review their participation on an annual basis. Countries who have participated in the recent past include Australia, Canada, India, Jamaica, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. To be considered for a Commonwealth Scholarship, you must be nominated by the Scholarship Agency in your country of permanent residence.

For a list of Commonwealth Scholarship Agencies, please visit the Association of Commonwealth Universities page.

Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) Grant Program

CAAR is looking for projects that enhance Australia's economic, cultural and social relations with the Arab region (comprising the 22 countries and territories of the Arab League). CAAR supports innovative projects that have clear outcomes and seeks to ensure the benefits of such activities are spread as widely as possible. The Council has a special focus on assisting the initiation of activities that are likely to prove self-sustaining.

For more information, please visit the CAAR Grants Program page.

Dr Abdul Kalam International Scholarships

The Faculty of Engineering & Information Technologies at the University of Sydney offers the Dr Abdul Kalam International Postgraduate Tuition Fee Scholarships. The 11th President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is a distinguished scientist and aeronautical engineer by training who was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Sydney in May 2011. The Dr Abdul Kalam International Scholarships celebrate his commitment to education, and his endeavours to support outstanding students to develop as future leaders.

For more information, please visit the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies' Postgraduate Scholarship page.

Faculty of Science Dean's International Postgraduate Research Scholarships

The Faculty of Science offers a limited number of The Dean’s International Postgraduate Research Scholarships. These are full-time postgraduate research scholarships for outstanding international students wishing to undertake a research doctorate degree in the Faculty. These Scholarships are awarded to international students currently enrolled in at least a four year Bachelors Degree in Science which includes an independent research project.

For more information, please visit the Faculty of Science's Dean's International Scholarship page.

Fulbright Program

The Fulbright program was created by the US Congress in 1946 to foster mutual understanding among nations through education and cultural exchanges. Grants are available for one year to postgraduate American students who require supervised field work or who need to use Australian research facilities to earn credit towards their US degrees. Students who have been awarded a Fulbright scholarship may have their tuition fee reduced or exempt (with the relevant faculty’s discretion) while studying at the University of Sydney.

For more information, please visit the Fulbright Grant Opportunities page.

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship and Stipend Scholarship (International - formerly IPRS)

The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship scheme is funded by the Australian Government and provides tuition fees to top quality international postgraduate students who wish to enrol in a research degree at Australian universities. This scheme replaces the International Postgraduate Research Scheme. The RTP Fee Offset and Stipend Scholarship is very competitive and awarded to approximately 30 students each year. Applications are assessed on academic merit and research potential. In addition to the RTP Fee Scholarship, the University of Sydney awards an RTP Stipend Scholarship to all International RTP Fee Scholarship recipients. This provides a stipend/living allowance.

Those under consideration for an RTP Fee Scholarship will automatically be considered for a University of Sydney International Scholarship, which also covers tuition fees and provides a stipend. Neither of these awards requires a separate application. Eligibility for the scholarship is based on a student's course application.

For information on Frequently Asked Questions such as deferment, key dates, and eligibility please check the FAQ page.

For application information and links please check the Australian Government Research Training Program page.

Michael H. Rathgeber Scholarship (for residence at International House)

The Scholarship was established in 1971 by a gift from Dr and Mrs Henri Rathgeber, in memory of their son, Michael, who lived in the International House from its inception until his death in Japan in 1969. This Scholarship is awarded by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Sydney on the advice of an IH Selection Committee. The Scholarship is awarded to any undergraduate or post graduate of the University of Sydney who has a good academic record or prospects or with special abilities, who would benefit from residence in International House and contribute to its purpose, but who would not be able to live in International House without financial assistance.

For more information, please visit the International House's Scholarship page.

Nancy Roma Paech Postgraduate Scholarships

The Faculty of Agriculture and Environment offers a limited number of Nancy Roma Paech Postgraduate Scholarships. A full-time postgraduate scholarship to undertake research studies leading to a PhD in Agriculture, is available for a suitably qualified candidate with an interest in the disciplines pertaining to agricultural science.

For more information, please visit the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment's Fees and Scholarships page.

Northcote Graduate Scholarships

The Northcote Graduate Scholarships enable students resident in the United Kingdom to undertake a higher degree at an Australian university for up to three years in any field of study. The Scholarship covers return economy airfares, university fees, and a living allowance.

Further information, please email the .

Peruvian Scholarships

The Peruvian National Council of Science, Technology and Innovation (CONCYTEC) has launched an international PhD scholarships program, targeting Peruvian researchers seeking to undertake PhD programs in science or engineering related disciplines, at top ranking universities around the world.

Information on the program can be found at (in Spanish).

Rotary International

Rotary International administers academic-year, multi-year and cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships. Contact your local Rotary club to find out which scholarships your district is sponsoring, inquire about local application deadlines, and to obtain application materials.

For more information, please visit the Rotary International Scholarship Rotary International Scholarship page.

Sydney Scholars India Scholarship Program


From 2019, the University of Sydney will offer $500,000 worth in scholarships to outstanding students in India commencing an in undergraduate or postgraduate coursework course.

This program intends to foster the engagement between the University of Sydney and India in our investment in research, collaboration with industry partners, and deepening the commitment to education for students to achieve their full potential.

Open to:

  • Applicants must hold Indian citizenship and be a current resident of India.
  • Applicants who are permanent residents of Australia are not eligible.
  • Applicants must have applied for, but not yet commenced, an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree at the University of Sydney.

A total of 28 scholarships will be awarded annually, consisting of:

  • 3 x $50,000 per annum for any undergraduate degree of up to four years,
  • 10 x $20,000 first-year scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students, or
  • 15 x $10,000 first year scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Open Date: 

1 April 2020

Close Date: 

31 May 2020

Further Information:

Terms and Conditions 

Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness Scholarship

All sport, whether at the elite or interfaculty level, is managed by the professional staff at Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF). They are assisted by a team of specialist coaches, administrators and associated volunteers. The University of Sydney Sport Foundation was established in 2005 and is dedicated to ensuring the on-going viability and sustainability of sport and sporting success at the University. Extensive funding is required to provide the necessary infrastructure, coaching and administrative expertise, as well as the Sporting Scholarship Program for elite athletes.

To be eligible for a SUSF scholarship, two main criteria (amongst others) apply:

  • Scholarship holders must be currently enrolled and actively studying at a recognised tertiary education institution (preferably The University of Sydney); and
  • Scholarship holders must represent/compete for their relevant Sydney University sports club, where possible.

For more information, please visit the University of Sydney Sport Foundations' page and download the Elite Athlete Program Brochure.

Talentia Scholarships for Spanish or European Union Member State Nationals

Talentia Scholarships offer tuition fees and other financial assistance to Spanish nationals or nationals of a European Union Member State with a residential, educational or employment connection to the state of Andalusia, to undertake postgraduate programs at selected prestigious universities including the University of Sydney.

For more information, please visit the Talentia Scholarship page.

Thai Government

The Thai Government offers Thai students the opportunity to apply for a Thai Government Scholarship. The Scholarships are normally available for students in their last year of their bachelor degree or who are currently studying a masters or a PhD. The closing date for the applications is normally 31 July each year.

For further information, please contact:
The Office of Educational Affairs
Royal Thai Embassy
74-76 Hopetoun Circuit
Yarralumla ACT 2600

University of Sydney International Scholarship (USydIS)

The University of Sydney invites candidates who are eligible to undertake a Postgraduate Research Degree or Master's by Research program at this University to apply for the University of Sydney International Research Scholarship (USydIS).

The objective of the USydIS is to attract top quality international postgraduate students to undertake research projects which will enhance the University's research activities. The USydIS is open to all research disciplines; however participation in the USydIS program Research Period 2 and Research Period 3 are at the discretion of the Dean of each faculty. These Scholarships will be awarded in conjunction with the International RTP Fee Scholarship (formerly IPRS) for commencement in Research Period 2 (March), and in early April for commencement in Research Period 3 (July). The USydIS will cover tuition fees and living allowance for up to three years with a possibility of one semester's extension for PhD students. The eligibility criteria for USydIS is the same as the RTP Fee Scholarship.

The USydIS is available to students commencing in both the March (Research Period 2) and July (Research Period 3). We welcome scholarship applications through out the year. Please note that it may take up to four months from submission of your application to receiving advice on whether you have been successful. There is no separate scholarship application form, to be considered for the scholarship you must submit an application for admission to your research degree.

To be considered for an University of Sydney International Scholarship (USydIS), a student must:

  • Read the selection process and Research Experience guide
  • Download and complete the Research Experience Evidence Template according to the guidelines in the Research Experience Guide
    Prepare an application for admission to your degree (see guidelines)
  • Go to Sydney Courses and look up the research degree you applying for. Complete an application for admission for a research degree (e.g. Doctor of Philosophy).
  • In the application form for admission, when prompted, ensure you tick the relevant section on the admission form "Do you wish to be considered for an Research Training Program Fee Scholarship or University of Sydney International Scholarship (USydIS)?"
  • Upload all other required supporting and Faculty specific documentation for application for admission.
  • Submit your completed application form.

* Please note: you MUST submit all required supporting and faculty specific documentation before your application is considered to be complete. For scholarship selection purposes, applicants must also submit Research Experience Evidence information. Please refer to the two documents under information for the RTP Fee Scholarship (International).

University of Sydney – China Scholarship Council Research Programs

The University of Sydney and the China Scholarship Council offer two prestigious programs to support Chinese Scholars.

For more information, please visit the University of Sydney - China Scholarship Council Research Programs page.

US Federal Student Aid

Information for American students wishing to participate in the US Department of Education Federal Student Aid program can be found at US Student Loan page.

For further information about US Financial Aid at the University of Sydney, please email the .

Vice-Chancellor International Scholarships Scheme


The Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarships are awarded to exceptional international students. The Scholarship is open to all commencing international students enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework full degree.

Open to:

To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must be an international student as defined in the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

The applicant must have applied for but not yet commenced a CRICOS-registered Bachelor’s degree or Master’s by coursework degree at the University of Sydney. The course must be delivered face-to-face (not online) and delivered onshore in Australia.

Applicants commencing a second degree at the University of Sydney are eligible provided they have not previously held the Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarships.

Value and Duration:

Four scholarship amounts are offered based on ranking against selection criteria:

  1. $40,000 payable for one year in two equal instalments per semester
  2. $20,000 payable for one semester
  3. $10,000 payable for one semester
  4. $5,000 payable for one semester

The availability of some amounts may be limited to specified cohorts.


All eligible students with an unconditional offer by the round closing dates listed below will be considered.

There is no separate application for this scholarship, all eligible students will automatically be considered.
Scholarship Offer Details:

To qualify, secure an Unconditional Offer of Admission before the following dates:


  • Round 1 - 11 October 2019
  • Round 2 - 06 December 2019
  • Round 3 - 17 January 2020


  • Round 1 - 27 March 2020
  • Round 2 - 24 April 2020
  • Round 3 - 12 June 2020

Successful applicants will be notified approximately 4 weeks after the round closing date. Please note only successful applicants will be contacted.

Read More: Terms and Conditions

Walter Mersh Strong Scholarship for Papua New Guinea


The Scholarship is funded by Dr W.M. Strong of Port Moresby who, by his will in 1946, bequeathed his residuary estate amounting to £35,000 to the University of Sydney with the aim of encouraging education and research in subjects relevant to the particular needs of the then territory of Papua.

This Scholarship provides financial assistance to graduate students from Papua New Guinea (PNG) who are undertaking a Master by Coursework program in Agriculture, Education and Social Work, or Public Health, which are areas relevant to the particular needs of PNG.

Open to:

Applicants must be citizens of Papua New Guinea.

Applicants must have an unconditional offer of admission to the University of Sydney in one of the following postgraduate courses: Master of Agriculture and Environment, Master of Public Health, Master of Global Health, Master of Education or Master of Social Work. The CRICOS code for these courses are given on the website.

Applicants must have applied for admission in Semester 1, in the immediate following year and must have received an unconditional offer of admission by 31 October.

Applicants must have completed the equivalent of an Australian Bachelor Degree qualification with outstanding results based on the Australian grading system, as deemed by the University of Sydney.

Selection Criteria:

The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship strictly on the basis of academic merit.

The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship by the Chair of the Higher Degree by Research Scholarship Sub-Committee of the Academic Board based on rankings complied by and reommendations of the Admission Office

Value and Duration:

The Scholarship is tenable for CRICOS registered duration of a recipients coursework program of study, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

The Scholarship will provide a fortnightly stipend allowance as per the Research Training Program rate (indexed) for the course duration.

Academic course fees, Student Services Amenities fees (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), visa application fee (student only) and one return economy airfare between Port Moresby and Sydney are also provided for the course duration.

Other benefits included Advanced Skills for Academic Success Program (ASAS) (compulsory four-week program) and a book allowance of $350 per semester for two semesters only.

The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.

 Read More:

Terms and Conditions

Wigram Allen Scholarships for the Juris Doctor – International

Originally founded by gifts in 1867 and 1883 from Sir George Wigram Allen for the encouragement of the study of law, the Wigram Allen Scholarships now provide commencing scholarships for the Juris Doctor program, including a scholarship awarded to international students based on academic merit.

For more information, please visit the Sydney Law School's postgraduate page.