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.
For further information on international scholarships, you may also find it helpful to look at the information provided by the University's International Scholarships Development Office. Its website groups the scholarships by geographic region, so you can easily search for the ones that will be relevant to you, based on your country of origin.
- Anne Wexler Australian-American Public Policy Scholarships
- Australia Awards Scholarships (AAS)
- Australia Awards Leadership Program (AALP)
- Becas Chile
- Brazilian Government Scholarship Program ‘Science without Borders’
- Business Leader Postgraduate Scholarship
- Commonwealth Scholarships
- Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) Scholarship Program
- Dr Abdul Kalam International Scholarships
- Endeavour Australia Program
- Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences International Postgraduate Coursework Scholarships (IPCS)
- Faculty of Science Dean’s International Postgraduate Research Scholarships
- Indian Scholarships
- International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)
- Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) Scholarships
- Michael H. Rathgeber Scholarship (for residence at International House)
- Nancy Roma Paech Postgraduate Scholarships
- Northcote Graduate Scholarships
- Peruvian Scholarships
- Rotary International
- Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness Scholarship
- Talentia Scholarships for Spanish or European Union Member State Nationals
- Thai Government
- University of Sydney International Scholarship (USydIS)
- University of Sydney – China Scholarship Council Research Programs
- US Federal Student Aid
- Vietnamese Government Scholarships - VIED (Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources)
- Walter Mersh Strong Scholarship for Papua New Guinea
- Wigram Allen Scholarship for the Juris Doctor - International
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.
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.
For more information, please visit DFAT’s Australia Awards page
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
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 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 .
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.
The University of Sydney Business School is offering up to twenty scholarships 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. Awards are also available for Australians to undertake study, research and professional development abroad.
For more information, please visit the Endeavour Scholarship webpage.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a limited number of scholarships to outstanding international students undertaking a postgraduate coursework Master degree in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. These Scholarships cover the tuition fees for the duration of the course.
For more information, please visit the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' Scholarship page.
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.
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.
For information on scholarships and loans available to Indian students who wish to study overseas can be found on the Naukri's Scholarship for Indians page.
The International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) 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.
Applications are assessed on academic merit and research potential. In addition to the IPRS, the University of Sydney awards an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) to IPRS holders. The APA provides a stipend/living allowance to all IPRS recipients.
The IPRS is primarily offered to commencing students. Students must indicate that they would like to be considered for the IPRS by completing the relevant section of the Postgraduate Research Application form. No separate application for a IPRS Scholarship is necessary. To be considered for the award, completed* admission applications MUST be submitted via Sydney Student by:
- 31 July of the previous year for Round 1, i.e. Research Period 2 (March) commencement
- 15 December of the previous year for Round 2, i.e. Research Period 3 (July) commencement
* 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 Potential Indicator (RPI) information. Please refer to the documents below:
Selection Process & RPI Guide
To be eligible for the IPRS/USydIS, you must:
- Be an international student commencing full time enrolment in a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) at this University.
- Be a student undertaking study in a subject area identified by the University as within the areas of its current and emerging research strengths.
- Not hold a research qualification regarded to be equivalent to an Australian Research Doctorate degree, or, if undertaking a Research Master's degree, not hold a research qualification regarded to be equivalent to or higher than an Australian Research Master’s degree.
- Not have held an Australia Award scholarship within two years prior to commencing the IPRS.
- Not be receiving a scholarship for which course tuition is a component under any other scholarship scheme to which the Australian Government makes a substantial contribution.
- Not previously have received an IPRS, unless the previous IPRS was for a Master by Research degree that you have completed and you are now applying for a doctorate research degree.
International students who have commenced a postgraduate research degree at The University of Sydney will only be considered for IPRS if:
- The applicant was not considered in the previous round/year; and
- At the time of the Special IPRS application form submission deadline (refer to the dates below), the applicant's current postgraduate research degree enrolment duration is less than two research periods.
Students who fulfil the above criteria will be required to complete the Special IPRS application form (located below) as well as the RPI information (refer to RPI guide and template documents above).
**The Special IPRS application form MUST be received at the Scholarships and Financial Support Service:
- For Round 1 – by 29 August of the previous year.
- For Round 2 – by 28 February of the current year.
The University awards approximately 30 IPRS awards each year. IPRS/USydIS 2016 Round 1 offers will be made from 30 October to mid-December 2015. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by 17 December 2015.
Information Sheet and FAQs for IPRS/APA recipients: click here.
Special IPRS Application Form: click here
Enquiries about this scholarship: please complete the Future Student Enquiry online form.
The University of Sydney will provide up to 35 scholarships for citizens of countries in the Asia Pacific region to join the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific). The Scholarship will cover the international student fees payable, a contribution towards your living expenses during the two semesters and a contribution towards your airfare.
For more information, please visit the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' Master of Human Rights and Democratisation page.
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.
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.
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 .
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 http://portal.concytec.gob.pe/index.php/extranjero-informacion-general.html (in Spanish).
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.
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.
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.
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
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 to eligible applicants twice a year – in October/November in conjunction with the International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (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 IPRS.
For details on Scholarship Selection, please refer to the Supplementary information for research scholarship applicants.
The USydIS is available to students commencing in both the March (Research Period 2) and July (Research Period 3). Students must indicate that they would like to be considered for the USydIS by completing the relevant section of the Postgraduate Research Application form. No separate application for a USydIS Scholarship is necessary. To be considered for the award, completed* admissions applications MUST be received by the Admissions Office by:
- 31 July of the previous year for Research Period 2 (March) commencement
- 15 December of the previous year for Research Period 3 (July) commencement
* 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 Potential Indicator (RPI) information. Please refer to the two documents under information for the IPRS.
IPRS/USydIS 2016 Round 1 offers will be made from 30 October to mid-December 2015. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by 17 December 2015.
Information Sheet and FAQs for USydIS recipients: click here.
Enquiries about this scholarship: please complete the Future Student Enquiry online form.
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.
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 .
The Vietnamese Government, through Vietnam International Education Development (VIED), offers scholarships for postgraduate study overseas. VIED Scholarship holders may undertake postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Sydney. Coursework programs offered include the Graduate Diploma in Agriculture, Master of Agriculture, Master of Science in Agriculture, and the Master of Agricultural Economics.
For more information, please visit the VIED page (in Vietnamese).
Dr W.M. Strong of Port Moresby, by his will in 1946, bequeathed his residuary estate amounting to £35,000 to the University of Sydney for the purpose of encouraging education and research in subjects relevant to the particular needs of the then territory of Papua. In Semester 1, 2014, one Walter Mersh Strong Scholarship is available to an academically meritorious postgraduate international student from Papua New Guinea, to undertake one of the following courses: Master of Agriculture, Master of Public Health, Master of International Public Health, Master of Education or Master of Social Work. The Scholarship recipient is invited to enjoy the Sydney experience at one of the finest institutions of higher education in the world. Only citizens from Papua New Guinea can apply.
For more information, please visit the Walter Mersh Strong Scholarship page.
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 Juris Doctor Scholarship & Prizes page.