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

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.

To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

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.

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.

Endeavour Awards Program

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.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences International Postgraduate Coursework Scholarships (IPCS)

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.

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.

Research Training Program Fee Offset and Stipend Scholarship (International - formerly IPRS)

The Research Training Program (RTP) Fee 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.

Applicants for an RTP Fee Scholarship will automatically be considered for a University of Sydney International Scholarship, which also cover tuition fees and stipend. No separate application is required.

To be considered for an RTP Fee Scholarship, a student must:

  1. Read the selection process and Research Experience guide
  2. Download and complete the Research Experience Evidence Template according to the guidelines in the Research Experience Guide
  3. Complete an application for admission for a Master of Philosophy or 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)?"
  4. Upload the Research Experience form as evidence of application for RTP Fee Scholarship when submitting their course application.
  5. Upload all other required supporting and Faculty specific documentation for application for admission.

Please note:

  • To be considered for both an RTP Fee Scholarship and admission to PhD, you must upload and submit all supporting documents required for your course application by the deadlines below. Research Experience Evidence forms should be uploaded with supporting course application documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Students are considered for an RTP Fee Scholarship and USydIS at the same time, and the awards have similar benefits.
  • Students may be considered for the scholarship before they have received a course offer, but must receive an unconditional course offer prior to receiving a firm scholarship offer.
  • Students without unconditional course offers at this time may be offered a conditional scholarship offer.


To be eligible for the RTP Fee Scholarship/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 RTP Fee Scholarship.
  • 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 RTP Fee Scholarship, unless the previous scholarship was for a Master by Research degree that you have completed and you are now applying for a doctorate research degree.

Special RTP Fee Scholarship (International)

If you meet the eligibility requirements for a normal RTP Fee Scholarship, you do not need to complete this form.

International students who have commenced a postgraduate research degree at The University of Sydney will only be considered for the Special RTP Fee Scholarship if:

  1. The applicant was not considered in the previous round/year; and
  2. At the time of the Special RTP Fee Scholarship application form submission, the applicant's current postgraduate research degree enrolment duration is less than 6 months.

Students who fulfil the above criteria will be required to complete the Special RTP Fee Scholarship application form (located below) as well as the Research Experience Evidence Template (refer to Research Experience guide and template documents above).

Email your Special RTP Fee Scholarship to the Scholarships Office.

Special RTP Fee Scholarship Application Form: click here.

Enquiries about this scholarship: please complete the Future Student Enquiry online form.

Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) Scholarships

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.

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 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.

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.

* 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).

Applications may be submitted at any time. Please note that it may take up to four months from submission of your application to receiving advice on whether you have been successful.

Enquiries about this scholarship: please complete the Future Student Enquiry online form.

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 International Scholarships Scheme is open to all international students with an unconditional offer to study at the University of Sydney, either at the Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework level. The scholarships, ranging from $5,000 to $40,000 in value, are awarded on the basis of academic merit, and aimed at top-ranked applicants who will be offered a fee reduction of their first year fees.

For more information please refer to the VCIS Information Pack or you may choose to contact us.

Walter Mersh Strong Scholarship for Papua New Guinea

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.

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 Juris Doctor Scholarship & Prizes page.