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.

Australian Development Scholarships (AusAID)

ADS are funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) as part of Australia’s foreign aid program. The ADS 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 ADS 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 the AusAID's Australian Development Scholarships page

Australian Leadership Awards (AusAID)

The Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Scholarships are supplementary to the Australian Development Scholarships (ADS).
Only 200 ALA Scholarships are available globally on an annual basis. Therefore, selection for an ALA Scholarship is highly competitive. It is based on a candidate's professional and personal qualities, academic achievement and, most importantly, their commitment to contribute to development outcomes for their country and region.
Awardees undertake a Leadership for Development Program which provides opportunities to enhance leadership capacity and extend networks while the scholars are in Australia.

For more information, please visit the AusAID's Australian Leadership Awards Scholarships 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 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.

Dean of Engineering & IT PhD Scholarship for Jordan

This Scholarship is available only to offshore international students with an offer of admission for a PhD program in Semester 1, 2013, who are citizens of Jordan.

For more information, please visit the Faculty of Engineering and IT's Research Scholarships for future students page.

Dean of Engineering & IT PhD Scholarship for Lebanon

This scholarship is available only to offshore international students with an offer of admission for a PhD program in Semester 1, 2013, who are citizens of Lebanon.

For more information, please visit the Faculty of Engineering and IT's Research Scholarships for future students 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 Awards Program.

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 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.

Indian Scholarships

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.

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

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 available to students commencing in both the March and July Semesters. 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, applications MUST be received by the International Student Office by:

  • 31 July of the previous year for Semester 1 (March) commencement
  • 15 December of the previous year for Semester 2 (July) commencement

To be eligible for the IPRS, you must:

  • Be an international student commencing full time enrolment in a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) at this University.
    International students who wish to apply for an IPRS and have commenced a postgraduate research degree at The University of Sydney but were not considered for the IPRS in the previous round/year due to the timing of their application and subsequent enrolment will be required to complete the IPRS Special Application Form. This form MUST be received at the International Student Office:
    Form for the Semester one (March) scholarship round – by 29 August of the previous year.
    Form for the Semester two (July) scholarship round – by 28 February of the current year.
  • 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 Masters degree.
  • Not have held an AusAID 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.

The University awards approximately 30 IPRS awards each year. Successful candidates will be notified in late October/early November for Semester 1 (March) commencement and April for Semester 2 (July) commencement. Note that only successful applicants will be notified.

For details on Scholarship Selection, please refer to the Supplementary information for research scholarship applicants.

In addition to the IPRS awards, commencing students may also be considered for the University of Sydney International Scholarship (USydIS).

Enquiries about this scholarship: should be emailed to

JASON (Joint Academic Scholarships On-line Network)

JASON is an online database of scholarship information for postgraduate students. It has been initiated by a consortium of Australian universities and is presently administered by The University of Melbourne. It is intended to assist students wishing to pursue postgraduate studies (either within Australia or internationally) gain access to current information regarding funding opportunities through various scholarship programs run through universities, charitable foundations, government and private institutions.

For more information, please visit the JASON site.

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 http://portal.concytec.gob.pe/index.php/extranjero-informacion-general.html (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 Rootary International' Education Program page.

Sydney Achievers International Scholarships

The University of Sydney takes great pleasure in announcing the Sydney Achievers International Scholarships for new international students commencing at the University in 2014. Up to 100 of these prestigious Scholarships will be offered in 2014 to high achieving, academically meritorious, international students, inviting them to enjoy the Sydney experience at one of the finest institutions of higher education in the world.

Visit the Sydney Achievers International Scholarships page for more information.

Sydney Law School Foundation International Scholarships

The Sydney Law School Foundation established a limited number of scholarships to support outstanding international students undertaking a Master by Coursework program or the Juris Doctor with the Sydney Law School.

Currently under review. Contact .

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 the Elite Athlete Program's page.

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 each semester is 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 Semester 1 (March), and in early April for commencement in Semester 2 (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.

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 and July Semesters. Students must indicate that they would like to be considered for the IPRS by completing the relevant section of the Postgraduate Research Application form (add hyperlink to Course Search). No separate application for a USydIS Scholarship is necessary. To be considered for the award, applications MUST be received by the International Student Office by:

  • 31 July of the previous year for Semester 1 (March) commencement
  • 15 December of the previous year for Semester 2 (July) commencement

Enquiries about this scholarship: should be emailed to

University of Sydney – China Scholarship Council Research Schemes

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 Schemes 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 .

Vietnamese Government Scholarships - VIED (Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources)

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).

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.

World Bank Institute: Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)

The Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is administered by the World Bank Institute (WBI) and sponsored by the Government of Japan, to help create an international community of highly trained professionals working in the field of economic and social development. The Scholarship is for graduate studies in subjects related to economic development, and is open to students from participating countries (World Bank member countries eligible to borrow) who have received a Firm Offer of Admission to a Masters degree.

For more information, please visit the World Bank's JJ/WBGS program page.