External Scholarship Opportunities

These scholarships are funded by external organisations. They often have a separate application process, that requires applicants to apply direct to the funding body.

Applications for funding from external funding bodies require close attention to detail and it is extremely important that applicants read the requirements and application guidelines when applying for these scholarships before submitting an application. Please bear in mind that the Scholarships Office normally sets an earlier closing date than the funding body in order to check eligibility and secure signatures.

These scholarship open at varying times throughout the year.

Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation Research Grants

The Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Grants are offered as a PhD scholarship to students undertaking a research PhD in an area relevant to an aspect of dementia. There are primary scholarships valued at $30,000 pa available.

To be eligible for grants the applicant must:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia. Applicants who have been resident in Australia for at least two years and have evidence of eligibility and application for permanent residency may also be eligible.
  • Be enrolled in a full-time research degree at an Australian university or show that they have made arrangements to undertake a full-time PhD in research at an Australian university.
  • Have written agreement of a qualified supervisor and the support of an Australian University to carry out the proposed project
  • The research proposal must relate to an aspect of dementia.
  • Follow the guidelines of the university regarding paid work hours during their PhD
  • Not hold another scholarship

For further information on these research grants please visit the following website:


Arthritis Australia Scholarships

Arthritis Australia offers scholarships for young science and medical graduates to undertake thesis studies into arthritis and related disorders at recognised universities. These scholarships provide research training to doctorate or masters level and are designed to develop the intellectual and technical expertise required for a career involving laboratory and clinical investigation. Scholarships are intended, in general, to support basic and clinical research training within Australian research units and as a precursor to more advanced study in Australia and overseas.

For more information please visit their website at:


Australian Pain Society and Australian Pain Relief Association Scholarships

The Australian Pain Society (APS) is a Multidisciplinary Society whose charter is to improve the education, research and development, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of pain. Australian Pain Relief Association (APRA) is a registered charity and works closely with the APS to support education and research in pain.

The Australian Pain Society and the Australian Pain Relief Association PhD Scholarships are awarded to enable full time research leading to a Doctor of Philosophy or equivalent, at any recognised Australian University. The funded project can be related to any aspect of the mechanisms, diagnosis or treatment of acute or chronic pain.

The applicant must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident and the applicant and his/her supervisor must be members of the APS.

For further information on scholarships through the Australian Pain Society and Australian Pain Relief Association please visit their website at:


Australian Rotary Health Scholarships

Australian Rotary Health provides funding into mental health research, general health research, indigenous health scholarships and rural and medical and nursing scholarships. Some of their scholarships include:

  • Ian Scott PhD Scholarships - these scholarships are funding partly by the applicant's university/institution and partly by Australian Rotary Health.
  • Indigenous Health Scholarships - the object of this program is to provide a scholarship, which can be used to assist Indigenous students with their day-to-day expenses while they undertake a course in a wide range of health related professions. The scholarship is paid in addition to the Government Abstudy allowance.

For further information on the Australian Rotary Health Scholarships please visit their website:


The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) Scholarships

The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand is the professional body for cardiologists and those working in the area of cardiology including researchers, scientists, cardiovascular nurses, allied health professionals and other healthcare workers.

The organisation offers a variety of scholarships and fellowships with different eligibility criteria which are available to be viewed on their website:


One of those scholarships is the CSANZ Research Scholarship which is intended to support members of the CSANZ to pursue a career in cardiovascular research. This scholarship is only available to applicants who are enrolled as full time students (e.g. for PhD or MD) and whose research is to be conducted in Australia or New Zealand.

Endocrine Society of Australia Awards, Grants, Scholarships and Fellowships

The Endocrine Society of Australia is a national non-profit organisation of scientists and clinicians who conduct research and practice in the field of Endocrinology.

For more information on the awards available and their eligibility criteria please visit the following website:


The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Grants and Awards

The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Foundation supports the development of Australia’s intellectual capital in otorhinolaryngology by providing targeted research grants. The Foundation supports exceptional researchers, trainees and Fellows by means of fellowships, scholarships, and research grants.

For further information please visit the following website:


Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) Grants, Fellowships and Awards

GESA has made a significant financial investment to build a research fund to provide research scholarships and salary support for members to undertake full time research in both basic and clinical gastroenterological research.

The Research Committee awards a number of prizes, travel grants, scholarships and fellowships to facilitate the research career development of clinicians and scientists in gastroenterology and hepatology.

You must have been a financial member of GESA for at least the last twelve months to be eligible to receive any GESA grants or fellowships.

For further information please visit the following website:


Heart Foundation Scholarships and Awards

The Heart Foundation offers a wide range of Scholarships, Fellowships, Awards and Grants. Details on these can be found at:


Health Professional Scholarships support cardiovascular health professionals to undertake a PhD. They can be for a maximum of duration of three (3) years with a stipend of up to $40,720 pro rata each year.

Applications for the Health Professional Scholarship are now OPEN.

All applicants must submit their application to the University of Sydney for certification via the Online Portal by COB 29 March 2019.

This will give the Scholarships Office time to review and certify your application by 5pm the 5 April 2019.

Ian O'Rourke Scholarship In Patient Survey

The scholarship is named in honour of the late Dr Ian O'Rourke AO, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Clinical Excellence (2002 - 2004). It is designed to allow participants to develop better skills in integrating evidence from research in health care quality and safety policy and programs.

More information on the scholarship and how to apply can be found at:


Leukaemia Foundation Scholarships

In 2005 the Leukaemia Foundation implemented its National Research Program which expressed their Vision to Cure. They have injected more than $38 million into the work of Australia’s best blood cancer researchers.

Please visit the following website to see current funding opportunities provided by the Leukaemia Foundation:


Menzies Foundation Scholarships

The Menzies Foundation was established in 1979 to perpetuate the legacy of Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies. It has a vision to inspire and nurture Australia’s future leaders.

There are a number of scholarships available in a variety of fields including allied health, medical research, law and engineering.

For further information please visit the following website:


Motor Neurone Disease Australia Grants

Researchers working in Australia in fields that are relevant to motor neurone disease (MND) are invited to apply for funding to support their research.

For further information on the wide variety of MND Australia Grants please visit their website:


Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia Scholarships

Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MSRA) offers postgraduate and undergraduate scholarships for students in an Australian university or institution.

For more information please visit the following website:


Muscular Dystrophy NSW Scholarships

A full-time postgraduate scholarship is available for a suitably qualified candidate in a relevant discipline to undertake research studies leading to a PhD. The Sue Connor Scholarship is available to a scholar who wishes to undertake a PhD degree in the field of research into neuromuscular conditions. Proposals for research may be from any relevant discipline, as long as the proposed research has a demonstrable current or future benefit to those living with neuromuscular conditions, and aligns with MDNSW’s strategic directions.

For more information please visit the following website:


National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarships

The NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme funds successful applicants to attain a research based postgraduate degree.

It aims to support these outstanding health and medical graduates early in their career so they can be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive and develop a capacity for original independent research within Australia.

Applications are made through the NHMRC's online application system, RGMS.

For more information please visit the following website:


2020 NHMRC applications open on 17 April 2019.

Please read the Submission Guideline prior commencing an application in RGMS.

Northcott Scholarships

Northcott invite students to apply for one or more of their scholarships. Scholarships are available each year to provide financial support associated with further education.

For further information please visit the following website:


Spinal Cord Injury Network Scholarship

The Spinal Cord Injury Network has a mission is to unite the spinal cord injury community to optimise the quality of life and maximise recovery for those with spinal cord injury.

They work in partnership with other organisations and networks to ensure early adoption of best practice protocols for rehabilitation, acute care and ongoing health promotion.

For more information please visit their website:


Sydney Catalyst PhD and Top-Up Awards

Sydney Catalyst is the Translational Cancer Research Centre of Central Sydney and Regional NSW, established with core funding from the Cancer Institute NSW. It brings together teams of clinicians and researchers from more than 20 member organisations across NSW with the purpose of facilitating the rapid translation of scientific discoveries into clinical policy and practice to improve patient outcomes.

Sydney Catalyst offers full PhD scholarships and Top-up Research Scholar awards. They aim to encourage training and development of outstanding researchers and clinicians from within Sydney Catalyst units, who have the potential to develop highly significant careers in cancer research, and meet the overall goals of Sydney Catalyst.

For more information please visit their website:


The Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Kidney Research Foundation

The Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Kidney Research Foundation has been established by Kidney Health Australia to promote kidney research to save and improve the lives of Australians with kidney disease.

For more information please visit their website: