University of Sydney Grants-in-Aid (GIA)

Grants-in-aid are available to provide students with travel grants to support short-term periods of research overseas.

Most grants are open only to students enrolled in a postgraduate research degree.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia, except in the case of the Hellenic Club Research Scholarship in Classical Archaeology.


Grants-in-aid are available to provide students with travel grants to support short-term research trips overseas.


Please note: Applications cannot be submitted solely for the purpose of attending a conference.

Open to: Unless otherwise stated in the Conditions of Award (available in the GIA Information Pack), applicants must be enrolled full-time, usually in higher degree by research at the University of Sydney and are Citizens or permanent residents of Australia.  Some Grants-in-Aid have variations to this criteria.
Value: The awards range in value from between $500 to $2,500. The Selection Committee will determine the value of the award made to successful applicants.
Duration:  May vary for periods from 2 weeks up to 6 months.
Open: May 2019
Closed: Closed
Conditions:  Read more

The following grants are also open to undergraduate students:

  • The Frank Coaldrake Scholarship - East Asian/Melanesian Studies
  • The Frederick Sefton Delmer Travelling Scholarship - Germanic Studies
  • The Sir William McMillan Awards - History

Grants are normally awarded in the range of $500 - $2,500.

Some grants are open to applicants in any research area, however many awards are targeted at students in particular faculties, departments or research areas including:

  • Faculties: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Arts and Social Sciences; Education and Social Work; Engineering; Conservatorium of Music; Medicine; Science; Sydney College of the Arts; Veterinary Science.
  • Departments/Research Areas: Archaeology - Classical Hellenic; Cancer Research; Chinese/Japanese Studies;
    East Asian/Melanesian Studies; English; Germanic Studies; History; Music; Old Norse/Old English; Social Work; Women In Prehistoric Societies; Study at Emmanuel College, Cambridge; Economics.

Information for 2018 Round

Both the Scholarships Office and Faculties may offer Grants in Aid. Only those GIAs listed in the GIA Information Pack may be considered by the Scholarships Office as part of this application.


Submission Instructions

Some faculties also offer travel grants to postgraduate research students.

Arts & Social Sciences: information on the PhD research Travel Grant Scheme can be found at

Sydney Medical School: information on the Sydney Medical School Travelling Fellowships can be found at

Veterinary Science: Information on Veterinary Science specific grants-in-aid can be found at

External funding

The AFGW-NSW Inc Tempe Mann Travelling Scholarship

The Scholarship is available to women enrolled as a research masters or doctoral degree student at The University of Sydney, or have a first degree or masters from the University of Sydney and be enrolled for a doctorate at another university within NSW. Short listed candidates will be required to attend an interview in Sydney in Oct/Nov. The Scholarship is awarded to a woman to undertake a short period of advanced research or course work in any field, at an overseas university or equivalent organisation. Applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent residency in Australia.

See the AFGW NSW website at for further information.

Useful Links

For information on externally funded opportunities available to research students to undertake research overseas, please refer to the Overseas Scholarship section of this website.

For information on direct research support to aid overseas research for current research students, please refer to the Postgraduate Research Support Scheme section of this website.