External Funding Opportunities
- Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation PhD Scholarships
- Arrow-Hawkesbury Canoe Classic PhD Scholarship
- Arthritis Australian Research Scholarships
- Australian Pain Society and Australian Pain Relief Association PhD Scholarship
- Australian Rotary Health Funding Partner PhD Scholarships
- Australian Rotary Health Ian Scott Scholarships
- The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) Research Scholarship
- The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) Indigenous Scholarship in Cardiovascular Health
- The Dr Albert S McKern Research Scholarships and the Dr Albert S McKern Travelling Scholarships
- Cure Brain Cancer Foundation
- Endocrine Society of Australia (ESA) Research Higher Degree Scholarship
- The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Research Scholarships
- Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) Postgraduate Clinical Research Scholarship and Postgraduate Medical Research Scholarship
- Haemophilia Foundation Australia Research Scholarship
- Heart Foundation Postgraduate Research Scholarships
- Heart Foundation Collaboration and Exchange Award
- Kidney Health Australia Biomedical Research Scholarships
- Leukaemia Foundation PhD and PhD (Clinical) Scholarships
- The Menzies Foundation Allied Health Sciences Scholarships
- Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australian PhD Scholarship MND Top-Up Grant
- Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia Postgraduate Scholarships
- Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia Vacation Scholarships
- Muscular Dystrophy NSW: Postgraduate Scholarship
- National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Scholarships
- Sidney Myer Health Scholarship
- Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship
- Spinal Cord Injury Network PhD Scholarship for Spinal Cord Injury Research
- SpineCare Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship
- Sydney Catalyst PhD and Top-Up Research Scholar Awards
- The Wenkart Foundation Grants
Please note that applications for funding from external funding bodies require close attention to detail, and the Scholarships and Financial Support Service often provides specific application guidelines for applicants. Please ensure that you check these guidelines before starting your application and bear in mind that the Scholarships and Financial Support Service normally sets an earlier closing date than the funding body in order to check eligibility and secure signatures.
There are also many one-off scholarships in medical research that are offered throughout the year, often funded by research grants held by University of Sydney academic staff and linked to specific research projects. You can find details of these by subscribing to our Weekly Research Scholarships Email Bulletin, or by running keyword searches on our Research Scholarship Database (see our Current Research Scholarships page). You can also check the Sydney Medical School website for details of other scholarships offered directly by the Medical School and the Faculty of Health Sciences website for details of other scholarships offered directly by the Faculty .
If you are applying for a scholarship which is not listed on this webpage or in the research scholarships database, and the application form requires the signature of the Head of Administering Institution (or Nominee) or similar, you will need to submit the application via the Scholarships and Financial Support Service. Please contact our Office as soon as possible to arrange the submission, as we will need to check through the application prior to signing. Do not leave it until the day before applications are due at the funding body!
Postgraduate research scholarship stipends will usually need to be paid to the student via the University as the administering institution. The Scholarships and Financial Support Service organises and manages the payment of scholarship stipends through the fortnightly scholarships payroll.
If you have submitted your application via the Scholarships and Financial Support Service, the funding body will normally also notify the Scholarships and Financial Support Service of your result if your application is successful. You should however, still contact the Scholarships and Financial Support Service once you have received your offer from the funding body. In some cases (such as the NHMRC) the funding body will notify the Scholarships and Financial Support Service of the results, and the Scholarships and Financial Support Service will then contact you to advise you of your result.
If your application did not require the signature of the Head of Administering Institution (or Nominee) and was submitted by you directly to the funding body, you will need to forward a copy of all correspondence, including a copy of your application, to the Scholarships and Financial Support Service, if your application is successful. The Scholarships and Financial Support Service will review the correspondence from the funding body and check your enrolment status. If there are no problems, the Scholarships and Financial Support Service will then prepare an offer letter and associated forms for you, and set up an account for the scholarship.
The internal closing date was 3 October 2014.
The Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Scholarships 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.
To be eligible 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.
Applications closed on 14 March 2014.
The Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation (Arrow) is offering a supplementary scholarship for students commencing an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or comparable competitive postgraduate scholarship in 2014. This biomedical research scholarship will be in the area of leukaemia and/or stem cell therapy.
Applicants must be Australian citizens or have Permanent Residency status.
Applications closed on Friday, 5 July 2013.
Arthritis Australia offers scholarships for young science and medical graduates to undertake thesis studies into arthritis and related disorders at recognized 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.
Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
Applications closed on 29 March 2013 and will open in 2016.
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 award is 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.
Applications closed 2 December 2015.
Applicants must be eligible to undertake study at an appropriate University or Research Institute in Australia.
Applicants must be about to commence a PhD in early 2016.
Applicants must be Australian citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or New Zealand citizens and not be under bond to any foreign government.
Applicants enrolled in a combined degree are not eligible to apply.
Please note that your Supervisor or Department must agree to co-fund the scholarship in order for you to lodge an application.
Applications closed 26 September 2014.
The Ian Scott Scholarship is available to postgraduate students who are undertaking full-time research for a PhD in an area of research relevant to mental health.
Applicants must be eligible to undertake study at an appropriate University or Research Institute in Australia.
Applicants must be about to commence a PhD, or be in the first year of a PhD at a University or research institute in Australia. (Please note: the Scholarship tenure will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the Scholarship.) Applicants must enrol as full-time students to receive the Scholarship and must not receive any additional scholarship.
Applicants must be Australian citizens or Australian Permanent Residents and not be under bond to any foreign government. Applicants enrolled in a combined degree are not eligible to apply.
For further information please see http://agile2.ucc.usyd.edu.au/ro/opportunities/scholarships/1436.
Applications closed 4 September 2015.
The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand invites applications for research scholarships which are intended to enable CSANZ Members to undertake a period of training in research under the full-time supervision of a nominated responsible investigator. Scholarships are awarded for research into cardiovascular disease and related disorders.
Applicants must be a current financial Member of the CSANZ and a permanent resident in Australia or New Zealand, and must be enrolled full-time in a PhD (or equivalent research degree).
See http://agile2.ucc.usyd.edu.au/ro/opportunities/scholarships/1321 for further information.
The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) Indigenous Scholarship in Cardiovascular Health
Expressions of Interest closed 15 July 2015.
The CSANZ Indigenous Scholarship in Cardiovascular Health is awarded to enable scholars to undertake a clinical research project directed towards improving the cardiovascular health of Indigenous populations of Australia and/or New Zealand.
The Scholarship is open to residents of Australia and New Zealand who are of Indigenous background (Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Maori or Pacific Islander).
The applicant will be a health worker, post graduate scholar (Masters, PhD) or Post Doctoral Scientist working in the field of Indigenous cardiovascular health. The Scholarship will be awarded only to applicants whose research is to be conducted in Australia or New Zealand.
See the CSANZ website for further information.
The Dr Albert S McKern Research Scholarships and the Dr Albert S McKern Travelling Scholarships have been established as a result of funds from an extremely generous benefactor, Dr Albert S McKern.
The objective of these postgraduate scholarships is to attract top quality postgraduates to conduct research into the cause, prevention and treatment of mental and physical pain and distress during pregnancy, labour and puerperium. The value of the scholarships is up to $45,000 per annum tax exempt for the Research Scholarship and up to $15,000 per annum tax exempt for the Travelling Scholarship.
Applications closed 30 October 2015.
The purpose of the Scholarship is for research in any area of endocrinology. The research must be conducted in Australia.
The principal supervisor of the research higher degree (RHD) student must be a member of the ESA (i.e. Fellows and Members). The principal supervisor can only submit one PhD or MD application per year. RHD students can have either a clinical or basic science qualification and be eligible for entry into a PhD or MD program. Awardees must join ESA when accepting the award.
Internal applications closed 24 August 2015.
Applications are invited for Research Scholarships in Otorhinolaryngology or the related fields of biomedical science to commence in 2016.
Scholarships will be for a period of up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress, and are tenable in Australian or New Zealand institutions.
Applicants must be either scientists or fully qualified physicians or surgeons. Applicants must enrol in a PhD or PhD equivalent degree. Applicants must not currently hold a similar scholarship. Applicants must be an Australia citizen, New Zealand citizen, or an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident.
Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) Postgraduate Clinical Research Scholarship and Postgraduate Medical Research Scholarship - CLOSED
Applications closed 22 August 2014.
GESA Postgraduate Biomedical Research Scholarship
This scholarship is to support a science graduate within 5 years of completion of undergraduate study, wishing to gain full-time research training in basic sciences related to gastroenterology and hepatology, leading to a degree of PhD.
GESA Postgraduate Clinical Research Scholarship
This scholarship is to support a medical or science graduate, wishing to gain full-time training in methodology pertinent to any aspect of clinical research related to gastroenterology or hepatology disorders, while enrolled for a research Masters or PhD.
Applicants must be an Australian citizen or hold Australian permanent residency. Applicants must be a current financial member of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia, defined as “confirmed as a financial member of the society for at least one year prior to applying for the scholarship”. The proposed supervisor is required to be a current financial member of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia at the time of submission of the application.
Further information can be found at http://agile2.ucc.usyd.edu.au/ro/opportunities/scholarships/1437.
Applications closed 1 October 2014.
A funding round for grants for medical, scientific or social research which will improve outcomes for people with haemophilia, von Willebrand disorder or related inherited bleeding disorders, and/or medically acquired blood borne viruses is now open.
Applicants must be Australian residents.
Further information can be found at:
Applications closed 20 June 2014.
The Heart Foundation offers Health Professional and Australian Indigenous scholarships.
The Health Professional Scholarship encourages health professionals to undertake a PhD in an area of cardiovascular research and actively apply evidence-based practice in order to develop the skills required to translate and implement research evidence into practice. It will also help them become more competitive for subsequent PhD awards.
The Australian Indigenous Scholarship is designed to encourage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to undertake a PhD or Masters (by research) in cardiovascular research.
At the time of application, applicants must be an Australian or New Zealand citizens, an Australian permanent resident, or must have applied to become an Australian permanent resident.
For further information on the Health Professional Scholarships, please see http://agile2.ucc.usyd.edu.au/ro/opportunities/scholarships/1426.
For further information on the Australian Indigenous Scholarships, please see http://agile2.ucc.usyd.edu.au/ro/opportunities/admin/scholarships/1424.
Applications closed 12 September 2014.
Applicants must hold a current Heart Foundation Scholarship. NHMRC/HF co-funded scholars are not eligible to apply.
The awards are offered to encourage Heart Foundation scholars to visit research facilities (overseas or in Australia) in order to develop collaborations, exchange knowledge, develop skills and encourage innovation. The award is valued at up to $5,000. Applicants may only receive one award per lifetime.
The application form and instructions can be downloaded here.
The application must be submitted to the Scholarships and Financial Support Service for signature prior to the closing date. Please contact .
Applications closed 31 August 2014.
Kidney Health Australia provides scholarships for individuals wishing to study full time for postgraduate research degrees, by undertaking research into the causes, prevention and treatment of disorders of the kidney.
The funding is awarded annually for the duration of the Award ( up to 2 years for Masters or up to 3 years for PhD) but funding in 2nd and 3rd year is contingent on Kidney Health Australia receiving evidence that an applicant has also applied to other granting bodies (e.g. NHMRC) for support of those years.
Preference will be given to Australian applicants.
Further information can be found at http://agile2.ucc.usyd.edu.au/ro/opportunities/scholarships/1438.
Applications closed 5 September 2014.
The Leukaemia Foundation's 'Vision to Cure' is actively realised in their National Research Program (NRP). The NRP seeks to foster innovative research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders.
Applications are invited from Australian citizens and permanent residents or New Zealand citizens holding a special category visa.
Up to five PhD Scholarships and up to two PhD (Clinical) Scholarships are on offer.
For further information please see http://agile2.ucc.usyd.edu.au/ro/opportunities/scholarships/1423.
Applications closed 30 June 2015.
The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation offers one or more research scholarships for postgraduate research in one of the allied health sciences. The purpose of the scholarship is to try to improve the health of Australians by supporting an outstanding applicant from one of the non-medical allied health disciplines, or from an applicant who is working directly in applied clinical research.
Applicants must be Australian citizens of at least 5 years standing at the time of application.
For further information please see http://agile2.ucc.usyd.edu.au/ro/opportunities/scholarships/1445.
Expressions of Interest closed 26 September 2014.
One 3-year PhD top-up grant will be offered for a PhD student who has been awarded a University PhD scholarship for biomedical or public health research in motor neurone disease.
There is a two stage process for applications, with expressions of interest due 26 September 2014, and a then final application due 15 December 2014 if the applicant is awarded a University PhD scholarship.
Further information can be found at
Applications closed 31 July 2015.
Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MSRA) offers postgraduate scholarships for full time study for a PhD in an Australian university or institution. The research proposed must be focused on improving the understanding of the biomedical causes of MS or improving the ongoing management of MS.
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia or a New Zealand citizen.
Further information can be found at http://agile2.ucc.usyd.edu.au/ro/opportunities/scholarships/1619.
Applications closed 31 July 2015.
These scholarships are granted to undergraduate students of an Australian University. It is expected that the successful applicants will work on a research project supervised and managed by an established MS researcher.
Applicants must be undergraduates at an Australian university or medical institute and be citizens or permanent residents of Australia or a New Zealand citizen. The scholarship is for salary over a 10 week period undertaken during semester breaks. Scholarships will be granted for up to $10,000. The Application Form and Conditions of Award can be downloaded from the MSRA website at http://www.msra.org.au/scholarships
Question 4. Delegated Research Officer
Check with your School/Faculty to find out who will be the Delegated Research Officer.
The person who is the Delegated Research Officer at your School/Faculty will need to sign off the application and submit it to the MSRA. You must contact this person at least one week prior to the closing date for these scholarships.
Internal applications closed 23 July 2015.
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 (for commencement in 2016) 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 further information please see http://agile2.ucc.usyd.edu.au/ro/opportunities/scholarships/1601.
Applications are now closed
Applications are made through the NHMRC's online application system, RGMS.
Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens. Persons who have applied for but not yet been granted Australian permanent residency may apply, however permanent residency must be obtained prior to commencement of the scholarship.
Applications for 2012 closed on 17 October 2011.
These scholarships are offered every 3 years, and will not be available again until late 2014.
The aim of these Scholarships is to enhance the career development of allied and Public Health, medical, bio-medical science and nursing professionals and address community and population health issues in local and regional communities across Australia over the period of three years.
The Scholarships are for high calibre students enrolled in a PhD degree at an Australian university or research institute for the purpose of working on a research project which is directly relevant to the aims and objectives of the Sidney Myer Health Scholarship.
Applicants must have successfully completed, at a minimum, a Bachelor Degree with Honours, or Masters Degree in a relevant allied and Public Health, medical, bio-medical science or nursing course at an accredited tertiary institution. The Selection Committee will award Scholarships to students commencing their PhD studies in 2012, rather than those in later years of their doctorate studies.
Applications closed on 15 December 2013.
The Spinal Cord Injury Network is offering a PhD Scholarship as part of their Spinal Cord Injury Research Grants Program to support research and development in the field of spinal cord injury. The Program is designed to promote and extend excellence in research and skills development.
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand. Applicants should have an Honours 1 or 2A degree or equivalent.
Applications closed on 16 December 2013.
The SpineCare Foundation is offering a postgraduate scholarship to a scholar who wishes to complete research to establish an Australian national database on incident cases of spinal cord injury in children; to enable those working in the field to better collaborate on research, treatment and prevention of such conditions. While a national database exists for adults, there is a fragmented collection of information on children across Australia.
Applications closed 14 November 2014.
Applicants and their Supervisors must be members or pending member of Sydney Catalyst by time of application.
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 further information see the Sydney Catalyst website.
Applicants must be Australian or permanent residents of Australia, or New Zealand citizens holding a Special Category Visa.
Applications closed 30 June 2013.
These grants are for research in clinical, biomedical and health related sciences. The funding will depend on the expenses of the project, and grants are made for periods of up to two years.
Applicants must be full-time students and Australian permanent residents or undergraduates educated in Australia and intending to reside in Australia. Please note that these grants are generally not awarded to applicants over 30 years of age.