APA/UPA, Top-up scholarships and more
Round Two Now closed
Applications open for the next round in September.
Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and University of Sydney Postgraduate Awards (UPA) are offered to postgraduate research students undertaking a higher degree by research at the University of Sydney. In conjunction with the APA/UPA, top-up scholarships and other awards are also available. Please see below for further information.
- APA and UPA
- Top-up Scholarships
- Other award offered in conjunction with APA/UPA
- FAQ's and Tips for applicants
Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) are Commonwealth Government scholarships awarded to students of exceptional research potential to undertake a higher degree by research at an Australian university. The scholarships are provided to assist with general living costs.
University of Sydney Postgraduate Awards (UPA) are also available and they are similar to the APA in terms of tenure and benefits. Eligible APA applicants are automatically considered for these awards.
The University awards these scholarships twice a year - applications for Round One open in September of the previous year and applications for Round Two open in May of each year.
Round One is for admission to research period 1 or 2, i.e. January to March, in the following year, and Round Two is for admission to research period 3 or 4, i.e. July to October, of the same calendar year.
You will need to apply for admission to a postgraduate research degree prior to submitting your APA/UPA application. You will be required to provide your SID (Student Identification Number) in your APA/UPA application.
Students who do not hold an unconditional offer at the time of the Academic Board’s Postgraduate Awards Sub-Committee meeting will not be offered a scholarship and may consider deferring their course to the next available intake in order to be considered for an APA.
Some faculties and departments also offer postgraduate research scholarships and top-up awards with the APA/UPA process (see Sections 3 and 4 of the information document below).
2016 Round One applications are now closed.
Please see the APA/UPA Information Document and Research Potential Indicator/Research Experience Points (RPI/REP) document above.
2016 Round Two applications are now closed.
- Student Information Pack
- Research Potential Indicator/ Research Experience Points (RPI/REP)
- RPI/REP Evidence Template
The following top-up scholarships may be offered in conjunction with the APA/UPA to highly ranked eligible applicants. A separate application is not required:
- Vice-Chancellor's Research Scholarships
- Val Street Scholarship
- University of Sydney Merit Awards
- Alumni Scholarships
The Vice-Chancellor’s Research Scholarships (VCRS) are offered each year to attract students with an outstanding track record of academic achievement and research potential to pursue full-time PhD studies at the University of Sydney.
Up to 8 VCRS may be offered as top-up scholarships to highly ranked PhD commencing students who are awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (UPA). The value of the VCRS will be up to $35,000 (tax-exempt) over a maximum period of up to 3.5 full-time years, payable at the rate of $5,000 p.a. for the first year and $12,000 per annum for the remaining 2.5 years. A relocation allowance of up to $5,000 may be provided for students who need to relocate to Sydney to take up the scholarship.
The VCRS will be awarded by the Vice-Chancellor on recommendation by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and the Academic Board’s Postgraduate Awards Sub-Committee. Academic excellence (e.g. a University Medal) and outstanding research potential will be the selection criteria.
The VCRS can be held at any Faculty at the University but is not transferable to other universities. Eligibility criteria for the VCRS will be the same as the APA, except that only commencing PhD students will be considered. A separate application for the VCRS is not required and highly ranked eligible applicants for the APA/UPA will be automatically considered.
Established in 2010 from the estate of the late Valerie Ruth Street, one Val Street Scholarship of the same value and duration of the VCRS will be awarded every year for approximately 10 years. The scholarship will be awarded as a top-up award to the highest ranked eligible female applicant in the Round One round of Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (UPA) who will commence full-time research doctorate studies. The recipient must have attained First Class Honours in the Arts, Sciences (currently Agriculture and Environment, Food and Natural Resources; Science or Veterinary Science) or Social Sciences (currently Arts and Social Sciences, Education and Social Work or Business) Faculties of the University of Sydney.
A separate application for the Val Street Scholarship is not required and highly ranked eligible applicants for the APA/UPA will be automatically considered. The scholarship will be awarded by the Chancellor on recommendation by the Academic Board’s Postgraduate Awards Sub-Committee.
Similar to the VCRS, the Merit Awards are top-up scholarships offered to highly ranked eligible APA/UPA applicants who wish to pursue full-time PhD studies at the University of Sydney. PhD students who have commenced their candidature but have not held any postgraduate research scholarships before they are awarded an APA/UPA will also be considered. The value of each Merit Award will be $5,000 p.a. for up to 3.5 years for a full-time PhD and up to 34 may be offered each year.
A separate application for the Merit Awards is not required and highly ranked applicants for the APA/UPA will be automatically considered. The Merit Awards will be awarded by the Academic Board’s Postgraduate Awards Sub-Committee on the basis of academic excellence and outstanding research potential.
Established from accumulated funds donated by the University’s alumni, 21 scholarships of $5,000 each for one year may be offered to highly ranked eligible APA/UPA applicants- eight in each of the three ‘faculty clusters’: Health; Humanities and Social Sciences; Sciences and Technology.
A separate application for the Alumni Scholarships is not required and the scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence and outstanding research potential.
The following primary scholarship may be offered in conjunction with the APA/UPA round. A separate application is not required:
A.E. and F.A.Q. Stephens Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by the assets of the estates of both Francis Stephens and his wife Alice. It will be awarded to the highest ranked APA/UPA applicant who is not awarded a VCRS or Merit Award. The scholarship is tenable in any faculty at The University of Sydney. The value of the scholarship shall be the same as the current Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry). Other benefits will be the same as those offered under the APA scheme. Only two awards are available at any one time.
When available, it will be awarded to a highly ranked APA/UPA eligible applicant and a separate application for this scholarship is not required.