APA/UPA, Top-up scholarships and more

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.

Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and University of Sydney Postgraduate Awards (UPA)

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 in 2015 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 APA and UPA twice a year – applications for the Semester one round opens in late August and applications for the Semester two round opens in May.

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).

2015 Semester 1 APA/UPA

Applications closed 31 October 2014.

The following information is available as a guide:

2015 Semester 2 APA/UPA

Applications will close early June 2015.

These awards are primarily for candidates who wish to commence their postgraduate studies in 2015 Semester two. Students who did NOT apply in the 2015 Semester one APA/UPA round but have enrolled in 2015 Semester one will also be eligible to apply.

Please note unsuccessful 2015 Semester one APA/UPA applicants who have commenced, or will commence in 2015, their postgraduate studies at this University will NOT be considered. They will need to apply in the 2016 Semester one round (applications open around late August 2015).

VCRS, Merit Awards, and Alumni Scholarships are available as top-up scholarships in 2015 Semester two for highly ranked APA/UPA applicants.

Top-up Scholarships

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 (VCRS)

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.

In 2014, 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.

Val Street Scholarship

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 Semester 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.

University of Sydney Merit Awards

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 a 2014 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 in 2014.

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.

Alumni Scholarships

Established from accumulated funds donated by the University’s alumni, 21 scholarships of $5,000 each for one year may be offered in 2014 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.

Other award offered in conjunction with APA/UPA

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) ($29,844 p.a. in 2013). 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.