Prizes and Bursaries

Postgraduate Research scholarships

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Coursework scholarships

University of Sydney scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students

External Scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students

Lendlease Bradfield Urbanisation Scholarship

The Lendlease Bradfield Urbanisation Scholarship recognises and honours the work of John Bradfield. It aims to encourage academic excellence and creativity in first and second year undergraduate students in studies related to urbanism.


  1. The scholarship is open to Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia and/or international students enrolled at the University of Sydney, at the time of application, undertaking first year or second year undergraduate degree studies with a Weighted Average Mark at or above distinction (75%) level.
  2. Students must be studying disciplines related to urbanism including, without limitation, urban development, urban planning, urban design, project finance, project/facilities management or engineering AND be enrolled in an undergraduate degree in one of the following faculties in 2016:
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • University of Sydney Business School
  • Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies

Selection Criteria:

The applicant must submit an application online and provide a summary (up to 1000 words) of their idea of "How to turn Sydney into a first tier city"

If short-listed, applicants must:

  • Present their idea within 3 minutes (using a prop, diorama, PowerPoint, or short video) to a selection panel including the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Faculty and Bradfield group representatives (including CEO of Lendlease)
  • Agree to share any video content on social media
  • Attend the award event on 26 October 2016
  • Become an ambassador for the Lendlease Bradfield Urbanisation Scholarship.

The scholarship will be awarded at $10,000 per annum and will be tenable for the duration of the student's degree (see Terms and Conditions for details)

How to Apply:
Applications for the Lendlease Bradfield Scholarship have now closed

The Defence University Sponsorship

The Defence University Sponsorship is the perfect way to make university life more manageable and provides you with the opportunity to make a difference in your degree. The sponsorship is available to undergraduate or graduate students studying an accredited degree at any recognised university in Australia. As a sponsored student you will receive a salary to study, your HELP and student fees covered from when sponsorship starts and many other benefits. For more information please visit the Defence University Sponsorship website.

Charlie Bell Scholarship for Future Leaders

In recognition of the contribution made by the former McDonald’s Corporation CEO, Charlie Bell, a scholarship for future leaders has been created in his name.

The Charlie Bell Scholarship for Future Leaders will reward successful candidates with a contribution of up to $15,000 towards tuition fees for their chosen undergraduate or post graduate study.

All short-listed applicants will be presented with an opportunity to participate in a leadership program, facilitated by DDI Asia Pacific, focused on the fundamentals of leadership, how to better motivate people and provide feedback and the personal attributes that can enable or derail leaders.

The Scholarship, administered by the Charlie Bell School of Management, recognises Charlie’s commitment towards the provision of ongoing learning and education.

Application Procedure
To apply, simply download and complete the Application Form then send it through to . Make sure the application is in PDF format and no greater than 25MB.

Applications close Monday 31st October (close of business). For more information, please visit the Charlie Bell Scholarship for Future Leaders 2017 website.

Walter and Eliza Hall Scholarships

Walter and Eliza Hall were active philanthropists during their life together. Following her husband’s death Eliza set up a million pound charitable trust in 1912 calling it the Walter and Eliza Hall Trust, as a means of assisting those in need. Since that time the Trust has helped thousands of Australians to reach their full potential as a result of the Trust’s support and encouragement.

The Trust has made four scholarships of one year duration, available each year, to Australian citizens who are students at The University of Sydney. One scholarship per year is available to a student within the Sydney Nursing School. Two scholarships per year are available for students within the University of Sydney Faculty of Education and Social Work including one specifically for a student studying special needs. These scholarships require the applicant to have already completed at least 48 credit points of study. A further scholarship is available for a student with a physical disability enrolled in any faculty at the University of Sydney. This applicant can be a commencing or a continuing student.

Scholarships are valued at $6,000 for one year paid in semester amounts of $3,000.

Successful candidates will be required to submit a one page report toward the end of the scholarship stating how the scholarship funds have been used and how the funds have assisted the study progress of the candidate.


  • Applicants will have good academic standing with an appropriate background for the scholarship being applied for.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial hardship through evidence of Austudy, ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance or other payments from the Department of Human Services.

How to apply: Applications for the 2016 Walter and Eliza Hall Scholarships are now closed.

2016 Dementia Grants Program

Four PhD Scholarships of $30,000 per year over three years are on offer in Round 2, 2016.

  • Three AADRF PhD Scholarships
  • One Consumer Priority PhD Scholarship

Applications close Monday 17 October 2016, 5.00pm AEDT. For more information please visit our website

AIEF-BHP Billiton Tertiary Scholarship

The scholarships are awarded to outstanding Indigenous students studying engineering, science and other mining related degrees and provide up to A$30,000 per annum for accommodation, living and educational expenses.

The scholarships cover:

  • The cost of accommodation up to a maximum of A$22,000 per annum (open to students living in residential (college) and non-residential (private) accommodation).
  • An annual stipend of A$2,000 per annum for textbooks and education expenses.
  • A living allowance of A$6,000 per annum.

AIEF-BHP Billiton Tertiary Scholarship Students also receive unique career development opportunities including:

  • One-on-one professional development support from AIEF.
  • Career development workshops with BHP Billiton.
  • The opportunity to apply for BHP Billiton’s Australian Undergraduate and Foundations for Graduates Programs.

Applicants must complete the attached AIEF-BHP Billiton Tertiary Scholarship Application Form (2017) before Sunday, 30 October 2016 to be considered. Applications will be assessed by a selection panel with an emphasis on:

  • Academic ability, achievement and potential.
  • Interest in and commitment to working in the mining industry.
  • Interest in an commitment to working with BHP Billiton on completion of their degree.

For more information, please refer to the attached brochure and application form or visit

Mary MacKillop Foundation Indigenous Tertiary Scholarship 2017

The Foundation has been providing tertiary scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students since 1998. We have 86 graduates and another 73 students on scholarships across the country.

Please view the scholarship eligibility guidelines and the application form which can also be downloaded from our website:

JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism

The JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism is a national scholarship which is awarded yearly to a student who wishes to pursue a career in rural or regional journalism upon graduation. The Award was established through a private donation from Mr John B Fairfax AO.

The Award includes a scholarship of $10,000 and practical work experience as an intern at Fairfax Media (The Land) and the Sydney Royal Easter Show with the winning article published in a major rural publication.

Further information and how to apply

Sugar Research Institute Scholarship (SRIS)

The Sugar Research Institute Scholarship (SRIS) is available to current students in their penultimate year studying an engineering (chemical, mechanical, process and electrical), science or technical degree. The SRIS aims to encourage the participation of high calibre students in the Australian sugar processing industry.

Sugar Research Institute will be funding four scholarship recipients in 2017 to be hosted by Australian sugar mills and refineries for three work placements of four weeks each over one and half years (two placements during the crushing season and one placement during maintenance). Note: Travel will be required to Australian sugar mills located in regional/rural areas of Queensland and northern New South Wales.

SRI is a global leader in science and innovation for sugar milling and refining technology. SRI develops innovative products, technical expertise and commercial research services for raw and refined sugar manufacturers worldwide. In addition to financial and work placement support, the program helps recipients to make the most of their university experience through extra development opportunities by building their leadership skills and professional networks.

Scholarship Value: $7500 + Paid work placement + Living away from home allowance
Opening Date: 17 October 2016
Closing Date: 17 March 2017

You must be:
> A penultimate year student undertaking an engineering, science and/or technical degree at an Australian university or tertiary institution
> Able to undertake three periods of work placement over an 18 month period (12 weeks in total) during semester breaks

You must also be one of:
> An Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
> A permanent resident

For more information and application details visit the SRI Scholarship page

Scholarship recipients must:
> Continue to be enrolled as a full-time student
> Successfully complete all work placement requirements and submit work placement reports
> Organise and pay for their own travel and accommodation expenses