Honours scholarships and prizes

Scholarships

Scholarships offered by the University

Honours Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and personal attributes such as leadership and creativity. Please visit the Scholarships Office's page for information on honours scholarships.

Centre for Mathematical Biology scholarships

The Centre for Mathematical Biology also offers scholarships to students working on a project that combines Biology and Mathematics.

Scholarships for interstate students

The University of Sydney also offers a limited number of scholarships to students relocating from a university outside NSW. Eligible students require a SCIWAM of 80. Payment is made as two instalments of $3000 for a total of $6000 for the year.

This scholarship is to facilitate students from interstate enrolling in an Honours degree in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney by assisting to defray costs incurred in moving interstate in order to enrol in the Honours year.

  1. Students must be new commencing students
  2. Students must have completed their undergraduate degrees at an Australian University in a State or Territory other than New South Wales.
  3. Students must enrol as Honours candidates in one of the Schools in the Faculty of Science
  4. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Students must have a minimum SCIWAM (or equivalent) of 80
  5. Students must be enrolled full-time
  6. Students may be domestic or international students
  7. This scholarship may be held in addition to other scholarships, where their conditions permit
  8. The scholarship will be paid in two equal instalments, after 1st April and 1st September provided all conditions are met
  9. The scholarship is not transferable to Honours projects in other Schools in the Faculty of Science. The scholarship is not transferable to other Faculties.
  10. The scholarship may not be deferred
  11. The scholarship is tenable for one year only and is valued at $6000 per annum
  12. A separate application is not required. Students are ranked on the basis of their applications for admission.
  13. Scholarships may be available for mid-year entry.
  14. Up to ten scholarships will be awarded in any year.
  15. Scholarships are awarded in mid-February and late July each year.

Prizes

J. Allen Keast Award

Established in 2014 by a generous bequest from the estate of Professor James Allen Keast who died in March 2009.

This prize is awarded annually in semester 2 by the Head of the School to the honours student enrolled in the School of Biological Sciences with the highest ranked academic performance in their prior undergraduate studies.

John H. Elliott Memorial Prize

Established in 1980- in memory of John H. Elliott, Deputy Registrar (Staffing), who died suddenly in October 1978.

Awarded annually to the honours student in the School of Biological Sciences who submits the best thesis on any aspect of animal biology, provided that the student’s thesis is of sufficient merit.

William John Dakin Memorial Prize in Zoology

Established in 1977 by a bequest of $2000 from Catherine Mary Gladys Dakin in memory of William John Dakin, Professor Zoology at the University from 1929-47.

Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of School of Biological Sciences for excellence in the subject of Zoology to a student gaining first class honours in biology.

Professor Spencer Smith-White Prize

Established in 1987 from donations to a fund set up by the academic staff of the School of Biological Sciences working in the field of genetics to commemorate the work of Professor Smith-White, for many years Professor of biology with particular interest in the cytogenetics of Australian flora and widely remembered for his encouragement of and participation in undergraduate and graduate research training.

Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Biological Sciences, for greatest proficiency in the field of genetics in undergraduate biology honours, provided the student’s work is of sufficient merit.

Ilma Brewer Prize

Established in 1987 by a gift from Ilma M. Brewer and Richard H. Brewer.

Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of School of Biological Sciences for excellence in any aspect of the subject of botany of plant sciences, to a student gaining first class honours in biology.

University Medal

In order to qualify for the award of a university medal, it is necessary but not sufficient for a candidate to achieve a WAM of 80 or greater and an honours mark of 90 or greater. Students with an honours mark of 90 or greater and a WAM of 77 to 79 inclusive may be considered for the award of a university medal only if it can be demonstrated that their WAM was affected by sickness, misadventure, unusual workload or choice of units of study.