Prizes & Scholarships for Current Science Students

Scholarships available to current Science students fall into two broad categories:

  • Scholarships that you must apply for and
  • Scholarships that are awarded automatically


You may also wish to explore prize and scholarship opportunities from external sources.


Prizes and Scholarships you must apply for

Helen Beh Citizenship Award

Awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Dean of Science or the Dean’s delegate (Associate Dean of Scholarships), to the full-time student in any undergraduate degree course offered by the Faculty of Science who has in the opinion of the Dean or the Dean’s delegate contributed most to the Faculty's non-academic activities and interests. Nominations must come from academic staff. Value: $350

Nominations for 2015 will open Monday 14 September 2015 and close Friday 30 October 2015.

Honours Scholarships

New or continuing students intending to enrol in an Honours program at Sydney University for the following year are eligible. Honours Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and personal attributes such as leadership and creativity. Valued at $6000 for one year.

Find out more about Honours scholarships.

Summer Scholarships

The Division of Natural Sciences at the University of Sydney offers a variety of Summer scholarship opportunities for students in the 2nd or 3rd year of their undergraduate degree. Summer scholarships are a great way to gain research experience and an insight into research process while working alongside our leading scientific researchers. Research projects are available in most disciplines for a duration of between 4-6 weeks over the Summer holiday period (November-February). The program is open to both current University of Sydney students as well as students from other Australian Universities. Each scholarship is valued at $473 (in accordance with APA rate) per week for the duration of the project.

Find out more about Summer scholarships.

UAC Equity Scholarships

If you are currently financially disadvantaged (for example, if you are receiving Youth Allowance or some other means-tested Commonwealth benefit), if you have financial difficulties due to a disability or other disadvantage, or if you expect to be financially disadvantaged whilst at the University, we recommend you apply through UAC's Equity Scholarships application. You can apply at any stage of your degree, and they are available for any undergraduate degree.

University of Sydney Access Scholarships

Access Scholarships assist new and continuing students who have been disadvantaged in some way. They are available to students who have a competitive ATAR and who also meet at least one of these criteria: financial disadvantage, disability or rural/remote area.

Find out more about Access Scholarships.

University Wide Scholarships

Visit the Scholarships and Financial Support Office website for more information about university-wide scholarships available for current students.

The Scholarships and Financial Support Services offer a number of Specific Background Scholarships for current students meeting specific criteria or with unusual skills. An example of such a scholarship is the Spero Gravas Scholarship, which is for students whose parents or grandparents are or were at any time in their lives persons of Greek nationality.


Prizes and Scholarships Awarded Automatically

Academic Merit Prize

Awarded annually on recommendation by the Dean of Science or the Dean’s delegate (Associate Dean Scholarships), this prize recognises the highest performing undergraduate students in each faculty based on average marks. Valued at $1000.

Dean's Honours List Prize

Awarded annually to the candidates on the Faculty of Science Dean’s Honours List who achieve the highest weighted average mark (WAM) of all candidates in their junior, intermediate or senior years of study respectively. Valued at $500.

Dean’s Scholarship in Science

Awarded automatically on the basis of academic merit to full-time students for Faculty of Science degrees who have completed between 2 and 6 semesters and are not holders of a University of Sydney Undergraduate Scholarship. Recipients must be permanent residents or citizens of Australia. Valued at $1000 for one year.

John Coutts Scholarship

Awarded annually on the basis of academic merit to the top student in the Faculty of Science completing their final year of study in an undergraduate degree and proceeding to fourth year honours or postgraduate study at the University the following year. Valued at $2750.

Science Achievement Prize

Awarded automatically to the student who has completed the requirements for a Faculty of Science (non-combined) degree. The recipient must have been enrolled full-time and have the highest weighted average mark (WAM) for all units of study completed towards the degree. The recipient must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Valued at $500.

Science Centenary Fund Scholarship

Awarded annually to the Honours student from the Faculty of Science who is ranked highest on the basis of academic merit over four years and proceeds to a postgraduate research degree in the Faculty. Valued at $2500.


Scholarships for International Students

The University of Sydney awards scholarships to international students based on performance in their degree. Please go to Scholarships for International Students for further information.

You can also view scholarships sorted by country.