How to apply for the Dean's International Postgraduate Research Scholarships


Applications close 30 November 2014

How to apply

Applying for entry into the PhD program in semester two 2015 and applying for The Dean’s International Postgraduate Research Scholarship are two separate processes. Applicants must complete both stages as follows:

Stage 1: Find a supervisor

For full details on applying for admission to the University of Sydney, please read the Future Students pages carefully.

  1. Securing a supervisor
    Before lodging a PhD application, candidates are required to make contact with a potential academic supervisor, or the relevant postgraduate research advisor, and discuss their proposed research project. PhD candidates can search for a potential academic supervisor using the Research Supervisor Connect (RSC) database or contact the for assistance. Contact the potential supervisor(s) you have identified to discuss your research interest. Once you have secured a supervisor for your proposed research, you are ready to progress your application.
  2. Prepare a research proposal
    Once you have initiated discussions with an academic contact, you should prepare an initial research proposal.
  3. Revise and finalise your research proposal
    In conjunction with your academic contact(s), refine your research proposal ready for submission of your formal application.
  4. Identify and contact two academic referees
    To support your application, we will need to receive references from two academic referees who are familiar with your previous academic qualifications/achievements. Ensure they are available and willing to complete a reference for you, and acquire their correct and current contact details.
  5. Complete the application form
    The Postgraduate Research Application form contains detailed instructions about how to fill it in. Make sure you follow these instructions precisely. To ensure that your application is complete and can be processed as quickly as possible, please ensure you have included all of the required supporting documentation.
  6. Submit your application
    Once you have secured a supervisor and prepared your research proposal, you are ready to submit your application. All applications for Doctor of Philosophy (Science) should be lodged online.

If you have completed steps 1-6 as above, and have experienced problems with your online application for admission to the degree please contact the .

The average processing time for PhD applications, once the University receives a complete application, is six weeks. Some applications may take longer to process, particularly where insufficient documentation has been provided.

STAGE 2: Applying for admission to PhD at the University of Sydney

1. Complete the application form

The Postgraduate Research Application form contains detailed instructions about how to fill it in. Make sure you follow these instructions precisely. To ensure that your application is complete and can be processed as quickly as possible, please ensure you have included all of the required supporting documentation.

2. Submit your application
Once you have secured a supervisor and prepared your research proposal, you are ready to submit your application. All applications for Doctor of Philosophy (Science) should be lodged online.

If you are having difficulty with your online application for admission to the degree please contact the .

The average processing time for PhD applications, once the University receives a complete application, is six weeks. Some applications may take longer to process, particularly where insufficient documentation has been provided.

STAGE 3: Applying for The Dean’s International Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Before applying for The Dean’s International Postgraduate Research Scholarship you must have completed and submitted your online application for admission to the PhD (Science) as described above and be allocated a 9 digit Student Identification Number (SID).

To apply for the scholarship you are required to complete an online application form. As part of the application form you will be asked to submit a written personal statement outlining your commitment to science research (no more than 500 words). Your statement should address why you wish to undertake your chosen program of research, what you hope to achieve following graduation, and your academic and professional achievements.

Checklist: are you ready to apply for the scholarship?

  1. Are you currently completing an eligible undergraduate qualification? (Either a four-year Bachelors degree in Science or a four-year Bachelors/Honours/Masters degree in Science, at an international university (a non-Australian university). The final year of the degree must include a research component which accounts for a minimum of 25% of the marks awarded).
  2. Are you currently enrolled and completing the final year of the eligible degree at an international university (outside Australia)?
  3. Do you have the necessary GPA to apply for the scholarship (minimum GPA 85 or equivalent)?
  4. Have you submitted your online application for admission to a PhD (commencing semester two 2015) and received a 9-digit SID number?