Undergraduate scholarships for School Leavers

The information on this page is for domestic applicants.
International applicants can find scholarship information here.


Scholarships available to school leavers entering the Faculty of Science at Sydney University fall into two categories:

  • Scholarships you must apply for and
  • Scholarships that are awarded automatically (typically on the basis of ATAR or equivalent)

Scholarships you must apply for

Sydney Scholars Program

For the majority of the scholarships that must be applied for, a single application for a University of Sydney Undergraduate Scholarship is sufficient. These include the Dean's Entry Scholarships and the University of Sydney Science Alumni Entry Scholarships.

Information about all the different types of scholarships offered to future undergraduate students is available at the Scholarships and Financial Support Service website.

These scholarships include:


Applications for these scholarships are usually due in September.

Applications are submitted online from the Sydney Scholars Program page. Queries regarding the process should be directed to the University’s Scholarships and Financial Support Service on (02) 8627 8112 or to .

James Strong - Rip Curl Undergraduate Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded on the basis of both outstanding academic achievement and outstanding ability in sport. There is one recipient at any one time. Valued at $6000 p.a. for a maximum of 3 years. Next available in 2018.

Dean's Entry Scholarships

These entry scholarships valued at $6000, are awarded for academic merit and personal attributes on the basis of an application for the Sydney Scholars Program.

Olympiad Scholarships

These scholarships are valued at $3000 in the first year of the course and $1000 per year (for up to three additional years). Eligibility is restricted to medal winners in International Olympiads in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geography, Informatics, Mathematics, and Physics. They are awarded on the basis of academic merit. More information on the application process will be available in August 2015.

University of Sydney Science Alumni Entry Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded for academic merit and potential for future academic success, leadership potential and personal qualities on the basis of an application for the Sydney Scholars Program. Valued at $1000 p.a. for the duration of the undergraduate degree program.


Scholarships you can be awarded automatically

The following scholarships are offered automatically on the basis of academic merit without application. They are awarded in April following enrolment of first year students.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO APPLY FOR THESE SCHOLARSHIPS:

University of Sydney Scholar Chancellors Award

These scholarships are awarded to students with an ATAR of 99.95 and are valued at $10,000 p.a. for the duration of your course. You must have a preference for the University of Sydney on your UAC application to be eligible. You will be contacted when the ATARs are released if you meet the eligibility criteria. This scholarship is only available for local students applying through UAC.

Degree Entry Scholarships

These entry scholarships, valued at $2000, are offered to the top students entering the following courses who are not already in receipt of a scholarship of equal or greater value: Bachelor of Medical Science, Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science.

Subject Entry Scholarships

These scholarships, valued at $2000, are awarded to students in the Bachelor of Science degree on the basis of academic achievement in Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics or Physics for the NSW Higher School Certificate examination or equivalent interstate or International Baccalaureate (IB) qualification. Student must undertake at least 12 credit points in the respective area of study and not already be in receipt of a scholarship of equal or greater value.

A.J. Shearsby Prize

Awarded annually to the student gaining the highest place in Earth and Environment Science at the NSW HSC examination and who continues his or her studies in geology at the University. This scholarship is valued at $100 for one year only.

Farrand Scholarships

These entry scholarships are awarded to Bachelor of Science students on the basis of academic achievement and are valued at $2500.

Horner Exhibition

Awarded for proficiency in mathematics at the HSC. The scholar is required to enrol in 12 credit points of junior units of study in mathematics in the first year of study in a degree within the Faculty of Arts, Science, or Engineering. Valued at $500, tenable for one year.

Liversidge scholarship

Awarded annually to the two candidates enrolled in either Chemistry 1A (SSP) and Chemistry 1B (SSP); or Chemistry 1A (Advanced) and Chemistry 1B (Advanced); or Chemistry 1A and Chemistry 1B who, in the immediately preceding year, achieved the highest number of marks in Chemistry at the NSW Higher School Certificate examination. Valued at $1000 p.a. for 3 years.

Plumian Scholarship

Awarded for general proficiency at the Higher School Certificate examination to a candidate entering the Faculty of Science and taking at least one of the subjects biology, geology or geography in the candidate’s first year, provided the candidate is of sufficient merit. Valued at $400 p.a. for 2 years.

Science Scholarships

These entry scholarships are awarded to Bachelor of Science students on the basis of academic achievement and are valued at $500.

Honours Relocation Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit 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. The scholarship is tenable for one year only and is valued at $6000 p.a.


Other Scholarships & Prizes awarded during your degree

There are many other prizes and scholarships available to you as you progress through your course. These awards are usually made on your overall level of performance in a particular unit, or your performance in a particular aspect of a unit (such as laboratory work). Many of these are awarded by the Schools of the Faculty:


Further scholarships information

Contact the Scholarships and Financial Support Service

Scholarships and Financial Support Service Website


Tel: +61 2 8627 8450


You may also wish to investigate the Equity Scholarships on the UAC website.