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
  • Scholarships that are awarded automatically (typically on the basis of ATAR or HSC/IB subject results or equivalent)

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Scholarships you must apply for

Sydney Scholars Program

For the majority of undergraduate commencing scholarships, a single application is sufficient. By applying for the Sydney Scholarship Program (selecting the Faculty of Science as the desired faculty), you will be considered for a number of faculty scholarships. This is in addition to being considered for the Sydney Scholars Program.

These faculty scholarships include:

  • the Sir Lionel Hooke Scholarship,
  • the Farrand Scholarship,
  • the Dean's Entry Scholarship, and
  • the Science Alumni Entry Scholarship.

Further details about these faculty scholarships are listed below.

Applications for the Sydney Scholars Program are made to the University of Sydney via the central Scholarships Office and are usually due in late September or early October in the year prior to intended commencement:

You may also consider applying for a number of equity based scholarships offered by the University of Sydney:

Sir Lionel Hooke Scholarship

The Sir Lionel Hooke Scholarship is awarded for academic merit, extra-curricular activities, personal attributes (such as leadership, creativity and self-motivation) and passion for science. Approximately 2 Scholarships are offered by the Faculty of Science each year.

Value: $5,000 for one year only.

This Scholarship is awarded through an application for the Sydney Scholars Program.

Farrand Scholarship

The Farrand Scholarship is awarded for academic merit, extra-curricular activities, personal attributes (such as leadership, creativity and self-motivation) and passion for science. Approximately 8 Scholarships are offered by the Faculty of Science each year.

Value: $5,000 for one year only.

This Scholarship is awarded through an application for the Sydney Scholars Program.

Dean's Entry Scholarship

The Dean's Entry Scholarship is awarded for academic merit, extra-curricular activities, personal attributes (such as leadership, creativity and self-motivation) and passion for science. Approximately 25 Scholarships are offered by the Faculty of Science each year.

Value: $5,000 for one year only.

This Scholarship is awarded through an application for the Sydney Scholars Program.

Science Olympiad Scholarship

The Science Olympiad Scholarship recognises the exceptional talent of students who have represented Australia in an International Science Olympiad and have achieved a medal (includes Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geography, Informatics, Mathematics and Physics). This Scholarship encourages these students to continue to pursue their passion for science. Approximately 10 Scholarships are offered by the Faculty of Science each year.

Value: $5,000 for one year only.

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Science Alumni Entry Scholarship

The Science Alumni Entry Scholarship is awarded for academic merit, extra-curricular activities, personal attributes (such as leadership, creativity and self-motivation) and passion for science. Approximately 10 Scholarships are offered by the Faculty of Science each year.

Value: $3,000 for one year only.

This Scholarship is awarded through an application for the Sydney Scholars Program.

William McIlrath Rural Scholarship

The William McIlrath Rural Scholarship is awarded to commencing students from remote or very remote areas of NSW. 1 Scholarship is offered by the University of Sydney each year.

Value: $8,000 p.a. for the duration of your undergraduate course.

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James Strong - Rip Curl Undergraduate Scholarship

The James Strong – Rip Curl Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded on the basis of both outstanding academic achievement and ability in sport at the international, national or state level. There is only one recipient of the Scholarship at any one time. 1 Scholarship is offered by the Faculty of Science triennially.

Value: $6,000 p.a. for a maximum of 3 years. 

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Scholarships you can be awarded automatically

The following scholarships are offered automatically on the basis of academic merit without application.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO APPLY FOR THESE SCHOLARSHIPS:

University of Sydney Chancellor’s Award

The Chancellor’s Award is made to students with an ATAR of 99.95 in recognition of their outstanding performance. This Scholarship is only available for local students applying through UAC.

Value: $10,000 p.a. for the duration of your undergraduate course.

Sydney Scholars Award (Outstanding)

The Sydney Scholars Award (Outstanding) is made to students with an ATAR of 99.90 in recognition of their outstanding performance.

Value: $10,000 p.a. for the duration of your undergraduate course.

Science Top of the State Scholarship

The Science Top of the State Scholarship is awarded to the top achiever (first place) in a science subject in the NSW HSC, including Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2 and Physics. Approximately 10 Scholarships are offered by the Faculty of Science each year.

Value: $5,000 for one year only.

A.J. Shearsby Prize

The A.J. Shearsby Prize is awarded to the student gaining the highest result in NSW HSC Earth and Environment Science (or interstate and international equivalent) and who continues studies in geology at the University of Sydney. 1 Prize is offered by the Faculty of Science each year.

Value: $100 for one year only.

Horner Exhibition

The Horner Exhibition< is awarded to the student gaining the highest results in NSW HSC Mathematics Extension 2 and Mathematics Extension 1 (or interstate and international equivalent) and who continues studies in mathematics at the University of Sydney. 1 Scholarship is offered by the Faculty of Science each year.

Value: $500 for one year only.

Liversidge Scholarship

The Liversidge Scholarship is awarded to the student gaining the highest result in (a) NSW HSC Chemistry (or interstate and international equivalent) or (b) the International Chemistry Olympiad, and who continues studies in chemistry at the University of Sydney. 2 Scholarships are offered by the Faculty of Science each year.

Value: $5,000 for one year only.

Plumian Scholarship

The Plumian Scholarship is awarded to the student gaining the highest result in the NSW HSC based on ATAR and who continues studies in biology, geology and/or geography at the University of Sydney. 1 Scholarship is offered by the Faculty of Science each year.

Value: $1,000 for one year only.


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 constituent Schools of the Faculty of Science:

 


Further scholarships information

Contact the Scholarships Office

Scholarships Office

Phone
1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864)
+61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia)