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We invest in potential, reward talent, and help those in need

Every year, we provide hundreds of scholarships, awards and prizes to students of all backgrounds
and levels.

Investing in your success

Scholarships, prizes and awards are funded through philanthropy, by individual faculties, the federal government or the University itself. Many are available to future students, and we also offer scholarships for students currently enrolled at Sydney.

Undergraduate scholarships range from $2000 for a single year to $60,000 for the duration of a degree. There are also cash prizes and awards such as certificates, internship opportunities, travel funding, books, vouchers, and even iPads.

For postgraduate research students, we offer a number of research awards and top-up schemes in addition to the Australian Postgraduate Award (for domestic students) and International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (for international research students).

Whatever you receive in hand, there’s an additional bonus – to your CV. Awards, prizes and scholarships are rated highly by potential employers.

Many faculties provide scholarships, awards and prizes to their most talented and hardest-working students. You often don’t need to apply for these. They are awarded automatically on the basis of merit.

Our scholarships for all levels of university study vary in their closing dates. Check the scholarships website and contact your faculty for more details.

Undergraduate scholarship options

Our domestic undergraduate scholarships are available to a wide cohort of students, whether you are a high achiever or have suffered challenges in your schooling.

  • Merit scholarships are available to anyone who achieves an excellent ATAR.
  • Equity scholarships are for high-achieving students who have faced significant challenges: financial, medical or disability issues, refugee status, or have come from a rural area.

There are also scholarships specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ( such as the Breadwinners' Programme ), mature-age students, and for elite athletes and performers. You can find out more on our scholarships site.

If you are an international student coming to Sydney as an undergraduate, you are eligible for a small selection of scholarships, but you may be also able to apply for loans from your home country to help fund your study.

Most of our domestic undergraduate scholarship applications open in September of the year before you’re planning to start university, and close a month later in early October. Depending on the type of scholarship, you either apply directly to us, or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Postgraduate coursework scholarships

We encourage postgraduate coursework students to find their own sources of funding, as there are only a limited number of scholarships.

Postgraduate research scholarships

Fees for eligible domestic postgraduate research students may be waived as part of the Research Training Scheme. You can apply for our research scholarships and awards to contribute towards travel for study or research, living costs and other expenses.

Our university-wide postgraduate research scholarships have two main rounds of applications, which close in October and June.

For international students, a selection of scholarships are available, including Australia Awards.


Scholarships and Financial Support Service

+61 2 8627 8112

Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus

Opening hours

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Madeline Greer, Bachelor of Commerce/Arts

“The Outstanding Achievement Scholarship enabled me to move from my home town of Dubbo. My faculty scholarships also allowed me to study abroad in London and Shanghai, which added depth and real-world international experience to my degree.”