HDR+ Student Grants

In 2018, approximately $24K is available to support student-led initiatives intended to enhance the academic experience and outcomes of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) programs.

The funding can be used to support a range of creative and innovative academic activities which enrich the HDR experience and contribute to the development of HDR communities at the University. In addition to the benefit of the activities themselves, the scheme processes are designed to support the development of skills in project management, proposal writing, project evaluation etc. This year the scheme is aimed at "HDR Engagement – making HDR students and their research relevant to a world outside academia".

Creativity, collaboration, independence and personal initiative are all important outcomes of study towards a PhD. Students are invited to apply these skills in conceiving suitable activities for funding under this scheme. Examples of possible initiatives include:

  • Disciplinary or interdisciplinary seminars with guest speakers;
  • Student run conferences;
  • CV Workshops;
  • Understanding the publishing landscape (ERA, quality metrics, digital identities);
  • Seminars on how research can be re-made for different audiences (scholarly, professions, public, media);
  • Postdoc mentoring schemes for PhDs;
  • Developing a teaching and research portfolio for an academic job;
  • Upskilling for non-academic careers.

Applications for HDR+ Student Grants will be assessed according to the 2018 guidelines (PDF, 360Kb).

Application submissions

Applications open 1st September and close on 30th September 2017 at 11.59pm.

Late or incomplete applications will be rejected without evaluation.


Any questions about the HDR+ Student Grants can be directed to:
Associate Professor Ross Coleman (E. ross.coleman@sydney.edu.au)

Any questions about the application process can be directed to:
Ms Sandy Haydon (E. sandy.haydon@sydney.edu.au) or Phone: 9351 4809.

2016 HDR+ Student Grants Winners

Workshops on Ethnographic Research Methods for HDR students Arts and Social Sciences
Student-run conference Arts and Social Sciences
PhD Writing Enhancement Group Arts and Social Sciences
Indigenous Research Methodologies Workshop with Prof Morton-Robinson Arts and Social Sciences
LCT Writing Retreat & Data Analysis Workshop Arts and Social Sciences
Women in Academia: a Forum for Female HDR candidates in the Humanities and Social Sciences Arts and Social Sciences
Indigenous Research Methodologies Workshop Arts and Social Sciences
Introduction to Data Analysis & Visualisation Arts and Social Sciences
HDR Coding Club Arts and Social Sciences
From PhD to Published: the journey from the archive to the page & on to the printing press. Arts and Social Sciences
Enhancing self-management for Chinese HDR students Arts and Social Sciences
How to read and think more innovatively with technology Education and Social Work
Methodology Strugglers: Seminars on Research Methodology Education and Social Work
HDR Student Writing Boot Camp Health Sciences
The Faculty of Health Sciences HDR Peer Mentoring Program Health Sciences
Communicating Public Health Research" workshop for HDR students Medicine (Sydney Medical School)
Meta-analysis, Methods for Correcting errors and bias in research findings: HDR intensive hands-on workshop Pharmacy
EE&E Cluster Postgrad Cafes Science
Fundamentals of Geographic Information System(GIS)/ ArcGIS workshop Science
Interdisciplinary research in environmental science (workshop) Science
Science Communication Workshop Science
What next? Postdoctoral opportunities workshop Sydney College of the Arts
Re-making research; new audiences: HDR seminar Sydney College of the Arts
University of Sydney Music & Ethnography Study Group (MESG) Sydney Conservatorium of Music