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Advertised bursaries

Advertised bursaries are provided for specific challenges or circumstances and are available if you are enrolled in a particular faculty or year of study. There are bursaries available for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Your academic performance will be considered when you apply for this assistance.

Applications for advertised 2018 bursaries have now closed. Applications for 2019 bursaries will open in March 2019. The following has different application deadlines:

General bursaries and interest-free loans are available all year. If you are in financial need, you should submit an application for financial support in Sydney Student and make an appointment to discuss your needs with the Financial Assistance Officer.  

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for a bursary if you are:

  • studying full time
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • making satisfactory academic progress
  • experiencing financial difficulty.

You will also need to meet any additional criteria for the bursary.

If you are studying part time due to a disability and are receiving the Disability Support Pension (DSP), you can apply for a bursary if you meet the other eligibility criteria. If you can’t study full time due to a disability but are not receiving the DSP, you may be eligible to apply for the Chancellor's Committee Disability Bursary.

How to apply

You will need to submit an application for an advertised bursary by the due date. 

You can only submit one application, but can apply for more than one bursary on your application.

You may need to submit supporting documents for your application. This could include your latest Centrelink statement, birth certificate or bank statement. All supporting documents need to be provided as a PDF. You don’t need to provide your academic transcript.

You can’t update your application once you have submitted it, so make sure you have included everything required.

Complete the online application in Sydney Student. Go to ‘My finance’, ‘Scholarships, prizes, bursaries and loans’, ‘Applications’, then ‘Advertised bursary application’.

If you are currently enrolled in two faculties, only bursaries for one of your faculties will display on your application. If you would like to apply for a bursary from the other faculty, use the ‘Personal statement’ area to list the bursary and provide a statement outlining your eligibility. Contact us at student.financialsupport@sydney.edu.au if you need more advice.

What happens next

We will notify you through Sydney Student about the outcome of your application within eight weeks of the closing date.

If successful, follow the prompts in the message to accept your bursary.

Payments will be made to your nominated bank account within four to 10 working days. Make sure your bank details are correct in Sydney Student (go to ‘My finance’, ‘Your finances’, then ‘Bank details’).

Advertised bursaries available

Burdekin Bursary

Established in 1876 by a gift of £1000 by Mrs Burdekin for the foundation of a bursary.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • from a regional/rural area
  • residing in University affiliated accommodation.

Additional supporting documents:

  • evidence you are from a regional/rural area.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Gladys H Marks Memorial Bursary

Established in 1971 from contributions following an appeal launched by the NSW Association of University Women Graduates, to honour the memory of Miss Gladys Marks, a co-founder of the Association to assist mature women students showing financial need at the University of Sydney.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • a mature-age female undergraduate or postgraduate student.

The value of the bursary is up to $600 and is a one-off payment.  

Jean D Foley Bursary

Established in 1983 with funds received following an appeal to former bursary holders. The University decided to use donations received to establish a bursary to be known as the Jean D Foley Bursary as a tribute to Lady Foley's service to the University.

The value of the bursary is up to $500 and is a one-off payment.

Marie Bashir Chancellor's Committee Postgraduate Merit Award

Established in 2012 with funding provided by the University of Sydney Chancellor's Committee to support further postgraduate coursework (graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master’s by coursework) study by students who come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • are a full time postgraduate coursework student
  • have completed your undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney.

Preference will be given to students who were in receipt of a University of Sydney Access Scholarship, while undertaking their undergraduate studies.

The value of the bursary is up to $3000 and is a one-off payment.

Maurice Alexander Bursary

Established in 1874 by a gift of £1000 by Mrs Maurice Alexander for the awarding of a bursary in memory of her husband.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • have parents who are not residents of Sydney
  • are residing in University-affiliated accommodation.

Additional supporting documents:

  • evidence your parents do not live in Sydney.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Reverend CA White Bursary

Established in 1954 by a bequest of £1000 from Reverend CA White.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • a male undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • accepted as a candidate for the Ministry of the Presbyterian Church.

Additional supporting documents:

  • evidence that you have been accepted as a candidate for the Ministry of the Presbyterian Church.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

The George and Margaret Shirbin Bursary

Established in 1922 by a bequest of £2000 from Mrs MA Dalley.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • a descendant of a soldier who served in the Australian Imperial Forces in the First World War.

If there is no applicant with financial need, the bursary will be awarded to an eligible soldier or descendent of an eligible soldier. Preference will be given to descendants of a soldier who lost his life on Active Service in War.

Additional supporting documents:

  • evidence you are eligible for the bursary, such as a statutory declaration that gives the name and details of the soldier and your line of descent.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Applications for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bursaries have now closed.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Support Services team will verify your status, or you can provide documents as outlined in the Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity Policy 2015 (pdf, 81KB).

Alice Mary Wingrove Bursary

Established in 1964 by a bequest of £500 from Alice Mary Wingrove to provide assistance to Aboriginal students.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Bernard Lee Scholarship for Aboriginal Students

Established in 2004 by a bequest of $816,000 from Mr Bernard Lee, who died in 1997, to provide assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • younger than 35 years.

The value of the bursary is up to $5000 and is a one-off payment.

Chancellor's Committee Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students Bursary

Established in 1999 by the Chancellor's Committee of the University of Sydney to provide financial assistance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or undergraduate diploma student.

The value of the bursary is up to $2000 and is a one-off payment.

Poppy Harris Bursary

Established in 2005 by a bequest from the late Ms Poppy Harris to provide assistance to Aboriginal students.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Robert Floyd Marshall and Esen Marshall Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2005 by a bequest from Esen Marshall to provide assistance to Aboriginal students.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student.

Successful applicants accepting this award are also acknowledging "that it is the wish of the benefactors that, should the benefits received assist me to succeed in life, I will endeavour to assist other financially under-privileged persons in similar fashion".

The value of the bursary is up to $3000 and is a one-off payment.

The Australian Aboriginal People Scholarship

Established in 1966 from an anonymous donation of $1000, being the first of five annual donations.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

The University of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Award

Funded by the University of Sydney the purpose of this award is to provide financial assistance to postgraduate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • a postgraduate student.

The value of the bursary is up to $2000 and is a one-off payment.

The University of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support Award

Funded by the University of Sydney the purpose of this award is to provide financial assistance to undergraduate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or undergraduate diploma student.

The value of the bursary is up to $2000 and is a one-off payment.

If you are unable to submit an advertised bursary application due to grades, but are attending the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme to improve your grades, you should contact the Financial Support Service about this bursary.

University of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students Conference Assistance

The purpose of this award is to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and expertise in their chosen discipline by providing assistance to attend conferences, workshops or seminars.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • attending a conference, workshop or seminar related to your discipline.

Additional supporting documents:

  • confirmation of your conference registration.

Priority will be given to students who present a paper at a conference.

The value of the bursary is up to $2000 and is a one-off payment.

The University of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rural Community Placement Award

Funded by the University of Sydney the purpose of this award is to provide financial assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students wishing to undertake a placement in a rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • undertaking a placement in a rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, in the year of offer.

The value of the bursary is up to $3,000 and is a one-off payment.

If you want to apply for this Award please email student.financialsupport@sydney.edu.au for further information. Applications for this award will not be accepted as part of the Advertised Bursary application process.

Robert Campbell Scholarship

Established in 1922 by a bequest of £2000 from Lt Col Francis Selwyn Campbell to establish a scholarship for commencing students in financial need, in memory of his parents.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • commencing your first year of an undergraduate degree.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Robert Maple Brown Bursary

Established in 2005 by a resolution of the University of Sydney Senate as the University of Sydney First Year Bursary. It was renamed the Robert Maple Brown Bursary in 2012 and is offered to eligible first year students to help with establishment costs at university.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • commencing your first year of an undergraduate degree
  • in receipt of Youth Allowance, Abstudy, Austudy or another Centrelink benefit

You also need to demonstrate financial need due to one of the following:

  • socio-economic status
  • rural or isolated background
  • living away from home
  • a disability. 

Additional supporting documents:

  • evidence of your Centrelink benefit. 

The value of the bursary is up to $2000 and is a one-off payment.

Bernard Lee Scholarship for Blind Students

Established in 2004 by a bequest of $816,000 from Mr Bernard Lee, who died in 1997, to provide assistance to blind students.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • blind
  • younger than 35 years.

Additional supporting documents:

  • a letter of confirmation of blindness from the Royal Blind Society unless you are registered with Disability services.

The value of the bursary is up to $5000 and is a one-off payment.

Anthony Howson Disability Bursary

Established in 2014, and renamed in 2018, in honour of the late Anthony Howson. The Anthony Howson Disability Bursary is funded by the Chancellor’s Committee to support undergraduate students who are unable to undertake a full-time study load due to their disability.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • registered with Disability Services at the University of Sydney
  • studying part-time due to your disability.

The value of the bursary is up to $2000 and is a one-off payment.

The Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning Students Bursary

Established in 2000 with a contribution from a donor, with ongoing funding provided by the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning Alumni Association.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Ann Carswell Bursary

Established in 1943 by a bequest of £1000 from Ann Carswell.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate student
  • commencing your first year in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Badham Bursaries

Established in 1886 by a gift of £1000 from subscribers to the Badham Memorial Fund for the foundation of a bursary in memory of Professor Charles Badham, Professor of Classics, and the University’s last Resident Principal.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Lady Galleghan Scholarship

Established in 2004 by a bequest of $318,000 from the Estate of the late Lady Persia Galleghan.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • currently studying Australian or English Literature.

Preference will be given to Australian Literature students.

The value of the bursary is up to $2000 and is a one-off payment.

The Littrell Cartwright Bursary

Established in 2015 from a generous donation by Dr Kimberly Cartwright and Mr Charles Littrell, for the purpose of supporting students who have been accepted into the Local Industry Placement Program in the Business School and require financial assistance to meet student expenses in order to undertake this unit of study.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • are enrolled in the University of Sydney Business School
  • have completed 48 credit points in a Business School administered degree with a WAM of 65 or above
  • have been selected into the local Industry Placement Program.

Assessment to determine the successful applicant will be conducted jointly between the Financial Support Service and the Business School.

The value of the bursary is up to $2500 and is a one-off payment.

Applications for Dentistry bursaries have now closed.  

The Bruce and Rosemary Morris Bursary

Established in 2017 by a donation from Dr Bruce Morris for the establishment of a bursary to be called The Bruce and Rosemary Morris Bursary. 

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • enrolled in your first year of the Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • experiencing financial difficulties.

Preference will be given to students from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

Assessment to determine the successful applicant will be conducted jointly between the Financial Support Service and the Faculty of Dentistry.

The value of the bursary is up to $2000 and is a one-off payment.

John Spencer Nolan Bursary

Established in 1983 by an endowment from Miss Edna Spencer-Nolan to establish bursaries in the Faculty of Dentistry in memory of her father, John Spencer Nolan, who practised dentistry in New South Wales from about 1890 until the early 1930s.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Faculty of Dentistry.

The value of the bursary is up to $2500 and is a one-off payment.

Schweitzer Scholarship

Established in 2011 by a bequest from the late Emilie Marguerite Schweitzer in memory of her late husband Friedrich A Schweitzer, a graduate of the Bachelor of Dentistry.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Faculty of Dentistry
  • enrolled in your final year of the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) or Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH).

Assessment to determine the successful applicant will be conducted jointly between the Financial Support Service and the Faculty of Dentistry, with successful applicants details provided to the trustee.

The Waterman Scholarship

Established in 2011, funded by a donation made by Mrs Jenny Parramore in memory of her parents, Willem and Leni Waterman.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Faculty of Dentistry.

Preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and students providing evidence of prior or current involvement in community activity.

Assessment to determine the successful applicant will be conducted jointly between the Financial Support Service and the Faculty of Dentistry.

The William and Edith Burrows Bursary

Established in 1960 by a donation from Miss Elsie Emily Margaret Ockenden for the establishment of a bursary to be called the William and Edith Burrows Bursary. In 1971 further William and Edith Burrows bursaries were established as a result of a specific provision made in the estate of Miss Elsie Emily Margaret Ockenden.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Faculty of Dentistry.

Assessment to determine the successful applicant will be conducted jointly between the Financial Support Service and the Faculty of Dentistry, with successful applicants details provided to the trustee.

The value of the bursary is up to $1500 and is a one-off payment.

The Stanley and Ivy Tipper Trust

Established in 2011 through a bequest from the late Beryl Mary Bubacz.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Faculty of Education and Social Work
  • experiencing financial difficulties due to sickness or loss of employment.

Additional supporting documents:

  • personal statement or evidence that shows you are experiencing financial difficulties due to sickness or loss of employment.

The value of the bursary is up to $5000 and is a one-off payment.

JN Ellis Bursary

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

The value of the bursary is up to $500 and is a one-off payment.

Babak Shahidi Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2009 by an annual donation of $5000 from the family of Babak Shahidi, in his honour. 

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • enrolled in the Sydney Medical School.

Assessment to determine the successful applicant will be conducted jointly between the Financial Support Service and Sydney Medical School.

The value of the bursary is up to $5000 and is a one-off payment.

The Dorothy Greening Scholarship

Established in 2007 to honour the commitment to the well being of medical students by Dr Billie Greening, an alumna of the University of Sydney who experienced financial challenges herself while studying.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in Sydney Medical School.

Assessment to determine the successful applicant will be conducted jointly between the Financial Support Service and Sydney Medical School.

The value of the bursary is up to $4500 and is a one-off payment.

EM (Mary) Gilder Scholarship

Established in 1997 by a donation from Dorothy Gilder in memory of her sister Dr Mary Gilder who graduated with a BSc in 1943 and a MBBS (Honours) in 1959, despite suffering the effects of polio from the age of six years old.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Sydney Medical School.

Assessment to determine the successful applicant will be conducted jointly between the Financial Support Service and the Sydney Medical School.

The value of the bursary is up to $6000 and is a one-off payment.

Esma May Harris Scholarship

Established in 1989 by a bequest from Albert Langmead Harris in memory of his wife, Esma May Harris.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Sydney Medical School.

Assessment to determine the successful applicant will be conducted jointly between the Financial Support Service and the Sydney Medical School.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Keenan Bursary

Established in 1950 by a bequest of £2000 from Thomas Joseph Keenan, for a bursary in the Sydney Medical School.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine program.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Lily Lonnie Boot Bursary

Established in 1995 by a bequest from Miss Lily Lonnie Boot, a 1935 Science graduate.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Faculty of Science or the Sydney Medical School
  • self supporting.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Llewellyn-Smith Bursary

Established in 1987 by a gift of $7000 from Joy Llewyn-Smith. 

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine program.

Assessment to determine the successful applicant will be conducted jointly between the Financial Support Service and the Medical School.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Norman John Dunlop Bursary

Established in 1941 by a bequest of £20,000 from Mrs Blanche Dunlop, widow of Dr Norman John Dunlop, who graduated from the University of Sydney in 1896 (MB ChM).

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • are an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • are enrolled in the Faculty of Science or the Sydney Medical School
  • have British parents of the Protestant faith.

Additional supporting documents:

  • evidence your parents are British and of the Protestant faith.

The value of the bursary is up to $5000 and is a one-off payment.

Sydney Medical School Dean's Scholarships

Funded by the Sydney Medical School.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Sydney Medical School.

Assessment to determine the successful applicant will be conducted jointly between the Financial Support Service and Sydney Medical School.

The value of the bursary is up to $5000 and is a one-off payment.

The Josh Woolfson Scholarship

Established in 2012 by a gift from Mrs BE Woolfson.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • enrolled in your final year of the Doctor of Medicine.

Assessment to determine the successful applicant will be conducted jointly between the Financial Support Service and the Sydney Medical School.

The value of the bursary is up to $6000 and is a one-off payment.

The Margaret D Tyrrell Scholarship

Established in 2012 by a gift from Dr Margaret D Tyrell.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • enrolled in the Sydney Medical School.

Assessment to determine the successful applicant will be conducted jointly between the Financial Support Service and Sydney Medical School.

The value of the bursary varies depending on yearly funding, and is a one-off payment.

Lily Lonnie Boot Bursary

Established in 1995 by a bequest from Miss Lily Lonnie Boot, a 1935 Science graduate.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Faculty of Science or the Sydney Medical School
  • self supporting.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Norman John Dunlop Bursary

Established in 1941 by a bequest of £20,000 from Mrs Blanche Dunlop, widow of Dr Norman John Dunlop, who graduated MB ChM in 1896 in the University of Sydney.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • are an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • are enrolled in the Faculty of Science or Sydney Medical School
  • have British parents of the Protestant faith.

Additional supporting documents:

  • evidence your parents are British and of the Protestant faith.

The value of the bursary is up to $5000 and is a one-off payment.

Dr Don Lamond Fund

Established in 1979 in memory of the late Dr DR Lamond, a graduate of the Faculty of Veterinary Science.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate student not in your first year
  • enrolled in the Sydney School of Veterinary Science.

Preference will be given to students in second and third years.

The value of the bursary is up to $400 and is a one-off payment.

Tomas Julius Szigethy Bursary

Established in 1995 by a bequest from Miklos Tamas Szigethy to establish a bursary in memory of his late brother Tomas Julius Szigethy.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • enrolled in the Sydney School of Veterinary Science.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

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Last updated: 31 August 2018

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