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HDR grants and opportunities

There are activities, competitions and opportunities for funding available for higher degree by research students to aid their academic development and enhance the experience of HDR students at the University.

HDR+ grants

HDR+ student grants are awarded each year to a range of creative and innovative student-led initiatives that help enhance the academic outcomes, and contribute to the development of HDR communities at the University. 

The grant scheme runs once a year for projects that commence the following year. Each grant is worth $1200, with a total pool of $24,000.

The scheme is designed to support the development of essential research skills such as project management, proposal writing and project evaluation skills. 

What's involved

Develop and lead an activity that enriches the experience of HDR students at the University. examples of possible activities include:

  • disciplinary or interdisciplinary seminars with guest speakers
  • student run conferences
  • weekend thesis writing 'boot camp'
  • understanding the publishing landscape
  • seminars on how research can be remade for different audiences
  • postdoc mentoring schemes for PhD's
  • developing a teaching and research portfolio for an academic job


Your grant application will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • the activity will enhance the academic outcomes for a significant number of HDR students
  • it supports disciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary collaborations amongst students
  • the activity is student initiated and led
  • your activity can be completed in one semester
  • there is not additional cost for students who participate
  • your faculty, school or department supports the proposed initiative


To apply you need to be an HDR student currently enrolled at the University. If you've previously applied but were unsuccessful, you're encouraged to apply again.

Funding activities will commence on 1 January, and your activities must be completed by 31 July.

If you received an HDR+ grant in previous years you are not eligible.

How to apply

Complete the application form and proposal online. Log in with your university email and password to lodge your application.

Applications for the 2019 HDR+ Student Grants will open on 3 September 2018 and close at midnight on 28 September 2018. The successful applicants will be announced late October 2018. 

2018 HDR+ Student Grant recipients

Activity Faculty
Develop a critical voice in academic writing workshop FASS
Writing, memory and visuality symposium FASS
Self-study group mentorship scheme FASS
Stand out from the crowd: How to effectively present your scientific data at conferences Medicine
Writer's band-aid FASS
Open space: exploration of how HDR students can engage with industry Business
Donut discussions: A supportive forum for Psychology HDR Students Science
Brain and Mind Centre Writing Workshops Medicine
Social network analysis for historical and cultural research seminar FASS
Social and formal media engagement for research dissemination and professional profile building Architecture
Trope Watchers: An Academic Podcst FASS
HDR Writing for publication boot camp Nursing
HDR student learning podcast FASS
Discovering confucious philosophy for HDR students in academia and beyond FASS
#MakeScienceCatchy: Social media and science workshop Medicine
Higher degree research camden careers forum Science
Career transitions: Medical research in academic, industry & beyond Medicine
Enhancing discoverability and impact by managing your online academic profile FASS
Professional development skills for remote HDR students webinar Science
Writing boot camp for HDR students Medicine
Last updated: 12 April 2019

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