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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 invites applications for funding for projects that commence the following year. Each grant is worth up to $1200. 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

HDR students are invited to 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 2020, and your activities must be completed by 31 July 2020.

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 2020 round HDR+ Student Grants will open on 1 August 2019 and close at midnight on 29 September 2019. The successful applicants will be announced late October 2019. 

2019 HDR+ Student Grant recipients

Name Faculty or school Project title
Lawrence Ashford Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Reconsidering ethnographic research
Rachel Farber Faculty of Medicine and Health HDR101: All the questions you were afraid to ask
Meng Wang Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Writing, completion and career transition
Ella Collins-White Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary writing intensive
Ann Livingstone Faculty of Medicine and Health Pitch perfect: Your thesis in 3 minutes
Sirma Altun Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Higher Degree Research Podcasting: Creating Spaces with the Broader Community
Dan Luo Faculty of Medicine and Health Engaging health care researchers with the community and industry


Last updated: 24 July 2019

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