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Postgraduate Research Support Scheme

The Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) provides University funding to attend conferences around the world. It can also support your fieldwork or research overseas. 

  1. Overview and funding
  2. Eligibility
  3. How to apply

Overview and funding

Applications for 2018 are now closed.

The faculties or schools that will be offering funding for Round 2 are:

  • School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES)
  • Sydney Law School
  • Nepean Clinical School
  • School of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering
  • School of Economics
  • Sydney School of Education and Social Work

Applications will close at 12am, on Friday 31 August.

Funding categories

You may be eligible if you author and present, or author and are accepted to present, a paper or poster related to your research. You are not eligible to apply under this category if you attend a conference without presenting, or if you present a paper or poster you have not authored.

You can obtain funding for use of specialist services, a visit to use specialist facilities or learning specialist technique(s). Expenses are directly related to your research and beyond what’s provided by your school or department.

You can obtain funding for field expenses related to your research. Funding cannot be used for infrastructure costs normally covered by your school or department. 

Funding is available for items that are essential to your research, but are not normally available or are difficult to obtain at the University.

You can obtain funding for equipment that is essential to your research and outside the normal infrastructure provided by your school or department.

You can obtain up to $600 for a doctorate thesis or $300 for a master’s thesis. You can apply provided you do not hold a scholarship and will submit your thesis in the same calendar year. Printing costs will not be covered, as your thesis is submitted electronically.

Funding available

In each application round you may apply for one of the following levels of support.

Thesis production expenses:

  • up to $600.

Conference expenses:

  • up to $3000 to support presentations at conferences held in countries in Africa, Europe, and North and South America
  • up to $2000 to support presentations at conferences held in Asia and Australia.

All other categories:

  • minimum amount of $200 and a maximum amount of $1200.


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Last updated: 04 February 2019

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