Student resources


The Faculty of Science Undergraduate Summer Scholarship program is established to enable talented students to explore the world of research.

An Undergraduate Summer Research Program can be undertaken in a variety of research areas and will provide students with a valuable and rewarding experience working with well-established researchers in high quality research environments. Scholarship holders will undertake research projects over a 6-week placement.

This program is an early introduction to aspects of Honours Year research. Details regarding the current Summer Research Topics identified as being of interest to the Faculty can be found here (819KB).

A large number of scholarships are available valued at $2,000 each. For information on the conditions and how to apply please refer to the Scholarships website.

Applications close at midnight on Monday 31st October 2016.


Support Schemes

In addition to support offered through the University of Newcastle, the Faculty of Science provides higher degree research (HDR) candidates with a broad range of resources and funding support to help you achieve your research goals.

The Faculty Research & Research Training Committee (FRRTC) is responsible for managing the HDR support schemes listed below.

SchemeDescription Guidelines and Application Forms Closing Date
HDR Conference Scholarships Provides funding support for HDR candidates to attend an 'International Conference'. Students may apply for up to $2,000 to help support the costs of airfare, accommodation and conference registration. As it is a highly competitive scheme, applicants are advised to discuss their options with their supervisor's. Guidelines

Application Form
Applications are closed for 2016.
Thesis Submission Scholarships Designed to encourage the timely completions of HDR theses, these scholarships are for students who submit their theses well within their RTS end date. You are eligible to apply if you submit your thesis within 3.5 years FTE for PhD and 1.5 years FTE for MPhil. That is, 6 months prior to your RTS end date. Guidelines N/A
Laptop Scheme The Faculty provides PhD and Research Masters students with a laptop. After you have enrolled, you will be contacted by the Office of Graduate Studies to organise the collection of your laptop. Refer to the Laptop Scheme.   N/A
Research Training Support Funds To support your research project, you will have access to a minimum of $1,500 (pro-rata for part-time candidates) each year. After approval from your School, this money can be used for expenses such as travel to a conference or consumables you might need to carry out your research. Refer to your School Office for the Guidelines and Application Form. Closing dates may vary per School. Early submissions are encouraged.


Faculty of Science Higher Degree by Research (HDR) awards for ‘Outstanding Research Student Achievements’ are designed to promote excellence in research, recognising outstanding achievements in research, research innovation and engagement.

The Faculty Research & Research Training Committee (FRRTC) has established three (3) new outstanding research student achievement awards listed below that are available for HDR candidates to apply for in 2016:

Award Guidelines and Application Forms

Best HDR Publication Award


Application Form
Best HDR Engagement (Community, Industry or International) AwardGuidelines

Application Form
Best HDR Innovation AwardGuidelines

Application Form

The value of each award will be $1,000, and an invitation to a free dinner at the “NUPSA Annual Dinner” to be held on Friday 2nd December 2016 at Customs House Hotel.

Students can apply for more than one category, but can only receive one award per student per year.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 31st October 2016.

Progress Seminar

To enable timely completions, all research degree students enrolled in the Faculty of Science are required to present a Progress Seminar when they have completed 2 to 3 years full-time equivalent PhD study (or 1 to 1.5 years full-time equivalent MPhil study).

Candidates who are required to present a Progress Seminar will be notified well in advance by the Faculty Research training Officer.

For further information, refer to the guidelines (81KB).

"Succeeding in your Research Degree" Seminars

Higher Degree Research students are invited to attend a series of FREE seminars which will provide you with topical information to ensure you succeed in your research degree. The seminars will be held at both Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses.

The 2017 program will be advised early in the new year.


Ms Lina Bozinovska

Research and Research Training Officer

e: FSCIT Research Training

t: +61 2 4921 5243

Associate Professor Frances Martin

Assistant Dean (Research Training)


t: +61 2 4348 4121