Available scholarships

At UON we offer an extensive range of scholarships to PhD and Research Masters candidates that not only reward academic excellence, but allow students from many backgrounds to study at our world-class university. 

Historically over 70% of eligible domestic applicants receive a scholarship. Currently 90% of international students hold a scholarship from UoN or a sponsor.

There is one main scholarship round each year where scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Other scholarships may become available throughout the year.

> University and Commonwealth Government Scholarships
> UON Project Scholarships
> Externally funded scholarships
> Joint Academic Scholarships On-Line Network (JASON)

University and Commonwealth Government Scholarships

Full-time research students are eligible to apply for University and Commonwealth Government scholarships, which are awarded during one main round offer. They provide a living allowance so you can commit to full-time study.

Scholarships are granted on the basis of academic merit, which includes your undergraduate grade point average and extra research attainments.

What does the scholarship offer?

A scholarship funded by the University of Newcastle or the Commonwealth Government provides:

  • An annual living allowance $25,849 p.a. (2015 rate - indexed annually)

The scholarship may also include:

  • a relocation allowance (up to $2,020)
  • a thesis allowance (up to $500)
  • a full tuition fee scholarship (international students)
  • overseas student health cover (OSHC) (international students)

PhD scholarships are for three years and Masters scholarships are for two years, less any tenure already completed towards a research degree.

For domestic students - up to three of the highest ranked domestic applicants will receive a Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for Outstanding Candidates. If you are awarded this scholarship, you receive an additional $10,000 per annum on top of the living allowance.

Am I eligible for a scholarship?

Eligibility criteria is set by the Commonwealth Government and candidates must:

  • have a current offer of admission into a research higher degree.
  • have completed at least four years of undergraduate study and have attained Honours Class 1 or equivalent and a high grade point average (GPA)
  • be no more than two full-time equivalent years into their PhD (or one year for Masters) at the end of the year.

Successful international scholarship candidates usually also have:

  • satisfied the English proficiency requirement (IELTS of at least 6.5)
  • A master degree with strong research component
  • International peer reviewed research publication or research experience

Scholarship conditions

  • be enrolled full-time (part-time enrolment may be approved in exceptional circumstances. Part-time scholarships are taxable)
  • be enrolled on-campus (off-campus enrolment may be approved in exceptional circumstances)
  • scholars may only work a maximum of 8 hours per week (between Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
  • scholarship offers must be taken-up in the year of the offer and cannot be deferred to the following year. A leave of absence may be taken after 1 year full-time enrolment.

How do I apply?

Currently enrolled candidates can apply online via MyHub - click on the 'My Research' link on the left hand side and then go to 'Apply for Scholarship'.

New applicants can apply for scholarship at the same time as applying for admission.

Your application for admission must include:

  • Copies of all academic transcripts
  • A research proposal
  • Evidence of extra academic attainments e.g. publications
  • If required, certified evidence of meeting the English proficiency requirement

Please ensure you attach the following documents to support your scholarship application:

  • Copies of research publications, exhibitions or conference papers
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Details of previous research experience e.g. research work experience / study
  • Any additional documents that may add to your scholarship application e.g. evidence of the award of a University Medal
Related documents
What happens once I submit my application?
  • Applications are assessed and ranked according to merit 
  • Attendance at an interview is not normally required
  • Scholarship outcomes are known from mid December each year

Closing Dates

International applications close 31 August at 4pm

Domestic applications close 31 October at 4pm

Go to the apply now page


UON Project Scholarships

PhD Scholarship for Indigenous Australian applicants

PhD Scholarship for Indigenous Australian applicants

Closing date: Ongoing

This scholarship is open to Indigenous Australian applicants who are interested in undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Newcastle.There are no restrictions on the area or discipline of research.

Indigenous History Project PhD Scholarship

Indigenous History Project PhD Scholarship

Closing date: Ongoing

This scholarship is open to Indigenous Australian applicants who are interested in undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Newcastle examining an important aspect of Protection/Welfare Board history – the transition from the Protection Board era (1883 - 1940) to that of the Welfare Board (1940 - 1969).

Glenn and Ken Moss PhD Top Up Scholarship

Glenn and Ken Moss PhD Top Up Scholarship

Closing date: Ongoing

The Glenn and Ken Moss scholarship offers top ups to successful domestic applicants, within the field of Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronics who have been offered an APA scholarship.

PhD Scholarship - Modulating Cardiac Fibrosis

PhD Scholarship - Modulating Cardiac Fibrosis

Closing date: 31 October 2014

A scholarship is available for a student to undertake a PhD in modulating cardiac fibrosis at the state-of-the-art HMRI building located on the John Hunter Hospital site under the supervision of Professor Andrew Boyle

PhD Scholarship - Novel Implantable Pressure Monitor

PhD Scholarship - Novel Implantable Pressure Monitor

Closing date: 31 October 2014

A scholarship is available for a student to undertake a PhD project in the development of a novel implantable pressure monitor under the supervision of Professor Andrew Boyle

5 PhD Scholarships - Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation

5 PhD Scholarships - Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation

Closing date: 31 October 2014

Five PhD scholarships are available in the ARC Training Centre for Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation based at The University of Newcastle in Newcastle. As well as a world class academic environment, these posts include placement time with industry partners as an integral part of the research program.

PhD Scholarship for Indigenous Australians - Engineering and Built Environment

PhD Scholarship for Indigenous Australians - Engineering and Built Environment

Closing date: 31 October 2014

This scholarship is open to Indigenous Australian applicants who are interested in undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Newcastle within the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.

PhD Scholarship - Role of mechanical forces in asthma pathogenesis

PhD Scholarship - Role of mechanical forces in asthma pathogenesis

Closing date: 31 October 2014

Applications are open for a PhD scholarship at the University of Newcastle. As the successful applicant you will undertake your doctoral studies in the Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Disease at the Hunter Medical Research Institute in Newcastle.

Kevin Sheridan Rural and Remote Mental Health PhD Scholarship

Kevin Sheridan Rural and Remote Mental Health PhD Scholarship

Closing date: 7 November 2014

A scholarship is available for a student to undertake a PhD in rural and remote mental health under the supervision of Professor David Perkins.

PhD Scholarships in Physical Activity and Sleep Behaviours

PhD Scholarships in Physical Activity and Sleep Behaviours

Closing date: 15 November 2014

Three PhD scholarships are available focusing on a behavioural epidemiology approach to understanding physical activity and sleep behaviours for commencement in February 2015.

PhD Scholarship in Historical LInguistics

PhD Scholarship in Historical LInguistics

Closing date: 15 November 2014

Applications and enquiries are invited from qualified and motivated students wishing to pursue a PhD investigating the hypothesis that all the languages of Australia are related as members of a single language family under the supervision of Dr Mark Harvey, part of a three-year Discovery Project (DP140100863).

Research Masters Scholarships in Cognitive Decline in the Elderly

Research Masters Scholarships in Cognitive Decline in the Elderly

Closing date: 1 December 2014

Two scholarships are available for research masters students with topics related to Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in the Elderly under the supervision of Professor Dimity Pond.

PhD Scholarship - Molecular Simulations of Carbon Nanotube Growth

PhD Scholarship - Molecular Simulations of Carbon Nanotube Growth

Closing date: 31 December 2014

A scholarship is available for a student to undertake a PhD in Molecular Simulations of Carbon Nanotube Growth under the supervision of Dr Alister Page.

PhD Scholarship in Particle Scale Dynamics

PhD Scholarship in Particle Scale Dynamics

Closing date: 31 December 2014

A scholarship is available for a student to undertake a PhD in particle scale dynamics using variational framework under the supervision of Dr Andrei Lyamin

PhD Scholarship in Nanopositioning

PhD Scholarship in Nanopositioning

Closing date: 31 December 2014

A PhD scholarship is available for a student to join the Precision and Nanopositioning project at the University of Newcastle under the supervision of Dr Yuen Yong



Externally funded scholarships


Joint Academic Scholarships On-Line Network (JASON)

The University of Newcastle is a member of the Joint Academic Scholarship On-line Network (JASON for short), a program developed jointly by a number of universities. Its aim is to assist students wishing to pursue postgraduate studies (either within Australia or internationally) gain access to current information regarding funding opportunities through various scholarship programs run through universities, charitable foundations, government and private institutions.