Full-time Australian research students are eligible to apply for University and Commonwealth Government scholarships

PhD and Research Masters degrees

Scholarships

University and Commonwealth Government Scholarships

Round 2 applications close 15 September

To allow for greater scholarship opportunities to prospective and current research students, UON will undertake an additional scholarship round in 2016. There are two scholarship rounds open to domestic and international applicants, where scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year. An overview of all scholarships available within both rounds for research degree candidates is available here.

Round 2
Closing Date: 15 September 2016
Latest Outcome Date: 30 November 2016
Latest Commencement Date: 30 June 2017
Round 1
Closing Date: 31 January 2017
Latest Outcome Date: 15 April 2017
Latest Commencement Date: 30 November 2017

Other scholarships may become available throughout the year.

Prospective and current research students are eligible to apply for University and Commonwealth Government scholarships, which are awarded during two rounds. 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 $26, 288 per annum (2016 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.

Am I eligible for a scholarship?

Eligibility criteria based on Commonwealth Government Scholarship Guidelines and candidates must:

  • satisfy the English proficiency requirement (IELTS of at least 6.5)
  • 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 latest outcome date for the round in which they are applying.

Successful international scholarship candidates usually also have:

  • 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 by the latest commencement date for the round in which the scholar has applied.
  • Research Scholarship Guidelines

How do I apply?

Currently enrolled candidates can apply for a scholarship by contacting researchscholarships@newcastle.edu.au

New applicants can apply for a 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
What happens once I submit my application?
  • Applications are assessed and ranked according to merit
  • Attendance at an interview is not normally required

Closing Dates

Applications close 15 September for Round 2 2016

Applications close 31 March for Round 1 2016

Go to the apply now page


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UON Project Scholarships

PhD Scholarship in Nanopositioning

PhD Scholarship in Nanopositioning

Closing date: 15 September 2016

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 Kuan Yong

PhD Scholarship - SMS4dads mobile information and support for new Fathers

PhD Scholarship - SMS4dads mobile information and support for new Fathers

Closing date: 30 September 2016

A PhD scholarship is available in the SMS4dads suite of research projects under the supervision of Associate Professor Richard Fletcher.

PhD Scholarship - Human Rights Implications of Human Displacement

PhD Scholarship - Human Rights Implications of Human Displacement

Closing date: 30 September 2016

The Faculty of Business and Law is offering a new PhD Scholarship in Human Rights, Public International Law and Disaster Resilience.

PhD Scholarship - Complex predicates: Australian and Oceanic languages

PhD Scholarship - Complex predicates: Australian and Oceanic languages

Closing date: 30 September 2016

A PhD scholarship is available for a student to investigate complex predicates: Australian and Oceanic languages.

PhD Scholarships - Exploring the neurobiology of schizophrenia: role of risk factors and electrophysiological biomarkers

PhD Scholarships - Exploring the neurobiology of schizophrenia: role of risk factors and electrophysiological biomarkers

Closing date: 01 October 2016

Two PhD scholarships are available to investigate the neurobiology of schizophrenia: role of risk factors and electrophysiological biomarkers under the leadership of team including Dr Lauren Harms, Prof Deborah Hodgson, A / Prof Juanita Todd, A / Prof Paul Tooney and Emeritus Prof Patricia Michie.

PhD Scholarship - Peer support and rural mental health

PhD Scholarship - Peer support and rural mental health

Closing date: 01 October 2016

A PhD scholarship is available to investigate peer support and rural mental health under the supervision of Dr Kate Davies and A / Prof Kerry Inder.

PhD Scholarship - Mining and Mental Health

PhD Scholarship - Mining and Mental Health

Closing date: 01 October 2016

A PhD scholarship is available to investigate mental health and mining: barriers and enablers in implementing workplace programs under the supervision of Dr Jane Rich.

PhD Scholarship - Improving construction process productivity through the application of big data analysis

PhD Scholarship - Improving construction process productivity through the application of big data analysis

Closing date: 10 October 2016

The School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle is offering a PhD scholarship to develop and test algorithms for mining big data sets of construction processes and costs with the intention of improving productivity.  We are seeking a student with a background in construction engineering or construction management, preferably with very good IT background, to study under the supervision of Dr Sittimont Kanjanabootra.

PhD scholarship - Regulating exacerbation of asthma and cystic fibrosis

PhD scholarship - Regulating exacerbation of asthma and cystic fibrosis

Closing date: 15 October 2016

A PhD scholarship is available for a student to investigate cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating exacerbation of asthma and cystic fibrosis under the supervision of Dr Hock Tay and Laureate Professor Paul Foster.

PhD Scholarship - Australian millennials on social media: managing privacy and security in the workplace

PhD Scholarship - Australian millennials on social media: managing privacy and security in the workplace

Closing date: 31 October 2016

A PhD scholarship is available to investigate Australian millennials on social media: managing privacy and security in the workplace under the supervision of Dr Janet Fulton.

PhD Scholarship - Behavioural/Experimental Economics and Disasters

PhD Scholarship - Behavioural/Experimental Economics and Disasters

Closing date: 31 October 2016

The Economics discipline at the University of Newcastle (UON) in Australia is looking for an excellent PhD candidate, supported by a full scholarship. The candidate will be required to do joint research using applied microeconomics predominantly in the areas of Behavioural and Experimental Economics, specifically examining disasters.

PhD Scholarship - Psychological Contracts in Organisations

PhD Scholarship - Psychological Contracts in Organisations

Closing date: 31 October 2016

A PhD scholarship is available to investigate Psychological Contracts in Organisations.

PhD Scholarship - Advancing Occupational Health and Safety Management

PhD Scholarship - Advancing Occupational Health and Safety Management

Closing date: 5 November 2016

Early Career Research (ECR) Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Scholarship in Advancing Occupational Health and Safety Management under the supervision of Dr Manikam Pillay.

PhD Scholarship - CSR: Social and Environmental Accountability, Reporting and Management

PhD Scholarship - CSR: Social and Environmental Accountability, Reporting and Management

Closing date: 30 November 2016

A PhD scholarship is available for a student to investigate Corporate Social Responsibility - Social and Environmental Accountability, Reporting and Management under the supervision of Dr Asit Bhattacharyya.

PhD Scholarship - Multinational Enterprises from Developing Countries or Industrial Relations in China

PhD Scholarship - Multinational Enterprises from Developing Countries or Industrial Relations in China

Closing date: 30 November 2016

A PhD scholarship is available for a student to investigate Multinational Enterprises from Developing Countries or Industrial Relations in China under the supervision of Dr Judith Zhu.

PhD Scholarship - Occupational Radiation Exposure in Medical Radiation Practitioners

PhD Scholarship - Occupational Radiation Exposure in Medical Radiation Practitioners

Closing date: 18 December 2016

A PhD /  MPhil scholarship is available for a student to investigate occupational radiation exposure in medical radiation  practitioners under the supervision of Dr Daphne James.

PhD Scholarship - Machine Learning Application for Malware Detection and Analysis

PhD Scholarship - Machine Learning Application for Malware Detection and Analysis

Closing date: 20 December 2016

A PhD scholarship is available to investigate Machine Learning Application for Malware Detection and Analysis under the supervision of Dr Ilung Pranata.

PhD Scholarship - Understanding the pathogenesis of infection induced aberrant innate immune responses and exacerbation of asthma

PhD Scholarship - Understanding the pathogenesis of infection induced aberrant innate immune responses and exacerbation of asthma

Closing date: 20 December 2016

A PhD scholarship is available for a highly self-motivated post-graduate/graduate student at the MSC or honours level (or equivalent) to investigate the roles of respiratory infection in the pathogenesis of asthma exacerbation, under the supervision of Dr Ming Yang and Laureate Professor Paul Foster.

PhD Scholarship - Optimization/Functional Analysis/Operator Theory/Harmonic Analysis

PhD Scholarship - Optimization/Functional Analysis/Operator Theory/Harmonic Analysis

Closing date: Applications open until suitable candidate is found

A PhD scholarship is available for a student to work on the ARC 2016 Discovery Project Relaxed Reflection Methods for feasibility and matrix completion problems under the supervision of Dr Jeff Hogan.

PhD Scholarship - Next-generation communication networks via caching

PhD Scholarship - Next-generation communication networks via caching

Closing date: Applications open until suitable candidate is found

The school for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Newcastle is offering a PhD scholarship to study a new  technique of caching for next-generation communication networks. The successful applicant will study under the supervision of Dr Lawrence Ong.

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 - Behavioural / Experimental Economics and Disasters

PhD Scholarship - Behavioural / Experimental Economics and Disasters

Closing date: 31 March 2017

A PhD scholarship is available to investigate Behavioural / Experimental Economics and Disasters under the supervision of Dr David Savage.

PhD Scholarship - Role of mechanical forces in asthma on anti-viral immunity

PhD Scholarship - Role of mechanical forces in asthma on anti-viral immunity

Closing date: 01 June 2017

A PhD scholarship is available to investigate the role of mechanical forces in asthma on anti-viral immunity under the leadership of Associate Professor Chris Grainge, Professor Darryl Knight and Dr Nathan Bartlett.


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Externally funded scholarships

Epilepsy Society of Australia - Travel Scholarship. Due at the Research Office 23 September 2015. Due at the Funding Body 30 September 2015.

Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation - Half funded PhD Scholarships. Due at the Research Office 9 October 2015. Due at the Funding Body 16 October 2015.

Grains Research and Development Corporation - Grains Industry Research Scholarship. Due at the Research Office 21 October 2015. Due at the Funding Body 28 October 2015.

Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) - PhD and Research Masters Scholarships . Due at the Research Office 30 October 2015. Due at the Funding Body 6 November 2015.

Sugar Research Australia - Postgraduate Research Scholarships . Due at the Research Office 23 November 2015. Due at the Funding Body 30 November 2015.

Australian Rotary Health - Rotary Club of Blacktown City PhD Scholarship Investigating Chronic Kidney Disease. Due at the funding body 11 December 2015.

Australian Rotary Health - David Henning Memorial Foundation PhD Scholarship Investigating Depression. Due at the funding body 11 December 2015.

Australian Rotary Health - Kerry Anderson/Rotary District 9650 PhD Scholarship Investigating Epidermolysis Bullosa. Due at the funding body 11 December 2015.

Australian Rotary Health - Terry Orr Memorial PhD Scholarship Investigating Epigenetics. Due at the funding body 11 December 2015.

Australian Rotary Health - Rotary Club of Devonport PhD Scholarship Investigating Gastroparesis. Due at the funding body 11 December 2015.

Australian Rotary Health - Terry Orr Memorial PhD Scholarship Investigating Genomics and Nutrigenomics and its Effect on Methylation. Due at the funding body 11 December 2015.

Australian Rotary Health - Terry Orr Memorial Foundation PhD Scholarship Investigating Medical Applications of Graphene. Due at the funding body 11 December 2015.

Australian Rotary Health - Rotary Clubs of Kiama & Gerringong PhD Scholarship Investigating Melanoma. Due at the funding body 11 December 2015.

Australian Rotary Health - Rotary Club of Cronulla PhD Scholarship Investigating Motor Neurone disease. Due at the funding body 11 December 2015.

Australian Rotary Health - Rotary District 9650 PhD Scholarship Investigating Parkinson's Disease. Due at the funding body 11 December 2015.

NSW Fisheries Scientific Committee Student Research Grants. Due at the funding body 12 February 2016.

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Hobsons

The University of Newcastle is a member of Hobsons. 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.


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International Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available to international students.

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Need more information about scholarships?

T: +61 2 4921 7486
E: ResearchScholarships@newcastle.edu.au