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

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

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 31 March for Round 1 2016

Applications close 15 September for Round 2 2016

Go to the apply now page


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UON Project Scholarships

PhD Scholarship - Combined cannabis and tobacco smoking in vulnerable pregnant women

PhD Scholarship - Combined cannabis and tobacco smoking in vulnerable pregnant women

Closing date: 4 March 2016

A PhD scholarship is available to investigate combined cannabis and tobacco smoking in vulnerable pregnant women under the supervision of Dr Gillian Gould and Associate Professor Adrian Dunlop.

PhD Scholarship - Indigenous Counselling and Nicotine (ICAN) Quit in Pregnancy Trial

PhD Scholarship - Indigenous Counselling and Nicotine (ICAN) Quit in Pregnancy Trial

Closing date: 4 March 2016

A PhD scholarship is available in the Indigenous Counselling and Nicotine (ICAN) Quit in Pregnancy Trial under the supervision of Dr Gillian Gould and Professor Billie Bonevski.

PhD scholarship - The formation of young workers

PhD scholarship - The formation of young workers

Closing date: 4 March 2016

A PhD scholarship is available to investigate The formation of young workers under the supervision of Dr David Farrugia and Professor Lisa Adkins.

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

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

Closing date: 31 March 2016

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 Laureate Professor Jon Borwein and Dr Jeff Hogan.

PhD Scholarship - Neurobiological mechanisms underlying the development of chronic neck pain

PhD Scholarship - Neurobiological mechanisms underlying the development of chronic neck pain

Closing date: 31 March 2016

A scholarship is available for a PhD student to work on a project investigating neurobiological mechanisms underlying the development of chronic neck pain under the supervision of Professor Philip Bolton.

PhD Scholarship in Clinical Nutrition opportunity

PhD Scholarship in Clinical Nutrition opportunity

Closing date: 31 March 2016

A unique opportunity exists for a PhD student to undertake a human research project in the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre at the University of Newcastle, under the supervision of Professor Peter Howe and Dr Rachel Wong.

PhD Scholarship - Vasoactive nutrients to promote healthy ageing in postmenopausal women

PhD Scholarship - Vasoactive nutrients to promote healthy ageing in postmenopausal women

Closing date: 31 March 2016

A PhD or Research Masters scholarship is available for a student to research vasoactive nutrients to promote healthy ageing in postmenopausal women at the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre at the University of Newcastle, under the supervision of Dr Rachel Wong.

PhD Scholarship - Role of mechanical forces in asthma pathogenesis

PhD Scholarship - Role of mechanical forces in asthma pathogenesis

Closing date: Ongoing

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.

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.


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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