WaterRA Honours Scholarship

Amount$10000Number Available2FacultyFaculty of Science and Information Technology

The primary aims of WaterRA are to coordinate and manage a structured program of collaborative research in water quality and to ensure that the knowledge generated is transferred to industry. WaterRA's focus is on national issues in water quality. WaterRA brings together key water research groups and industry members across Australia to conduct targeted, priority research. These relationships place WaterRA in a unique position to rapidly address current and emerging issues in water.

The main focus of WaterRA research is on urban and regional water issues related to public health and acceptability aspects of water supply, water recycling and aspects of wastewater management. WaterRA also has an Education Program, which supports the training of young industry professionals to help build long term operational excellence and a strong research capability in the Australian water community.

WaterRA's membership is both national and representative, covering all states and territories of Australia. Members include water utilities, research organisations/providers, private sector companies, and government departments and regulators.

WaterRA has strong relationships with the national and international water research community. These relationships provide critical and timely information on emerging issues of concern and ensure that the best possible knowledge and skills available can be accessed by the Australian water sector when needed.

Building future expertise across the water industry is the key focus of the Water Research Australia (WaterRA) Education Program. In response to the national shortage of professionals across the industry, the Education Program aims to build capacity and capability to enable high quality research to support the Australian water community and facilitate knowledge transfer and uptake of research.

Bringing together universities, students and water utilities, WaterRA supports the training of young industry professionals to help build long term operational excellence. The program enables graduates to carry out research through student projects with the aim of encouraging participants to improve decision-making skills, knowledge and hands on experience.

WaterRA's focus is directed towards national (urban, regional and remote) issues in water quality with an emphasis on improving public health for the Australian water community. With a focus on postgraduate students - PhD, Masters and Honours - the WaterRA Education Program offers student projects can address targeted industry issues and an opportunity for organisations without the necessary equipment or labs to collaborate with research members to participate in strategic research.

Applicable to: Science, Environmental Science and Management, Honours, High Achievers.


To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or the holder of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • Be enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours) program
  • Be enrolled full-time
Required Documentation

If documentation is not provided your application will not be processed. Please have all required documents available for upload as PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, or JPG files prior to completing the online application process.

  • Please provide a written statement outling; Why you are interested in the project; The Degree you are currently undertaking and the skills/ expereince you possess which match the project requirements;
  • Additional written statement outling: What motivated you to apply for a WaterRA Scholarship; Overview of your plans upon completion of research project; any additional information for the application

Scholarship benefit is to the value of $10,000 per annum. This is paid in four separate payments of $2,500; $2,500; $2,000; & $3,000. Scholarship also includes Financial support for attendance at student orientation event and final presentation in accordance with the Project Plan; Student membership to the Australian Water Association from commencement to expiry; Financial support for attendance including student registration at one Australian Water Association conference prior to expiry.


Selection of the scholar will be on the basis of:

  • Academic Merit - namely Grade Point Average
  • Written Statement
  • Performance at Interview. Scholars may be asked to attend an interview. Selection committee will entail Water Research Australia Education Committee; Hunter Water; Two University of Newcastle staff as approved by the Head of Discipline.
  • Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Contact Details


Student Services Centre
University of Newcastle
University Drive

Phone: +61 2 4921 6404 or +61 2 4921 8849
Fax: +61 2 4921 6937
Email: scholarships@newcastle.edu.au