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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.

The closing date for 2017 applications will be advised in coming months.

Higher Degree Research (HDR)

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.


Now closed
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 $1,750 (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.

Award Guidelines and Application Forms Closing Date

Best HDR Publication Award



5pm Monday

30 October 2017

Best HDR Engagement Award(Community, Industry or International) Award



5pm Monday

30 October 2017

Best HDR Innovation Award



5pm Monday

30 October 2017

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 1st December 2017 at Marina Views, Wickam.

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

First Year Project Proposal

To ensure that your HDR studies go as smoothly as possible, all higher research degree students enrolled in the Faculty of Science who commenced their candidature on or after the 1st August 2017 will be required to complete a brief proposal within three months of full-time candidature (or the equivalent period of part-time candidature).

The aim of the proposal is to refine and focus your research question, indicate how the problem will be solved and suggest the milestones and time-frame necessary to the solution. It is also a means by which you can indicate potential problems and propose alternative solutions in case the research, as proposed, is not successful.

For further information, refer to the milestones guidelines (172KB) and project proposal template (145KB).

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 and evaluation form (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.

For dates, times and topics see the 2017 program for Semester 2.


Ms Lina Bozinovska

Research and Research Training Officer

e: FSCI Research Training

t: +61 2 4921 5243

Professor Frances Martin

Assistant Dean (Research Training)

e: Frances.Martin@newcastle.edu.au

t: +61 2 4348 4121