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Higher Degree Research (HDR)


Welcome to your PhD. To assist with your plan for a timely completion, we have provided milestones. We hope you have an excellent experience during your candidature and that you enjoy your research and that it is successful. For further information, refer to the milestone guidelines (172KB)

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.

Project Proposal Plan template (149KB).

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 (43KB).

"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 are held at both Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses in both Semester 1 & 2. For details email: fsci-researchtraining@newcastle.edu.au

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 $2000 to help support the costs of airfare, accommodation and conference registration plus an additional $1000 to help facilitate a visit to a research laboratory/facility where appropriate. As it is a highly competitive scheme, applicants are advised to discuss their options with their supervisor's.



5pm Mon 02 Sep 2019
HDR Research Support To support your research project, you will have access to $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. Applications may be received at any time between February and September each year.Download  your relevant School 


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



Mon 14 Oct 2019
Best HDR Engagement Award(Community, Industry or International) Award



Mon 14 Oct 2019

Best HDR Innovation Award



Mon 14 Oct 2019

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

Undergraduate Summer Vacation Scholarships 2019/20

The Faculty of Science undergraduate summer research program can be undertaken in a variety of research areas and provides students with a valuable and rewarding experience working with well-established researchers in high quality research environments.

The scholarship holder has the opportunity to participate in a voluntary six week research program within the Faculty of Science on a research topic provided by the Faculty. This participation should be primarily a learning experience and should take place between December 2019 and March 2020. Successful applicants will be able to negotiate attendance, based on their availability, with their academic supervisor.

This program is an early introduction to aspects of Honours Year research. The program is available to students currently enrolled in 2nd or 3rd year of an undergraduate program offered by the Faculty of Science.  Details regarding the current Summer Research Topics identified as being of interest to the Faculty can be found here.

A limited number of scholarships are available valued at $2,000 each. For information on the conditions and how to apply online please refer to the Scholarships website.

The 2019/2020 Summer Vacation Scholarships Topics of Interest are now available. Please follow the link above.

Applicants must apply online by midnight on Monday 14th October 2019.


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