Scholarships

University and Commonwealth Government Scholarships

Next scholarship round applications close 1 September 2018

Round 2, 2018

Pre-Identified Candidate Code (PIC Code): To be eligible for consideration, applications must include a Pre Identified Candidate Code in their application. Applications without a PIC Code will be automatically deemed unsuccessful for scholarship.

  • Closing Date: 1 September 2018
  • Latest Outcome Date: 1 December 2018
  • Latest Commencement Date: 1 June 2019

Round 1, 2019

  • Opening Date: 2 September, 2018
  • Closing Date: 16 February 2019
  • Latest Outcome Date: 1 June 2019
  • Latest Commencement Date: 4 January 2020

What does the scholarship offer?

A scholarship funded by the University of Newcastle or the Commonwealth Government provides:

  • An annual living allowance $27,082 per annum (2018 rate - indexed annually)

The scholarship may also include:

  • A relocation allowance (up to $1,500)
  • A full tuition fee scholarship
  • A laptop for your research studies
  • Overseas student health cover (OSHC) (Single cover for international candidates)

PhD scholarships are for three and a half years and Masters scholarships are for two years, less any tenure already completed towards a research degree.

Am I eligible for a scholarship?

To be eligible for scholarship you must:

  • enter a Pre-Identified Candidate Code (provided by your potential UON supervisor) in the online application
  • satisfy the English proficiency requirement (IELTS of at least 6.5, 7.0 in some disciplines)
  • meet admission eligibility criteria
  • be no more than two full-time equivalent years into their PhD (or one year for Masters) at the scholarship closing date in which you are applying.

Successful international scholarship candidates usually also have:

  • A master degree with strong research component
  • International peer reviewed research publication or research experience

Advice on how to enhance your application.

Key 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

Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship Policy

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Scholarship Policy

UON Disability Support PhD Scholarships

UON acknowledges the need to support a diverse student population and enable equity of access to all.

Up to 5 UON PhD Scholarships are offered annually for students with disability or ongoing medical condition.

These scholarships supports students of high academic achievement whose condition significantly impacts their ability to study a research doctoral degree. Recognizing the impact of impairment on study, this scholarship supports candidates for an extended period of time (up to 4 years equivalent full time study) and is available for part-time study. Be advised that this scholarship is only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, Permanent Residents of Australia and applicants currently holding an Australian Humanitarian Visa.

To apply, complete the online application form including a copy of your Reasonable Adjustment Plan; or a letter from UON’s AccessAbility outlining the impact of their conditions/s on HDR study.

Applications close on 1 September 2018 and outcomes will be notified by 1 December 2018.

UON Project Scholarships

PhD Scholarship: Health Economics - Sports Concussion

PhD Scholarship: Health Economics - Sports Concussion

Closing date: 16 February 2018

The  Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury at the University of Newcastle has a PhD research opportunity studying health economics and sports concussion  under the supervision of Dr Andrew Gardner.

PhD Scholarship: Identifying the Drivers of Macro-Ecological Processes

PhD Scholarship: Identifying the Drivers of Macro-Ecological Processes

Closing date: 23 February 2018

Ecological niche modelling has been extensively used to describe and predict the distribution of individual species, and the factors that drive their distributions.

PhD Scholarship: Prey – preferences of Australia’s placental predator guild

PhD Scholarship: Prey – preferences of Australia’s placental predator guild

Closing date: 23 February 2018

A PhD scholarship is available within the Conservation Biology group of the University of Newcastle’s School of Environmental and Life Sciences for a student to study the prey preferences of dingoes, red foxes and cats under the supervision of Associate Professor Matt Hayward.

PhD Opportunity: Addressing chronic disease among people with a mental health condition

PhD Opportunity: Addressing chronic disease among people with a mental health condition

Closing date: 28 February 2018

The Physical Health in Mental Illness (PHiMI) Research Group, led by Professor Jenny Bowman in the School of Psychology, is seeking expressions of interest for Research Higher Degree candidates.

PhD Scholarship: Elucidating the roles and therapeutic targeting of macrophages in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

PhD Scholarship: Elucidating the roles and therapeutic targeting of macrophages in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Closing date: 28 February 2018

COPD is currently the third commonest cause of illness and death in the world and there are essentially no effective treatments.

PhD Scholarship: Elucidating the roles and therapeutic targeting of oxidative stress and immunometablism in COPD/Emphysema

PhD Scholarship: Elucidating the roles and therapeutic targeting of oxidative stress and immunometablism in COPD/Emphysema

Closing date: 28 February 2018

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is currently the third commonest cause of illness and death in the world and there are essentially no effective treatments.

PhD Scholarship: Anticancer Properties of Low-THC containing Medicinal Cannabis

PhD Scholarship: Anticancer Properties of Low-THC containing Medicinal Cannabis

Closing date: 01 March 2018

Treatments have not changed for the most common and deadly form of blood cancer, acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in over 40 years.

PhD Scholarship: SMS messaging for fathers & mothers targeting children’s school readiness

PhD Scholarship: SMS messaging for fathers & mothers targeting children’s school readiness

Closing date: 04 March 2018

The Family Action Centre seeking expressions of interest from highly motivated candidates who are interested in undertaking a PhD to develop and implement a program aimed at involving dads and mums in their toddler’s reading and active play.

PhD Scholarship: Towards Resilience and Sustainability: Innovation and Disruption in Service Delivery of Hunter Water

PhD Scholarship: Towards Resilience and Sustainability: Innovation and Disruption in Service Delivery of Hunter Water

Closing date: 6 April 2018

The advent of disruptive technologies such as social media and crypto currencies are making new business approaches possible in ways that are increasingly hard to foresee, and yet increasingly come to display Black Swan characteristics.

PhD Scholarship: Advanced Authorisation Infrastructures for Distributed Autonomic Systems

PhD Scholarship: Advanced Authorisation Infrastructures for Distributed Autonomic Systems

Closing date: 30 March 2018

A PhD scholarship opportunity is available for a student to study advanced authorisation infrastructures for distributed autonomic systems under the supervision of Professor Vijay Varadharajan.

PhD Opportunity: Identifying new therapeutic targets for asthma

PhD Opportunity: Identifying new therapeutic targets for asthma

Closing date: 31 March 2018

Severe asthma is defined as asthma that remains partly or totally unresponsive to asthma treatments.

PhD Scholarship: Physical Activity/Population Health

PhD Scholarship: Physical Activity/Population Health

Closing date: 31 March 2018

Physical inactivity is a global epidemic and the 4th leading cause of non-communicable deaths worldwide. Regular participation in both aerobic and resistance-based physical activity (PA) significantly reduces the risk of numerous chronic diseases and improves bone and mental health.

PhD Scholarship: Immunology of kidney stone diseases

PhD Scholarship: Immunology of kidney stone diseases

Closing date: 01 April 2018

The GrowUpWell Priority Research Centre is looking for assistance with understanding the Immunology of kidney stone diseases

PhD Scholarship: Supporting Indigenous Smokers To Assist Quitting

PhD Scholarship: Supporting Indigenous Smokers To Assist Quitting

Closing date: 9 April 2018

The Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research (CBMHR) and the Wollotuka Institute are looking for  Supporting Indigenous Smokers To Assist Quitting (SISTAQUIT)

PhD Scholarship: Low Carbon Transition in the Australian Energy Sector

PhD Scholarship: Low Carbon Transition in the Australian Energy Sector

Closing date: 31 May 2018

A global low carbon energy transition is underway. This is evident in the increasing cost competitiveness of renewable energy, over-supply in coal, gas and oil markets, a growing social movement promoting divestment from fossil fuels, and national commitments to the Paris climate agreement.

PhD Scholarship: Enhancing Cybersecurity using Machine Learning Technologies

PhD Scholarship: Enhancing Cybersecurity using Machine Learning Technologies

Closing date: 1 May 2018

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship for research in enhancing cybersecurity using machine learning technologies.

PhD Scholarship: Ecology and demography of a threatened amphibian community 

PhD Scholarship: Ecology and demography of a threatened amphibian community 

Closing date: 11 May 2018

The project will focus on the ecology, demography and habitat requirements of threatened native amphibians in freshwater streams within the south west of the Sydney Basin biogeographic region.

PhD Scholarship: Electrochemical Nitrogen Reduction on Nanomaterials for Ammonia Production

PhD Scholarship: Electrochemical Nitrogen Reduction on Nanomaterials for Ammonia Production

Closing date: 31 July 2018

Electrochemical nitrogen reduction represents a promising technique for sustainable utilization of renewable energy like wind and solar energy, providing an alternative way to the climate and energy issues in Australia.

Externally funded scholarships

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.

International Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available to international students.

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