Available scholarships

University and Commonwealth Government Scholarships

Round 1 applications close 21 April

To allow for greater scholarship opportunities to prospective and current research students, UON will undertake an additional scholarship round in 2016. There are two scholarship rounds open to domestic and international applicants, where scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year. An overview of all scholarships available within both rounds for research degree candidates is available here.

Round 1
Closing Date: 21 April 2017
Latest Outcome Date: 1 August 2017
Latest Commencement Date: 30 November 2017

Other scholarships may become available throughout the year.

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.

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

  • 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

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 21 April for Round 1 2017

Go to the apply now page


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UON Project Scholarships

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

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

Closing date: Applications open until suitable candidate is found

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 Dr Jeff Hogan.

PhD Scholarship - Next-generation communication networks via caching

PhD Scholarship - Next-generation communication networks via caching

Closing date: Applications open until suitable candidate is found

The school for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Newcastle is offering a PhD scholarship to study a new  technique of caching for next-generation communication networks. The successful applicant will study under the supervision of Dr Lawrence Ong.

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.

PhD Scholarship: Enhancing cybersecurity using machine learning technologies

PhD Scholarship: Enhancing cybersecurity using machine learning technologies

Closing date: January 17, 2017

There is a PhD scholarship opportunity to study the use of machine learning technologies in enhancing cybersecurity. The successful applicant will study under the supervision of Dr Suhuai Luo

PhD scholarship - Life and Safety of New and Existing Defence Force Assets

PhD scholarship - Life and Safety of New and Existing Defence Force Assets

Closing date: 31 January 2017

A PhD scholarship is available for a student to investigate life and safety of new and existing Defence Force assets under the supervision of Dr Igor Chaves.

PhD Scholarship:  Indigenous Counselling and Nicotine (ICAN) QUIT in  Pregnancy

PhD Scholarship: Indigenous Counselling and Nicotine (ICAN) QUIT in Pregnancy

Closing date: 31 January 2017

Three PhD scholarships are available to investigate how to improve the health of Aboriginal pregnant mothers and their babies, under the supervision of Associate Professor Gillian Gould and Professor Billie Bonevski.

PhD Scholarship: E-Health, mental health and Defence Force Veterans

PhD Scholarship: E-Health, mental health and Defence Force Veterans

Closing date: February 15, 2017

There is a scholarship opportunity for a PhD student to research  mental health and alcohol treatment programs for defence veterans, under the supervision of Associate Professor Carole James.

PhD Scholarship - Psychological and Social Functioning in Dementia

PhD Scholarship - Psychological and Social Functioning in Dementia

Closing date: 19 February 2017

A PhD Scholarship is available for a student to investigate psychological and social functioning in dementia under the supervision of Dr Michelle Kelly.

PhD Scholarship - DNA Methylation Heterogeneity in Cancer

PhD Scholarship - DNA Methylation Heterogeneity in Cancer

Closing date: 01 March 2017

Two PhD scholarships are available for students to investigate DNA Methylation Heterogeneity in Cancer under the supervision of Dr Heather Lee.

PhD Scholarship - Communication and Media Research

PhD Scholarship - Communication and Media Research

Closing date: 10 March 2017

A PhD Scholarship is available for a student to investigate communication and media research under the supervision of Dr Janet Fulton.

PhD SCHOLARSHIP: Targeting multiple health behaviours among vocational education students

PhD SCHOLARSHIP: Targeting multiple health behaviours among vocational education students

Closing date: 10 March 2017

An opportunity is available to undertake a PhD program on a NHMRC-funded trial examining the effectiveness of electronic health risk feedback and online and telephone services on smoking rates, risky alcohol use, fruit and vegetable intake and physical activity levels in Technical and Further Education (TAFE) students.

PhD Scholarship - Understanding how innate lymphoid cells regulate mammalian lung development

PhD Scholarship - Understanding how innate lymphoid cells regulate mammalian lung development

Closing date: 30 March 2017

A PhD scholarship is available for a student to investigate how innate lymphoid cells regulate mammalian lung development under the supervision of Dr Malcom Starkey.

PhD Scholarship - Behavioural / Experimental Economics and Disasters

PhD Scholarship - Behavioural / Experimental Economics and Disasters

Closing date: 31 March 2017

A PhD scholarship is available to investigate Behavioural / Experimental Economics and Disasters under the supervision of Dr David Savage.

PhD Scholarship - Complex predicates: Australian and Oceanic languages

PhD Scholarship - Complex predicates: Australian and Oceanic languages

Closing date: 8 April 2017

A PhD scholarship is available for a student to investigate complex predicates: Australian and Oceanic languages.

PhD Scholarship - Mechanisms Underlying Myopia

PhD Scholarship - Mechanisms Underlying Myopia

Closing date: 21 April 2017

A PhD Scholarship is available for a student to investigate mechanisms underlying myopia under the supervision of Associate Professor Sally McFadden.

PhD Scholarship - Role of mechanical forces in asthma on anti-viral immunity

PhD Scholarship - Role of mechanical forces in asthma on anti-viral immunity

Closing date: 01 June 2017

A PhD scholarship is available to investigate the role of mechanical forces in asthma on anti-viral immunity under the leadership of Associate Professor Chris Grainge, Professor Darryl Knight and Dr Nathan Bartlett.

PhD Scholarship - Serious Games to Improve Critical Thinking / Decision Making

PhD Scholarship - Serious Games to Improve Critical Thinking / Decision Making

Closing date: 1 August 2017

A PhD Scholarship is available for a student to investigate serious games to improve critical thinking / decision making under the supervision of Dr Karen Blackmore.


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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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