Available scholarships

University and Commonwealth Government Scholarships

Full-time research students are eligible to apply for University and Commonwealth Government scholarships, which are awarded during one main round offer. 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.

What does the scholarship offer?

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

  • An annual living allowance $25,849 p.a. (2015 rate - indexed annually)

The scholarship may also include:

  • a relocation allowance (up to $2,020)
  • a thesis allowance (up to $500)
  • a full tuition fee scholarship (international students)
  • overseas student health cover (OSHC) (international students)

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

For domestic students - up to three of the highest ranked domestic applicants will receive a Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for Outstanding Candidates. If you are awarded this scholarship, you receive an additional $10,000 per annum on top of the living allowance.

Am I eligible for a scholarship?

Eligibility criteria is set by the Commonwealth Government and candidates must:

  • 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 end of the year.

Successful international scholarship candidates usually also have:

  • satisfied the English proficiency requirement (IELTS of at least 6.5)
  • 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 in the year of the offer and cannot be deferred to the following year. A leave of absence may be taken after 1 year full-time enrolment.

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
Related documents
What happens once I submit my application?
  • Applications are assessed and ranked according to merit 
  • Attendance at an interview is not normally required
  • Scholarship outcomes are known from mid December each year

Closing Dates

International applications close 31 August at 4pm

Domestic applications close 31 October at 4pm

Go to the apply now page


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UON Project Scholarships

BlinkMobile Innovation PhD top up scholarship

BlinkMobile Innovation PhD top up scholarship

Closing date: 28 February 2015

Top up scholarship opportunity for PhD or Research Masters students studying Business Innovation, Software Engineering and Computer Science.

PhD Scholarship - Psychosocial care

PhD Scholarship - Psychosocial care

Closing date: 8 April 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on a feedback-based approach to increasing provision of guideline-recommended psychosocial care under the supervision of Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher and Associate Professor Anthony Proietto

PhD Scholarship - Aspirin and gastrointestinal cancer

PhD Scholarship - Aspirin and gastrointestinal cancer

Closing date: 8 April 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on aspirin and survival for patients with gastrointestinal cancer under the supervision of Dr Stephen Smith, Associate Professor Andrew Searles and Associate Professor Christine Paul.

PhD Scholarship - Improving end of life communication in oncology patients

PhD Scholarship - Improving end of life communication in oncology patients

Closing date: 8 April 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on improving patient-centred end of life communication and decision making in oncology patients under the supervision of Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher, Professor Katherine Clark and Dr Amy Waller.

PhD Scholarship - Treatment decisions for prostate cancer patients

PhD Scholarship - Treatment decisions for prostate cancer patients

Closing date: 8 April 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on the impact of a decision aid and negotiation skills intervention for patients with prostate cancer and their supportive other on treatment decision making: A randomised-controlled trial under the supervision of Dr Mariko Carey and Dr Nick McLeod.

PhD Scholarship - Teleoncology post-operative support

PhD Scholarship - Teleoncology post-operative support

Closing date: 8 April 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on Implementing teleoncology post-operative support models following cancer resection: a feasibility study under the supervision of Dr Mariko Carey and Associate Professor Anthony Proietto

PhD Scholarship - Decision aids for breast cancer treatment

PhD Scholarship - Decision aids for breast cancer treatment

Closing date: 8 April 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on the implementation of decision aids for breast cancer treatment under the supervision of Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher and Dr Nicholas Zdenkowski

PhD Scholarship - Assisting Indigenous mothers quit smoking in pregnancy

PhD Scholarship - Assisting Indigenous mothers quit smoking in pregnancy

Closing date: 10 April 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on Indigenous Counselling and Nicotine Quit in Pregnancy Guidelines: ICANQUIT Trial under the supervision of Dr Gillian Gould and Associate Professor Billie Bonevski

PhD Scholarship - Institutional context of medical education

PhD Scholarship - Institutional context of medical education

Closing date: 15 April 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on the institutional context of medical education under the supervision of Dr Robbert Duvivier, A/Prof Martin Veysey and Dr Caragh Brosnan.

PhD Scholarship - Genetic factors of inherited colon cancer

PhD Scholarship - Genetic factors of inherited colon cancer

Closing date: 30 April 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on the identification of genetic modifying factors of inherited colon cancer under the supervision of Dr Bente Talseth-Palmer and Professor Rodney Scott.

PhD Scholarship - Effects of climate change on the biogeochemical processes of Australian soft soils

PhD Scholarship - Effects of climate change on the biogeochemical processes of Australian soft soils

Closing date: 12 June 2015

A scholarship opportunity is available for a PhD student to study the effects of climate change on the biogeochemical processes of Australian soft soils and the implications to geotechnical engineering under the supervision of Dr Brett Turner and Dr Daniel Bishop.

Fulbright postgraduate scholarships

Fulbright postgraduate scholarships

Closing date: August 2015

Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships are available to Australian citizens to engage in 8-12 months of research relevant to an Australian PhD;  or undertake an approved course for study in an American higher degree.

PhD Scholarship - Inflammation in Airways Disease

PhD Scholarship - Inflammation in Airways Disease

Closing date: 31 October 2015

A scholarship opportunity is available for a PhD student to study Inflammation in Airways Disease under the supervision of Associate Professor Jodie Simpson.

PhD Scholarship - Role of mechanical forces in asthma pathogenesis

PhD Scholarship - Role of mechanical forces in asthma pathogenesis

Closing date: Ongoing

Applications are open for a PhD scholarship at the University of Newcastle. As the successful applicant you will undertake your doctoral studies in the Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Disease at the Hunter Medical Research Institute in Newcastle.

Indigenous History Project PhD Scholarship

Indigenous History Project PhD Scholarship

Closing date: Ongoing

This scholarship is open to Indigenous Australian applicants who are interested in undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Newcastle examining an important aspect of Protection/Welfare Board history – the transition from the Protection Board era (1883 - 1940) to that of the Welfare Board (1940 - 1969).

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.


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Externally funded scholarships

Joint Academic Scholarships On-Line Network (JASON)

The University of Newcastle is a member of the Joint Academic Scholarship On-line Network (JASON for short), a program developed jointly by a number of universities. 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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