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

5 PhD or Research Masters Opportunities - Stroke rehabilitation

5 PhD or Research Masters Opportunities - Stroke rehabilitation

Closing date: 15 July 2015

5 PhD or Research Masters opportunities are available for students interested in stroke rehabilitation within the Priority Research Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Fulbright postgraduate scholarships

Fulbright postgraduate scholarships

Closing date: 1 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. For more information refer to the Fulbright Presentation

PhD Scholarship - Rail Maintenance Optimisation

PhD Scholarship - Rail Maintenance Optimisation

Closing date: 14 August 2015

A PhD scholarship is available for a student investigate Maintenance Optimization for Rail Infrastructure Systems under the supervision of Dr Thomas Kalinowski.

PhD scholarship - Violence and Colonialism

PhD scholarship - Violence and Colonialism

Closing date: 31 October 2015

A PhD scholarship is available for a student investigate Violence on the Colonial Frontier under the supervision of Professor Lyndall Ryan.

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

MS Research Australia - NHMRC Betty Cuthbert Scholarships. Due at the Research Office 10 June 2015. Due at NHMRC 24 June 2015 and the MS Research Australia 31 July 2015.

Royal Australasian College of Physicians - Research Scholarships. Due at the Research Office 7 July 2015. Due at the Funding Body 14 July 2015.

Muscular Dystrophy NSW - PhD Scholarship. Due at the Research Office 24 July 2015. Due at the Funding Body 31 July 2015.

MS Research Australia - Postgraduate Scholarships. Due at the Research Office 27 July 2015. Due at the Funding Body 31 July 2015.

Menzies Foundation - Engineering Scholarships. Due at the Research Office 27 July 2015. Due at the Funding Body 31 July 2015.

Menzies Foundation - Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law. Due at the Research Office 24 August 2015. Due at the Funding Body 31 August 2015.

Menzies Foundation - Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law. Due at the Research Office 24 August 2015. Due at the Funding Body 31 August 2015.

The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation - Clinical Surgeon-Scientist Research Scholarship. Due at the Research Office 24 August 2015. Due at the Funding Body 31 August 2015.

The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation - Research Scholarship. Due at the Research Office 24 August 2015. Due at the Funding Body 31 August 2015.

The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation - Grant-in-Aid (Supplementation). Due at the Research Office 24 August 2015. Due at the Funding Body 31 August 2015.

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.

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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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