PhD and Research Masters degrees

Scholarships and Costs

University and Commonwealth Government Scholarships

Full-time Australian 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.  Applications are accepted between 1 January and 31 October each year.

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 Goverment provides:

  • a living allowance of $25,392 per annum paid fortnightly (2014 rate - indexed annually)

The scholarship may also include:

  • a relocation allowance
  • a thesis allowance

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.

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

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.
  • be enrolled full-time.
  • be no more than two full-time equivalent years into their PhD (or one year for Masters) at the end of the year.
  • satisfy English language requirements.

How do I apply?

Currently enrolled candidates can apply online via MyHub - click on the 'My Research' link on the left hand side and then go to 'Apply for Scholarship'.

New applicants can apply for scholarship at the same time as applying for admission.

Your application for admission must include:

  • Certified 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

Applications close 31 October at 4pm each year.

Go to the apply now page

Other Scholarships

Various other scholarships funded from external sources (eg research grants) are available throughout the year.

If you are applying for a specific scholarship funded from an external source please write the name of the scholarship on the application form.

Need more information about scholarships?

If you need further information, please contact us:


Research Training Scheme

Domestic students are exempt from paying fees for research higher degree programs under the Australian Government's Research Training Scheme (RTS).

RTS funding is limited to:

  • four years full-time (or part-time equivalent) for a PhD candidate
  • two years full-time (or part-time equivalent) for a research masters candidate

All students are required to complete their degree within the RTS entitlement period.

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

A Student Services and Amenities fee is applicable to all students. This money is used to improve student services offered by the University.