The University of Newcastle, Australia

VCs HDR Training Scholarships

Nominations for Round Two are now OPEN

The Vice-Chancellor's Higher Degree by Research Training Scholarships are a prestigious award to support selected applicants, who have demonstrated a proven capacity for research, academic merit and potential to develop the requisite skills to make an ongoing impact in their academic careers.

These scholarships are a new category of scholarship that include the opportunity for an academic training experience beyond the research experience. The Academic Career Preparation (ACP) pathway associated with this scholarship scheme enables candidates to develop a portfolio of academic experiences, including core competencies in university teaching.

To be eligible for these scholarships, prospective applicants must be nominated by a UON academic. For each round, UON academics are limited to one nomination each. Nominations will only be considered for prospective HDR candidates.

There will be a maximum of 45 scholarships in Round Two. If an academic’s nominee is successful in the first round of scholarships, that academic will not be eligible to submit a nomination in Round Two.

The relevant dates for Round Two are as follows:

  • Closing Date for Nominations (by UON academics): 1 September, 2019
  • Closing Date for Nominees to Submit Formal Applications: 1 September, 2019
  • Latest Outcome Date: 31 October, 2019
  • Latest Commencement Date: 30 June, 2020

Nominations must be made using a completed Vice-Chancellor’s HDR Training Nomination Form, including the Statement of Intent.

Prospective applicants may contact a potential supervisor to express their interest. All available HDR supervisors are locatable via Find a Supervisor.

Please refer to the Vice-Chancellor's Higher Degree by Research Training Scholarships Guidelines for comprehensive information regarding the nomination, selection and award process for Round Two.

If you have a query regarding this scheme please refer to the FAQ page or send an email to