External scholarships

Here you will find links to some great scholarships offered outside the university. These are not administered by the University of Newcastle so follow the links to get all the information you need.

Research & Postgraduate

State Super Scholarships - Established as a legacy to acknowledge State Super's 100-year anniversary on 1 July 2019,  the State Super Scholarship Program provides funding support for successful applicants to pursue research in fields related to public sector employees and their retirement, supported by pensions and superannuation.

The scholarship will support those seeking to complete research at postgraduate level – either Honours/Masters (by Research) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Post-graduate students with a desire to contribute to a vision for the future of superannuation and retirement incomes, and who have demonstrated academic excellence in their field, should apply.

Available scholarships include:

  • $16,000 Honours/Masters (By Research) Scholarship (4 each year), and
  • $36,000 PhD Scholarship (1 per year).

Applications are currently closed. Check back in November 2021 for 2022 applications.

For more information, visit here.


The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Research & Postgraduate Scholarships

Honours Scholarship - consists of an A$5,000 payment given to students undertaking an honours project involving the use of nuclear techniques, materials or by using prior AINSE-sponsored research data.

Postgraduate Research Award (PGRA) - consists of a A$7,500 per annum stipend given to students studying their PhD at an AINSE Member University. The Award also provides travel and accommodation support for students to present at conferences, undertake field work or travel to ANSTO facilities.

Residential Student Scholarship - for students who will need to stay at ANSTO facilities for a period averaging no less than 6 months per year. The RSS comprises an A$7,500 stipend and A$5,000 travel support per annum.

Early Career Researcher Grant - consists of a A$10,000 payment given to persons in the first five years of their postdoctoral research career. The grant can be spent on travel, accommodation, consumables and carer requirements, subject to AINSE discretion.

SAAFE Research Internship Program (Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassy) - supports Early Career Researchers at PhD and postdoctoral levels to travel from Australia to France – and from France to Australia – to initiate sustainable research networks and linkages.

AINSE Supported Facilities (ASF) travel scholarship - supports researchers and students who wish to undertake research at a facility outside ANSTO that is supported by AINSE. The ASF awards up to A$5,000 for travel expenses to the supported facility.

AINSE Travel Scholarships - Students who are enrolled at an AINSE Member University and presenting AINSE-supported research at an international meeting being conducted outside of Australia are invited to apply for AINSE International Conference Travel Scholarships. Successful applicants will be awarded up to A$1,000 towards the cost of their direct flights to and from the international conference.


General Sir John Monash Foundation - John Monash Scholarship

The General Sir John Monash Foundation was established in 2001 with an initial contribution from the Australian Federal Government together with further contributions from corporate and private sponsors and donors.

Its purpose is to raise funds for, and to administer, Australia’s own postgraduate scholarships- the John Monash Scholarships- to foster leadership, expertise and international networks, as well as build Australia’s capabilities for the future.

The John Monash Scholarships are postgraduate scholarships awarded to outstanding Australians with leadership potential who wish to study overseas. The John Monash Scholarships are amongst the most important postgraduate scholarships currently available in Australia.


Gary Sansom Scholarship - established to support the AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program industry priorities. The successful recipient will be someone who wants to make a difference to the chicken meat industry by conducting research.

Each scholar is provided with a stipend of up to $35,000 for living expenses while undertaking a research project, attendance at poultry industry conferences and inclusion in Poultry Hub activities. Scholar also provided with an industry supervisor (coordinated by AgriFutures Australia) who will provide career pathway support and insights into the industry (this is in addition to academic supervisor). AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program will also assist the scholar in making contact with industry members (in areas where the scholar is interested in pursuing a career) and provide networking opportunities throughout the scholarship period.

Applicants must be an Australian citizen or resident enrolled (or eligible to enrol) in postgraduate study (PhD, Masters, Honours or equivalent) at an Australian University. Must also be willing to have a member of the Australian chicken meat industry as a supervisor and have a desire to contribute to the industry in the long term.

For further information on the scholarship and to submit an application, please see the AgriFutures website .

Applications are now open and close 24 February 2021 at midnight AEDT.

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait IslanderAPS Bendi Lango Initiative - a bursary of $15000 per annum to support postgraduate Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying psychology.

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme - a scholarship scheme offered by the Australian College of Nursing, designed to encourage and assist undergraduate students in health-related disciplines to complete their studies and join the health workforce. The scheme provides scholarships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people studying an entry level health course.


The Aurora Project - Internship project supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and graduates via funded internships as pathways to jobs in Indigenous organisations and other organisations working in the Indigenous sector. The Commonwealth will provide financial support via scholarships for Indigenous interns under the Program.

Rural and Regional

BHP Future of Work Program - Together, BHP and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment have formed the Future of Work Program to promote educational pathways in regional areas and help support Australia’s road to economic recovery. BHP is investing up to $30 million to create 1,000 skills development opportunities through advanced apprenticeships and short courses, designed for students to help prepare regional workforces for the future and support local efforts to overcome economic challenges brought about by COVID-19. If you meet the eligibility and course criteria, you’ll gain the opportunity to have your student contribution covered and you may be eligible for assistance relating to other expenses.

Applications for the semester 1 program close 26 February, 2021. Access the application form here. For further information, email applications@regionalfutureofwork.com.


Australian Government Department of Education and Training

Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships

An extra $34.1 million over four years to support an additional 1,955 students living in rural, regional and remote Australia. The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships scheme was implemented in 2018.

The scholarships provide up to $18,000 to support rural, regional and remote students studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), including Health and Agricultural Science at Certificate IV to PhD level. They also provide support for internships to increase students' job readiness.


JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism - this Award is an outstanding opportunity for a budding journalist to gain a diverse range of practical experiences within the field of rural and regional reporting, with a $10,000 scholarships and 3 relevant internships providing a launch pad to a career telling the rich stories from country Australia. See also RAS Scholarships and Grants page for other opportunities.

 RAS Foundation Rural Scholarship - Royal Agricultural Society of NSW scholarship of up to $6000 available for tertiary students seeking to contribute to the future of NSW. See also RAS Scholarships and Grants page for other opportunities
Rural and Regional Health

Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme - The RAMUS Scheme is funded by the Australian Government and assists selected students with a rural background to study medicine at university.

In addition to their rural background, RAMUS scholarship holders are selected on the basis of financial need and demonstrated commitment to working in rural Australia in the future.

 S.A.R.R.A.H Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health - check the Scholarships and Grants page for opportunities available to support the professional development of rural and remote Allied Health Professionals and students.
HealthAustralian College of Nursing - check the Scholarships page to see what Nursing scholarships are available.
 Health Education and Training (HETI) - Check HETI's Placements, Scholarships and Grants page for opportunities to support participation in areas of need and support thousands of NSW Health staff and students to develop their careers.
 NSW Government - Health - please check the scholarships page for opportunities in Nursing and Midwifery offered each year.
ArtsAustralia Council of the Arts - Grants and Scholarship opportunities in the Arts, including $50,000 travelling scholarships supported by The Marten Bequest.

The Brian White Scholarship - offered by Commercial Radio Australia to both recent graduates and students who are in their final year of study in an applicable course such as Communications, Media, Journalism or Radio. Recent graduates are defined as graduates who have completed their applicable degree within the past two years.

The scholarship winner will complete a paid 8-week work placement in either Sydney or Melbourne with their time split into two-week blocks at stations owned by major networks: Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), Australian Radio Network (ARN), Macquarie Media Limited (MML) and Nova Entertainment.

Submissions will be accepted from April 12 2021 and will close on May 7 2021. Criteria and other details can be found at www.bhwscholarship.com.


Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Scholarships - The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) offers a number of scholarships each year for Year 12 students who qualify for entry into a Quantity Surveying, Construction Economics, Construction Management (Economics) or other appropriate course at an AIQS accredited university in Australia.

Science and EngineeringAustralian Sugar Industry Scholarship - ASIS provide a scholarship inclusive of a paid work opportunity to penultimate/ final year students undertaking an undergraduate engineering (chemical, mechanical, process or electrical), science or technical degree at an Australian university or tertiary institution. Applications close 12 March.

The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Winter School - Annual all-expenses-covered 5-day school hosted at ANSTO for final year undergraduate students


NSW Teachers Federation - check the website for scholarship opportunities including the Future Teacher Scholarships.

 teach.NSW - Get paid to study! Check teach.NSW for NSW Department of Education teaching scholarships, internships and cadetships.
ConservationHunter Bird Observers Club offers the Wilma Barden Memorial Grant - up to $2000 to support research projects that promote the study and conservation of birds in Australia and that are of relevance to the Hunter Region.
Local AreaNSW Government Local Land Services - Hunter - Check the Incentives, Funding and Scholarships page for opportunities in local conservation and land management initiatives, including Hunter Land Care Scholarships. Please check the website for details and closing dates each year.

Cessnock City Council Mayoral Scholarships

Each year, the Mayoral Scholarship program offers students enrolled at TAFE or University who are residents of the Cessnock Local Government Area the chance to apply for a range of scholarships valued at $2,500 each.

Each scholarship is generously sponsored by a local club or business who is wanting to assist local young people to reach their full potential.

Travel and Mobility

Australian-American Fulbright Commission - Find a platform on the global stage - Scholarships valued at up to $40,000 for research or study at a U.S. institution. Open to all disciplines. Please check the information for Australian Applicants for details of available scholarships, application rounds, and closing dates each year.


General Sir John Monash Foundation - John Monash Scholarship

The General Sir John Monash Foundation was established in 2001 with an initial contribution from the Australian Federal Government together with further contributions from corporate and private sponsors and donors.

Its purpose is to raise funds for, and to administer, Australia’s own postgraduate scholarships- the John Monash Scholarships- to foster leadership, expertise and international networks, as well as build Australia’s capabilities for the future.

The John Monash Scholarships are postgraduate scholarships awarded to outstanding Australians with leadership potential who wish to study overseas. The John Monash Scholarships are amongst the most important postgraduate scholarships currently available in Australia.


King's College London - Australian Bicentennial Scholarships and Fellowships - these scholarships and fellowships are one-off awards open to Australian postgraduate students or academic staff wishing to come to the UK.


Rhodes Scholarship - The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest (first awarded in 1902) and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship program, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford.

 Rotary Peace Fellowships - funds study at one of the six Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution, located at seven prestigious universities worldwide.

Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship offered by Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) gives one emerging Australian artist or Australian art history student the extraordinary opportunity to develop their practice or research through an itinerary of national or overseas travel.

The scholarship offers a generous $40 000 towards a travel budget that ensures the further development of art practice or research that will make a contribution to an understanding of Australian art.

QAGOMA may also have other scholarship opportunities listed on the scholarships page.


Australian Graduate Women NSW - please check the scholarship summary page for opportunities for graduate women advertised throughout the year. Check the scholarships information page for details of available scholarships. These awards are a great way to encourage women to continue their degrees and provide some financial support and encouragement.

 The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Wise School - Annual all-expenses-covered 4-day school hosted at ANSTO for first year female-identifying students.
GeneralAustralian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) - AVCAT provide scholarships valued between $3000 - $5000 to assist the child or grandchild of a person with operational service with the costs of studying.

Bendigo & Adelaide Bank Scholarships - Bendigo and Adelaide Bank is committed to supporting young students through an annual scholarship program. Each year scholarships are awarded to full-time first year undergraduates studying at an Australian university or college campus for the first time. Opportunities are listed and applications open in January.


Port Stephens Mayoral Academic Scholarships Program - this program offers scholarships to students from across the Port Stephens Local Government Area who are  embarking on their first year of tertiary study. Up to 18 scholarships valued at $2,000 each are available thanks to the generous sponsorship of local businesses keen to help local students realise their potential.

2021 applications closed 17 January. Check back in early 2022 for 2022 scholarships opportunities.

For more information about  the program, contact the Economic Development & Tourism Unit on 02 4988 0536 or email ed@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

 The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships - scholarships between $4000 and $7000 to support 17-26 year old LGBT+ students who are planning to study full-time education at a public or private secondary school (final year) or public institution of higher education in Australia, for the purpose of gaining an educational or vocational qualification in any profession, trade or the arts.
 Charlie Bell Scholarship for Future Leaders - This is a $15,000 scholarship which supports your undergradaute or postgraduate study and includes the opportunity to participate in a leadership program. Applications closed 6 November 2020. Check for 2022 applications from September 2021.
 Surviving Mesothelioma - James "Rhio" O'Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund supports this scholarship/ essay competition for $1000 awarded several times a year.

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