Scholarships

Indigenous Priority Scheme New scholarships

The main type of financial support available to graduate researchers is in the form of scholarships. We offer a range of scholarships to help you meet your living costs while you study.

Every scholarship has its own set of terms and conditions. It’s important that you read through the details and eligibility criteria before you start an application. On this page we set out the things you need to know about all our scholarships before you read all the fine print.

Please refer to the Vice-Chancellor's HDR Training Scholarships webpage for information on these prestigious scholarships.

HDR COVID-19 Support Scholarships

The University has established HDR COVID-19 Support Scholarships in recognition of the unique challenges faced by current candidates nearing completion during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

This is a once-off initiative and successful recipients will receive a lump-sum payment of up to $2,500 in December 2020.

To apply, please check your eligibility outlined in the application form and return  to graduate-research@newcastle.edu.au by Friday 27 November 2020.

Candidates who are not currently in receipt of a university scholarship should also submit the Personal Details form.

External Scholarship Opportunities

There are a number of generous externally funded scholarships available to help support your research at the University of Newcastle. You can apply for these opportunities through their respective websites.

Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships

The most recent scholarship round for dometic applicants closed on 1 September, 2020. All outcomes will be issued by 1 December, 2020 with a latest commencement date for successful applicants of  30 June, 2021.

A scholarship funded by the Australian Government RTP provides an annual living allowance of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate - indexed annually). Please note that all domestic students have their fees covered by the RTP, to a maximum of 4 years for PhD candidates and 2 years for MPhil students.

Information on future scholarship rounds will be announced in due course.

For more information on the process and terms and conditions for the awards, please see the following documents:

Research Funding Support

Research students may be eligible for research funding support of a minimum $1,500 (pro-rata) per annum. This funding can be used towards conference travel, consumables or other expenses you might need to carry out your research. These funds are administered by each School and are normally only available after the successful completion of confirmation of candidature.


Current students

Current students may submit a scholarship application after commencement. Your application can be submitted by email to graduate-research@newcastle.edu.au throughout the year and must be supported by your supervisor and is subject to a competitive awards process. Applicants must provide evidence of any research training, publications and any other relevant qualification to assist in the determining of the award.

See the Higher Degree by Research Scholarship Guidelines for more information.


International Scholarships

The University has partnered with the following organisations to offer scholarship awards to worthy eligible candidates:


Disability Support PhD Scholarships

The University acknowledges the need to support a diverse student population and enable equity of access to all. The Disability Support Scholarships have been established with support from the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP).

Up to 5 PhD Scholarships are offered annually for students with disability or ongoing medical condition.

These scholarships supports students of high academic achievement whose condition significantly impacts their ability to study a research doctoral degree. Recognizing the impact of impairment on study, this scholarship supports candidates for an extended period of time (up to 4 years equivalent full time study) and is available for part-time study. Be advised that this scholarship is only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, Permanent Residents of Australia and applicants currently holding an Australian Humanitarian Visa.

For more information on the process and terms and conditions for the awards, please see the following documents:

To apply, complete the online application form including a copy of your Reasonable Adjustment Plan; or a letter from UON’s AccessAbility outlining the impact of their conditions/s on HDR study.

2020 Round

  • Closing Date: 1 September, 2020
  • Latest Outcome Date: 1 December, 2020
  • Latest Commencement Date: 30 June, 2021