The University of Newcastle, Australia


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.

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

Domestic Applicants

Domestic applicants for admission may also apply for a Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship as part of the online application process. Applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year. Please note that the next available round is as follows:

  • Closing Date: 1 September, 2020
  • Latest Outcome Date: 1 December, 2020
  • Latest Commencement Date: 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.

To be eligible you must:

A determination of your award will be made alongside your degree application. The assessment takes into account your academic qualifications, research credentials and prior experience.

How to enhance your scholarship application

Advice on enhancing your Australian Government Scholarship application can be found on this information sheet.

Due to the competitive nature of the HDR Scholarship Round, applicants will be expected to have, at the least, either:

  • GPA of 6.5 to 7.0, or;
  • GPA of 6.0 to 6.49 with at least 1 publication*, or;
  • GPA of 5.5 to 5.99 with at least 2 publications, or;
  • GPA of 5.0 to 5.49 with at least 3 publications.

* For example, refereed/peer-reviewed  journal  article,  book, book  chapter,  conference proceedings,  research exhibition  (with  written  exhibition  guide), creative work, academic conference presentation or non-refereed research report.

If an applicant does not meet this threshold, it is highly unlikely that their application will be successful for an award.

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

International Applicants

Due to the current global situation resulting from COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 Scholarship Round has been suspended for international applications. Please refer back to this webpage for information regarding future scholarship opportunities. If you would also like to be considered for admission only, please submit an application online here.

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 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