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.

    Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships – Academic Pathway Scheme (VC Scholarships)

    The University offers a limited number of prestigious Australian Government Research Training Program funded scholarships to 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.

    Priority is given to applicants who, within the past two years, have received a First Class Honours from the University or an equivalent University award.

    Scholarship recipients will be admitted to a Doctoral Degree with the Academic Career Preparation (ACP) pathway included as a component of the program

    Please refer to the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships Guidelines for comprehensive information regarding eligibility, application and selection process, and scholarship award. For questions regarding this scheme, please contact the team at Graduate Research.


    This scheme is currently open to domestic and international candidates. The application process is two-fold and you will need the support of a University of Newcastle academic:

    Applicants: Submit your formal online application for entry into an HDR program; and

    Proposed principal supervisor: Email the Academic Career Pathway – Nomination Form along with supporting documentation to


    Applications must be received by 15 November 2021.

    Outcomes will be issued by 28 January 2022, and successful scholarship recipients must commence by 1 March 2022.

    Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships – Strategic Engagement Scheme

    Please note that this round has now closed.Outcomes will be issued by 10 December 2021, and successful scholarship recipients must commence by 1 February 2022.

    PhD Scholarships and Opportunities

    The University advertises scholarships for specific PhD projects.

    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.

    International Scholarships

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

    Indigenous Priority Scheme New scholarships

    The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.