VCs PhD Training Priority Scheme

Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships – Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Training Priority Scheme

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

This scholarship round aligns with the Vice-Chancellor’s aim of retaining the best and brightest students in the region. Priority is given to the class of applicants who, within the past two years, have received a First Class Honours from the University of Newcastle or an equivalent qualification as determined by the relevant School or Faculty.

The relevant dates for this round are as follows:

  • Closing Date for Nominations (by academics): 16 November, 2020
  • Nominees Formally Apply for admission and scholarship: 16 November, 2020
  • Latest Outcome Date: 31 January, 2021
  • Latest Commencement Date: 31 March, 2021

Nominations must be made by a University of Newcastle academic using a completed Australian Government Research Training Program – Vice Chancellor’s PhD Training Priority Scheme Nomination Form, including the Statement of Intent. For each round, academics are limited to one nomination each. Nominees are also required to Formally Apply for admission concurrently.

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

Please refer to the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships Guidelines for comprehensive information regarding the nomination, selection and award process for the Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Training Priority Scheme.

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

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