UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme

The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of our dedication to harnessing our cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia candidates will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy.

Applicants are required to express their interest in a specific research area with an identified supervisory team. There are over 190 research projects to choose from.

  • Work on high quality research projects with the best supervisory teams in world class environments
  • Stipend $41,209 per year for four years (2019 rate, indexed)
  • Tuition fees covered for the full 4 year candidature
  • Personal Development coaching and mentoring will form a critical part of your highly personalised leadership development plan
  • Career Development up to $10k each year to build your career and support your international research collaborations
  • Indigenous Research at least 5 scholarships will be reserved for Indigenous candidates


2020 Projects TBA.

Domestic Research Candidate Scholarships

  1. Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship
  2. University Postgraduate Award (UPA)
  3. Faculty Top Up Scholarships - attached to RTP Scholarship or UPA

Full details

International Research Candidate Scholarships

For more information, see International Research Candidate Scholarships

Visit the UNSW Graduate Research School for more information on scholarships and details of eligibility and how to apply. 

Research Funding Opportunities

Contact Dr Daniel Falster ( for a list of further awards, grants and travel scholarships available to postgraduate students. 

Faculty of Science Vacation Research Scholarship

The Vacation Research Scholarship provides an excellent research opportunity for science undergraduate students to experience working in a research environment. Further information on admission, enrolment, scholarships and costs is provided by the UNSW Graduate Research School.