Scholarships for domestic research students

Research degree scholarships listed here are available to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents of Australia. Where a year is not listed, the same date applies every year. 

Applications for scholarships are part of the online application for research degree admission.

Please note this is not an exhaustive listing, and you are encouraged to search for additional opportunities. Please also refer to Are you eligible to apply for a scholarship?

Note: Other available research degree scholarships administered by the University of South Australia can be found here

University-wide scholarships

Scholarship nameEligibilityValueHow to applyKey dates
Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) Scholarships Exceptional research potential At least $26,682 (2017 base rate)

Scholarship benefits and conditions (PDF file 74kb)
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Major Round

Open: 1 August

Closing date:

School of Management: 10 October*

All other applicants: 31 October

*more information regarding the School of Management application process is available here

Minor Round*

Closing date:

30 April 2017

*Mid-year intake for commencement in 2017 only

Applications are being accepted for research undertaken in Business School , Division of Health Sciences, Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, and Centre for Cancer Biology

University of South Australia Postgraduate Awards (USAPA)  Applicants not  awarded an RTP Domestic scholarship may be considered for a USAPA At least $26,682 (2017 base rate) 

Scholarship benefits and conditions (PDF file 74kb)
Apply online Major Round

Open: 1 August

Closing date:

School of Management: 10 October*

All other applicants: 31 October

*more information regarding the School of Management application process is available here

Minor Round*

Closing date:

30 April 2017

*Mid-year intake for commencement in 2017 only

Applications are being accepted for research undertaken in  Division of Health Sciences and Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment

Research Themes PhD Scholarships  Must meet the criteria for a Higher Degree by Research degree at UniSA. More information is available here. Stipend valued at $26,682 (2017 rate) or Support Package of $10,000 pa. More information is available here Apply Online

No closing date. More information is available here 

No closing date. More information is available here 

Rural and Isolated Scholarship Applicant originally from a rural, regional or isolated area At least $26,682 (2017 base rate) plus a one-off establishment grant of $5,000 Apply online Major Round

Closes 31 October

Minor Round*

Closing date:

30 April 2017

*Mid-year intake for commencement in 2017 only

Indigenous Scholarship Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant At least $26,682 (2017 base rate) plus a one-off establishment grant of $5,000 Apply online Major Round

Closes 31 October

Minor Round*

Closing date:

30 April 2017

*Mid-year intake for commencement in 2017 only

Area-specific scholarships and projects at UniSA

Scholarship nameResearch areaValueHow to applyClosing date
D2D CRC PhD Scholarship Data science, computer engineering, mathematics or related field Top-up scholarships up to $15,000 per annum.
Limited full stipend scholarships also available
More info 12 May 2017
Developing Methods for Remote Guidance on Physical Tasks  Collaborative systems, augmented reality, wearable computing, human computer interaction RTP rate for 3 years More info  Open until closed
Donald Dyer Scholarship  Public Relations and/or Communication $30,000 per annum for 3 years. Plus an annual $5,000 lump sum Apply Online 30 June 2017
Energy Self-sufficient Transportable Housing Engineering, Architecture, Appflied Science $30,000 per anunm for 3 years Apply Online Open until filled
HPRNet Scholarship - Enhancing Human Performance in Complex Environments Augmented reality, virtual reality, human computer interaction $30,000 per annum for 3 years More info  Open until filled
Inflammatory Response to Biomaterials Inflammation, Biomaterials, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Materials Engineering Standard RTP rate Apply Online    Open until filled
International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding Muslim diasporas and youth, Middle East and reconciliation, Indian Ocean Rim regional problems $30,000 per annum Apply online Anytime
Joyner Scholarship Fine arts, science, medicine and law 10% above the current RTP rate Apply online 31 October
Next Generation Collaboration using AR and VR Technology Augmented reality, virtual reality, human computer interaction $30,000 per annum for 3 years More info Open until filled
Scene Sharing for New Generation Collaboration  Augmented reality, virtual reality, human computer interaction $30,000 per annum for 3 years More info  Open until filled
Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship (Masters by Research) Research fields relevant to and inspired by Terry Pratchett's work Up to $35,000 per annum More info  12 May 2017
The William T Southcott Scholarship Practical engineering $35,000 per annum tax-free for a period of 3 years  Apply online 31 October
University of South Australia Postgraduate Awards (USAPA) - School of Education Education, Sociology of Education, Social Theory, Widening Participation $26,682 (2017 rate)

Scholarship benefits and conditions (PDF file 74kb)
Apply online Open until filled
Wolf Blass Foundation Masters by Research Scholarship Marketing Up to $35,000 per annum for 2 years Apply online 31 October 2017

Note: Other available research degree scholarships administered by the University of South Australia can be found here

Other funding opportunities

See also High achiever scholarships

Scholarship nameResearch areaValueHow to applyClosing date
APS College of Clinical Psychologists Research Grant Award  Clinical psychology Up to $3,000 towards the implementation of the proposed research project External 31 March 2017
Australasian Mining History Association Travel Grants Australasian mining history $1,000 for travel and accommodation, free conference registration, 12 months free Association membership. External 1 June 2017
Australian Building Codes Board Research Scholarship Building regulations in Australia Up to $5,000 for 1 year External Any time
Australian Federation of Graduate Women Various Various, for example accommodation expenses  External Check Australian Federation of Graduate Women Inc. website
Australian Federation of University Women -South Australia (AFUW-SA) Inc. Trust Fund Bursaries Various Various External March 31 2017. Check the AFUW-SA Website for further details
Australian Help Writing Contest Various Various External August 15 2017
Australian Grape and Wine Authority Travel Bursaries  Various Funding to support travel, study tours or conference attendance  External

1 April and 1 October 2017

Bushfire CRC Fire behaviour, management of fire in the landscape, social and economic aspects of bushfire in Australia and New Zealand Up to $28,000 per annum; top-up scholarships (for an APA and other award recipients) of $10,000 per annum External Prior to research or PhD studies beginning in the following year
Capstone Editing Conference Travel Grant  Various Up to $3,000 to assist in covering the costs of attending a conference External 1 June 2017
CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships CSIRO priority research areas Various scholarships available Check CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships website  Refer website
EMBL Australia PhD Travel Grants Biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, informatics, engineering and molecular medicine Up to $3,000 External 14 April 2017
Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships and Fellowships (for domestic students) Various Various awards Check the Endeavour website Check the Endeavour website
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Grants Various €750 – €1000 per month, plus additional benefits External

15 October 2017

Lady Anita Smith Overseas Study Sponsorship Various Up to $15,000 Applications to be forwarded to Graduate Research, Student and Academic Services 1 March
MOVE muscle, bone & joint health PhD Scholarship in Musculoskeletal Health  Musculoskeletal (MSK) health $30,000 per annum for three years External Opens 3 July and closes 4 September 2017
National Health and Medical Research Council Postgraduate Scholarships Health sciences; outstanding Australian health and medical graduates Various scholarships External

Open 12 April 2017 and close 7 June 2017. Check NHMRC website for more details

Playford Trust PhD Scholarships  Agriculture (especially horticulture and aquaculture); water, energy and climate change; advanced manufacturing and new technologies; mining and resources development $5,000 per annum for three and a half years External Check Playford Trust website
Postgraduate Top-Up Scholarship for Batten Disease Support & Research  Batten Disease $5,000 per annum External Not specified
Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship Allied health sciences, engineering, law, medicine Up to $80,000 over two years External Check Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship website
Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Fund Scholarships Science of aeronautics; preference will be given to South Australians Not specified External March, June, September & December
Spinal Cord Injury Network Scholarships Spinal cord injury Various External Check Spinal Cord Injury Network website
Sport-based PhD Scholarship Program National sports programs Varying length and remuneration level External Check AIS website
Taiwan Fellowship Social sciences, including Taiwan studies, cross-strait studies, China studies, Asia Pacific studies, and sinology NT$50,000 stipend each month External Not specified
Techtyche Digital Media Scholarship  Digital media $1,000 USD  External Check Techtyche Website
Water Research Australia scholarships Water resources Various External Check Water Research Australia scholarships webpage

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