Scholarships for international research students

Scholarships listed here are available to international research degree applicants. Where a year is not listed, the same date applies every year. If a scholarship has an external application process, you will need to nominate UniSA as your university of choice. Please also refer to Are you eligible to apply for a scholarship?

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

Many scholarships are industry or area specific. However, a few key scholarships are available to international applicants in any discipline. These include the University-wide scholarships (see below) and the Endeavour Awards (open to students from specified countries). Please note this is not an exhaustive listing, and you are encouraged to search for additional opportunities. 

Please check the English language requirements you will need to apply for a research degree.

International students with school-aged children: some types of scholarship/sponsorship will exempt you from paying tuition and administration fees for your children's public schooling. For further details, see the Education for your children page and the Children of International Tertiary Students web page.

University-wide scholarships

Scholarship nameEligibilityValueHow to applyKey dates
International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) Academic merit and research potential At least $26,288 (2016 base rate)

Scholarship benefits and conditions (PDF file 74kb)

Apply online Opens 1 June, closes 31 August (for following year)
University President's Scholarships (UPS) Academic merit Tuition fees plus a living allowance of At least $26,288 (2016 base rate)

Scholarship benefits and conditions (PDF file 74kb)

Apply online Opens 1 June, closes 31 August (for following year)
International Research Tuition Scholarships  Commencing students only
Academic Merit and demonstrated research capability
Receiving or (will receive) an externally funded stipend scholarship
Tuition fee - more info Apply online Apply anytime
UniSA Thematic Postgraduate Support Package Can be awarded to exceptional international students who are in receipt of an externally-funded living stipend (e.g. IPRS, ARC stipend, NHMRC stipend, or an industry-funded stipend) Tuition fee scholarship
Plus $10,000 per annum support package
Apply online Check the RTIS website for more information

Area-specific scholarships and projects at UniSA

Scholarship nameResearch areaValueHow to applyClosing date
Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (D2D CRC) PhD Scholarships Expression of Interest Data Storage and Management,
Data Mining and Social Media Analysis,
Novel Human Computer Interactions
Top-up scholarships up to $15,000 per annum.
Limited full scholarships $26,288 per annum
 More info Anytime
Inflammatory Response to Biomaterials Inflammation, Biomaterials, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Materials Engineering Standard APA 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
PhD Scholarship in Laser and Photonics Optical Physics and Engineering $25,849 per annum plus Tuition fees   21 September
The William T Southcott Scholarship Advanced manufacturing engineering or a related discipline $35,000 per annum tax-free for a period of 3 years  Apply online 31 August 

Other funding opportunities

Scholarship nameResearch areaValueHow to applyClosing date
Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia Research Grant Education of girls in single-sex schools in Australia and/or New Zealand $15,000 annual grant  External 30 November 2015
Australia Awards Scholarships
Research must relate to a priority development area and satisfy the criteria established for each country Tuition fees, living expenses, fieldwork expenses etc Apply online Variable (according to country)
Australian Building Codes Board Research Scholarship Building regulations in Australia Up to $5,000 for 1 year External Anytime
Australian Federation of Graduate Women Various Various, for example accommodation expenses  External Check Australian Federation of Graduate Women Inc. website
Australian Grape and Wine Authority Scholarships Wine and viticulture Various External Check Australian Grape and Wine Authority website
CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing PhD Top-Up Scholarships Bioengineering, biomaterials, polymer and materials science, chemistry, biochemistry, tissue engineering, cell biology, molecular biology, immunology, biosensors, and biotechnology Per annum:
- $8,000 top up stipend
- $15,000 operational funding
See 'Education' section of CTMCRC website 30September 2015
CSIRO Flagship Scholarships CSIRO priority research areas $7,000 per annum for 3 years, plus contributions towards travel and operating costs External Check CSIRO Flagship Scholarships website
CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships CSIRO priority research areas Various scholarships available External Check CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships website
Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy Education, science and technology, arts and culture, social science, and the environment; UAE nationals only Supports UAE nationals intending to study for PhD qualifications internationally External Check Emirates Foundation website
Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship (part of Endeavour Awards) Any research area; citizens or permanent residents of a participating country and residing in that country Tuition fees, health and travel insurance External 16 May (UniSA application); 30 June (application for the award)
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Grants Various €750 – €1000 per month, plus additional benefits External 31 March and 30 September – see DAAD website
Lirabenda Endowment Fund (follow this link and scroll to bottom of page) Biota and natural environment of South Australia Maximum award $5000 External Check Field Naturalists Society of South Australia website
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) – PhD top-up scholarships Economics, social sciences, NCVER national priorities $5,000 per annum for 3 years External Check NCVER website
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) – postgraduate research paper funding round Economics, social sciences, NCVER national priorities $5,000 External Check NCVER website
Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowships Physical sciences, engineering and technology Based on actual costs up to US$50,000 External Check Schlumberger 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
Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships Various, including arts scholarships Various External Check Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 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
Water Research Australia scholarships Water resources Various External Check Water Research Australia scholarships webpage
Wet Tropics Student Research Grant Various Up to $4,000 (GST excl.) External February 26 2016

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