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, unless otherwise stated.

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 $27,082 (2018 base rate)  

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Major Round

School of Management Closing date:      10 October

All other applicants Closing date: 31 October

University of South Australia Postgraduate Awards (USAPA)  Applicants not  awarded an RTP Domestic scholarship may be considered for a USAPA At least $27,082 (2018 base rate)  

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Major Round

School of Management Closing date:      10 October

All other applicants Closing date: 31 October

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 $27,082 (2018 base rate) or Support Package of $10,000 pa. More information is available here Apply Online

No closing date. More information is available here 

Rural and Isolated Scholarship Applicant originally from a rural, regional or isolated area $27,082 (2018 base rate) plus a one-off establishment grant of $5,000 Apply online

Major Round

School of Management Closing date:      10 October

All other applicants Closing date: 31 October

Indigenous Scholarship Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant $27,082 (2018 base rate) plus a one-off establishment grant of $5,000 Apply online

Major Round

School of Management Closing date:      10 October

All other applicants Closing date: 31 October

Marcia Nicholl Research Top Up Scholarship Female student who commence as PhD or Masters by Research
Up to $24,000 to be paid as a top-up stipend Apply through My Scholarships, accessed via your myUniSA student portal Application opens from December to March
UniSA Research Degree Excellence Grant More information is available here.  $10,000 Apply through My Scholarships, accessed via your myUniSA student portal Application opens from December to March
The Co-op High Achiever Research Grant More information is available here.  $4,000 Student Portal My Scholarships Closing date: March
The Gould Experimental Science Grant
Two grants will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.
$5000 Student Portal My Scholarships Closing date: April

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

Area-specific scholarships and projects at UniSA

Scholarship nameResearch areaValueHow to applyClosing date
Advanced filtration technology - UniSA and Puratap Top Up Scholarship Microbiology, materials chemistry, organic chemistry, molecular biology, nanotechnology Top up Scholarship of $5,000 per annum for 3 years More info Open until filled
BUPA Health Research Grant Human health and improved health outcomes for society $2,500 Apply through My Scholarships, accessed via your myUniSA student portal  Application opens from December to March
Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (D2D CRC) National Security Big Data Scholarship Data storage and management, data mining and social media analysis, visualisation, novel human computer interactions.  Top-up scholarship of $20,000 per annum for 3 years. More info  30 November
Defence Against the Dark Arts Top Up Scholarship  Social media, data analytics Top-up scholarship of $7,000 per annum for 3 years. More info Open until filled
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 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
Jean Denton and Lillian de Lissa Scholarships  Early childhood education Various More info  October
Joyner Scholarship Fine arts, science, medicine and law 10% above the current RTP rate Apply online 31 October
Modelling Solar Cells Top Up Scholarship Applied Mathematics, Physics or related discipline $12,000 per annum Professor Jim Hill Open until filled
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
QUMPRC Top Up Scholarship - Pharmacoepidemiology Public Health, Statistics, Pharmacy, Health Sciences Up to $20,000 per annum for up to 4 years More info   Available from 1 July Applications close 31 October
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
SIDA Foundation PhD Scholarship Interior Design $5,000 per annum for 3 years More info January
Space Environment Research Centre (SERC) Top Up Scholarship Applied Mathematics, Physics or related discipline $15,000 per annum More info Open until filled
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 Standard RTP rate

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(USAPA) - School of Education (PhD in New Pedagogy Studies Education) Aboriginal Education, Critical Theory and Action Research Standard RTP rate

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Vitamin D supplementation: is it beneficial or even safe Nutrition, pharmacy, health or medical sciences, public health or statistics $6,000 per year for up to 3 years for a student who has been awarded a USAPA, or, $20,000 per year for up to 3 years if the student is awarded an RTPd More info 31 October
Wolf Blass Foundation Masters by Research Scholarship Marketing Up to $35,000 per annum for 2 years Apply online 31 October
Intelligent Materials and Devices Scholarship Nanotechnology Not specified More info Not specified
How schools foster refugee student resilience ARC Linkage PhD Scholarship
Education $36,682 for 3 years More info Open until filled
Jennifer McKay Innovative Socio Legal Research Grant Innovative socio-legal research $1,500 Student Portal, Apply through My Scholarships August
Chris Adams UniSA Research Grant Brain tumour research $5,000 Student Portal, Apply through My Scholarships August
Division of EASS Timely Submission Scholarship Division of Education Arts and Social Sciences $4,000 More info August
PRIF-Research Consortium Program Grant Scholarship Future Industries Institute  $27,082 p.a. More info  August

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
ATA Scientific Encouragement Award  Life, Material, Chemical or Environmental Sciences $1,500 for the winner. 2 runner up awards of $600 are also available. External July
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 Graduate Women: Canberra Accommodation Bursary Women who wish to carry out a short research project, in any field, which would benefit from a short stay in Canberra Four week accommodation bursary More info and application form 31 October
Australian Grape and Wine Authority Travel Bursaries  Various Funding to support travel, study tours or conference attendance  External First Friday in April and first Friday in October
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 RTP and other award recipients) of $10,000 per annum External Prior to research or PhD studies beginning in the following year
Clare Burton Scholarship  Gender equity $10,000 research funding along with individual support and mentoring. External October
CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships CSIRO priority research areas Various scholarships available Check CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships website  Refer website
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 31 October
Healthy Development Adelaide and Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation PhD (top-up) Scholarships Various $5,000 per annum for up to 3 years only to augment an Australian Postgraduate Award or equivalent competitive scholarship More info and application form  January
International Research Scholarship on Primary Snoring Various USD 1000  External  31 July
MOVE muscle, bone & joint health PhD Scholarship in Musculoskeletal Health  Musculoskeletal (MSK) health $30,000 per annum for three years External September
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 31 December
Water Research Australia scholarships Water resources Various External 31 October
Data61 PhD Scholarship Various Various Scholarships available Check Data61 website for more details Varies. Check the Data61 website for more details

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