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?

University-wide scholarships

Scholarship nameEligibilityValueHow to applyKey dates
Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) research scholarships
Exceptional research potential At least $26,288 (2016 base rate)

Scholarship benefits and conditions (PDF file 74kb)
Major round
Apply online
Major Round
Opens 1 August, closes 31 October
Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) (Business School Only) Exceptional research potential At least $26,288 (2016 base rate)

Scholarship benefits and conditions (PDF file 74kb)
Minor round
Apply online
Minor Round Closes 15 February. Students must enrol in March 2016
University of South Australia Postgraduate Awards (USAPA)  Applicants not  awarded an APA may be considered for a USAPA At least $26,288 (2016 base rate) 

Scholarship benefits and conditions (PDF file 74kb)
Apply online Opens 1 August, closes 31 October
Rural and Isolated Scholarship Applicant originally from a rural, regional or isolated area At least $26,288 (2016 base rate) plus a one-off establishment grant of $5,000 Apply online Closes 31 October
Indigenous Scholarship Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant At least $26,288 (2016 base rate) plus a one-off establishment grant of $5,000 Apply online Closes 31 October
UniSA Thematic Postgraduate Support Package Students who are in receipt of an externally-funded living stipend (e.g. APA, ARC stipend, NHMRC stipend, or an industry-funded stipend) $10,000 per annum Apply online Check the RTIS website for more information
UniSA Thematic living stipend Exceptional research potential At least $26,288 (2016 base rate) Apply online Check the RTIS website for more information

Area-specific scholarships and projects at UniSA

Scholarship nameResearch areaValueHow to applyClosing date
ACH & UniSA 'Activity for Well-being' PhD Scholarship Exercise, sports science, human movement, health and fitness $30,000 per annum Apply online Check scholarship site
ATN Industry Doctoral Training Centre in Mathematics & Statistics (UniSA Node) Mathematics and statistics $30,000 per annum living allowance plus funding for conference attendances Apply online Various
Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (D2D CRC) PhD Scholarship 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
Digital Practices for Intelligent and Sustainable Built Environment PhD scholarship Building, design management, engineering design empirical studies
$26,288 (2016 base rate) Apply online 30 June 2015
Drug Targeting to Immune Cells using Modified Inulin Particles PhD top-up scholarship Pharmaceutical evaluation of inulin-based drug delivery vehicle $5,200 per year, top up only Apply online 31 October 2015
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 APA rate Apply online 31 October
Mawson Institute Cell biology, chemistry or materials science $7000.00 per annum for 3 years Send CV to supervisors Open until filled
PhD Scholarship in GPS Applications of General Relativity Mathematics and Theoretical Physics $26,288 per annum for 3 years Contact Professor Jim Hill ( with availability, resume and academic transcripts Open until filled
PhD Scholarship in Laser and Photonics Optical Physics and Engineering $25,849 per annum plus Tuition fees   21 September 2015
Refugee Youth Education, Training and Employment PhD Scholarship Human society, cultural studies
$28,000 per annum for 3 years (full-time) More info on how to apply... 15 June 2015
Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship Masters by Research in the Hawke Research Institute Up to $35,000 per annum for   2 years.
Two annual payments of $5000 for accommodation and travel

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2 December 2015
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 October
Wolf Blass Foundation Masters by Research Scholarship Marketing Up to $35,000 per annum for 2 years Apply online Find out more...

Other funding opportunities

See also High achiever scholarships

Scholarship nameResearch areaValueHow to applyClosing date
Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia Research Grant Education of girls at single-sex schools in Australia and/or New Zealand $15,000 annual grant External 30 November 2015
Australian Biological Resources Study grants Biodiversity, conservation and vulnerable and endangered species; public, plant and animal health; building taxonomic capacity Various External Check Australian Biological Resources Study grants website
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 Grape and Wine Authority Scholarships Wine and viticulture Various External Check Australian Grape and Wine Authority website
Australian Rotary Health Scholarships Various $29,000 per year for a maximum of 3.5 years External Check Australian Rotary Health Scholarships website
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
Clare Burton Scholarship Gender equity $10,000 research funding along with individual support and mentoring External TBC mid-2015 for 2016 (biennial)
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 30 September 2015
CSIRO Flagship Scholarships CSIRO priority research areas Various External Check CSIRO Flagship Scholarships website
CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships CSIRO priority research areas Various scholarships available Check CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships website  30 October 2015
Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships and Fellowships (for domestic students) Various Various awards Contact Kirsten Murray at UniSA, or check the Endeavour website 30 June 2015
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Grants Various €750 – €1000 per month, plus additional benefits External Check DAAD website
Gowrie Scholarship Various $5,000 per annum External 29 January 2016
HDA and Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation PhD (top-up) Scholarships 2016 Various $5,000 per annum External 5pm, 29 January 2016
Jean Denton and Lillian de Lissa Scholarships Early childhood education Various External 30 October
Lady Anita Smith Overseas Study Sponsorship Various Up to $15,000 Applications to be forwarded to Graduate Research, Student and Academic Services 1 March
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
National Health and Medical Research Council Postgraduate Scholarships Health sciences; outstanding Australian health and medical graduates Various scholarships External Check NHMRC website
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
SARRAH: Clinical Psychology Scholarship Clinical psychology Maximum $30,000 ($15,000 per annum) for 2 years (FTE) External Check SARRAH website
SARRAH: Continuing Professional Development Scholarship Various $1,500 External Check SARRAH website
Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship Allied health sciences, engineering, law, medicine $27,500 per annum for up to 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
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
Wentworth Group Science Program Natural and social sciences, economics, philosophy, law, engineering and the built environment Travel expenses (master class and meeting with mentor) External Check Wentworth Group Science Program website
Wet Tropics Student Research Grant Various Up to $4,000 (GST excl.) External 26 February 2016

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