Scholarships for international research students

Scholarships listed here are available to international research degree current students and new 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. 

Applications for scholarships are part of the online application for research degree admission, unless otherwise stated.

Many scholarships are industry or area specific. However, a few key scholarships are available to international applicants in any discipline. 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 Children of International Tertiary Students web page.

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

University-wide scholarships

Scholarship name Eligibility Value How to apply Key dates

Research Training Program international (RTPi) Scholarships


University President's Scholarships (UPS)

Competitive selection for RTPi and UPS is conducted as one process, per the research degree scholarship allocation guidelines. At least $28,597 (2021 base rate)

Scholarship benefits and conditions (PDF file 408kb)

Applications currently closed.

Applications for commencement in 2021 closed at midnight ACST 31 August.  Please check back later in the year for further oppurtunities.

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

*Note: It's the applicant's responsibility to obtain English proficiency evidence and, RTPi/ UPS applicants must provide evidence before the scholarship closing date (31 August).

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 name Area of research Value How to apply Closing date
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
Inflammatory Response to Biomaterials Inflammation, Biomaterials, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Materials Engineering Standard RTP Rate Apply Online Open until filled
Intelligent Materials and Devices Scholarship Nanotechnology Not specified More info Not specified
Alan Reddrop Research Grant for Family Business Family Business   More info Open until filled

Plasma Physics Scholarship

lasma physics, plasma engineering, plasma diagnostics, UV-vis spectroscopy, measurement of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species in the plasma phase and liquid phase.

$28,597 per year for 3 years


More info

Open until filled

Plasma Touches Life Scholarship

General molecular and cellular biology, tissue culture (mammalian and bacteria), microscopy, immunohistochemistry

$28,597  per year for 3.5 years



More info

Open until filled

Lie symmetry analysis in regularised nonlinear diffusion problems


$28,597 per year for 3 years

More info

Open until filled

Surface nanoengineering scholarship

Chemistry, nanotechnology, biotechnology, plasma physics, energy or materials, and surface science.

$28,597 per year for 3 years

More info


The William T. Southcott Scholarship


$35‚000 per year for 3 years

More info


Alan Reddrop Research Grant for Family Business

Family business


More info

Application opens from 26/10/2020 to 08/11/2020.

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

Other funding opportunities

Funding opportunities Area of research Value How to apply Closing date
APRIntern: PhD Industry Internships Industry experience for 3-6 months to kickstart your career. The program has an emphasis on encouraging underrepresented people in STEM, such as women, regional, indigenous and disadvanted PhD students $3,000 External October 
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 31 August
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 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

Australian Nurse Teachers Society (ANTS): Research Scholarships Available to ANTS members to attend conferences which are relevant to nurse teachers $1,000 External

January, April, July & October


Australian Society of Medical Imaging & Radiation Therapy: Research Scholarships Diagnostic radiography & Radiation therapy $10,000 maximum External

27 September 

Capstone Editing: Grant for Professional Thesis Editing Free thesis editing for one Masters student and one PhD student per year N/A External September 
CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships CSIRO priority research areas Various scholarships available External Check CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships website
The Data Incubator: Data Science Fellowship Data science: 8-week fellowship (think data science bootcamp) for PhDs looking to enter industry N/A External November 
Gates Cambridge UK: PhD Scholarships Full-cost scholarship awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge


External November 
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Grants Various €750 – €1000 per month, plus additional benefits External Refer to the DAAD website
Healthy Development Adelaide and Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation PhD Excellence Award 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 20 December
Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Fund Scholarships Science of aeronautics; preference will be given to South Australians Not specified External March, June, September & December
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 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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