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 Education for your children page and 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 nameEligibilityValueHow to applyKey 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 $27,596 (2019 base rate)

Scholarship benefits and conditions (PDF file 408kb)

Apply online

Closing date:         31 August

International Research Tuition Scholarships  Commencing students only
Academic Merit and demonstrated research capability
Receiving or (will receive) an externally funded stipend scholarship or self-funded stipend
Tuition fee - more info Apply Online Apply anytime
ATN-LATAM PhD Scholarship Must meet the criteria for entry into a PhD at UniSA and be a citizen of one of the following countries: Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay or Uruguay Stipend valued at $30,000 pa. plus a tuition fee scholarship for 3 years Apply Online 

31 August

Note that applicants for an RTPi/ UPS scholarship will be automatically assessed for this scholarship if from an eligible country

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 Student Portal My Scholarships Application opens from December to March

*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 nameResearch areaValueHow to applyClosing 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
SIDA Foundation PhD Scholarship Interior Design $5,000 per annum for 3 years More info January
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 
Intelligent Materials and Devices Scholarship Nanotechnology Not specified More info Not specified
PRIF-Research Consortium Program Grant Scholarship
Future Industries Institute
$27,59 p.a. More info Open until filled
Nanoparticle Genotoxicity Scholarship Nanotechnology, biomedical, biophysics, molecular biology, physical chemistry $27,082 per year More info Open until filled
Alan Reddrop Research Grant for Family Business Family Business   More info Open untill filled

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

Other funding opportunities

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 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

CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships CSIRO priority research areas Various scholarships available External Check CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships website
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 January
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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