The Vice Chancellor and President's Scholarships are awarded each year to a nominated research student in Each Academic Unit whose research includes a focus on the following:

  • Industry/partner engagement focused research
  • Evidence of genuine end-user engagement/relationship
  • Proven academic success (pre- and post-PhD commencement)
  • Full supervisory panel, as per the research policy guidelines (AB-58 P2)

The award is valued at $10,000 and supports students who can demonstrate how they would use the scholarship to enhance their research project. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • overseas and domestic trips for the purpose of collecting data with an end user or industry partner,
  • engaging with an end user from government, industry and/or community on the research project
  • activities that broaden the student’s focus on entrepreneurship and innovation,
  • participation in training workshops or courses to enhance transferable skills development
  • opportunities to present their research at conferences, symposia or to industry partners


The award provides $10,000 to support PhD students with their research project as outlined in their application.


The scholarships are available to commencing international and domestic students undertaking a PhD at the University of South Australia.

To be eligible, students must

  • Be enrolled in a PhD at UniSA
  • Be within 18 months of commencement at the time of application
  • Provide a CV / Academic Transcripts
  • Provide a supporting statement from principal supervisor
  • Provide a supporting statement from a research end-user
  • Have an Open Research and Contributor ID (ORCID) established

Desirable criteria:

  • An agreement to undertake a research internship (either as part of, or in addition to, the PhD project)


The Vice Chancellor and President’s Scholarship is competitive, and selection is based on:

  • Industry/partner engagement focused research
  • Evidence of genuine end-user engagement/relationship
  • Proven academic success (pre- and post-PhD commencement)
  • Full supervisory panel, as per the research policy guidelines (AB-58 P2) 


Students must have their research proposal submitted within 6 months of full-time study. The scholarship funds will be transferred upon confirmation of candidature.

The Vice Chancellor and President’s Scholarship will provide funding towards the research project activities identified in the student’s application and approved by the selection panel. It is envisaged that successful applicants may also have the opportunity to participate in Partner Engagement Training.

By the end of the third year of candidature or when the total of the Scholarship funds have been spent (whichever comes first) a written report must be submitted to Research Student Services; Student and Academic Services (SAS), detailing how the Scholarship funds were spent.
Note: Funds are not to be used to support core project costs associated with the project requirements.

Process of awarding the scholarship

Students who meet the eligibility criteria will be identified by the University and invited to apply in June of each year.

This is a competitive process and applications will be assessed by a committee which will include:

  • Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Enterprise (or delegate)
  • Dean of Graduate Studies (or delegate)
  • Director Enterprise Partnerships Unit (or delegate)
  • SAS Representative (Executive Officer for the panel)

The panel decision is final and does not include the capture of comments for the purpose of individual feedback for unsuccessful applicants. If there isn’t a competitive candidate from an Academic Unit then the panel has the right to not award a scholarship.

Students will be notified of the outcome of their application towards the end of August/beginning of September.

When all conditions have been met the award of $10,000 will be made available to the student via a cost centre managed within their relevant Academic Unit.

How to apply

Upon invitation from their Academic Unit, applicants will need to complete the application form provided. The application will require:

  • A one-page proposal outlining their research project will benefit from receiving this scholarship. The proposal must also clearly describe how the scholarship will be used to achieve these objectives, including a proposed budget
  • Include the principal supervisor's supporting statement on behalf of the supervisory panel
  • Include a supporting statement from a research end-user
  • A copy of the applicant's CV/Academic transcripts

Applications will reopen in July 2024

Previous recipients


  • Henry Blake
  • Kathryn Stephenson
  • Mohamed Taha Amen
  • Nikou Javadi
  • Amy Parkin
  • Siti Mokhtar
  • Claire Simpson-Smith


  • Tuyet Dam
  • Mehmet Yildiz
  • Yusuf Hayat
  • Li Zou
  • Ashleigh Hull
  • Dorsa Maher
  • Mahmoud Khedher
  • Madduma Kaluge Wijewickrama


  • Christina Viljoen
  • Kirsten Victory
  • Dimitrios Saredakis
  • Thi Minh Phuong Nguyen
  • Ramin Hassankhani Gharagozlou
  • Kay Khine Myo Min
  • Mohammed Mahmoud
  • Vu Viet Hoang Pham


  • Chanda Mpundu-Kaambwa
  • Kelly Vaughan
  • Lisa-Angelique Lim
  • Parinaz Ahangar
  • Emmanuel Baawuah
  • Ou Yi
  • Luke Hynes-Bishop


  • Melissa Bennett
  • Rebecca Callahan
  • Gipsy Hosking
  • Seung Ho Lee
  • Stephanie Mills
  • Ellen Scott
  • Amy Wilson


  • Felicity Braithwaite
  • Julie Cartlidge
  • Jianghui Dong
  • Farzana Kastury
  • Lisa Matricciani
  • Eve Raets
  • Lucy Simmonds


  • Briony Ankor
  • Ginige De Silva
  • Quang Do
  • Hyewon Jung
  • Xuan Li
  • Malgorzata Ludwichowska-Alluich
  • Ricky Martin


  • Helen Palethorpe
  • Gretchen Gordon
  • Clint Bellenger
  • Scott Weeks
  • Tracey Dodd
  • Aipeng Chen
  • Morgan Schebella