Obtaining Funding: Scholarships for Postgraduate Research Students

The Graduate Research School manages the scholarship application process. More Information about scholarship opportunities can be found at Postgraduate Research Scholarships.  In addition to information on those webpages, note that the School of Mathematics and Statistics supplements all UNSW full scholarships (APA, IPRS, UIPA) with a generous top-up scholarship of $5,000 per year.

Scientia Scholarship Opportunities

The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of UNSW's dedication to harnessing cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. The School of Mathematics and Statistics has several Scientia Scholarship opportunities on offer. Please see our webpage for all details.

Australian Students

Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) are offered through the Australian Research Council, for postgraduate research leading to the degree of Master of Science (Research) and/or PhD. They are available to Australian citizens or those who have been granted permanent resident status and have lived in Australia continuously for the last twelve months as at the closing date for applications (key dates found here). 

There are many full-time new awards across all faculties at UNSW each year. Allowances are indexed annually, and are non-taxable. A relocation allowance and a thesis allowance are also available, details on the Postgraduate Research Scholarships webpage.

Other scholarships are often available, and are sometimes linked to particular research projects. Students who apply unsuccessfully for an APA are automatically considered for other scholarships. 

A small amenities fee is payable for research MSc and PhD students at UNSW who are Australian or New Zealand citizens, in 2015, this was in the order of $150.

Please see Postgraduate Research Scholarship for more information.

School of Mathematics and Statistics Top-up Scholarships

The School of Mathematics and Statistics offers generous top-up scholarships for PhD students. They are awarded to holders of an Australian Postgraduate Award or University Postgraduate Award, and are valued at $5000 per year.

International Students

Many research students studying in our school come from overseas - international students represent about half of our postgraduate research cohort, especially from Asia, Europe and the Americas.  A number of scholarships are offered to international students on a competitive basis.

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) and University International Postgraduate Awards (UIPA) are awarded on academic merit and research capacity to suitably qualified graduates from any country except Australia and New Zealand. The scholarship will cover tuition fees and provide a living allowance, normally for a period of two years for a Masters research degree, and three and a half years for a PhD degree. Compulsory health insurance is covered for IPRS holders. Information on how to apply is available online. Further information may be obtained from the Graduate Research School.

International students from certain countries are eligible for a UNSW/home country joint scholarship.  Please follow the instructions carefully, these applications usually need to go through both UNSW and your home country and in the right sequence.

If your supervisor has a stipend to cover your living expenses, you may be eligible for a Tuition Fee Scholarship to cover your living expenses.  Supervisors most likely to have a stipend available are those recently awarded large research grants.

For students from certain developing countries, the Australian International Development Assistance Bureau provides John Crawford Scholarships. A brochure of such countries is available from Australian Embassies and Consulates. Note that in some countries applications close early in March. There are other forms of aid available to students from developing countries, such as scholarships from organisations like the World Bank. Information about these is available in the student's home country.

Students from some developed countries may be able to obtain scholarships for studying in other countries; information about these is available in the student's home country.

Please see Postgraduate Research Scholarship for more information.

Other Scholarships

Additional scholarship information is available from UNSW Scholarships.