Science PhD Writing Scholarship



The UNSW Science PhD writing scholarship is designed to support Science doctoral candidates during the 3-month period between submission of their thesis and receiving their examiners’ reports so that they can focus on preparation of journal articles. The aim of this program is to increase publication rates and, therefore, better prepare Science graduates for the job market.


The number of awards is limited and competition is therefore high. Successful applicants are assessed on merit criteria including (but not limited to) the level of achievement during candidature, potential to publish journal articles and support from School. Additional details on the selection criteria are given below.


Current UNSW Science PhD students are eligible to apply at least one month prior to the census date.

Please note that this scholarship is not for assisting students in the process of writing up their theses for submission. The scholarship cannot commence until the thesis has been submitted.

The awardee should not hold a similar award for the same purpose. A person to whom an award is made may not undertake full-time or substantial regular part-time employment during the tenure of the award. (More than 10 hours per week is considered 'substantial regular part-time work'.)

International students should ensure that their visa allows them to stay in the country because once the thesis is submitted, candidates are no longer enrolled as a student. International students must also comply with any contractual obligations, such as those with an employer or sponsor, including those obligations relating to the period to be spent in the home country following completion of studies


The awardee will receive a maximum of $6,000 for support over a duration of three months, or a pro-rated amount for a shorter period.


The award is tenable for a maximum of three months.


Applications should comprise a cover page with the student’s name, contact details, the duration of funding requested, supervisor name(s), plus the following three items, each no more than one page:

  1. a progress report on the applicant’s PhD outlining the main findings, the papers already submitted, and any other indications of the successful progress of the project (prizes, presentations, grants, etc).
  2. a proposal from the student on the papers that he/she will write during the period of the award, a timeline for completion of those papers, and the journals to which the papers will be submitted.
  3. a letter of support from the student’s supervisor, or a member of the student’s postgraduate committee, providing an assessment of the applicant’s PhD research work.

Applications must be submitted by 31 July 2018.

Awards must be taken up immediately after the thesis is submitted and exit seminar is completed and cannot be deferred.


The PhD thesis must be submitted within the maximum 4-Year Candidature period and the candidature must not have been lapsed at any point.

Applications will be assessed against the criteria outlined below. The Committee and the Associate Dean Research Training reserve the right to make no award in a given round if the applications received are not satisfactory or do not meet the intended purposes of the scheme.

Criteria that will be taken into account by the Committee in assessing applications are as follows:

  • Quality and quantity of proposed papers to be submitted under the award
  • Previous publication record, conference papers and quality of the PhD research.
  • Supervisor's report.

Further information

Sarah Stride, Project Officer - Research
Telephone: 9385 6225


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