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.


  1. Current UNSW Science PhD students are eligible to apply at least one month prior to the GRS Thesis Submission date. The next GRS Thesis Submission date is 16 February 2020.
  2. Applications should be made in the round that corresponds to the intended submission date as indicated on the application webform or they will not be considered.
  3. 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.
  4. 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'.)
  5. 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 items, each no more than one page:

  1. Summary report on the applicant’s PhD research and its significance, and a timeline for thesis submission;
  2. Proposal on the papers that will be written during the period of the award. For each proposed paper, the following should be provided: a title, intended target journal, and list of authors, as well as a detailed timeline of when each component of the paper will be completed. The applicant should be first author on all proposed papers.
  3. 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 and comments on the feasibility of the plan.
  4. Brief CV including a list of publications, submitted papers, conference presentations, grants, prizes, etc.
  5. All application documents should be uploaded in the fomat of a sinlge PDF in the document order as above 1-4.

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


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.


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1.Research summary, 2.Publications proposal, 3.Letter of support, 4.CV (brief)