Preparing Science Graduates for the Job Market  

The UNSW Science PhD Writing Scholarship aims to increase publication rates and better prepare Science graduates for the job market. We support Science doctoral candidates during the three-month period between the submission of their thesis and receiving the examiners’ reports. This will allow you to focus on the preparation of journal articles and become career-ready.

The chosen candidate will receive up to $6,000 in support for three months or a pro-rata amount for a shorter period. The award is available for a maximum of three months.

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 the School or Faculty. Competition is high as there is a limited number of awards available.

Who is Eligible?

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

To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants should not hold a similar award for the same purpose. Awardees will not be able to undertake full-time or substantial regular part-time employment during the duration of the award. (More than 10 hours per week is considered substantial regular part-time work.)

Please ensure your application is submitted in the round that corresponds to the intended submission date indicated on the form, otherwise, your application will not be considered.

This scholarship is not for assisting students in the process of writing up their theses for submission. The scholarship only commences when the thesis has been submitted.

International Students  

If you’re an international student, you’ll need to ensure that your visa allows you to stay in Australia. In most cases, once your thesis is submitted, candidates are no longer enrolled as a student.

International students must also comply with any contractual obligations, including those with an employer or sponsor, and any obligations relating to the period spent in the home country following the completion of studies.

How to Apply

Applications should include 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. A summary report on the applicant’s PhD research and its significance, and a timeline for thesis submission. 
  2. A brief CV including a list of publications, submitted papers, conference presentations, grants, prizes, etc. 
  3. A proposal on the papers that will be written during the period of the award. For each proposed paper, 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, should be provided. The applicant should be first author on all proposed papers. 
  4. 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. 

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

  • Application rounds are based on available funding
  • Application dates will be announced directly to School Postgraduate Coordinators.

Selection Criteria

The PhD thesis must be submitted within the maximum four-year candidature period, and the candidature must not have lapsed at any point.

The Committee and the Associate Dean Research Training reserve the right to withhold the 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 considered 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.

Contact The Associate Dean Research Training team for more information.

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