Preparing Science Graduates for the Job Market  

The UNSW Science PhD Scholarships, i.e., the UNSW Science PhD Writing Scholarship and the UNSW Science PhD Non-Traditional Outputs Scholarship, aims to better prepare Science graduates for the job market. We support Science doctoral candidates during the three-month period between submitting their thesis and receiving the examiners’ reports. This support will allow you to focus on the preparation of journal articles or other non-traditional outputs and become career-ready.

UNSW Science PhD Writing Scholarship - aims to increase publication rates and allow you to focus on the preparation of journal articles.

UNSW Science PhD Non-Traditional Outputs Scholarship - aims to benefit the scientific community or society as a whole and allow you to focus on the preparation of outputs that are not traditional peer-reviewed publications. Examples of non-traditional outputs could include but are not limited to: policy documents; programs; website, apps, or data repositories; and educational materials or tools. 

Only one Scholarship may be applied for, i.e., the PhD Writing Scholarship or the Non-Traditional Outputs Scholarship

The chosen candidate will receive up to $7,500 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 within their 4-year candidature period (FTE equivalent) are eligible to apply. 

To be eligible for a 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).

These scholarships are not for assisting students in the process of writing up their theses for submission. Scholarships commence when the thesis has been submitted.

International Students  

If you are an international student, you will 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.

2021 Scholarship Rounds & Application Periods

Scholarship Round 2

Application period: 20 April - 7 May. 

 - Applicants intending to submit their thesis between 31 May and 11 September 2021 should apply in this round.

Scholarship Round 3

Application period: 26 July - 16 August.

 - Applicants intending to submit their thesis between 12 September and 11 December 2021 should apply in this round.

Scholarship Round 4

Application period: 25 October - 15 November.

 - Applicants intending to submit their thesis between 12 December and 22 December 2021 should apply in this round.

Awards cannot carry over into the following year. Round 4 awards must be taken up before 22 December 2021 to ensure we can process your scholarship payment.  

How to Apply

Apply by completing and submitting the online application form below.

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.

Applicants will be assessed on the following criteria - 

  1. PhD research project and its significance, including a description of the research project to date and a timeline to thesis submission. 
  2. Publications to date, including papers emerging from the PhD research, publications from other research activities, conference presentations, and other notable achievements (awards, prizes etc).
  3. Publication proposal or non-traditional outputs project details, including details of the publications or details of a non-traditional outputs project to be completed during the 3-month scholarship period. 
  4. Supervisor confirmation, including confirmation of the applicant's publication or project proposal and timeline. 

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.

Contact The Associate Dean Research Training team for more information.

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