Research scholarships

Scholarships support the position of The University of Western Australia as one of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, the premier research institution in WA and the university of choice for a large number of higher degree by research students.

The purpose of UWA scholarships and awards is to ensure equity and access for all students and to reward and acknowledge excellence in our community. Indigenous students are encouraged to apply for the large number of scholarships available across a range of disciplines.

Scholarship rounds for commencement in 2021

International Round

Applications open from 1 July 2020 until 31 August 2020 for commencement by 30 June 2021.

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Domestic and UWA International Graduates-only round

Applications open from 1 September 2020 until 30 October 2020 for commencement by 31 March 2021.

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Domestic scholarships

UWA has a range of postgraduate research scholarships available for students to undertake higher degrees by research, including Research Training Program stipends and University Postgraduate Awards (UPA).

To be eligible to apply for domestic postgraduate scholarships, an applicant must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen. UWA also offers a number of prestigious postgraduate research scholarships to outstanding students who demonstrate exceptional research potential.

Research Training Program stipends and University Postgraduate Awards (UPA)

These awards aim to assist with general living costs through the provision of an annual stipend. To be eligible for an RTP stipend, candidates must have achieved a bachelor’s degree with first class honours, or equivalent. To be eligible for a UPA, candidates must have achieved a bachelor’s degree with upper second class honours, or equivalent.

An applicant must also:

  • be undertaking or intend to enrol in a master’s by research or doctoral degree
  • be enrolling as a full-time student. Approval may be given for a part-time award where an applicant is able to demonstrate heavy care commitments or a medical condition which would preclude full-time study
  • not have completed a degree at the same level or higher level as the proposed degree
  • not expect to receive another equivalent award, scholarship or salary to undertake the proposed study which is greater than 75 per cent of the stipend rate, and
  • be available to take up a postgraduate award, if offered, by the date designated in the offer letter
Hackett Postgraduate Scholarships

Sir John Winthrop Hackett was the first Chancellor and a generous benefactor to the University. The Hackett Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded to the top-ranked applicants in the main domestic application round.

Forrest Research Foundation Postgraduate Scholarships

Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships are awarded to outstanding domestic and international students to complete a PhD at a Western Australian university. Forrest Scholars will be students of exceptional ability and resourcefulness, having the highest calibre of academic achievement and with potential to make a positive difference to the world. They will help build world-class innovation capacity in Western Australia.

The Forrest Scholarship package is valued at more than $50,000, including a stipend, accommodation allowance and a relocation and research travel allowance. The package also includes single overseas student health cover and tuition fees for international students.

Jean Rogerson Postgraduate Research Scholarships

These are awarded to highly ranked applicants in the main application round. These scholarships provide a stipend of $35,000 per annum.

Robert and Maude Gledden Postgraduate Scholarships

The Gledden Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded for research in applied science, particularly relating to surveying, engineering, mining or cognate (related) subjects. These scholarships provide a stipend of $38,000 a year plus an overseas travel allowance of up to $5,000.

Gledden Scholarships are typically awarded to PhD students enrolled in the Faculties of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, and Science. However, relevant applications will be considered from candidates in other faculties. Gledden applicants must provide a 100-word outline of their proposed research project and its relevance to the terms of the Gledden Trust awards.

Dean's Excellence in Arts, Business, Law and Education PhD Scholarships

The Dean's Excellence in Arts, Business, Law and Education PhD Scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding international and domestic students wishing to undertake a research doctorate (PhD) in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education (FABLE). All Scholars will receive a scholarship package which includes a living allowance (stipend) valued at $33,000 per annum, a research allowance of $5,100, Overseas Student single Health Cover, and tuition fees.

Indigenous postgraduate research supplementary scholarships

Top-up scholarships valued at $10,000 a year may be given to indigenous applicants who are awarded an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship.

Destinations Australia Research Scholarships

Australian Government Destination Australia Research Scholarships are available to encourage and assist commencing students to enrol in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and undertake postgraduate research based at the Albany Campus of The University of Western Australia('the University').

International scholarships

UWA International Postgraduate Research Scholarships

The purpose of the UWA International Postgraduate Research Scholarships is to attract top quality international postgraduate students to UWA's research strengths to support Australia’s research efforts. Successful applicants can expect to become members of a research team working under the direction of senior researchers and in areas which have attracted external resources.

Applicants for UWA International Postgraduate Research Scholarships are rated according to the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Research training achievement
  • Proposed research environment

Allocation of scholarships is the outcome of a competitive ranking and selection process in which applicants are scored and ranked by schools, faculties and the University Scholarships Committee, according to these common criteria and on the basis of evidence provided.

Australia Awards (funded by the Australian Government)

The Australia Awards aim to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and other nations through an extensive range of scholarship programs. The programs consist of Australia Awards long-term scholarships, Australia Awards short-term scholarships and Australia Awards fellowships.

Australia Awards aim to develop capacity and leadership skills so individuals can contribute to development in their home country and build people-to-people linkages at the individual, institutional and country levels. Australia Awards bring  together under one program scholarships from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Department of Education and Training and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

More information including applicant eligibility criteria can be found at australiaawards.gov.au.

Forrest Research Foundation Postgraduate Scholarships

Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships are awarded to outstanding domestic and international students to complete a PhD at a Western Australian university. Forrest Scholars will be students of exceptional ability and resourcefulness, having the highest calibre of academic achievement and with potential to make a positive difference to the world. They will help build world-class innovation capacity in Western Australia.

The Forrest Scholarship package is valued at more than $50,000, including a stipend, accommodation allowance and a relocation and research travel allowance. The package also includes single overseas student health cover and tuition fees for international students.

UWA China Scholarships

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) and The University of Western Australia (UWA) offer postgraduate research scholarships each year to students from the People's Republic of China who intend to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at UWA. Applicants who are citizens and normally residing in China at the time of application, and enrolled or registered in a Chinese University, may apply for a UWA China Scholarship.

Dean's Excellence in Arts, Business, Law and Education PhD Scholarships

The Dean's Excellence in Arts, Business, Law and Education PhD Scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding international and domestic students wishing to undertake a research doctorate (PhD) in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education (FABLE). All Scholars will receive a scholarship package which includes a living allowance (stipend) valued at $33,000 per annum, a research allowance of $5,100, Overseas Student single Health Cover, and tuition fees.

Destinations Australia Research Scholarships

Australian Government Destination Australia Research Scholarships are available to encourage and assist commencing students to enrol in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and undertake postgraduate research based at the Albany Campus of The University of Western Australia('the University').

Find a potential supervisor

We can help you determine your eligibility and find a supervisor in your proposed research area. Contact your HDR Pre-candidature Team, email applications-grs@uwa.edu.au.