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.

UWA scholarships and awards ensure equity and access for all students and reward and acknowledge excellence in our community.

Applicants who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander are strongly encouraged to apply for the large number of scholarships available across a range of disciplines.

Scholarship rounds for commencement in 2025

2025 International Round

1 July 2024 – 30 August 2024

2025 Domestic Round including International Students who have studied at UWA in 2023-2024

1 September 2024 – 31 October 2024  

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Australian Government RTP Scholarships

The value of the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship at UWA in 2024 is $35,000 per annum.

The value of the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset Scholarship at UWA is approximately $33,500 per annum, and is subject to change in future years.

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Discover a variety of scholarship opportunities at UWA’s HDR portal.

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How to apply

  • Download and read the Advice for Applicants document.
  • Identify and secure an academic supervisor.
  • Apply for a place in your selected course via the online HDR application portal.
  • Apply for a scholarship via the online Scholarship application form (form will be made available during the scholarship round). 

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.

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

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. The scholarships are valued at $35,000 per annum. 

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 and are valued at $45,000 per annum.

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.

For more information, visit the Forrest Research Foundation.

Jean Rogerson Postgraduate Research Scholarships

These are awarded to highly ranked applicants in the main application round. These scholarships provide a stipend of $43,000 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 $43,000 a year plus an overseas travel allowance of up to $5,000. Gledden applicants must provide a 100-word outline of their proposed research project and its relevance to the terms of the Gledden Trust awards.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Scholarships

This scholarship is available to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research candidates who are interested in pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy or other Higher Degree by Research at UWA. It provides a stipend scholarship (living allowance) of $45,000 per annum and a research operating and travel allowance of $5,000. An establishment allowance of up to $2,000 will be available to candidates who are required to relocate from interstate or regional WA to take up the scholarship. The tenure of the scholarship is for up to 3.5 years.

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 and the University Scholarships Committee, according to these common criteria and on the basis of evidence provided.

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.

For more information, visit the Forrest Research Foundation.

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.

Find a supervisor

Search the UWA Research Repository to identify potential supervisors in your field of interest. To seek supervision, contact potential supervisors directly with your CV, a brief outline of research and academic transcripts. You may be required to meet with or be interviewed by a nominated supervisor. For a variety of reasons, supervision may be unavailable and not all applicants will be successful in finding a supervisor.

 

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