Financial Support

Various sources of financial support exist for postgraduate research students. It is strongly recommended that students coming from other countries ensure that they will be financially secure prior to the commencement of their work towards the PhD, MSc or combined PhD/MPsychol program. Overseas applicants are particularly encouraged, therefore, to investigate available options early so as not to miss out on closing dates. It is not possible here to list all of the available sources of funding, many of which are restricted to students working in particular areas of research or to students from particular countries. Visit the UNSW Scholarships website for details.

Domestic Research Candidate Scholarships

For information about scholarships available to domestic students, visit the Domestic Research Candidate Scholarships page.

International Research Candidate Scholarships

For information about scholarships available to international students, visit the International Research Candidate Scholarships page.

Scholarships funded from School Staff Research Grants

Another potentially important source of financial support for postgraduate research students comes from research grants held by individual staff within the School. Most of the academic staff in the School have external funding to support their own research and that of their research students. To access these funds, students should make enquiries with the relevant staff member. Again, it is important to investigate this possibility early so that an appropriate budget amount is included in any grant application being submitted during the year. An increasing number of postgraduate research students in the School are receiving financial assistance from this source.

Casual teaching appointments

Research students are frequently employed for 3-4 hours/week during teaching sessions as casual tutors on the School's large undergraduate courses. Working under the supervision of academic staff, research students teach tutorial groups of 20 to 25 students and carry out the student consultation and marking associated with the course. As well as supplementing their income (the average yearly income for a student who teaches 3 hours in each session is $5,000) this provides students with valuable teaching experience that contributes to their subsequent employability in a variety of contexts.

More specific University Scholarships

Students should also seek out scholarships which have specific student/research area requirements such as The Australian Pain Relief Association and Australian Pain Society PhD Scholarship, The Gerontology Foundation Grant-in aid, The Menzies Research Scholarship in Allied Health Sciences, The National Health and Medical Research Counsel (NHMRC), Public Health Postgraduate Scholarships, and The Re-entry Scholarships for Women. Details of these and other scholarships are set out at the UNSW Scholarships website.

Research funding throughout candidature

The School provides each postgraduate research student with a research fund of $500 for each of the first three years of candidature (two years for MSc). This can be used for any research related expenses. In addition, $1500 is available across the whole candidature for conference travel (as long as the student makes a presentation at the conference). Money from the student's research fund can also be used toward such travel.