Externally funded scholarships

Externally funded scholarships

The following scholarship opportunities are funded by external organisations for higher degree research students to undertake research in a wide range of fields, both within Australia and overseas.

External scholarship funding:

Interested in research collaboration with Germany?

The Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme is a joint initiative of Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany's national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. The scheme will support exchanges for Australian researchers and research candidates to spend time at partner institutions in Germany and for collaborating German researchers and research candidates to spend time at Australian universities.

If you are interested in research collaborations with Germany you are also encouraged to explore the other DAAD funded scholarship opportunities in the DAAD scholarship database and information available at the DAAD Sydney Information Centre

1. Eligibility

Applications are to be submitted by an academic staff member on behalf of a research group including PhD candidates, Master of Research and MPhil students and Early Career Researchers. The research groups must comprise of people who are:

  • employed as an academic staff member in a teaching and research or research only role at the Australian university administering the application and with a contract at that university that is valid for the duration of the relevant funding period; or
  • enrolled for the duration of the relevant funding period as a PhD or Research Masters (MPhil and MRes) student at the Australian university administering the application and part of a research project application submitted by an eligible staff member at that same university.

The scheme is open to Australian researchers at participating Australian universities in all academic fields involved in a collaborative project with German research partners.

Proposals must provide opportunities for exchanges between early career researchers (defined as MRes, MPhil, PhD candidates and ECRs).

Applications are open to all Faculties and researchers from the Humanities and Social Sciences are encouraged to apply.

2. Assessment Criteria

The main criteria to be used in assessing applications are:

  • the quality and feasibility of the research project (1/3);
  • the experience and track record of the participating researchers (1/3);
  • the level of involvement of early career researchers (1/3).

Other criteria include:

  • knowledge transfer between the Australian and German researchers;
  • lasting impact or wider effect of the cooperation (can include engagement with policy makers and/or industry).

3. What is being offered

The maximum amount of funding available per Australian application is AUD 12,500 per year for two years (funded by Macquarie University) Some universities may elect to fund projects at a lower level. Grants will cover the costs of economy airfares and living expenses and are provided directly by the applicant’s university.

4. How to Apply

Applications now open
Internal closing date for the Macquarie University expression of interest 2 May 2016. Applications must be submitted by email to research.preaward@mq.edu.au
The form and further details are available from your Faculty Research Manager
Interested MRes, MPhil and PhD candidates are encouraged to speak to their supervisors about submitting an expression of interest.

If your expression of interest is successful, you will be assisted through the Research office to complete the full Universities Australia application form. This form must only be submitted to the Macquarie University contact officer in the Research Office. This Application form, full Terms and Conditions and further details available at The voice of Australia's Universities page

Please note: your collaborating partner needs to submit a high quality application to the DAAD with the same project title by the closing date. Further details available at this page

5. Other DAAD funded scholarship opportunities

The DAAD's extensive scholarship database for students, graduates and academics offers applicants a wide range of tips and information to help them successfully apply for a scholarship for a course of study, a research assignment or a teaching assignment in Germany.

You are also encouraged to visit the DAAD Sydney Information Centre which provides contact details for Australians looking for information and also lists the funding and scholarship opportunities.

The Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC) is a successful research centre with research is supported by government, industry partners, security exchanges, and regulators in Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and North America.

The CMCRC provides an exciting, high calibre, and well-resourced research environment for work in capital markets and health insurance research. The objective is to create better markets locally, regionally, and globally. CMCRC research is about providing a better understanding of markets (their operation and their price behaviour) and to conduct research which facilitates the provision of advances in technology. CMCRC research is also about realising commercial benefits from innovation, and the CMCRC provides direct participation in commercial results for PhD Students.

The CMCRC seeks graduates with qualifications in one, or more of:

  • Finance / Capital Markets
  • Health Markets / Health Economy
  • Econometrics / Actuarial Studies / Applied Mathematics
  • Information Technology / Data mining / Natural Language Processing

Interdisciplinary research is encouraged. Applications are invited for full-time scholarships to support PhD studies. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged. Students are based both in Australia and overseas and have the opportunity to travel. International students may apply however the CMCRC scholarship does not cover international student tuition fees.

Value and tenure: Up to $50,000 for up to 3 years*

Application Instructions: Refer to the CMCRC website for further information.

Contact: Dr Steve Clark,
Head of Education, CMCRC
Fax: +61 (0) 2 8088 4201
Email: scholarships@cmcrc.com

Website: CMCRC PhD Scholarships

Closing date: Perpetual*

* Always refer to the funding body website for the tenure, current value, and closing date of each opportunity.

Applications now open for the 2017 Fulbright Scholarships for Australian citizens

The Fulbright Program is the largest and one of the most prestigious educational scholarship programs in the world. It operates between the United States and over 155 countries worldwide. Established in Australia in 1949 through a bi-national treaty between the Australian and US Governments, the program has supported almost 4,800 scholarships.

The mission of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission is to promote mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchange between Australia and the United States. It does this primarily through the administration of Fulbright scholarships.

Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships are available to Australian citizens to engage in research relevant to an Australian PhD; or undertake an approved course of study in an American higher degree. These scholarships are aimed at current PhD students, honours students, or honours graduates who are considering postgraduate study in the US.

Applications for the 2018 Fulbright Australian Scholarships open on 1 May 2017 and close on 1 August 2017.

Key Criteria for applicants

  • Must be an Australian citizen
  • Cannot hold dual US-Australian citizenship
  • May be eligible to apply for more than one scholarship
  • Apply in 2017 for the 2018 round – successful applicants must undertake program between 1st July 2018 and 30th June 2019
  • Successful applicants must travel to the US on a J-1 visa. Please be aware that strict residency constraints apply, including a two year home residency requirement upon return to Australia

The Commission offers up to fifteen (15) Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships annually.

Valued at up to $A40,000, Fulbright scholarships are open to Australian citizens to undertake research or study in the United States for 3 – 12 months in any field of study. Scholarships can be started between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019.

As the largest and one of the most prestigious educational scholarship programs in the world, Fulbright provides unique opportunities for Australians to build long term research collaboration and linkages with U.S. universities.

For information about Australian Fulbright Scholarships go to the following link on the Fulbright website: Postgraduate Apply Page

For further information and application forms for the 2018 Fulbright Scholarships go to Fulbright website and follow the links.

Regeneus has a significant R&D program focused on the development of regenerative therapeutics using adipose (fat) derived regenerative cells, including mesenchymal stem cells The Regeneus Adult Stem Cell Scholarship Program offers mainly top-up scholarships to high quality students who are enrolled in a PhD at Macquarie University, who have gained or expect to gain an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or equivalent. In some circumstances full scholarships will be available. International students are eligible to apply but must be able to provide evidence of admission to Macquarie University. Research projects must be directly related to Regeneus’s adult stem cell research program and a range of projects are currently available.

Value and tenure: $7,000 per annum for up to three years*

Application Instructions: Refer to the Regeneus website and contact Regeneus for further information.

Contact: info@regeneus.com.au

Website: Regeneus PhD Scholarship Program

Closing date: perpetual*

* Always refer to the funding body website for the tenure, current value, and closing date of each opportunity.

DESCRIPTION:  Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation offers project grants early career researchers to help build the capacity of the dementia research sector. Many previous AADRF grant recipients have gone on to establish successful research careers.

The PhD Scholarships are offered to students undertaking a research PhD in an area relevant to an aspect of dementia and will be awarded for three years only, with a value of $30,000 per year

Applicants who are currently enrolled in a PhD are encouraged to apply. However, the AADRF may, at its sole discretion, provide funding for the time remaining on the applicant’s candidature only. For example, an applicant who has completed 6 months of their PhD program is eligible for 2.5 years of scholarship funding.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  This scholarship is available to Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Applicants must read carefully the Information for applicants. Applications must be completed online. Please see http://dementiaresearchfoundation.org.au/information-applicants

AMOUNT AWARDED:  for three years only, with a value of $30,000 per year

CONTACT EMAIL: foundation@alzheimers.org.au

CONTACT PHONE: +61 2 6278 8900


CSIRO's Postgraduate Scholarship Program provides opportunities in science and engineering for outstanding graduates who enrol each year at Macquarie. Scholarships are available to full-time students undertaking research which will lead to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

PhD students at CSIRO are supported by both a university supervisor and a CSIRO supervisor; allowing students to maintain and develop their university connections while being exposed to research in a working environment.


CSIRO offers full and top-up scholarships for periods of up to three years to high achieving students who are enrolled in a PhD program at an Australian university.

Top up scholarships are available to those doctoral students who gain or expect to gain an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), or equivalent university award.

Recipients of Postgraduate Scholarships are generally required to be Australian Citizens or hold Permanent Residency status.

There are a number of priority topic areas for funding commencing in 2017. Applications close 31 October, so check them out at https://jobs.csiro.au/go/Students/990500/

More information is available at http://www.csiro.au/en/Careers/Student-and-graduate-opportunities/Postgraduate-scholarships

External scholarship funding for overseas research:

The General Sir John Monash Scholarships celebrate one of Australia's finest leaders. Each year John Monash Scholarships are awarded to outstanding graduates from Australian universities, who have demonstrated leadership skills, and have a vision for a better Australia. The Scholarship enables them to undertake Masters or Doctoral degrees at the world's best universities, towards that vision.

The General Sir John Monash scholarships are offered to Australian citizens graduating from Australian universities to undertake postgraduate study at a non-Australian university. Applicants are not limited by age, gender, or academic field of study. The scholarships may be taken up at any non-Australian university, subject to that university being considered to be amongst the global leaders in the chosen field of study.

Value and tenure: $60,000 per annum for up to three years*

Destination: various countries


The General Sir John Monash Foundation
Level 1, Bennelong House
9 Queen Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
Phone: (613) 9620 2428
Email: info@johnmonash.com



Opening date: 1 May 2017

Closing date: 1 August 2017*

* Always refer to the funding body website for the tenure, current value, and closing date of each opportunity.

* Always refer to the funding body website for the tenure, current value, and closing date of each opportunity.

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