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

Further information is available through Research Services (including details on how to apply, support for submissions).

Interested MRes, MPhil and PhD candidates are encouraged to speak to their supervisors about submitting an expression of interest.

Applications may only be submitted through Macquarie University Research Services.

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 2018 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 February 2018 and close on 15 July 2018.

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 2018 for the 2019 round – successful applicants must undertake program between 1st July 2019 and 30th June 2020
  • 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 8 – 10 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: Australian Applicants

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


A full-time postgraduate scholarship is available for a suitably qualified candidate in a relevant discipline to undertake research studies leading to a PhD. The Sue Connor Scholarship in 2018 is available to a scholar who wishes to undertake a PhD degree in the field of research into neuromuscular conditions. Proposals for research may be from any relevant discipline, as long as the proposed research has a demonstrable current or future benefit to those living with neuromuscular conditions, and aligns with MDNSW’s strategic directions.


Candidates should have an undergraduate degree in a discipline relevant to the proposed title of the PhD degree which he/she wishes to undertake. He/she should meet citizenship or visa requirements and reside in Australia throughout the funding period. Candidates should meet all the requirements of the Administering Institution to enrol in a PhD degree. The Administering Institution will be located in NSW.


The scholarship is valued at $39,000 per annum (tax exempt, if conditions are met) and may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress.





John Martyn Research Grant for the Conservation of Bushland (2018)

Applications for the inaugural John Martyn Research Grant for the Conservation of Bushland in Sydney are welcomed from honours, masters and PhD students.

To apply, complete the application form electronically, save it and email it to secretary@step.org.au by
31 March 2018. We will announce the winner by 30 April 2018.


STEP is a community-based environmental organisation with members from Ku-ring-gai, Hornsby and surrounding suburbs. Our primary aim is to work for the conservation of bushland in northern Sydney.

We fund environmental education using funds from sales of our publications and donations and bequests made to our Environmental Protection Fund.

This award honours John Martyn who has worked tirelessly for STEP since 1990. John’s enthusiasm for the natural world, his knowledge of geology, plants, animals and weather, and his expertise in mapping, photography and book production, have resulted in a plethora of STEP publications – maps and books unrivalled in their breadth of knowledge, scientific documentation, usability, accessibility and beauty.

General notes

  1. The project must contribute to the knowledge that will assist  the conservation of bushland in Sydney, e.g. flora and fauna studies, biodiversity, management issues such as chemical pollution, weed invasion, erosion control and control burning.
  2. Applications will be assessed by STEP’s selection committee on the:
  • quality of the applicant
  • merits of the project
  • feasibility of the project being carried out within the timetable and with the available resources
  1. The maximum grant awarded will be $2,500/year.
  2. The grant will be paid to the student’s supervising institution.
  3. Funding may not be used to contribute to the cost of expensive capital items.
  4. Successful applicants (masters and PhDs) may reapply for the grant in successive years.

Requirements of the successful applicant

On receipt of the research grant, the successful applicant shall provide a short profile of their interests and a photograph for publication in our newsletter and on our website

Within 6 months of completion of the research, the successful applicant shall:

  • present a talk to STEP members on the background and results of the project
  • write an article for publication in our newsletter
  • provide a statement to STEP of how the money was spent

Value and tenure: $2,500 one off award

Contact: secretary@step.org.au

Website: http://step.org.au/

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: May 2018

Closing date: To be confirmed

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

Make our Planet Great Again programs

Project Description:

Applications for the Make Our Planet Great Again initiative are underway, inviting students and researchers from all over the world to come to France to lead the fight against climate change.

The initiative was first launched by President Emmanuel Macron in 2017 following the decision of the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Make our planet great again aims to help mobilise all those wishing to study, commit themselves to projects, carry on research and take action for the protection of our planet.

Specifically aimed at students and researchers seeking to study and research themes based in earth systems, climate change and sustainability, or the energy transition, there are numerous financing possibilities to come to France, including monthly scholarships, airfares and insurance, as well as funding support for institutions hosting PhDs and post-doctoral candidates.

Value and Tenure:

  • 50 master’s grants of €1,060 (approx. AUD 1690) per month
  • 20 doctoral grants of €50,000 (≈AUD 80,000) over three years
  • 40 grants of between €65 and €120 (≈AUD 100 - 190) per day for short stay researchers


More information is available at https://au.ambafrance.org/Make-Our-Planet-Great-Again-4-calls-for-applications

Closing Date:

Applications are open until April 6th to apply for masters, post-doctoral and short stays programs or until 20th April for PhD programs.


Please contact us at education.canberra-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr or science.canberra-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr

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

EMBL Travel Grants

Project Description:

In 2010 EMBL Australia was launched, with the goal of strengthening Australia’s global position in life sciences with a research model - focusing on nurturing early-career scientists and making the most of Australia’s scientific infrastructure.

EMBL Australia is sponsoring 10 of the best PhD students in Australia to train at the prestigious European Molecular Biology Laboratory. EMBL has 6 facilities EMBL Heidelberg or EMBL Hamburg (Germany), EMBL Grenoble (France), EMBL-EBI Hinxton (UK), EMBL Rome (Italy) or EMBL Barcelona (Spain).

EMBL offers short courses on a range of topics, including next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics. For a full list of upcoming events, visit: www.embl.de/training/events

Value and Tenure:

Grant value: You can apply for financial support of up to $2,000 for a short visit of up to six weeks during the period 1 July to 31 December 2018.

Other important information:

Funds can be used for any reasonable and relevant expense related to your attendance at EMBL.

This may include but is not restricted to:

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Course fees or conference registration
  • Meals and general expenses

Students must complete this form and ensure a short letter of support is sent by their supervisor to student.admin@emblaustralia.org by 30 April 2018.


Website for scholarship: https://www.move.org.au/

Closing Date:

Applications close at midnight (AEST) on 30 April 2018.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in May 2018


For enquiries, contact student.admin@emblaustralia.org

* 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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