Externally funded scholarships and grants

Externally funded scholarships and grants

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 and grant 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Are you passionate about a career in data science?

At CSIRO’s Data61, we believe that creating opportunities for PhD students is critical not only in our ability to drive Australia’s data-driven future but to lead the world in change.

To create a better world for future generations, Data61 impart a calibre and depth of research that impacts a wide range of industries. From smart cities, data-driven health & social services, to digital economy, safety & security and digital government, at Data61 we create the data you can trust.

The value of the scholarship will be indicated in the letter of offer and may comprise one of the following:

  • The Data61 PhD Scholarship which comprises a full stipend set at a rate equivalent to the Research Training Program base rate. The Data61 PhD Scholarship is indexed annually in line with the Australian Government Research Training Program.
  • The Data61 Top-up Scholarship, which provides additional support to candidates who are in receipt of a government funded, university funded or other third-party funded scholarship and is valued at $10,000 per annum (pro-rated). $15,000 will be considered for exceptional applicants.
  • Both of the above Scholarships.

The scholarship is comprised of a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is a full-time stipend rate of $27,082 per annum (in 2018 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually). The value and tenure of the top-up scholarship is a full-time stipend rate of $10,000 per annum (tax exempt for up to 3 years). $15,000 will be considered for exceptional applicants.

Note that prior EFTSL consumed will be deducted from the overall stipend tenure.

How to Apply

Enrolled Macquarie University candidates will need to apply to Data61 by  the relevant closing dates.

Please refer to https://www.data61.csiro.au/en/Collaborate-with-us/Students

Contact Email: Data61‐scholarships@csiro.au

Website: Data61 PhD Scholarship

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

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an 'independent (USA) Federal agency created by the National Science Foundation Act of 1950'. (National Science Foundation Guide-Introduction: NSF 14-1 February 2014). The Act proposed, amongst other areas, that the NSF was to promote scientific progress and is unique in that it is responsible for all aspects of science and engineering disciplines in addition to the supply of those responsible for research and education.

Funding is considered for science and engineering disciplines (including Biomedical Engineering) amongst colleges, universities, school, business and informal scientific organisations based in the United States of America. The Foundation supports cooperative research between universities and industry as well as US participation in international science and engineering research work.

There are several international programs, including EAPSI and GROW, which incorporate opportunities  for Masters or PhD students from the United States to undertake short-to-mid-term exchange in Australia.

EAPSI (East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes)  for US Graduate Students

With an expectation of future professional collaboration with foreign counterparts, the EAPSI program provides for US Graduate students in science, engineering and education to undertake first hand research; be introduced to science, science policy and scientific structure of the location; and orientation to the society, culture and language of a host country within East Asia and the Pacific region. Eligible students must be US Citizens or permanent residents and are required to be enrolled in Masters or PhD research oriented programs, or have completed the undergraduate component of a Bachelor/Master Degree program. Australian scientists may not apply directly for funding from the EAPSI program on behalf of the eligible US citizen student; however they should make their current or potential US partner investigators aware of the program and encourage them to include Australian research collaborations in their applications.

The NSF collaborates with selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies, to sponsor specific international research institutes and awards grants to US Graduate students enabling study within Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan. Study periods are between June and August each year with the typical Australian duration being eight weeks. Students apply individually to a Summer Institute and propose host locations, host scientist, research project applicable to the host site and duration of visit prior to submitting their application for an Award. The Australian partner up to and including 2014 is Australian Academy of Science which is supported by the Federal Dept of Education.

The NSF EAPSI program has defined fields of study and further information can be located within the EAPSI information document under the title "Catalogue for Federal Domestic Assistance" (https://www.cfda.gov/)

Proposals for awards need to be completed by the respective Graduate Student once study criteria as above have been met. Proposals are submitted online by either the FastLane website or Grants website

GROW (Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide)

With the globalisation of research excellence, international research experience is an integral part of outstanding graduate education. GROW provides NSF Graduate Research Fellows with increased opportunity to further their professional development via research collaboration at top-calibre science and engineering research sites overseas. Opportunities have recently opened in Australia, Brazil, Chile, India, Ireland, The Netherlands and Switzerland in addition to Denmark, Finland, France, Japan, Korea, Norway, Singapore and Sweden.

Australian partnership with the program is Universities Australia and Australian universities associated with this group are eligible for collaborative research. The duration of research is between three and twelve months.

Eligibility for the GROW program is restricted to active awardees of the NSF GRFP (Graduate Research Fellowship Program) who are within five years of their Fellowship term. Prospective applicants must be enrolled at US institutions and be Masters or PhD seeking Fellows who have completed one year of their academic program. The NSF GRFP awardees must be US graduate students. Australian scientists may not apply directly for funding from the GROW program on behalf of the eligible active awardee of the NSF GRFP (Graduate Research Fellowship Program student; however they should make their current or potential US partner investigators aware of the program and encourage them to include Australian research collaborations in their applications.

The Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) – Australia website notes that 'support of A$2,500 per month for accommodation and basic living expenses is provided'. The Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) – Australia website also notes that 'all international students must have health insurance while in Australia. Health insurance can be provided by Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which provides medical and hospital insurance'. Specific information regarding the GROW program in Australia is available at the GROW Australia website

Proposals are submitted via the (GRFP) FastLane module

An Informal Guide for Australian Scientists  || PDF

Please note: Australian scientists are not eligible for direct funding from these NSF programs, however to benefit from NSF funding they should:

- make their current or potential US partner investigators aware of these programs; and

- encourage the US partner investigator to include Australian research collaborations in their applications

NSF website: http://www.nsf.gov

For more detail, please refer to "Australia_2017_Handbook".

Successful applicants to Macquarie will be Visiting Scholars of the University. Administration requirements are managed by the Faculties with central support from HDRO. Please contact hdrmanagement@mq.edu.au

Macquarie University Indigenous Research Pathway Program

The Macquarie University Indigenous Research Pathway Program provides scholarship support to Indigenous Australians to enrol in a postgraduate degree including Master of Research, Master of Philosophy, or Doctor of Philosophy, in any field of research. Refer to the Scholarship website for further information.

Other scholarship funding for Higher Degree Research Indigenous Australians

Scholarships listed below also include various scholarships available for Indigenous candidates to undertaken research in a wide range of fields, both within Australia and overseas.

The Ecological Society of Australia  is delighted to partner with the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment again in  2018. The Holsworth Endowment invites applications for post-graduate student research support in ecology, wildlife management and natural history studies.

Applications must be made via your University Grants office, not by students or supervisors.

The Holsworth  Wildlife  Research Endowment  invites applications for post-graduate student research support in three general areas are especially encouraged:

  1. Field work on Australian native plants and animals to gain understanding of ecological interactions, population dynamics, animal behaviour, and species distribution
  2. Conservation biology and biodiversity studies relating to the management of protected areas and rare or threatened species in Australia
  3. Wildlife management relating to sport hunting, harvesting, pest control, management  of non-game animals, and effect of land management on native species.

Preference will be given to students at an early stage of a Doctoral program.

Please refer to the website for further information on the application process and timelines: https://www.ecolsoc.org.au/awards-and-prizes/holsworth-wildlife-research-endowment

Tour de Cure is a charitable organisation founded in 2007 to promote the prevention, control and cure of cancer in human beings. Since its inception Tour de Cure has raised over $40 million, funded over 300 projects directed at cancer research, support and prevention initiatives and contributed to 24 cancer research breakthroughs.

Tour de Cure is committed to funding innovation and excellence. Through our tours and events, we raise vital funds for the world-class cancer projects that we believe will bring the prevention, improvement of cancer outcomes and curing of cancer closer to reality.

You can learn more about Tour de Cure at the below website:


Applications must be made using the relevant online application form provided at www.tourdecure.com.au.

Research Professional is an online database of research funding opportunities and a source of international research policy and practice news. As a member of a subscribing institution, you are free to browse the content of the site, create customised searches of its content and share this information with colleagues.

If you are new to *Research Professional, you might want to start by looking at the “Getting Started” section, "How to create an email alert" or by taking a look at the “Video introductions”.

Different institutions may have access to slightly contrasting content and functionality within *Research Professional. The three main areas of differentiation are:

Standard or Networked: Some institutions have subscribed to additional Networked functionality. This allocates extra tools for individual users and provides Administrators with more options for sharing content with particular groups. Throughout this guide, functionality that is only available on Networked level subscriptions will be clearly marked.

News and Funding: The two main collections of content you may have access to in *Research Professional, include our News content containing international news on research policy and practice created by our own editorial teams, and Funding: a searchable database of open research funding opportunities. The content you have access to will be clearly visible in *Research Professional via the navigation bar located at the top of the page.

Funding Insight: Funding Insight is a collection of additional news and data aimed at helping researchers decide which opportunities to apply for, and to help them make stronger applications. If your institution has access to Funding Insight, you will find a wealth of additional information on the Funding pages in *Research Professional, and you will also have access to the Awards section, where you can search for information on previous award winners.

If you are unsure of your access level, please contact: clientservices@researchresearch.com.

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AIPS in partnership with CSL has established a new award for outstanding PhD students: the CSL Florey Next Generation Award. The 2018 CSL Florey Next Generation Award will be conferred to a current PhD candidate who has demonstrated outstanding capability, creativity and potential in the biomedical sciences and/or health and medical research.

The Award is open to all current PhD students and comes with a cash prize of $20,000.

Medical research institutes and universities can nominate up to two students, and the prize will be awarded at the AAMRI Dinner on 26 November 2018, at Parliament House.

Nominations close 14 September 2018

CSL Florey Next Generation Award

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

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.

Eligibility: Applicant's project must contribute to the knowledge that will assist the conservation of busgland in Sydney, e.g. flora and fauna studies, biodiversity, management issues such as chemical pollution, weed invasion, erosion control and control burning. 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

Value and Tenure: The maximum value awarded will be $2,500 in 2019. The grant will be paid to the student's supervising institution. Funding may not be used to contribute to the cost of expensive capital items. Successful applicants may reapply for the grant in successive years.

To apply, complete the attached application form electronically, save it and email it to secretary@step.org.au by 31 March 2019.

Website: http://step.org.au/index.php/grants

Contact: Helen Wortham. Email:secretary@step.org.au Mob: 0423 534 148

* 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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