Externally funded scholarships and grants
The following scholarship and grant 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
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‐email@example.com
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
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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".
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AINSE offers awards for postgraduate students whose research projects are associated with nuclear science, or its applications, and require access to the unique national facilities at the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO).
Postgraduate Research Awards are offered by AINSE for suitably qualified persons wishing to undertake studies in AINSE's field of interest for a higher degree. Applications are particularly encouraged in fields which are related to the research activities at ANSTO.
The award provides a stipend of A$7,500 per annum, in addition to a generous travel and accommodation allowance, to enable students to work at ANSTO facilities.
AINSE PGRAs are in the form of “supplements” and are offered to scholars who are, or will be, in receipt of an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) / Research Training Program (RTP) or equivalent award (as certified by the Research Office of the university at which the applicant is enrolled), and for as long as that Award is current subject to satisfactory progress.
Candidates for an AINSE Postgraduate Research supplement must be nominated by the Australian or New Zealand University where PhD enrolment is held (or proposed for tenure commencing before 30th June of the year of application). The University must be a member of AINSE.
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.
German academies of sciences and humanities have a long tradition in the German research landscape. Academies are engaged in long-term basic research. They also provide guidance and advice to society and policymakers.
Research funding in Germany also has the goal of financing the development of new ideas and technologies.
Academies award prizes for outstanding research work in the most varied subject areas. German academies of sciences and humanities honour young, usually junior researchers with prizes and medals and also award scholarships.
For more information please visit the website.
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.
The Leibniz Association brings together 93 research institutions covering various scientific disciplines. Leibniz Institutes offer opportunities for doctoral students, postdocs and senior researchers alike. Fostering young talent is of great importance to the Leibniz Association.
PhD students find ideal conditions for completing a doctorate in a structured doctoral programme that can take place working in an excellent interdisciplinary research environment at a Leibniz Institute or at a partner university.
International senior researchers can conduct research at a Leibniz Institute in Germany that relates to their specific field of interest.
For more information please visit the website
CSIRO's scholarship program provides opportunities in science and engineering for outstanding graduates enrolled in Australian tertiary institutions. Scholarships are available to full-time postgraduate students who are undertaking a higher degree by 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.
Applications for the 2019 intake of the postgraduate scholarships program are now closed and will open again in August 2019.
For further information, visit https://www.csiro.au/en/Careers/Studentships/Postgraduate-scholarships
A number of postgraduate scholarships are awarded annually by the Lionel Murphy Foundation Endowment. The scholarships are intended for applicants to pursue a postgraduate degree in science, law or legal studies, or other appropriate discipline, and are tenable at an Australian or overseas tertiary institution.
Value and tenure*: up to $40,000 per annum for one year*
Application instructions:Refer to the Lionel Murphy Scholarship website for eligibility criteria and additional information
* Always refer to the funding body website for the tenure, current value, and closing date of each opportunity.
The AFGW Barbara Hale Fellowships are offered to women graduates who are Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia and are enrolled for a PhD degree by research in any discipline at an Australian university. Only citizens of Australia or Australian permanent residents may apply.
In 2019, two (2) AFGW Barbara Hale Fellowships will be offered at $7500 each.
Australian Academy of Science grants and exchange programs are designed to help promote and strengthen long-term relationships and increase Australia’s presence and influence at the international level. The grants and exchange programs are offered to higher degree research students undertaking science research.
For further information, visit the Australian Academy of Science website.
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Germany places great emphasis on globally networked research cooperation. Many organisations support international researchers and academics.
The Max Planck Society (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) is one of the leading non-university research organisations in Germany. Max Planck Institutes carry out innovative basic research in the natural, biological and social sciences and the humanities. The Max Planck Society offers many interesting opportunities for international researchers and young researchers.
PhD students can complete doctoral projects within the scope of research work conducted at a Max Planck Institute.
PhD students can complete a doctorate in a structured programme that provides excellent research conditions.
Junior researchers can conduct independent research work at a Max Planck Institute by establishing their own Max Planck Research Group. Postdocs can gain additional knowledge and skills at a Max Planck Institute on the basis of their prior professional qualifications.
International researchers can conduct independent research at a Max Planck Institute. The programme aims to strengthen cooperation and promote networking between Max Planck Institutes and their international partners.
For more information please visit the website.
The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds awards PhD fellowships to outstanding junior scientists who wish to pursue an ambitious PhD project of approximately 3 years in basic biomedical research in an internationally leading laboratory. Deadlines of application: 1 February, 1 June, 1 October of each year. Pre-selection takes place about 4 weeks after the respective deadline, and the final selection approximately 5 months after the respective deadline.
Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds awards Travel Grants to junior researchers who are currently conducting an experimental project in basic biomedical research and wish to pursue a short-term research stay or attend a practical course of up to 3 months.
For further information, visit Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds.
The grant provides free thesis editing for one Masters student and one PhD student per year. There is no limit on the amount of words in the thesis that will be accepted for editing (so long as the thesis meets the students’ departments’ word limit). However, the thesis must be written for a postgraduate degree for an Australian or New Zealand university.
The applications will be assessed based on both financial need and academic merit.
The Rhodes Scholarship is an international postgraduate award for students to study at the University of Oxford. It was established in 1902, making it the first large-scale programme of international scholarship.
The Rhodes Scholarship was founded by English businessman and politician Cecil John Rhodes, to promote unity between English-speaking nations and instill a sense of civic-minded leadership and moral fortitude in future leaders irrespective of their chosen career paths
The Scholarship is open to applicants from all backgrounds and from across the globe. Selection criteria include:
- literary and scholastic attainments
- energy to use one's talents to the full
- truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
- moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings
Rhodes Scholars may study any full-time postgraduate course offered by the university, whether a taught master's programme, a research degree, or a second undergraduate degree (senior status). In the first instance, the scholarship is awarded for two years. However, it may also be held for one year or three years. Applications for a third year are considered during the course of the second year. University and college fees are paid by the Rhodes Trust. In addition, scholars receive a monthly maintenance stipend to cover accommodation and living expenses.
More information about the scholarship and how to apply are available at https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/apply/
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is a research organisation that conducts applied research for both private and public enterprises as well as for the general benefit of the public. Fraunhofer supports internationally networked, application-oriented research and is the largest organisation of its kind in Europe.
PhD students can complete a doctorate while working on exciting projects in the newest areas of technology with state-of-the-art equipment at a Fraunhofer Institute.
International specialists in application-oriented research can set up a new research group at a Fraunhofer Institute to develop their ideas into actual innovations.
Award winners from outside Europe are invited to work closely with a partner at one of the Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany for up to 12 months. They become part of a global network of researchers maintained by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
For more information please visit the website.
The National Library offers annual summer scholarships to support younger scholars and a scholar from rural or regional Australia undertaking postgraduate research, who require special access to the Library’s collections.
Scholarship holders receive:
- an honorarium of $300 per week
- twin share accommodation for six weeks at University House, ANU (breakfast included), and
- a return economy air fare from their home within Australia
The Scholarships are open to students who have commenced PhD study and are under the age of 35 at 31 December in the year of their application. Applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent residency.
For further information, please visit National Library Summer Scholarships.
Every year, RSPCA Australia offers three scholarships to encourage students to take an active interest in animal welfare issues, to support animal welfare research that might not otherwise attract funding, and to promote the objectives of the RSPCA within the research community.
The RSPCA Australia Alan White Scholarship is offered to students for the funding of original research aimed at improving the welfare of animals in Australia. The RSPCA Australia Scholarship for Humane Animal Production Research is for specific projects aimed at improving the welfare of production animals. The RSPCA Australia Sybil Emslie Animal Law Scholarship is offered to law students and lawyers who engage in legal scholarship and practice dedicated to advancing animal welfare.
- RSPCA Australia Alan White Scholarship for Animal Welfare Research: Applications for the 2019 Scholarships close on Friday 27th September 2019. The 2019 Scholarship award for this scholarship will be for $9,000.
- RSPCA Australia Scholarship for Humane Animal Production Research: Applications for the 2019 Scholarships close on Friday 27th September 2019.The 2019 Scholarship award for this scholarship will be for $9,000.
- RSPCA Australia Sybil Emslie Animal Law Scholarship: Applications for this Scholarship close on Friday 2nd of August 2019. The 2019 award for this Scholarship will be for $1,000.
For more information, please visit RSPCA Australia Scholarships.
DPI offers the John Holliday Student Conservation Award to encourage post-graduate students to share their research findings on topics of interest to the Department. The winning entrant will receive a cash award of $3,000. The Award is named in honour of the late Dr John Holliday, a former Senior Conservation Manager who pioneered the Department’s involvement in aquaculture and fish conservation issues.
The award is open to post-graduate students who were enrolled at an Australian University during the year of Award and who undertook fisheries-orientated research work in NSW. To be considered, the applicant must have completed, or be completing, research/studies relevant to the Award Program and administered through an Australian University.
Applications for the 2019 Award must be submitted by 25 July 2019.
For more information, please visit: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/john-holliday
Helmholtz Research and Graduate Schools
With more than 39,000 employees and an annual budget of 4.5 billion euros, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation. The results of research work at its 18 Helmholtz Centres are intended to help find scientific solutions for major and urgent questions facing society, research and industry in six research fields. The Helmholtz Association offers many interesting opportunities for international researchers.
Helmholtz Research and Graduate Schools offer structured doctoral training for highly qualified doctoral researchers in partnership with universities. Young researchers gain considerable experience of close research cooperation between work groups.
Who can apply
- an outstanding university degree equivalent to a German Master’s degree
- an academic qualification in the field of the respective research institute
- a relevant doctoral research proposal for the respective research group
For more information, please visit the website.
Each year the Australian Coral Reef Society (ACRS) supports the research of up to five students by the provision of Student Awards. The most outstanding proposals are awarded the Terry Walker Prize of $4000 or the Danielle Simmons Prize of $4000. Up to three ACRS research awards of $2500 will also be awarded. Awards may not be used to fund conference attendance or travel not related to field studies.
Applications open each year between January and mid-February.
For more information, please visit Australian Coral Reef Society Grants.
Reef Guardians is an initiative of the Australian Government’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. It provides activities and support to enable the community to work together today, for a healthier Reef tomorrow.
The Program encourages Reef Guardians, Local Marine Advisory Committees, and the scientific and wider community to collaborate on locally relevant projects that will positively influence the values of the Great Barrier Reef. These activities are a component of the investment in on-ground stewardship actions that support the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan outcomes and targets.
The objective of the Program is to support locally relevant stewardship and research projects which provide accessible opportunities for the community to contribute to caring for the Reef. Successful projects will not only contribute to positive environmental outcomes, they will assist in building pride and confidence, and strengthen the local community’s capacity for further stewardship of the Reef.
- Foster a culture of community stewardship of the Reef;
- Stimulate and empower communities to take local action, to enhance health and resilience of the Reef;
- Develop partnerships and networks within Reef communities, extending to management agencies, Traditional Owner Groups and Indigenous Ranger Programs and partner institutions;
- Influence social and environmental drivers affecting the Reef, its catchment and communities; and
- Enable research that informs future management of the Reef.
Amount available: From $1,000 to $25,000 per grant (excluding GST). Up to $70,000 per financial year for Research Grants. The total funding offered per round is at the discretion of the Authority, and will be noted annually on the Authority’s website.
For further information, please visit: GBRMPA - Reef Guardians Grants Program
* Always refer to the funding body website for the tenure, current value, and closing date of each opportunity.