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Unprecedented support at UNSW to accelerate your research career

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For new PhD scholars of exceptional quality to work on research projects aligned with UNSW’s ten year strategy. These prestigious scholarships offer unique benefits, individualised support and guaranteed funding to reach your personal development goals.



For the best and brightest people, with outstanding research track records. For researchers who share our vision of improving and transforming lives and want to create global impact through their work. Successful candidates will be on tenure track to an ongoing academic position with unprecedented career support and flexibility.


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Unparalleled investment in your career
The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of our dedication to harnessing our cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia scholars will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy. The Scientia Scheme is targeted in that applicants will apply to a specific research area with an identified supervisory team and application is by nomination.

Samitha Fernando

Samitha Fernando - Scientia PhD candidate

Yuting Yuan

Yuting Yuan - Scientia PhD candidate

Work on

High quality research projects

with the best supervisory teams in world class environments


40K per year

for four years


Fees covered

for the full four years period

personal development

Coaching and mentoring

will form a critical part of your highly personalised leadership development plan

career development

Up to $10k each year

to build your career and support your international research collaborations

Indigenous researchers

At least five scholarships

will be reserved for Indigenous research candidates


Applications for the Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme 2019 have now closed

Visit the FAQsGuidelines, and Terms and Conditions for more detailed information on the process and the Scheme.

Applications for the Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme 2019 have now closed. Please register your interest for next year's application round at the link below:


Learn more about Fellowships

Over forty Fellowship appointments will be made at academic levels A to D in 2018 for commencement in 2019.

The key distinctive features of the UNSW Scientia Fellowship Program include a tenure track fellowship with a career pathway commitment that has unprecedented flexibility. UNSW Scientia Fellows will have access to a range of development opportunities relevant to career stage across research, teaching and leadership, with a significant support and collaboration package.

To learn more about our Fellows, their research, and the benefits of the Program, see the link below and watch the videos:

Emma Kirby

Emma Kirby - UNSW Scientia Fellow

Arne Laucht

Arne Laucht - UNSW Scientia Fellow

Elvira Sojli

Elvira Sojli - UNSW Scientia Fellow

Xiaojing Hao

Xiaojing Hao - UNSW Scientia Fellow

Simon Rosenbaum

Simon Rosenbaum - UNSW Scientia Fellow

Katja Ignatieva

Katja Ignatieva - UNSW Scientia Fellow

In 2019, at least fifteen of the positions have been reserved for the following priority areas:


Indigenous researchers

For passionate and impactful Indigenous researchers who share our vision to make a difference to people’s lives through their knowledge and work.


Interdisciplinary research

For researchers with outstanding track records who can contribute to building on cross-faculty collaboration to create original and innovative interdisciplinary research.


Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM)

For leading female researchers in these fields who are passionate about mentoring women in STEMM education and careers in support of UNSW’s commitment to gender equality.

Applicants for these priority positions should select the faculty most aligned with their research. This will lead to the application form, where there is an opportunity to select one of the above priority areas.

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Michelle Simmons, 2018 Australian of the Year

What makes a world-class academic choose UNSW Sydney? For 2018 Australian of the Year, Laureate Fellow and UNSW Scientia Professor of Physics, Michelle Simmons, a number of factors influenced her move to Australia. Lifestyle, culture and Australia’s give-it-a-go spirit were all important, but one thing in particular convinced Professor Simmons to pack her bags.

"I was really looking for an ambitious university," Simmons said recently.

She found what she was looking for in UNSW. Since her arrival in 1999, Professor Simmons has been given the support required to conduct game-changing research. She was a founding member of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computer Technology and has been instrumental in transforming the quantum physics department into a world leader. In 2012, Professor Simmons’ team created the world’s smallest transistor from a single atom.

In 2016, Professor Simmons established Australia’s first quantum computing company, an $83 million cross-disciplinary consortium tasked with commercialising her research. Today, Professor Simmons and her team of 200 researchers are working on something even bigger: Building the world’s first quantum computer in silicon. Recently, her team produced the narrowest conducting wires ever made in silicon.

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With access to unparalleled research support, world-class infrastructure, industry-leading mentors and an academic environment that has produced numerous world firsts, it is easy to see why leading researchers choose UNSW Sydney.

UNSW Australia is a research-intensive university ranked in the world’s top 50 universities (QS rankings 2016). Our Sydney campus is home to 55,000 students from over 120 countries. We aspire to be Australia's global university, improving and transforming lives through excellence in research, outstanding education and a committment to advancing a just society. 

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The main UNSW campus is located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney only 7km from the centre of the city, 2km from Coogee Beach and 5km from Sydney’s international and domestic airports.

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World-class research teams

Universities are at the heart of the sophisticated global knowledge system shaping our future and UNSW has a key role to play. We drive discoveries, inventions and innovations to transform and improve lives worldwide. Here are just a few of our highlights:

  • UNSW researchers won the highest amount of Australian Research Council funding in Australia with $32.4 million across three funding schemes in 2015.
  • Top research university in the state in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia report.
  • 20 rising stars; UNSW staff who are tackling some of society’s biggest challenges, many of which are global in nature.
  • 15 women changing our world; a profile of a selection of our top-performing female researchers.
  • 10 innovations; Innovations that have changed our world and about the people who made them happen.

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