UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarships

UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarships

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 candidates 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.

Due to COVID-19 UNSW will not run a recruitment round for 2021 Scholarships. 

Hear from our Scientia PhD candidates

Watch: Jane Qian, Scientia PhD candidate and Scientia Professor, Michelle Simmons on the benefits of a Scientia PhD Scholarship

Work on

High quality research projects

with the best supervisory teams in world class environments


$42,455 per year

for four years (2021 rate, indexed)


Fees covered

for the full four year candidature

personal development

Coaching and mentoring

will form a critical part of your personalised leadership development plan

career development

Up to $10K each year

to build your career and support your international research collaborations

Indigenous research

Priority Scholarships

reserved for Indigenous candidates


Expressions of Interest are now closed

Visit the FAQsGuidelines, and Terms and Conditions for more detailed information on the process and the Scheme. See below for the Scientia PhD projects on offer and to apply.


UNSW - Australia's Global University

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 is a research-intensive university ranked in the world’s top 50 universities (QS rankings 2019).

We are proud to say our research facilities are some of the best in the business. From the world-leading Lowy Cancer Research Centre to the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre, we invest in the latest technologies, spaces and equipment to support research excellence across all disciplines.

Our Sydney campus is home to 62,500 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 commitment to advancing a just society.

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World Class Teams

World-class research teams

UNSW is known for innovative and pioneering research that has global impact.

As a Scientia Scholarship candidate you will join a vibrant research community and be supervised by leading experts in your field.

Here are just a few of our research highlights:

  • UNSW has more top ratings in broad fields of research than any other Australian university (2018 Excellence in Research in Australia report).
  • 81 specific research subjects rated “above or well above world standard” (2018 Excellence in Research in Australia report).
  • UNSW awarded the highest number of Australian Research Council Discovery Projects in Australia for three years in a row (2017, 2018, and 2019). Total funding awarded over that period was in excess of $91m.
  • A 7,000-strong research community.

Find out more at UNSW Research.