HDR Faculty Supported Research Funding

To show our dedication to supporting you as a postgraduate research student, there are postgraduate research funding opportunities available. This includes support for periods of research or fieldwork outside Sydney and abroad and cover for miscellaneous expenses that are an essential cost of research.

As of April 2016, the previous faculty funding schemes - The External and Essential funding schemes - have been combined into a single funding scheme. This funding scheme is titled HDR Faculty Supported Research Funding. Since then, the guidelines have been updated for 2018. Please pay close attention to the new funding guidelines, and the FAQs available on this page, prior to submitting your application.

2018 Application dates:

  • Round 1
    • Applications open 30 October 2017
    • Application close 27 November 2017
  • Round 2
    • Applications open 1 May 2018
    • Application close 30 May 2018

Application Process:

Before you apply you must download, read and understand the 2018 Funding Guidelines, available here: 

HDR Faculty Supported Research Funding Guidelines (PDF) [371 Kb]

Any applications which do not meet all eligibility criteria outlined in the funding guidelines will automatically not be considered for funding. Therefore it is essential that your application is developed within these guidelines.

Applications include two parts:

  • The relevant online application form, which will be available here once applications open
  • The completed 2018 HDR Faculty Funding Template, including all related supporting documentation, in a single PDF document. This template requires:
    • Breakdown of the costs requested, plus a 100 word justification for each item
    • Travel itinerary, if relevant to the request
    • Letter of support from your supervisor, which meets the standards outlined in the funding guidelines
    • Evidence of your most recent successful APR result, less than 1 year old
    • Evidence of ethics approval, or an ethics statement
    • Quotes and/or receipts for all funding items requested
    • If funding is being sought to support a second research grant, include a statement with a clear justification as to why a second grant is necessary. This includes providing a detailed report of the activities and outcomes achieved as a result of the first grant, and identifying how the second grant will be necessary for the completion of the thesis

Postgraduate research students intending to undertake fieldwork or off campus data collection must adhere to the fieldwork guidelines for HDR students and supervisors.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions regarding the HDR Faculty Supported Research Funding scheme, please refer to the frequently asked questions, which you can find below:

HDR Funding Scheme FAQs

Workshop Your Application

The Associate Dean Research Training will be facilitating a workshop session for candidates who would like additional guidance in developing their funding application for Round 1, 2018. Bring your draft application along, so that you can work on it during the workshop

When: Wednesday 15th November 2017, 10:00am - 11:00am
Where: Robert Webster 250


Funding for postgraduate student conference travel

Professional participation on a global scale is encouraged at UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. If you are presenting your research at international conferences outside of Australia you may be able to receive funding through the PRSS program. 

For more information on this program and the application round dates please visit PRSS Conference Travel Funds.

Please note this funding program is administered by the Graduate Research School. The Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences offers no further funding opportunities for conference travel.

UNSW travel rules

If you are travelling on UNSW business you will need to follow the UNSW Travel Policies and Procedures when booking your travel. Here are some helpful links: