In supporting you as a postgraduate research student, the Faculty, your School or Centre, and the University offer a suite of postgraduate research funding opportunities. This includes support for periods of research or fieldwork outside Sydney and abroad, international and domestic conference travel, and cover for miscellaneous expenses that are an essential cost of research.

HDR Faculty Supported Research Funding

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) [261 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 2, 2018. Bring your draft application along, so that you can work on it during the workshop

When: Monday 14th May 2018, 10:00am - 11:30am
Where: Morven Brown 310, UNSW Kensington Campus


HDR School and Centre Supported Essential Research Funding

This funding scheme is open to research students enrolled in one of the six Schools or Centres in Arts & Social Sciences, or in Nura Gili, to support costs essential to their research. This funding is intended as a contribution towards minor essential expenses not elsewhere funded, for example, books, printing and photocopying, entry fees to relevant archives and museums etc. 

Funding will be available in two rounds in 2018:

Round 1

  • Applications open 1 June 2018
  • Application close 30 June 2018

Round 2

  • Applications open 1 October 2018
  • Application close 30 October 2018

Please read the guidelines for information on eligibility criteria, rules, modes and levels of funding, and how to apply

HDR School and Centre Supported Essential Research Funding (PDF) [169 Kb]

HDR Thesis Editing and Proofreading Allowance

This allowance is intended to support eligible higher degree research students in Arts & Social Sciences with the production of a Research Masters or Doctorate Thesis. The allowance is intended as a contribution towards thesis editing and proofreading costs, not elsewhere supported. This allowance has very specific eligibility criteria and rules, so please refer to the funding guidelines available below. 

HDR Faculty Thesis Editing and Proofreading Allowance Claim Guidelines and Form (PDF) [266 Kb]

International Doctoral Practicum Fund

The faculty is pleased to announce the creation of a funded doctoral practicum scheme to support its internationalisation goals. The Arts and Social Sciences International Doctoral Practicum Fund is designed to support the exchange of doctoral students. Under this program two inbound students will be funded ($5,000 each) to undertake supervised research in the faculty. And two outbound students will be funded ($5,000 each) to undertake supervised research at an approved overseas university.

Please note, this scheme does not support conference/workshop participation as such but is intended for a visit of at least 4-6 weeks and up to 6 months. The aim is to provide students with the opportunity to experience different research cultures and to work with a supervisor / supervisory team, preferably leading to co-publication.

Expression of Interest Process
In 2018 applications will be considered in June/July for a program in the same year. Otherwise applications will be considered in September each year for a program in the following year.

Proposals for funding under the Doctoral Practicum program will be evaluated by the faculty’s Higher Degree Research Committee.

Inbound Students
Successful proposals (max 4 pages) will be required to

  • Articulate the mechanisms that will ensure that the student will be integrated into a relevant research program of the School or Centre.
  • Indicate the potential benefits to the student of undertaking research at UNSW.
  • Indicate potential to develop longer-term research relationship with student’s home university / supervisor.

Outbound Students
Successful proposals (max 4 pages) will be required to:

  • Demonstrate the benefit to the student of conducting research at the overseas institution.
  • Describe existing or developing collaborative relations with the potential supervisor(s)
  • Students must be in their 2nd or 3rd year of candidature with satisfactory progression towards timely completion
  • Endorsement of supervisor(s) and the PGC

Eligible university partners:
Any overseas member of Universitas 21

PLuS Alliance partners: Arizona State University, King’s College London

Chinese Foreign Affairs University, Nanjing University, Renmin University of China, Shanghai International Studies University, Sun Yat-sen University, Tsinghua University, Wuhan University, Xi’an Jiaotong University (China); The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong) O.P. Jindal Global University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India).

Applications to fund a doctoral practicum program with an institution not included in the eligible partners list will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

How to Apply
Applicants must compete the application template, available below and return it to the HDR Team Leader, Amy Stansfield by no later than Monday 16 July 2018.

Application Template (PDF) [255 Kb]

UNSW Scholarships and Financial Support for HDRs

Higher Degree Researchers may obtain financial support through a number of different funding schemes administered by the Graudate Research School, including living allowances, tuition fee support scholarships, short term scholarships, grants, conference funding, and, in exceptional circumstances, student loans. Whether you are looking for information to help you manage an existing scholarship, or you are searching for new funding opportunities to support your candidature, you will find detailed information on the GRS website in the link below.

GRS Scholarships and Financial Support