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. Please pay close attention to the new funding guidelines, and the FAQs available on this page, prior to submitting your application.

If you are enrolled in a research Masters or PhD degree the funding opportunities available are listed below.

There are two rounds per year:

  • Applications for Round 1 open on 12 January 2017 and close on 16 February 2017.
  • Applications for Round 2 open on 21 April 2017 and close on 23 May 2017.

HDR Faculty Supported Research Funding

If you are conducting essential research or fieldwork outside Sydney or abroad you may be able to receive some funding to support costs such as airfares, living expenses and other essential items such as public transport costs.

Additionally, if you have miscellaneous expenses that are essential to your research project you may be able to receive some funding. These can include things like:

  • course fees for language tuition
  • statistics or other special research
  • translating material
  • entry fees for archives and museums
  • equipment
  • interview transcription costs

Please refer to the Guidelines for information on who is eligible and how to apply:

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 External and Essential funding schemes, please refer to the frequently asked questions, which you can find below:

HDR Funding Scheme FAQs (PDF) [77 Kb]

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 this 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: