Postgraduate research students have access to a suite of funding opportunities. These schemes cover miscellaneous expenses and provide support for periods of research or fieldwork outside Sydney and abroad.
This funding scheme is open to UNSW Arts and Social Sciences research students to support costs integral to their research. 2019 application dates are as follows:
- Applications open 30 October 2019.
- Application close 27 November 2019.
- Applications open 1 May 2020.
- Application close 30 May 2020.
Any applications which do not meet all eligibility criteria outlined in the 2020 funding guidelines will automatically not be considered for funding.
Applications include two parts:
- The relevant online application form.
- The completed HDR Faculty Funding Template, including all related supporting documentation, in a single PDF document. This template requires:
- A breakdown of the costs requested, plus a 100-word justification for each item.
- A travel itinerary, if relevant to the request.
- A 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, you must 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.
The funding scheme is open to research students enrolled in one of the six Schools or Centres within UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, or in Nura Gili, to support costs essential to their research. It is intended as a contribution towards minor essential expenses not elsewhere funded. Examples include books, printing and photocopying, entry fees to relevant archives and museums.
2019 funding is available in two rounds:
- Applications open 1 June 2019.
- Application close 30 June 2019.
- Applications open 1 October 2019.
- Application close 30 October 2019.
For more information on how to apply, please refer to the 2019 funding guidelines.
We offer two equity scholarships, of the value of $5000 per year for up to a maximum of 3 years, to either domestic or international higher degree research candidates.
This scholarship is open to applications from international and domestic higher degree research students. You must be currently enrolled either full-time or part-time and on-track for timely completion: 4 years full-time-equivalent for PhD or 2 years FTE for Masters of Research (MRes). This scholarship is not available to Scientia scholarship holders.
Students can be nominated to the Higher Degree Committee by supervisors and/or Postgraduate Coordinators if they are:
- International students on home country scholarships of a lesser value than the Australian Government Research Training Program (RPT) or University International Postgraduate Award (UIPA).
- International and local students with a disability or illness.
- Students with carer responsibilities.
- Domestic students who relocate from remote or regional areas to attend university.
- Domestic students living in areas identified as socio-economically disadvantaged.
Candidates must fill out an Equity Scholarship Application Form, describing how they meet the eligibility criteria in less than 500 words. Any additional reasons and supporting documentation may be included as appropriate.
The application should be submitted to the supervisor and the Postgraduate Coordinator for endorsement. Endorsed applications are then submitted to the HDR Team Leader, Neha Desai.
Assessment and Allocation of funds
The collated nominations will be assessed by a subcommittee of the HDC once per semester, when that semester’s admission and scholarship offers have been finalized.
Applications for scholarships in 2019 are now closed. Check back here for new application rounds to be announced in mid to late 2019.
Responsibility of Recipient (and supervisor)
Each subsequent year’s funding will be conditional on declaration by the candidate that the circumstances for which they received the scholarship remain unchanged. The student must submit this declaration by email to the HDR Team Leader, copying in their supervisor(s).
If the candidate’s circumstances resolve during candidature, the top-up equity scholarship will then be re-allocated to another deserving student in the same cohort/year of candidature for the remaining period of the scholarship’s value.
This allowance support eligible higher degree research students with the production of a Research Masters or Doctorate Thesis. It is intended as a contribution towards thesis editing and proofreading costs, not elsewhere supported.
Apply now with the HDR Faculty Thesis Editing and Proofreading Allowance Claim Form.
The faculty is pleased to announce the creation of a funded doctoral practicum scheme to support its internationalisation goals. The UNSW 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. Two outbound students will be funded ($5,000 each) to undertake supervised research at an approved overseas university.
The scheme does not support conference/workshop participation 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
Applications for a research practicum exchange program in 2019 are now closed. Check back here for new application rounds to be announced in mid to late 2019.
Proposals for funding under the Doctoral Practicum program will be evaluated by the Higher Degree Research Committee.
Successful proposals (4 pages maximum) 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.
- Provide letters of endorsement from supervisors at the home institution and at UNSW.
Successful inbound applicants must apply for the Study Abroad Research Program after they are notified of the outcome of their funding application. Instructions on this will be emailed to successful applicants and their supervisors. Please note that applicants to this program are required to meet UNSW’s minimum English Language Requirements.
Successful proposals (4 pages maximum) 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.
- Scientia scholars are not eligible to apply for this funding scheme, and should instead use their Scientia funding.
- Endorsement of supervisor(s) and the PGC.
- Provide letters of endorsement from supervisors at the receiving institution and at UNSW.
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
Applications for 2019 programs are now closed. Please check back here for 2020 application dates to be released in late 2019.
Principles and Criteria for funding
HDR students experiencing financial hardship may apply to the UNSW Arts & Social Sciences HDR Emergency Hardship Fund. This fund is designed to cover expenses up to a maximum of $2000 for items including but not limited to:
• Unexpected health costs.
• Unexpected necessity to relocate (rental accommodation, domestic matters).
• Unexpected caring responsibilities/costs.
• Unexpected loss of income - including end of Research Training Program (RTP) in 8th semester.
• Unexpected reasonable and necessary other one-off costs, for example, urgent domestic repairs, etc.
Eligibility and Application
This fund is open to applications from international and domestic higher degree research students currently enrolled either full-time or part-time and who are on track for timely completion (4 years FTE for PhD or 2 years FTE for MRes).
Applicants must provide documentation (bills, receipts, correspondence) for their request and have their Supervisor and the PGC endorse their request.
Only in exceptional cases will the school of UNSW Arts & Social Sciences fund or contribute to the cost of the same cause more than once. Students are encouraged to find their own longer-term solution if they are experiencing ongoing issues.
Applications will be accepted on a continuing basis and should be submitted to HDR Team Leader, Neha Desai. Associate Dean of Research Training, Professor Dorottya Fabian will assess the applications and determine the outcome of each application.
Download the HDR Emergency Hardship Funding Form.
Other sources of emergency/hardship funding
We offer a range of other emergency financial support for students experiencing financial hardship. Follow the links for more information:
Higher Degree Researchers may obtain financial support through a number of different funding schemes administered by the Graduate Research School. This includes living allowances, tuition fee support scholarships, short term scholarships, grants, conference funding, and, in exceptional circumstances, student loans.
Visit the Graduate Research School website for more information.
1. I have not yet completed an Annual Progress Review, or my most recent review is more than one year old. Can I still apply?
Students are only eligible to receive funding if they submit a copy of their most recent Annual Progress Review (APR), which was completed within the last 12 months, and which records satisfactory outcome. If do not have this documentation at the time when funding applications close, but you are sitting for your review within a reasonable timeframe of the funding application close date, you may still apply. The funding committee can then consider whether or not to fund you, on a conditional basis. If you do receive conditional funding, this will be released to you once the evidence of your completed APR has been submitted to the HDR Team Leader.
2. I have submitted an ethics application, but I have not yet received the outcome. Can I still apply?
Yes, you can apply for funding if you have submitted an ethics application, but you are still waiting on the result. In your application, you should include a statement about the current status of your ethics application, including the date which the ethics committee is expected to return an outcome to you. The Funding Committee, will be able to consider whether or not to fund you, on a conditional basis. If you do receive conditional funding, this will be released to you once the evidence of your ethics approval has been submitted to the HDR Team Leader.
3. My research does not require ethics approval; do I still need to address the requirement regarding the ethics application?
If your research does not require ethics approval, you are not required to submit evidence of ethics approval. Instead, you should include a statement in your application which indicates that your research does not require ethics approval, and a brief explanation for why this is the case.
4. Can I request funding to attend/present at a conference through this scheme?
This scheme may be used for requests for partial funding of domestic conference travel. Funding for travel to international conferences is not available through this scheme, and can be sought through the PRSS scheme, which is administered by the Graduate Research School.
5. Can I apply for funding more than once through this scheme?
Yes, students can apply for funding through this scheme a maximum of two times throughout their candidature. PhD Students may only receive a maximum of $5000 in any single round (excluding airfare), and $8,000 in total, per candidature. Masters by Research candidates may only recieve a maximum of $2000 during their candidature, excluding airfare. When students apply for funding a second time, they must provide a justification as to why a second funding application is necessary. Applicants must also provide a report on their previous funding, outlining how the objectives of their project were met, with the funding awarded.
6. I was awarded funding through the External and Essential funding Schemes prior to 22nd April 2016. Am I eligible to apply for further funding through the new scheme?
Please refer to the below guide, to determine if you are eligible to apply for further funding
|I was awarded one grant under the Essential funding Scheme, and no grants under the External Funding Scheme (or vice versa)||You are eligible to apply for one further grant of no more than $5000 under the new Scheme. Your total amount awarded must be no more than $8,000 for a PhD student, or $5000 for a Master by Research student (including airfare).|
|I was awarded one grant under the Essential funding scheme, and one grant under the External Funding Scheme||You are eligible to apply for one further grant of no more than $5000 under the new Scheme. Your total amount awarded must be no more than $8,000 for a PhD student, or $5000 for a Master by Research student (including airfare).|
|I was awarded 2 grants under the Essential funding Scheme and no grants under the External funding Scheme (or vice versa)||You are eligible to apply for one further grant of no more than $5000 under the new Scheme. Your total amount awarded must be no more than $8,000 for a PhD student, or $5000 for a Master by Research student (including airfare).|
|I was awarded 2 grants under the Essential funding Scheme and 1 grant under the External funding scheme (or vice versa)|
|I was awarded 2 grants under the Essential funding scheme and 2 grants under the External funding scheme||You are not eligible for further funding|
7. Can I apply for funding to cover costs which I incurred last year?
Yes, you can apply for funding retrospectively. The Funding Committee will only consider funding costs incurred within the previous calendar year. Retrospective funding applications must include the receipts for the costs which you are applying to have funded. Where possible, the application must also include copies of the quotes you sought, prior to making the purchases.
8. Can I apply for funding for a laptop or computer through the essential funding scheme?
No, laptops and personal computers are not generally funded through the essential funding scheme. Alternatively, the Faculty offers students access to a sole-use computer through the postgraduate student study spaces. Please contact the Faculty HDR Support Manager for information about applying for a study space. Some schools offer laptops for loan for the purposes of fieldwork. Please contact the Post-Graduate Research Convenor (PGC) in your school.
9. Can I apply for funding for software through the essential funding scheme?
In cases where students can show that the software required cannot be provided by UNSW IT Services, an application for funding for software may be submitted for consideration.
10. Am I just as likely to be successful in receiving funding, if I apply in Round 2, rather than round 1?
Yes, there is no difference in the likelihood of your application being successful based on which round you submit your funding application.
11. How do I apply for reimbursement once funding is approved?
The reimbursement procedures will be communicated to successful applicants after their funding has been awarded.
12. While completing my fieldwork, I had meals with friends/colleagues. Can I claim reimbursement for their portion of meals?
No, generally your claims for reimbursement of meals must be for your portion of the meal only. Funding for meals for others can only be requested if you applied for funding specifically to cover the costs of meals for others, and this was approved by the Funding Committee.
13. What is the reporting process?
The reporting process is separate to the reimbursement process. The reporting process involves students who received funding submitting a written report to the Faculty HDR Support Manager. The report must outline how far the objectives of the program were met, and the benefits of the funding awarded, to your research project.
14. Does domestic conference funding include New Zealand?
Yes, domestic conference funding includes Australia and New Zealand.