Scholarships, Prizes & Awards

Recognising Student Excellence

UNSW provides a variety of scholarships, prizes, and awards to recognise student excellence and encourage potential. We offer a range of scholarships for domestic and international students, high school leavers, current students, postgraduate and postgraduate research students. There are many opportunities that are specific to your study in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences.  

All of our scholarships reward excellence, encourage international mobility, diversity and equity. We help students with their professional development and provide the financial assistance to help them achieve their potential. 

View UNSW Scholarships to discover whether you’re eligible and how to submit applications.

We've also developed a new suite of scholarships for students willing to join the Faculty of Arts, Architecture and Design (working title), with more information available here

NCP India Immersion Program

UNSW Arts and Social Sciences has been awarded 11 New Colombo Plan (NCP) scholarships for a three-week summer intensive India Immersion Program on ‘Politics, Society and Foreign Policy’ at Jindal Global University (JGU), India from 8 - 26 January 2020.

Find out more

Prizes & Awards

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences offers several prizes to acknowledge academic achievement during your studies at UNSW. Browse the UNSW Prizes to determine which Arts & Social Sciences prizes you may be eligible for.

We celebrate academic achievement at the annual UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Awards Ceremony where students receive public recognition for the prizes, awards, and scholarships they have received.  

Discover the FASS Explorer Award with past winner Sabreen Hussain.

Arts & Social Sciences Donors

On behalf of everyone at UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, we would like to thank all our scholarship donors for their ongoing support. As a donor you have the power to make immediate and lasting impact on the lives of our students. If you are interested in supporting UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, please visit Giving for more information.

The Awards recognise students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership which has contributed significantly to the University and broader community over the past year. The program is open to Undergraduate, Postgraduate Coursework and Higher Degree Research students who may be nominated in one of the following four categories:

Academic Excellence Leadership

In recognition of students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in their area of study, contributed significantly to academic life on campus and/or has represented UNSW Arts & Social Sciences in an academic capacity.

Social Engagement Leadership

In recognition of students who have demonstrated outstanding Social Engagement leadership through contributions such as creating a just society, contributing to a Grand Challenge, participating in a research project or knowledge exchange which has positively impacted a community or UNSW network.

Global Impact Leadership

In recognition of students who have made an outstanding contribution to a global development program or activity aimed at improving the lives of marginalised and disadvantaged communities.

People & Culture Leadership

In recognition of students who have made an outstanding contribution to university culture or campus life by actively participating or leading projects, creative performances, societies or clubs. Where initiatives promote a supportive culture, that embraces change and continuous improvement for diversity and inclusion.

2018 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Dean's Student Leadership Awards:

Academic Excellence Leadership

Winner: Joshua Millar

Honourable Mention: Eitan Muir

Social Engagement Leadership

Winners: Dylan Lloyd and Jessie Zhang

Honourable Mention: Tim Edmeades

Global Impact Leadership

Winner: Thomas Perry

Honourable Mention: Brianna Kerr

People & Culture

Winner: Sarah Anderson

Honourable Mention: Anna Jacobs

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Nominees must be enrolled in an Arts & Social Sciences single or dual degree (irrespective of administrative Faculty program owner).
  2. Nominees can be full time or part-time and can be from any of the three academic cohorts, Undergraduate, Postgraduate Coursework and Higher Degree Research.
  3. Nominees can be nominated in one category only.
  4. Nominees must be in good academic standing.
  5. Nominees can be nominated for activities from the previous or current academic year.
  6. Nominations will only be accepted once for a particular activity the student is being nominated for.

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Recognising academic excellence in the Arts & Social Sciences

The Dean’s List is an opportunity to honour our top achieving students by recognising academic excellence within UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

From 2020 all undergraduate and postgraduate students who are enrolled in a Program offered by Arts & Social Sciences will be eligible for the inclusion on the Dean’s List if you have:

  1. completed at least 18 UoC towards the Arts & Social Sciences Program within the immediate past calendar year; and
  2. have at least 12 UoC of which are Arts & Social Sciences courses.

You will be included on the Dean’s List if you are eligible and have met the criterion of a WAM of 85 or higher. You do not need to apply to be considered.

This achievement is officially acknowledged on your University transcript and with a certificate presented at a special awards evening. Attaining the necessary results to be on the Dean’s List is a particularly significant achievement for Humanities and Social Sciences students, given the style of study and assessment in our disciplines. UNSW Arts & Social Sciences is proud to acknowledge those students who excel in all their courses.

The Dean’s List is an opportunity to honour our top achieving students by recognising academic excellence within UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. On 6 March 2019 UNSW Arts & Social Sciences hosted a morning tea recognising our 2018 Dean’s List recipients. Congratulations to all students on your achievements.

Dean's List Recipients