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Scholarships at University of South Australia (UniSA)

There are 10 scholarships available at University of South Australia (UniSA).

Research Training Program International (RTPi) Scholarships

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

Competitive selection criteria 

  • UniSA rates each scholarship application according to the following parameters: grades obtained in undergraduate degree, referee’s reports, proposed area of research, and supervisor report. Applicants are ranked in descending order according to their scores on each of these criteria and scholarships are awarded based on merit. There are usually more applicants eligible for admission to research degrees than there are scholarships available. For more details, refer to the Research Degrees Scholarship Allocation Guidelines: Competitive Commonwealth and University of South Australia funded scholarships (PDF file, 83KB).

  • Generally scholarship recipients must have first-class Honours or equivalent.
  • An awardee must be enrolled on a full-time basis as a candidate for a Master by Research or PhD at the University of South Australia.
  • An awardee shall be enrolled as an internal candidate at the University of South Australia.

Application details

Apply online 

Applications now open until 31 August.

All applications and supporting evidence must be submitted by 31 August.

Value details

At least $28,092 per annum (2020 stipend rate) for 3 years, with the possibility of one six-month extension (2020 stipend rate)

Application deadline

Expected September 2021

University President's Scholarships (UPS)

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

You must have a University of South Australia supervisor willing to nominate you for consideration and outstanding academic records, and be a citizen of an overseas country eligible for entry to Australia for the time required to complete the research degree. UPS are nearly always given to doctorate by research candidates but can be given to masters by research candidates in some cases. These scholarships can only be taken at this university.

Benefits and conditions

The UPS scholarship benefits and conditions will be sent with an offer of scholarship and you should read them carefully prior to signing an acceptance form. These Scholarship Benefits and Conditions - International Research Degree Students apply to all people who accept offers from the University of South Australia for the RTP International scholarship or UniSA President's scholarship.

Application details

Apply online 

Applications now open until 31 August.

All applications and supporting evidence must be submitted by 31 August.

Value details

Tuition fees plus a living allowance of at least AUD $28,092 per annum (2020 stipend rate).

Application deadline

Expected September 2021

Inflammatory Response to Biomaterials Scholarship

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

The applicants should have completed Honours or MSc Degree and have academic background in one or more of the following Material Science, Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Inflation or related disciplines.

Two PhD scholarships are available at the University of South Australia (UniSA) for joint projects between the School of Pharmacy & Medical Sciences and the School of Engineering.

Both Schools provide an exciting, vibrant and world-class research and education supported by excellent research infrastructure and intellectual environment. The strength of our scientists lies in the application of fundamental science to develop knowledge-based technologies that will increase functionality and provide intelligent solutions for tomorrow's high added value industries and medical treatments. Rapid advances and convergence in areas such as materials science, nano-biotechnology, biomaterials and tissue engineering, sensor technology and advanced computing, leading to new products and production processes will radically change the scope of manufacturing in Australia. Through a multidisciplinary approach, our scientists work on research questions of international significance and address major questions across discipline boundaries.

The PhD projects will focus on understanding the immunological response to biomaterials in the context of delivery of vaccines and drug therapies. The projects will tackle grand challenges faced in the modern healthcare and pharmaceutical industry associated with demand for new techniques for delivery of vaccines and pharmaceuticals which have greater efficacy. These PhD project will address these needs by developing urgently needed, innovative solutions that are scalable, reproducible, reliable and cost effective.

Application details

There is no closing date. The scholarships will remain open for application until filled.

Value details

Funding amount is the standard Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate per annum. The duration of the scholarship is three years.

International Merit Scholarship

Study level

Undergraduate,Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

Scholarship criteria

  • Be a prospective international student
  • Be eligible to study in Australia
  • Not have accepted any other UniSA scholarship or bursary
  • Meet normal program admission requirements for the program applied into
  • Have achieved the UniSA equivalent of a credit average in previous studies or have an offer conditional upon completion of an award with a Credit average
  • You will automatically be assessed when applying for an eligible undergraduate (Bachelor) or postgraduate (Masters by Coursework) program offered at UniSA

Scholarship conditions

  • International Merit Scholarship recipients will be required to be enrolled on a full-time basis at UniSA's South Australian campuses
  • Scholarship payments (25% of tuition fees) will be provided as a discount on successful applicants' student contribution invoice (tuition fee) at the commencement of each applicable study period in the first year of study
  • The scholarship applies to the first year of study only, up to a maximum of two semesters (36 units)
  • As a recipient of the scholarship, I am not entitled to receive any credit/RPL/Advanced Standing (whether at the time of offer or subsequently)
  • The scholarship cannot be deferred

Application details

  1.  Find the best program for you 
  2. Check entry requirements. Confirm you meet all entry requirements (English, academic and program specific requirements) for your program.
  3. Make sure your program is eligible for these scholarships. See the list of eligible programs below.
  4. Apply for your program. Once you have submitted an application for an eligible program you will automatically be assessed and we will advise you if you're successful.

Value details

Recipients will receive a 25% reduction in their student contributions (tuition fees) for their first year of study into their chosen program, up to a maximum of two semesters or eight courses.

Vice Chancellor's International Excellence Scholarship

Study level

Undergraduate,Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

Scholarship criteria

  • Be a prospective international student
  • Be eligible to study in Australia with a student visa
  • Not have accepted any other UniSA scholarship or bursary
  • Have achieved an 85% average (or equivalent) in previous studies
  • Meet the minimum English language entry requirements for the chosen program applied into
  • Meet normal program admission requirements for the chosen program applied into.

Scholarship conditions

  • Successful applicants will become a UniSA International Student Ambassador
  • Scholarship recipients will be required to be enrolled on a full-time basis at UniSA's South Australian campuses
  • Scholarship recipients must maintain a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 (or equivalent) in order to receive the scholarship payments
  • Scholarship payments can be received for up to a maximum of four years
  • If award overall Grade Point Average falls below a 5.0, the 50% reduction will not be applied to the next invoice. If the award Grade Point Average returns to 5.0 or more, the 50% reduction will recommence and will be applied to the next invoice
  • Scholarship payments (50% of tuition fees) will be provided as a discount on successful applicants' student contribution (tuition fee) invoice at the commencement of the relevant study period
  • As a recipient of the scholarship, I am not entitled to receive any credit/RPL/Advanced Standing (whether at the time of offer or subsequently)
  • The scholarship cannot be deferred

Application details

  1.  Find the best program for you 
  2. Check entry requirements. Confirm you meet all entry requirements (English, academic and program specific requirements) for your program.
  3. Make sure your program is eligible for these scholarships. See the list of eligible programs below.
  4. Apply for your program and include your completed scholarship application form with your supporting documents. Once you have submitted an application for an eligible program you will automatically be assessed and we will advise you if you're successful. If you meet the eligibility criteria for the Vice Chancellor's International Excellence Scholarship and have submitted the scholarship application form, you will be advised of the scholarship outcome along with your academic program assessment. (Students who are eligible for the scholarship but did not provide the completed form with their UniSA application, will still be invited to apply).

Value details

Recipients will receive a 50% reduction in their student contributions (tuition fees) for up to four years of full-time study (undergraduate or postgraduate degree by coursework).

International Research Tuition Scholarship (IRTS)

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

In addition to meeting UniSA’s eligibility criteria, applicants must be:

  • Commencing international research degree students
  • High quality with demonstrated research capability, as assessed by UniSA
  • Be supported by a strong supervisory panel(with end-user adviser on the supervisory panel, where appropriate), and be enrolled in a research-rich environment
  • In receipt of (or been awarded) a fully externally funded stipend scholarship, or in receipt of a living stipend supported by external funding*, OR
  • Able to self fund their living costs for their time in Australia, and can provide evidence of this upon application

Application details

You can apply for an International Research Tuition Scholarship at any time of the year.
Applications must be made online via the University’s Apply Online facility.
Apply online

Value details

The IRTS will cover the international tuition fee for 3 years (plus a possibility of a 6 month extension) for a PhD student and the international tuition fee for 2 years for a research master’s student.

Developing Methods for Remote Guidance on Physical Tasks

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

The scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants

The successful recipient should have the following interests and skills:

an interest in developing collaborative systems
skills or an interest in Augmented Reality or wearable computing
an interest in human computer interaction

Application details

The scholarship will remain open for applications until filled.

Value details

The scholarship will provide a living allowance at the RTP rate for 3 years with the option of applying for a 3 month extension

Marcia Nicholl Research Top Up Scholarship

Study level

Undergraduate

Eligibility requirements

The Top Up Scholarship is available to female students who are: 
 - International students.
 - Identify with one or more of the following:
     - a person of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait heritage 
     - a person with refugee status 
     - a person with a recognised disability

Applicants are required to hold a Research Training Program Domestic Stipend (RTPDSTIP) or a University of South Australia Postgraduate Award (USAPA). Eligible international students are required to hold a Research Training Program International Stipend (RTPISTIP) a University President's Scholarship (UPS), or an International Research Tuition Scholarship, and be able to study full-time.

Application details

Apply through My Scholarships, accessed via your myUniSA student portal.

Value details

Doctorate by Research - up to AUD $24,000 to be paid as a top-up stipend (AUD $8,000 per year for a maximum of three years). Pro-rata payments will apply for part-time enrolment; Masters by Research - up to AUD $16,000 to be paid as a top-up stipend (AUD $8,000 per year for maximum of two years). Pro-rata payments will apply for part-time enrolment.

Australia Awards Scholarships

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

Each participating country has different selection processes and timelines. Further information on individual country processes can be obtained from the Australian Embassy/High Commission in the country of citizenship.

Australia Awards Scholarships provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full-time study at participating Australian universities and other educational institutions. There is usually one annual selection round in each country.

Application details

You don't need to have a formal offer of admission to the University of South Australia when you apply for the Australia Awards.

Admission to your nominated institution and program is requested (see participating country contact details) once awards have been made. 

Closing dates (for the following academic year)

Application opening and closing dates vary by country

Value details

Tuition fees, living expenses, fieldwork expenses etc

Alan Reddrop Research Grant for Family Business

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

-    Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or international candidate
-    commencing higher degree by research candidate (provisional enrolment subject to confirmation of candidature)
-    residing in South Australia
-    in receipt of a full living stipend
-    full-time
-    undertaking advanced research relating to family business
-    applicants already holding a Doctorate are ineligible

Application details

Applications are accessed through myScholarships (via logging on to the myUniSA student portal). 

Applications open until filled.

Applicants must provide:
•    a Curriculum Vitae
•    a written statement (maximum 500 words) detailing:
•    reasons for undertaking the program
•    their research question or problem to be investigated
•   the importance of the research and its potential impact future career goals

 In addition to applying online.

Value of scholarship

2,59,771 total value