Postgraduate (Research)

Postgraduate (Research)

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SoMS Academic Excellence (Top-Up) Scholarships

Up to four Top-Up scholarships awards of $5,000 per annum are offered annually by SoMS.
Awards are paid for the duration of the PhD program (maximum of 3 years).
Awards are merit-based.
Awards are only for new PhD candidates to the School.


New PhD candidates will be eligible for consideration for a Top-Up scholarship if:

  • They have been successful in obtaining a competitively awarded scholarship that commences in the same calendar year- e.g. the Domestic Research Training Program (RTP)/ University Postgraduate Award (UPA) for domestic applicants or the International Research Training Program (RTP)/ University International Postgraduate Award (UIPA) for international applicants - to support their higher degree studies.
  • They will commence a full-time PhD degree program within the School of Medical Sciences in the same calendar year.
  • They are new PhD candidates to SoMS.
  • Their primary supervisor is an academic (non-conjoint) within the School of Medical Sciences.


  • All PhD candidates who fulfil the eligibility requirements (as specified above) will be considered for the scholarship. No application is necessary.
  • Up to four scholarships will be offered annually. The School will have the discretion to offer all four or less than four each year. 
  • The scholarships awardees are decided by the Head of Research, Deputy Head of Research and the Postgraduate Coordinators.
  • Factors taken into account when deciding on the awardees include, but are not restricted to, academic merit and final ranking by the Graduate Research School; prior research experience; research environment, supervisor’s appointment (must be a SoMS Academic).
  • Successful candidates will be notified by the School.
  • Successful candidates must accept their RTP/UPA or RTP/UIPA offer and enrol in the SoMS PhD degree program according to the University’s enrolment guidelines in the term the scholarship and top-up award are awarded.

Other Information

  • Potential PhD candidates who are interested in pursuing a PhD degree should investigate the Research Groups within the School initially. Applicants can also use the search engines on UNSW Research to find the sections and supervisors that best align with their area of research. 
  • All applicants must apply online for admission to a UNSW research program. The application guidelines are available from the Graduate Research School.
  • Further information on the RTP/UPA and RTP/UIPA scholarships and other research scholarships is available on the Graduate Research School website. Please note the application guidelines and deadlines for these scholarships.