Postgraduate Scholarships


UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarships

*** Expressions of Interest for the 2019 round of the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme are now open, and will close at 11.59pm on 20 July 2018. ***

This scheme offers generous funding and unprecedented career development support, as well as the opportunity to work on truly innovative research.

Funding is for four years with $40,000 stipend and up to $10,000 to support career development each year.

Candidates need to select their project of interest, and contact potential supervisors by 20 July 2018. Please include your CV.

Scientia PhD projects based at the School of Chemistry:

UNSW Research Excellence Scholarships

The Graduate Research School has recently announced the availability of UNSW Research Excellence Awards (A$30,000 - 35,000 p.a.). Full details, including closing dates for the current round of scholarships, are available at the Graduate Research School website.

General Information

Current information about all postgraduate scholarships (including application procedures, benefits, eligibility etc.) is available from the Graduate Research School (GRS) website. The links below lead to specific sections of the GRS site.

School Scholarships

The Black and Paddon-Row Scholarships

The School is pleased to announce that two top-up or supplementary scholarships will be awarded to our best local and the best international graduate students. These scholarships will be named after two Professors of the School who have achieved outstanding international reputations: Professor David Black (currently Secretary General of IUPAC) and Emeritus Scientia Professor Michael Paddon-Row.

The value of these scholarships is A$5,000 tax-free per annum. The scholarships are tenable for the same period of time for which the holders are eligible for the associated Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), University Postgraduate Award (UPA), or associated Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS), University International Postgraduate Award (UIPA). Full details of these scholarships including the application process and duration of the awards is available in this PDF document.

School Staff Research Scholarships

Another potentially important source of financial support for postgraduate research students comes from research grants held by individual staff within the School. Most of the academic staff in the School have external funding to support their own research and that of their research students. Please note that these scholarships do not cover international fees, visa nor Medicare costs. You will need to obtain a Tuition Fee Scholarship to cover any international student fees. Contact potential supervisors for details.

Details of these scholarships will be posted here as they become available. Also see Academic Staff web pages.

UNSW/ARC scholarship, topic: “Deconstructing molecular self-assembly by advanced mass spectrometry.” with Dr. Nicole Rijs. One PhD scholarship is available to develop techniques for intercepting critical intermediates in molecular self-assembly reactions. The project will deploy combinatorial robotics with high-resolution mass spectrometry and newly developed ion-mobility spectrometry capabilities to study bis-β-diketonate assemblies in solution and the gas-phase. The project also involves computational approaches, advanced characterisation techniques, along with international and interstate collaborations. Please apply directly to Dr. Nicole Rijs via email (

UNSW/NHMRC scholarship, topic: “Hybrid hydrogels as improved cell scaffolds” with Dr Adam Martin and Prof Pall Thordarson. One PhD scholarship is available to develop new biocompatible hydrogel scaffolds which combine optimal properties of both self-assembled hydrogels and biopolymers. This interdisciplinary project spans chemistry, soft materials and biomedicine and will allow the successful applicant to be involved in all stages of hydrogel development, from initial design, to synthesis and characterisation using cutting edge techniques, to translation into various 2D and 3D cell culture models. Please apply directly to Dr Adam Martin (

UNSW/ARC scholarships, topic: “Molecular switching coordination materials” with Dr. Suzanne Neville. Two Ph.D. scholarships are on offer for research to develop new coordination complexes and nanocrystals with inherent molecular switching properties. In these projects, novel synthetic design tools will be developed to enhance and optimize switching properties and structure-function features explored using a range of advanced characterization techniques (including The Australian Synchrotron and ANSTO). Please apply directly to Dr. Suzanne Neville by email (

UNSW/ARC scholarships, topic: "New methodology for organo-transition metal catalysis" with A/Prof. Steve Colbran, Prof. Les Field, and Dr. Graham Ball. Two Ph.D. scholarships are on offer to research a conceptually new methodology that exploits sophisticated organo-transition metal-organo-hydride conjugates as catalysts for asymmetric reduction of unsaturated organic substrates and for energy-efficient reduction of CO2. Details of both scholarships are available in this document.

Ph.D. Scholarships (3 years, $16000-$21000 pa)

Details to be advised.

Supervisor's Top Up

Top-up scholarships are usually tied to a particular project or topic area. The student should make inquires with their proposed supervisor.

See Academic Staff web pages.

Other Sources of Income


The School of Chemistry employs postgraduate students to assist in the delivery of laboratory classes mostly in General Chemistry at First Year level. Contact Anne Ayres for further details.

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