Postgraduate Scholarships

General Information

Current information about all postgraduate scholarships (including application procedures, benefits, eligibility etc.) is available from the Graduate Research School (GRS) website. This page in the GRS site has general information about scholarships for domestic and international students: GRS scholarships page. Also check the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarships.

School Scholarships

Emulsion Polymers (Industry Masters Scholarship)

This is an externally-funded scholarship for Bachelors or Honours graduates interested in completing an industry-based Masters research project at Allnex in Botany. The scholarship is ~$33k pa (tax exempt) for 18 months with a maximum of 24 months. 

Topic Area: (Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering) – Chemistry of Emulsion polymerisation technology
Project Name: Acrylic Emulsion Polymers Process Improvements
Project Outline:

  • Undertake an evolutionary operation (EVOP) experimental design research approach to evaluate the effect of modifications to emulsion polymer manufacturing of dispersions (paints and coatings).
  • Evaluate changes to emulsion polymerisation processes used in the dispersion applications (paints and coatings)
  • Build on internal knowledge about existing processes for ongoing variation, improvement and development of new and existing products
  • Successfully completing course units for the Master’s degree, mainly via online study completed in your own time, but also with some face to face lectures / training at UNSW, Kensington campus.

For further details refer to the role description and contact Donavan Marney. Applications will be accepted until the projects have been filled by suitable candidates or until Sunday 18th August 2019.

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.

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

  • UNSW/ARC scholarships, topic: "Rapid, ultrasensitive protein structure determination by mass spectrometry" with Dr. W. Alexander Donald. Two Ph.D. scholarships are on offer for research to develop and apply novel methods for rapidly characterising protein structures by hydrogen-deuterium exchange and whole protein mass spectrometry. Please apply directly to Dr. W. Alexander Donald by email (
  • One Ph.D stipend scholarship (26,288 AUD pa, 2016 rate) is available for 3.5 years to support a student to carry out research towards a Ph.D degree in the field of Organic Chemistry under Dr. Nguyen’s supervision. You must apply directly to Dr. Vinh Nguyen, preferably 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.

School Postgraduate Teaching Fellowships ($5000 p/a)

Applications for 2020 have closed.

The School Postgraduate Teaching Fellowships are open to all full time postgraduate students enrolled in the School of Chemistry. Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of teaching potential according to availability. The Fellowships have a value of up to $5,000 per annum, calculated on a pro rata basis, with the condition that holders be expected to contribute 75 hours of teaching, training, exam marking and additional activities decided by the Teaching Fellow Coordinator. For application and further details visit the Teaching Fellowships page.

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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