Postgraduate Scholarships


UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarships

*** Expressions of Interest for the 2020 round of the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme are now open. ***

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

Five new Scientia PhD projects based at the School of Chemistry have been announced for 2020:

Proposed Scientia PhD projects based at the School of Chemistry from the 2019 round:

Graduate Research Scholarships

The Graduate Research School has information regarding domestic and international scholarships at the Graduate Research School website. Current information about all postgraduate scholarships (including application procedures, benefits, eligibility etc.) is available from the Scholarships website.

School Scholarships

The Fin Lawler Postgraduate Research Scholarship

This PhD scholarship will provide $28,000 p.a. for a maximum of 3.5 years in Medicinal Chemistry or Nanomedicine at UNSW Sydney. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents, and must enrol in the PhD program (Project code 1870). This scholarship has been established by the family of the late Michael Patrick Finbarr (aka Fin) Lawler. Fin undertook his BSc. Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) studies at UNSW and was about to commence his PhD studies in Nanomedicine when he tragically died in December 2017.

The deadline for applications is Friday 18th January 2019. Application details (Word document)

Applications should be send to the School of Chemistry UNSW Sydney Postgraduate Research Coordinator, Prof. Naresh Kumar (

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 (

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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