Postgraduate Scholarships

General Information

For information about UNSW Scholarships please visit:

Current information about all postgraduate research (including application procedures, benefits, eligibility etc.) is available from the Graduate Research website.

General information about both domestic and international research scholarships and other specialty ones can be found here:

    School Scholarships

    School Postgraduate Teaching Fellowships ($5000 p/a)

    Applications for 2021 are now 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. 

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    Emulsion Polymers (Industry Masters Scholarship)

    Applications for 2021 are now closed. 

    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 ~$33000 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 below and contact Donavan Marney.

    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 AUD$5000 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:


    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.

    Academic Staff

    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 the Academic Staff profiles.

    • 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 (

    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.