At UNSW, we recognise our emerging researchers with awards and prizes. We also provide postgraduate researchers with the opportunity to apply for a wide range of prestigious scholarships.

Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships range from annual stipends, living allowances and tuition fee costs, to travel scholarships and supplements. They support current and new postgraduate research candidates at UNSW.

If you are interested in applying for a postgraduate scholarship, please visit the UNSW Scholarships website.

Top-up scholarships

Top-ranked holders of RTP (Research Training Program) and UIPA (University International Postgraduate Award), including both University Domestic and International Postgraduate Awards, will be awarded the UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture top-up scholarship of $5,000 per annum for three years.

Students do not need to apply for the top-up scholarships and recipients will be notified by the faculty after receiving notification of an RTP or UIPA award. Recipients of the top-up scholarships are required to maintain satisfactory progress throughout the duration of their research program.  

*Please note that top-up scholarships are for three years only and will not be extended even if the RTP or UIPA is extended.

*Recipients of a University Research Excellence Award are not eligible for a UNSW Law & Justice top-up scholarship.

  • Scholarship value: 

    $30,000 per year for a maximum of 4 years


    The purpose of the Scholarship is to support PhD candidates working on a topic related to the sociocultural aspects of automated decision-making in health or medicine under the supervision of Professor Deborah Lupton at the UNSW Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making + Society. The Scholarship will provide a stipend for general living costs. It will have a value of $30,000 per annum and will be payable for a maximum of 4 years of candidature. The Scholarship will be paid fortnightly as a stipend by the Graduate Research School (GRS).

    Eligibility criteria: 

    The candidate must be eligible to enrol in an accredited Research Doctorate at UNSW. Applicants for this scholarship will not be considered if they do not meet the minimum UNSW requirements for doctoral candidature. Please check the requirements for admission for candidature before completing this form. For more detailed selection criteria, please see the application form. 

    Closing date: applications will remain open until the scholarship is awarded

    Apply now



  • The faculty recognises high-quality research outputs from our postgraduate research candidates, including publications in scopus indexed journals and non-traditional research outputs of high merit. 

    2021 recipients:

    • Caitlin Biddolph - Queering temporalities of international criminal justice: Srebrenica remembrance and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
    • Jie Feng - The radiative cooling efficiency of silica sphere embedded polymethylpentene (TPX) systems 
    • Kai Gao - On the cooling potential of irrigation to mitigate urban heat island
    • Josephine Gardner - Reclaiming the sacred: towards a holographic notion of power and peace
    • Olivia Inwood - "Ambient affiliation, misinformation and moral panic: Negotiating social bonds in a YouTube internet hoax"
    • Defeng Jin - Knowledge and beliefs about hepatitis B virus infection and associated factors among Chinese migrants in Australia: The result of a quantitative study 
    • Sylvester Okeke - How perceived Australian sexual norms shape sexual practices of East Asian and sub-Saharan African international students in Sydney
    • Benjamin Rak - The Masks I Wear To pass
    • Shima Saniei - Social license to operate in crowdfunding campaigns
    • Jianing Wang - Macro-Impacts of air quality on property values in China—A meta-regression analysis of the literature 
    • Kevin Witzenberger - Why EdTech is always right: students, data and machines in pre-emptive configurations
  • Postgraduate research candidates who reach their thesis submission milestone early are recognised by the faculty with the on-time thesis submission award. 

    2021 recipients to be announced shortly.  

  • This scholarship is available to assist female artists under the age of 35 years to undertake postgraduate research studies in art.

    Deadline: 30 November
    Amount: $7,500 
    Tenure: 1 year

    Application eligibility

    Female students who are under 35 years old completing the Master of Fine Arts by research.

    Residency requirement

    Australian citizens or permanent residents.

    Selection criteria

    Selection will be based on academic merit, reasons for undertaking the current and/or proposed study, and consideration of financial need. Applicants need to provide at least six images of their work, including information on the dimensions and materials of each work. These images can be supplied either electronically on DVD/CD or as attached printed images (no larger than A4).

    Applicants must include a personal statement addressing the selection criteria as part of their application.

    How to apply

    Application forms are available to download or pick up from the Student Centre.

    Please mail completed applications to:

    Scholarships Officer 
    UNSW Art & Design 
    PO Box 259 
    Paddington NSW 2021


    Hand in applications to: 
    UNSW Art & Design Student Centre

  • Value: 

    The Scholarship will be paid as a stipend for general living costs at $30,000 per annum and a research allowance of $5,000 per annum. It will be payable for 3.5 years. The scholarship will be held in conjunction with a Tuition Fee Scholarship (TFS) if the recipient is international.


    Associate Professor Anita Lawrence graduated as the University’s first female architect in 1955. She was the first woman to receive a University Medal from UNSW, she was granted a Bachelor of Architecture with First Class Honours, before beginning a 32-year teaching career at UNSW, where she specialised in acoustics and design. She was also one of the founding members of the Australian Acoustical Society.

    As cities become denser, so too the noise impacts of living and working nearby magnify. The operations of a 24/7 city encroach on the amenity of our urban environments daily. While regulation can go some way to manage the urban noise impacts of heavy traffic, noise from building plant and equipment or noisy neighbours in our urban environment, good design is also critical to the management of unwanted noise externally as well as within our building interiors, in co-working spaces, restaurants and between neighbouring apartments for example.

    Candidates with significant industry experience are encouraged to apply. In addition to the below, other topics are also welcome.

    Potential areas of focus 

    Impacts of noise on human health and well-being 

    • Environmental noise – external and internal noise sources
    • Policy impacts of noise in built environment

    Amelioration and mitigation of noise impacts

    • policy impacts of noise in built environment 
    • planning 
    • design eg soundscapes 
    • construction 


    • Implications for the design of the future workspaces
    • Externally creation of sound to enliven spaces that people like – curated soundscapes
    • Sounds to ameliorate unwanted noise eg water,  
    • Monitoring and visualising data 
    • Modelling of soundscapes

    Post-occupancy evaluation (PoE)

    • Effectiveness of measures  
    • Current practice and implications for better practice


    The candidate must be enrolled or enrolling in an accredited higher degree research course of study at UNSW.

    The scholarship is available to both new and existing candidates.

    The scholarship is available to full-time and part-time candidates.

    The duration and payment of the scholarship will be pro-rata if awarded to an existing and/or part-time candidate.

    Selection criteria

    Academic merit

    Interest in research and/or an academic career in acoustics  With a focus on architectural acoustics and noise control in buildings and community noise

    How to apply:

    Formal applications should be emailed to and should include:

    • Your CV and copy of your academic transcript
    • Names of two academic referees
    • One sample of written work appropriate for an academic audience (e.g. undergraduate dissertation, peer-reviewed journal article, etc)
    • A “Statement of Purpose” outlining your reasons for applying, how you meet the eligibility criteria, and your longer-term goals (max. 1-2 pages).

    The subject line for your email should be: Anita B. Lawrence PhD Scholarship in Acoustics 

    Please note, you will also be required to submit an Expression of Interest for admission to the PhD at UNSW Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture. Please see here for more details.

    For any further information please email Professor Deo Prasad (

    Closing Date:

    Formal applications should be emailed to Applications remain open until the scholarship is awarded. We strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible.