As part of an MoU signed with the Maharashtra State Government (India), UNSW Canberra offers 20 PhD scholarships every year to high-achieving students from the state universities to advance joint research and knowledge exchange. 

The partnership aims to create a strong research culture to help understand and address development issues faced in India.  

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible, candidates must satisfy the following criteria: 


The scholarship offered under the Maharashtra-UNSW MoU covers the tuition feed plus a stipend (currently valued at A$35,000 per annum.  

How to apply

Applications for these scholarships will be processed in three stages: 

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Vice-Chancellor of your university. These will be sent to UNSW Canberra for review.  
  2. UNSW Canberra will evaluate the EOIs and notify competitive candidates. 
  3. Students submit a formal application to UNSW Canberra following the Graduate Research application process.  

Please ensure that your full and complete application, including all supporting documents, referee reports and evidence of English language proficiency, is received by UNSW Canberra by the closing date. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their full application as early as possible. 

Incomplete applications, or applications received after the closing date, may not be processed in time for consideration for the scholarship. 

UNSW Canberra will notify you of the outcome of your PhD program application and inform you of your successful/unsuccessful placement on the nomination list for the scholarship. 


For further information about scholarships, please contact the Research Student Unit