Applications are now open for NDARC higher degree (HDR) scholarships commencing in 2024.

NDARC offers scholarships to students who wish to undertake higher degree research (HDR) on drug and alcohol-related projects that align with NDARC’s key areas:

  • Epidemiology and emerging trends

  • Mental health and physical comorbidities
  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Treatment and harm reduction
  • Drug policy 
  • Criminal justice system
  • Priority populations
    • People with mental health conditions
    • Young people
    • Older people
    • People in contact with the criminal justice system
    • Culturally and linguistically diverse populations
    • Women, children and families
    • People identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or intersex

A number of NDARC projects and supervisors are currently seeking HDR candidates, please visit HDR scholarship projects for more information. Alternatively, you may propose your own project and supervision team within NDARC’s research areas.

Scholarship award amount and duration

NDARC offers a competitive scholarship stipend and support package. The scholarship amount awarded to full-time HDR candidates is $37,684 per annum, tax exempt. The PhD scholarship duration is three years (with the possibility of a 6-month extension). The MRes and MPhil scholarship duration is two years. 

In addition, up to $10,000 is available for professional development activities and $5,000 for associated research costs across the period of candidature. There are also opportunities for HDR candidates to be offered additional paid employment to work on priority projects across the Centre.

Application and deadlines

Applications for admission to candidature are accepted throughout the year. Please note that applicants can commence study in any 2024 term of UNSW’s academic calendar. Applications must be submitted by the application deadline for the intended study period (Term) to ensure the Term Start Dates complete the acceptance and enrollment processes.

Head to the NDARC HDR Scholarship webpage for details on how to apply and full eligibility criteria.