School of BABS PhD Top-Up Scholarships

In 2023, BABS is offering PhD Top-Up Scholarships to new students. The BABS PhD Top-Up Scholarship scheme is a new School-funded initiative to provide additional support to PhD students enrolled in BABS.

The BABS PhD Top-Up Scholarship is tenable for 3.5 years for a Research Doctorate.

The top-up provides an additional stipend valued at $3,000 per annum for 3.5 years only ($10,500 total over the course of the degree). The stipend will be paid fortnightly.


The following PhD students are eligible:

  • Candidates must be enrolled in a BABS PhD program (commencing in 2023)
  • Candidates must hold a primary competitive postgraduate scholarship (RTP, UPA, UIPA or TFS)
  • Candidates must not hold any other top-up scholarship (e.g. Scientia scholarship holders are not eligible)

No application is required. The School will notify successful candidates.

The Adrian Lee Travel Scholarship

This scholarship is a school-funded initiative to provide eligible postgraduate research students with the opportunity to undertake study, learn new techniques, collaborate or explore opportunities for collaboration with other labs, universities or research institutions.

The value of the scholarship is $6,000 maximum, payable in one lump sum. The scholarship is tenable for one year only (travel must be taken in the year of award). The number of scholarships will depend on the number of applications received, the total travel cost, duration of travel and the value of the study/collaboration/learning opportunity to the student’s work and the BABS School.

The scholarship can be used for travel, reagents or project costs, accommodation and other related travel costs. The scholarship cannot be used to attend a conference (as there are other types of funding available for this purpose such as the BABS Travel Fund). Applicants must be undertaking full-time study in a BABS postgraduate research program. As limited funds are available, and to ensure that the student best represents the school and gains maximum benefit, support is not guaranteed.

For more details on how to apply consult the Guidelines and Application Form. The application deadline is 31 March each year.

UNSW Development and Research Training Grant (DRTG) Scheme

The UNSW Graduate Research School Development and Research Training Grant (DRTG) scheme provides funding to support your development and research training activities in 2022 and aims to enhance your candidature experience. 

What activities are funded? 

  • Registration fees for a virtual conference (international or domestic)
  • Registration, travel and/or accommodation fees for a domestic conference
  • Registration, travel and/or accommodation fees for an international conference
  • Professional Development short courses and training opportunities
  • Cost of childcare where it allows the candidate to attend an approved activity type

Further details are available on the  UNSW HDR Hub.

Other scholarship opportunities

The Faculty of Science provides students with several programs and scholarships that support and encourage them to become the next generation of leading researchers and scholars in their fields. 

UNSW also provides some postgraduate scholarship opportunities that can be found at UNSW Scholarships and UNSW Postgraduate Research Scholarships.

Dean's Award for Outstanding PhD Theses

This award recognises high quality PhD theses produced at UNSW. To receive this award, candidates must produce a thesis that requires only minimal corrections, received outstanding and/or excellent levels of achievement for all examination criteria, and in the opinion of both examiners is in the top 10% of PhD theses they have examined. 

Further details about this award are available on the  UNSW HDR Hub.