Scholarships and grants for research in Australia

Research is generally very time-consuming. Accessing adequate funding is therefore very important.

To help you to locate funding, at any stage of your research, we have compiled a list of organisations which regularly offer research grants. This document lists:

  • Scholarships offered at University of Canberra, and
  • Australian organisations offering support.

Scholarships and grants to study or research oversees are listed on a different page.

UC scholarships

To support students in their research, the University offers a variety of scholarships. These scholarships are automatically applied for at the time of admission. If you miss out the first time, you can apply again at the next round.

Other organisations offering funding

Many organisations support research through financial support for research. Some support targets research candidates, others target post docs.

If you are submitting a grant application as a University staff member, you will need to go via the Research Services Office, who administers external funding and provides advice on funding, partnerships and ethics. This does not apply to individual scholarships you apply for as a student.

The following organisations offer regular scholarships to Higher Degree Researchers:

ACT women awards

These awards, grants and scholarships are aimed to support activities focusing on the status of women.

Alzheimer’s Australia

Alzheimer’s Australia Research Ltd (AAR) was launched in an effort to stimulate dementia-related research in Australia. AAR is a charitable institution that promotes the importance of dementia research and funds fellowships and grants available to Australian researchers.

Anglo-Australian Observatory

The Observatory offers opportunities for students to undertake both short-term and long-term research projects under AAO scientists in observational astronomy, theoretical astronomy and astronomical instrumentation. For a list on what’s currently on offer in 2017 please visit the Arthritis Australia website On offer in 2017.

Arthritis Australia 

Grants between $10,000 and $100,000 are available for research relevant to arthritis, rheumatic diseases, other musculoskeletal diseases or conditions including osteoporosis. Awards are available to clinical, scientific and allied health professionals who work in universities, hospitals or recognised research institutes.

Association for Active Educational Researchers (AARE)

AARE offers several awards for papers presented at AARE conferences.

Australian Academy of the Humanities

The Australian Academy of the Humanities offers various modest subsidies.

Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)

ABRS offers financial support to full time postgraduate students in Australian institutions wishing to further study in the field of systematics or taxonomic research. These scholarships are open to Australian citizen or those who have been granted permanent resident status.

ABRS also offers financial support to postgraduate students in Australian institutions for travel to a national (max $500) or international (max $1,000) conference relevant to both the student’s research program in systematics or taxonomy, and to the aims and objectives of ABRS. The closing dates for these bursary rounds are 10 March and 10 September of each year. Applicants must be enrolled at an Australian institution, but do not necessarily have to be a permanent resident of Australia.

Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. It offers opportunities for funding for individuals and groups engaged with creative work.

Australian Federation of Graduate Women

Offers a variety of scholarships and grants.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

The programme supports research into a wide range of research areas in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies, such as history (including family and community history), politics, law, public policy, health (social, cultural and environmental aspects), biological sciences, education, linguistics, social anthropology, archaeology and the arts.

Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)

AusIMM regularly offers scholarships and grants for research related to the mineral industry.

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) Brian Gray Scholarship

Provides four scholarships valued at $12,500 each to support students in finance, economics, actuarial science, econometrics, statistics or related disciplines who intend to focus full-time on their studies and research. The Scholarship also provides the opportunity to devote time to an agreed research topic benefiting, where possible, from access to Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) expertise and data. Scholarship holders can also gain valuable work experience with APRA during their final year of study.

Australian Research Council

The ARC has as mission to advance research excellence in Australia and has an extensive grant program to do so. ARC grants are very competitive. If you intend to apply for an ARC grant for the first time, you should consider teaming up with someone who already has some experience and a reputation.

Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS)

ASTSS offers scholarships for research into traumatic stress.

Churchill Trust

A Churchill Fellowship offers ordinary Australians the opportunity to travel to the far edges of the globe to conduct valuable research in their field and bring back knowledge, experience, ideas and innovation for the betterment of their industry, community and/or Australia.

CSIRO Honours and Postgraduate Scholarship Program

Each year the CSIRO makes a number of scholarships available in research areas relevant to CSIRO and of direct interest to a partner University group.

Cooper Foundation (Rebecca L. Cooper Medical Research Foundation Limited)

The Foundation was inaugurated in January 1984 to fund Medical Research in Australia.


The Heart Foundation is a national leader in research into the causes, treatment and prevention of heart disease and related disorders, supporting heart research.

Hermon Slade Foundation

This Foundation was established in October 1995 by Mr George Hermon Slade. Its primary object is to advance and enhance the progress and harmony of mankind with the Earth through the study and application of Natural Sciences. The Foundation aims to encourage the pursuit of excellence in scientific research, particularly on topics which are designed to improve the ways in which individuals and communities interact with their natural environments.

Law and Justice Foundation

The Law and Justice Foundation has a grants program to support projects that meet the Foundation’s objectives of improving access to justice, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people.

Manning Clark House fellowship

Manning Clark House offers opportunities to share art and research.

Menzies Foundation

The Menzies Foundation Scholarships are an investment in identifying and promoting the next generation of Australian leaders.

Monash Foundation

The Monash Foundation has an objective to select and support exemplary graduates who have the potential to become leaders in their fields and to make a significant contribution to their field and to Australia’s future.

National Library of Australia fellowships

These significant awards, funded by donors, are open to both established and early career researchers, Australian and international applicants. Information, guidelines and application forms are available online.

National Library of Australia summer scholarships

Established to support younger scholars (under 30) undertaking any research which can be supported by the Library’s collections. This is a great scholarship for students who do not reside in Canberra but will need to come to Canberra to do research in the library. The scholarship offers accommodation, an honorarium of $300 per week, air fares and access to the Library’s materials and facilities, as well as sustained interaction with many of its staff.

NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) Postgraduate Scholarships

The NHMRC offers Postgraduate Scholarships to support outstanding Australian health and medical graduates early in their career so that they can be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive and develop a capacity for original independent research. This is usually achieved by NHMRC funding its scholars to attain a PhD by full-time research.

Organic Trust Australia

Organic Trust Australia, Research and Education offers Travel Grants to people in Australia to assist with expenses for attending a conference, workshop or other event where the person is presenting research or other information involving some aspect of organic agriculture in Australia.

Peter Cullen Postgraduate Scholarship

The NSW Government has developed a postgraduate scholarship in honour of the late Professor Peter Cullen AO FTSE. Professor Cullen contributed significantly to water policy and water management in Australia and NSW. A three year scholarship of up to $16,000 per annum will be awarded each year.

Rotary health scholarship

Available for research investigating health matters.

Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia

Provides ten grants of $1,000 each to honours or postgraduate students conducting research that will contribute to the conservation of Australian wildlife. Funds will be provided for purchase of equipment and consumables, travel expenses related to field research, or attendance of conferences at which the student is presenting their work.