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Internal grants and fellowships

Financial support for University of Sydney researchers

Our internal fellowships and grants seed new initiatives and partnerships, and allow researchers to push the bounds of their discipline.

Scholars at Risk works with its global network of higher education institutions around the world to arrange short-term, temporary research and teaching positions for threatened scholars. 

Two new Fellowships through the Scholars at Risk Network will allow Ukrainian scholars to continue their work and studies in Australia at the University of Sydney. 

The Scholars at Risk Ukrainian Visiting Fellowship and the Scholars at Risk Ukrainian Visiting PhD Scholarship will each fund two to three places for academics and PhD scholars from Ukrainian universities to visit the University of Sydney to continue their research and studies. 

Both the Fellowships and Scholarships will be jointly funded by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) portfolio and the Faculty or School that will host the scholar. Colleagues are encouraged to identify their own candidate(s).

The University became a member of the Scholars at Risk Network in August 2021, and this is our first program to support the network. 

The Scholars at Risk Ukrainian Visiting Fellowship, which lasts for between three and six months, provides stipend, travel and ancillary costs. At the end of the fellowship period, recipients will have to return to their home country or seek placement elsewhere.

This Fellowship is valued at up to $45,000 and consists of:

  • Stipend (fixed rate) for up to 6 months: up to $35,000
  • Travel (flights): $5,000
  • Ancillary costs including administrative and operational costs (for example, migration agent, travel, laboratory materials, samples and equipment): $5,000

Download the information pack for the “Scholars at Risk” Ukrainian Visiting Fellowship (docx, 66KB).

This visiting PhD scholarship is announced as part of the University of Sydney’s Scholars at Risk program. We will fund 2-3 PhD scholars from the Ukraine to visit the University to allow them to continue their studies. We aim to financially support a student who is currently enrolled in a PhD in the Ukraine to visit The University of Sydney for the purposes of study towards their degree. Scholarships will be offered for up to 12 months. 

This scholarship is valued at up to $45,000 and consists of:

  • Stipend (fixed rate) for up to 6 months: up to $35,000
  • Travel (flights): $5,000
  • Ancillary costs including administrative and operational costs (for example, migration agent, travel, laboratory materials, samples and equipment): $5,000

Please note that as part of this package tuition fees will be covered.

Download the information pack for the “Scholars at Risk” Ukrainian Visiting PhD Scholarship (docx, 64KB).

The University of Sydney funds three categories of Equity Prizes for employees of the University. They include:

  • Thompson - aims to promote and enhance the careers of academic women. They are offered to academic and research-only women employed by the University of Sydney at levels C or D. 
  • Brown - offered to researchers whose careers have been interrupted by the undertaking of sustained primary caring duties and provide relief from routine teaching and administrative responsibilities, and research-only staff with funding for technical assistance for up to two semesters
  • Laffan - named in honour of Mr Matt Laffan, Sydney alumnus and colourful character in Sydney's legal fraternity who battled a rare genetic disorder and inspired Australians with his zest for life. These are offered to university researchers who have, or have experienced, a significant disability, and aims to assist recipients re-establish or enhance their academic research careers.

More detailed information, including key dates, will be provided on the intranet when the scheme is open.

Contact: Matthew Louie 

Offered to employees of the University of Sydney and funded by the University and the NHMRC, grants of up to $200,000 will be considered for funding. Where the application is for part funding of a purchase greater than $200,000, funding for the remainder must already have been secured and evidence for this funding must be supplied with the application.

Contact: Jack Ault

These prizes are awarded to early and mid career researchers and aim to recognise and develop our most talented researchers and to establish a cohort of future research leaders for Sydney. Applicants must be University of Sydney academic staff. See our most recent SOAR prize recipients.

Contact: Miriam-Rose Ash

Available to University of Sydney employees, the University of Sydney’s Commercial Development and Industry Partnerships (CDIP) Team offer the following opportunities:

  • CDIP fund for research commercialisation - provides critical financial support for research projects with commercial potential



The Office of Global Engagement (OGE) Global Development Awards is a research development program for early and mid-career researchers to engage with priority partners. The program offers a competitive development opportunity for continuing and fixed-term University of Sydney academics to build on the close links established with the University’s prestigious strategic partner universities in the last five years.

The primary aim of the scheme is to enable the development of new international projects. Selected participants will be individuals with promising research trajectories that could be accelerated with additional support.

The Global Development Awards include a structured training program, mentoring and where required, teaching relief, to provide focused time for international research development. 

Contact: Matthew Louie

The Robinson Fellowships create a pathway towards continuing teaching and research positions at the University for the most outstanding early-career researchers. The structured, four-year program includes salary, research costs, and mentoring support. Heads of School, Deans, Associate Deans (Research) and the Research Portfolio identify potential candidates (current employees only) based on merit and potential. Eligible candidates will likely hold an externally or internally funded fixed-term fellowship, and be less than 12 years post-PhD. Read more.

Contact: Lia Zambetti

Note: The Robinson Fellowships are under review.  An announcement for 2022 is forthcoming.

The University of Sydney Fellowships are under review.

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