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Advertised bursaries

Advertised bursaries are provided for specific challenges or circumstances and are available if you are enrolled in a particular faculty or year of study. There are bursaries available for both undergraduate and postgraduate domestic students.

Your academic performance will be considered when you apply for this assistance.

Open applications

Applications for advertised bursaries are now closed and will reopen from the start of Semester 1, 2023. 

General bursariesinterest-free loans and financial support vouchers are available all year. If you are in financial need you can submit an application for financial support in Sydney Student.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for a bursary if you are:

  • a currently enrolled University of Sydney student
  • studying full time
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • currently residing in Australia
  • making satisfactory academic progress (generally, a WAM above 50)
  • experiencing financial difficulty.

You will also need to meet any additional criteria for the specific bursary.

Availability is limited for part-time students. If you are studying part time due to a disability and are receiving the Disability Support Pension (DSP), you can apply for a bursary if you meet the other eligibility criteria. If you can’t study full time due to a disability but are not receiving the DSP, you may be eligible to apply for the Chancellor's Committee Disability Bursary.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can also apply for additional identified bursaries.

You'll need to continue to meet the eligibility criteria at the time we assess your application and award the bursary. If you graduate, suspend or withdraw from your studies before receiving a bursary, you won't be eligible.

How to apply


Supporting documents

To be considered for an advertised bursary, you need to provide the following supporting documents when you apply through Sydney Student:

  • bank account statement with transaction history of your everyday account, for the past 30 days
  • bank account statements for all savings accounts
  • proof of Centrelink (if relevant)
  • any additional supporting documents required by a specific bursary.

Additionally, bank account statements need to contain:

  • the official header of your financial institution (e.g. bank name, logo)
  • your full name
  • the account number.

Screenshots, photos or CSV files of bank statements will not be accepted.

You don’t need to provide your academic transcript.

Make sure you have all your documents ready before you start your application. You will need to attach them at the end before submitting and you cannot update your application once it's been submitted. Applications submitted without all the required supporting documents will be assessed as ineligible.

Some advertised bursaries may require specific supporting documents and these will be listed under the available bursaries below. If you are applying for several advertised bursaries at once, make sure you submit the supporting documents required for all bursaries that you apply for.

Logging in to apply

You will need to submit an application for an advertised bursary by the due date.

You can only submit one application, and can apply for more than one bursary on your application.

You can’t update your application once you have submitted it, so make sure you have included everything required as listed in supporting documents above and any additional documents needed for specific busaries.

Complete the online application and upload your supporting documents in Sydney Student. Go to ‘My finance’, ‘Scholarships, prizes, bursaries and loans’, ‘Applications’, then ‘Advertised bursary application’.

If you are currently enrolled in two faculties, only bursaries for one of your faculties will display on your application. If you would like to apply for a bursary from the other faculty, use the ‘Personal statement’ area to list the bursary and provide a statement outlining your eligibility. Contact us through the financial support enquiry form, if you need more advice.

What happens next

We will notify you through Sydney Student about the outcome of your application within eight weeks of the closing date.

If successful, follow the prompts in the message to accept your bursary.

Payments will be made to your nominated bank account within 4 to 10 working days. Make sure your bank details are correct in Sydney Student (go to ‘My finance’, ‘Your finances’, then ‘Bank details’).

Advertised bursaries available

Remember to attach the required supporting documents for each bursary when you apply, otherwise your application will be assessed as ineligible.

Burdekin Bursary

Established in 1876 by a gift of £1000 by Mrs Burdekin for the foundation of a bursary.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • from a regional/rural area
  • residing in University affiliated accommodation.

Additional supporting documents:

  • evidence you are from a regional/rural area.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Gladys H Marks Memorial Bursary

Established in 1971 from contributions following an appeal launched by the NSW Association of University Women Graduates, to honour the memory of Miss Gladys Marks, a co-founder of the Association to assist mature women students showing financial need at the University.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate mature-age female student.

Academic merit will be a factor in the assessment of award.

The value of the bursary is up to $600 and is a one-off payment.

Jean D Foley Bursary

Established in 1983 with funds received following an appeal to former bursary holders. The University decided to use donations received to establish a bursary to be known as the Jean D Foley Bursary as a tribute to Lady Foley's service to the University.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student.

The value of the bursary is up to $500 and is a one-off payment.

Reverend CA White Bursary

Established in 1954 by a bequest of £1000 from Reverend CA White.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • a male undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • accepted as a candidate for the Ministry of the Presbyterian Church.

Additional supporting documents:

  • evidence that you have been accepted as a candidate for the Ministry of the Presbyterian Church.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

The George and Margaret Shirbin Bursary

Established in 1922 by a bequest of £2000 from Mrs MA Dalley.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • a descendant of a soldier who served in the Australian Imperial Forces in the First World War.

If there is no applicant with financial need, the bursary will be awarded to an eligible soldier or descendent of an eligible soldier. Preference will be given to descendants of a soldier who lost his life on Active Service in War.

Additional supporting documents:

  • evidence you are eligible for the bursary, such as a statutory declaration that gives the name and details of the soldier and your line of descent.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Remember to attach the required supporting documents when you apply, otherwise your application will be assessed as ineligible.

You'll also need to provide documents as outlined in the Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity Policy (pdf, 81KB) to establish that you are an Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander person.

Bernard Lee Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Established in 2004 by a bequest of $816,000 from Mr Bernard Lee, who died in 1997, to provide assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • younger than 35 years.

The value of the bursary is up to $5000 and is a one-off payment.

Chancellor's Committee Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students Bursary

Established in 1999 by the Chancellor's Committee of the University of Sydney to provide financial assistance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or undergraduate diploma student.

The value of the bursary is up to $2000 and is a one-off payment.

Robert Floyd Marshall and Esen Marshall Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2005 by a bequest from Esen Marshall to provide assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student.

Successful applicants accepting this award are also acknowledging "that it is the wish of the benefactors that, should the benefits received assist me to succeed in life, I will endeavour to assist other financially under-privileged persons in similar fashion".

The value of the bursary is up to $3000 and is a one-off payment.

Remember to attach the required supporting documents when you apply, otherwise your application will be assessed as ineligible.

Robert Campbell Scholarship

Established in 1922 by a bequest of £2000 from Lt Col Francis Selwyn Campbell to establish a scholarship for commencing students in financial need, in memory of his parents.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • commencing your first year of an undergraduate degree.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Remember to attach the required supporting documents when you apply, otherwise your application will be assessed as ineligible.

Anthony Howson Disability Bursary

Established in 2014, and renamed in 2018, in honour of the late Anthony Howson. The Anthony Howson Disability Bursary is funded by the Chancellor’s Committee to support undergraduate and postgraduate students who are unable to undertake a full-time study load due to their disability.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • registered with Inclusion and Disability Services at the University of Sydney
  • studying part-time due to your disability.

The value of the bursary is up to $2000 and is a one-off payment.

Bernard Lee Scholarship for Blind Students

Established in 2004 by a bequest of $816,000 from Mr Bernard Lee, who died in 1997, to provide assistance to blind students.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • blind
  • younger than 35 years.

Additional supporting documents:

  • a letter of confirmation of blindness from the Royal Blind Society unless you are registered with Inclusion and Disability Services.

The value of the bursary is up to $5000 and is a one-off payment.

Remember to attach the required supporting documents when you apply, otherwise your application will be assessed as ineligible.

Badham Bursaries

Established in 1886 by a gift of £1000 from subscribers to the Badham Memorial Fund for the foundation of a bursary in memory of Professor Charles Badham, Professor of Classics, and the University’s last Resident Principal.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Applications for Business School bursaries are now closed and will reopen from the start of Semester 1, 2023.

Remember to attach the required supporting documents for each bursary when you apply, otherwise your application will be assessed as ineligible.

Littrell Cartwright Bursary

Established in 2015 from a donation by Dr Kimberly Cartwright and Mr Charles Littrell to support students who require financial assistance to meet student expenses for the Local Industry Placement Program.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • are a full-time domestic student
  • are enrolled in the Business School and have completed 48 credit points in a Business School administered degree with a WAM of 60 or above
  • have been selected into the Local Industry Placement Program
  • are experiencing financial difficulties.

Assessment to determine the successful applicant will be conducted jointly between the Financial Support Service and the Business School.

The value of the bursary is up to $2500 and is a one-off payment.

Remember to attach the required supporting documents when you apply, otherwise your application will be assessed as ineligible.

J N Ellis Bursary

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

The value of the bursary is up to $500 and is a one-off payment.

Remember to attach the required supporting documents when you apply, otherwise your application will be assessed as ineligible.

Sydney Dental School

John Spencer Nolan Bursary

Established in 1983 by an endowment from Miss Edna Spencer-Nolan to establish bursaries in the Faculty of Dentistry in memory of her father, John Spencer Nolan, who practised dentistry in New South Wales from about 1890 until the early 1930s.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Sydney Dental School.

Academic merit will be a factor in the assessment of award.

The value of the bursary is up to $500 and is a one-off payment.

Sydney Medical School

E M (Mary) Gilder Scholarship

Established in 1997 by a donation from Dorothy Gilder in memory of her sister Dr. Mary Gilder who graduated BSc in 1943 and MBBS (Honours) in 1959, despite suffering the effects of polio from the age of six years.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in Sydney Medical School.

Academic merit will be a factor in the assessment of award.

The value of the bursary is up to $6000 and is a one-off payment. 

Esma May Harris Scholarship

Established in 1989 by a bequest from Albert Langmead Harris in memory of his wife, Esma May Harris.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Sydney Medical School.

Assessment to determine the successful applicant will be conducted jointly between the Financial Support Service and the Sydney Medical School.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Henry Wait Bursary

Established in 1900 by a bequest of (pounds)1000 from Henry Wait of Redfern.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • a full time domestic undergraduate and postgraduate student enrolled in the Sydney Medical School; and
  • experiencing financial difficulties.

Academic merit will be a factor in the assessment of award.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Lily Lonnie Boot Bursary

Established in 1995 by a bequest from Miss Lily Lonnie Boot, a 1935 Science graduate.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Faculty of Science or in the Sydney Medical School
  • self-supporting.

Academic merit will be a factor in the assessment of award.

The value of the bursary is up to $1,000 and is a one-off payment. 

The Margaret D Tyrrell Scholarship

Established in 2012 by a gift from Dr Margaret D Tyrell.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • enrolled in the Sydney Medical School.

Assessment to determine the successful applicant will be conducted jointly between the Financial Support Service and Sydney Medical School.

The value of the bursary varies depending on yearly funding, and is a one-off payment.

Norman John Dunlop Bursary

Established in 1941 by a bequest of £20,000 from Mrs Blanche Dunlop, widow of Dr Norman John Dunlop, who graduated from the University of Sydney in 1896 (MB ChM).

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • are an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • are enrolled in the Faculty of Science or the Sydney Medical School
  • have British parents of the Protestant faith.

Additional supporting documents:

  • evidence your parents are British and of the Protestant faith.

The value of the bursary is up to $5000 and is a one-off payment.

Struth Bursary

Established in 1883 by a gift of £1000 from John Struth.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in Sydney Medical School.

Academic merit will be a factor in the assessment of award.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

Remember to attach the required supporting documents when you apply, otherwise your application will be assessed as ineligible.

Lily Lonnie Boot Bursary

Established in 1995 by a bequest from Miss Lily Lonnie Boot, a 1935 Science graduate.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • enrolled in the Faculty of Science or in the Sydney Medical School
  • self-supporting.

Academic merit will be a factor in the assessment of award.

The value of the bursary is up to $1,000 and is a one-off payment. 

Norman John Dunlop Bursary

Established in 1941 by a bequest of £20,000 from Mrs Blanche Dunlop, widow of Dr Norman John Dunlop, who graduated MB ChM in 1896 in the University of Sydney.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • are an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • are enrolled in the Faculty of Science or Sydney Medical School
  • have British parents of the Protestant faith.

Additional supporting documents:

  • evidence your parents are British and of the Protestant faith.

The value of the bursary is up to $5000 and is a one-off payment.

Sydney School of Veterinary Science

Tomas Julius Szigethy Bursary

Established in 1995 by a bequest from Miklos Tamas Szigethy to establish a bursary in memory of his late brother Tomas Julius Szigethy.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • enrolled in the Sydney School of Veterinary Science.

The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

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Last updated: 06 October 2022

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