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HDR grants and opportunities

There are activities, competitions and opportunities for funding available for higher degree by research students to aid their academic development and enhance the experience of HDR students at the University.

HDR+ grants

HDR+ student grants are awarded each year to a range of creative and innovative student-led initiatives that help enhance the academic outcomes, and contribute to the development of HDR communities at the University.

The grant scheme invites applications for funding for projects that commence the following year. Each grant is worth up to $1200. The scheme is designed to support the development of essential research skills such as project management, proposal writing and project evaluation skills.

What's involved

HDR students are invited to develop and lead an activity that enriches the experience of HDR students at the University. Examples of possible activities include:

  • disciplinary or interdisciplinary seminars with guest speakers
  • student run conferences
  • weekend thesis writing 'boot camp'
  • understanding the publishing landscape
  • seminars on how research can be remade for different audiences
  • postdoc mentoring schemes for PhD's
  • developing a teaching and research portfolio for an academic job

Your grant application will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • the activity will enhance the academic outcomes for a significant number of HDR students
  • it supports disciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary collaborations amongst students
  • the activity is student initiated and led
  • your activity can be completed in one semester
  • there is not additional cost for students who participate
  • your faculty, school or department supports the proposed initiative


To apply you need to be an HDR student currently enrolled at the University. If you've previously applied but were unsuccessful, you're encouraged to apply again.

If you received an HDR+ grant in previous years you are not eligible.

How to apply

The next round of HDR+ Student Grants will be confirmed in Semester 2, 2020.

Complete the application form and proposal online. Log in with your university email and password to lodge your application.

2020 HDR+ Student Grant recipients

Project Faculty or school Project title
Briana Lees Faculty of Medicine and health Write-well bootcamp
Shaun Boustani Faculty of Science Applying your skills outside academia, alternative career pathways in Psychology
Djuna Hallsworth Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Learning to Create Video Essays
Heidi Morahan Sydney School of Health Sciences Animal Research Best Practices for HDR students
Yu Gu Sydney School of Health Sciences Uplifting Your Public Speaking Skills
Mitchell Cunningham Faculty of Science Meta-what? An interactive primer of meta-analytical techniques
Marie March Sydney School of Health Sciences Supporting clinician researchers in Western Sydney
Sebastian Stefani Faculty of Medicine and health Young Investigators Retreat
Carolyn Mazariego Faculty of Medicine and health HDR Skills Sharing and Speed Networking Night
Alessandra Wollaston Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences creative comms crash course
Natasha Arthars Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences The 12-week year for HDR students: creating strategies that work
Last updated: 14 October 2022

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