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Postgraduate Research Support Scheme


Eligibility requirements

As in 2020, a number of faculties and schools will not be accepting applications in 2021. The PRSS funding allocation for these faculties and schools will be distributed among all currently enrolled students in their cohort who meet the eligibility requirements.

When applications close for the other faculties and schools at 11:59pm on 23 May 2021, HDRAC will assess the eligibility of all students and provide this information to the PRSS committees in faculties and schools prior to payments being made.

The University PRSS eligibility requirements apply to all students. Your faculty or school may specify additional, stricter eligibility requirements in the faculty or school guidelines. You need to review these guidelines to ensure you understand all eligibility requirements, regardless of whether your faculty or school is accepting applications or equitably distributing funds.

Faculty and schools accepting applications

  • Sydney Business School
  • Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning
  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Science

Find out how to apply for funding. 

Faculty and schools equitably distributing funds

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Sydney Law School

Find out how funding works.

University PRSS eligibility requirements

You need to meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply for and receive PRSS.

  • Be currently enrolled
    On the closing date your candidature cannot exceed the following full-time (or part-time equivalent) periods:
    • four years full time if you are a doctoral student
    • two years full time if you are a masters by research student.

If you are currently under suspension but are due to re-enrol before PRSS funds are allocated, you may submit an application in the research period immediately prior to your return to candidature. Please note that you need to have recommenced your enrolment in order to be considered eligible to receive funds. Some faculties or schools may impose stricter enrolment requirements and may not award funds to suspended students.

If you submit your thesis before applications open on 19 April 2021, you will be ineligible to receive funding.

(a)  For faculties and schools accepting applications

  • If you commenced your candidature from July 2020 onwards and have not yet passed probation, you need to provide evidence that you have completed all required preliminary appraisal activities. This needs to be an email or letter from your lead supervisor, which attests to the completion of all required preliminary appraisal activities.
  • If you commenced your candidature from January 2021 onwards, the preliminary appraisal milestone may be completed in RECS. A printout of this milestone completion (with approval from your lead supervisor) will be sufficient in place of a formal letter or an email.

(b) For faculties and schools equitably distributing funds

  • You are not required to submit any documentation
  • All faculties and schools who will be equitably distributing funds have included the additional eligibility requirement of at least passing probation (in your first progress review) in their guidelines. If you have not passed your probation review, then you will not be considered eligible to receive funds in this round.

Faculty and school PRSS guidelines

You need to review your faculty or school PRSS guidelines before you start your application.

Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre

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Last updated: 24 May 2021

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