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Postgraduate Research Support Scheme


Eligibility requirements

The University PRSS eligibility requirements apply to all students. Your faculty or school may specify additional, stricter eligibility requirements in their faculty or school guidelines. You need to review these guidelines to ensure you understand all eligibility requirements.

Faculty and schools participating in Round 2

  • Sydney Business School
  • Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning
  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music
  • Faculty of Engineering
    • School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
    • School of Biomedical Engineering
    • School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    • School of Civil Engineering
    • School of Computer Science
    • School of Electrical and Information Engineering
    • School of Project Management
  • Faculty of Science
    • School of Chemistry
    • School of Mathematics and Statistics
    • School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES)
    • Sydney School of Veterinary Science

Find out how to apply for funding. 

University PRSS eligibility requirements

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

These are the minimum requirements to receive PRSS funding and many faculties and schools impose stricter requirements in their PRSS guidelines. It is important that you review the specific guidelines as well as the minimum requirements below.

  • 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 24 September 2021, you will be ineligible to receive funding.

  • Have satisfactory progression (all students)
    • You must not have exceeded the normal period of candidature.
    • At the minimum, you must have completed preliminary appraisal activities (please refer to the PRSS Procedures 2019 and Schedule 1 of the Progress Planning and Review for Higher Degree by Research Students Policy 2015. Refer to your faculty or school guidelines for any additional eligibility criteria.
    • If you are sufficiently advanced in your candidature and have completed a progress evaluation meeting prior to applying for PRSS, you need to have received at least a ‘meets/exceeds’ outcome in your most recent progress review.
    • 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..

Faculty and school PRSS guidelines

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

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Last updated: 14 October 2021

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