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Postgraduate Research Support Scheme


COVID-19 update: PRSS Round 2, 2020

The University is committed to supporting research students throughout this period of COVID-19. As in previous years, a smaller second round of PRSS has been arranged for 2020, with not all Faculties and University Schools participating in this round. Check the Eligibility page for further details.

Participating Faculties and University Schools

Not all Faculties and University Schools are participating in Round 2 of PRSS in 2020.

Those participating are:

  • Faculty of Science

- Chemistry

- Geosciences

- History and Philosophy of Science

- Mathematics and Statistics

- Physics

- Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES)

- Vet Science

  • Faculty of Engineering

- Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (AMME)

- Biomedical Engineering

- Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

- Civil Engineering

- Computer Science

- Electrical and Information Engineering

- Project Management

  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music
  • Sydney School of Architecture Design and Planning

Eligibility requirements

Eligible students in participating Faculties and University Schools may lodge one application in any PRSS round.

The eligibility requirements for 2020 PRSS funding differ depending on your faculty or school. Refer to your specific faculty/school guidelines for further details on eligibility. 

To be eligible to apply you need to:

  • 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 master’s by research student.

If you submit your thesis before applications open on 12 October 2020, you will be ineligible to receive funding.

  • Have satisfactory progression
    You need to have met or exceeded the standards on your most recent progress review and have not exceeded the normal period of candidature.

If you are in your first year of candidature, you need to have passed probation (your first progress review). If you have your probation review scheduled in November 2020, you are eligible to apply, however funding cannot be released until the outcome of your interview has been finalised by your faculty.

In your application you will need to include:

  • A justification statement
    Include a brief statement justifying the need and planned use of the funds, and benefits to your candidature.
  • Evidence of research related achievement
    Where possible, include evidence of your publications (in press or submitted), conference presentations, internal reports or other scholarly activities. This shows satisfactory progress through your previous achievements relative to opportunity and stage of candidature.
  • A letter of support from your supervisor
    This can be an email or formal letter. You will need to upload a copy of this letter as part of your application.

How many times can I apply?

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you may apply in any PRSS application round throughout your candidature. If you are a Doctoral student, you are allowed three successful applications during your candidature (four full-time years). If you are a Masters by research student, you can only be awarded PRSS once during your candidature (two full-time years).

If you convert to a doctorate, the number of successful PRSS applications allowed will increase to three for the period of your candidature. This will include any successful application during your master’s degree. The 2020 PRSS payment will be counted towards this limit.

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Last updated: 15 January 2021

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