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Postgraduate Research Support Scheme

How to apply

How many times can I receive PRSS funding?

If you are a Doctoral student and meet the eligibility criteria, you may be awarded PRSS a maximum of three times (either from a successful application or allocation by your faculty or school) during your candidature (four full-time years).

If you are a masters by research student and meet the eligibility criteria, you may be awarded PRSS once during your candidature (two full-time years).

If you convert from a masters to a doctorate, the number of successful PRSS awards allowed will increase from one to three for the period of your candidature. This will include any award during your masters degree. The 2021 PRSS payment will be counted towards this limit.

The following faculties and schools are accepting applications for PRSS funds in 2021.

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

Before you begin your application

Funding is available for research activities in the current calendar year. You can apply for funding in advance. You can also apply for funding retrospectively, as long as the research activity occurs in the same year as the PRSS round in which you are applying. In this case, we may ask you to provide receipts or evidence.

You cannot apply for funding for research activities which happened in a previous year or are due to happen in future years.

Ask your supervisor for advice about preparing an application for PRSS funding, as this is part of your research training.

How to apply

Make sure your preferred bank account details are correct in Sydney Student. Go to ‘My finance’, ‘Your finances’, then select ‘Bank details'.

Along with your personal and contact information, in your application you will be asked:

  • course start and required thesis submission dates
  • lead supervisor name and email address
  • information about any scholarships you have
  • details of the funds you are requesting
  • the justification for that funding
  • how the activity or equipment will contribute towards the completion of your degree
  • your achievements related to your research.

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.
  • Evidence of completing preliminary appraisal activities (where probation has not yet been passed)
  • For students who commenced from July 2020 onwards, this needs to be an email or letter from your lead supervisor, confirming you have completed these activities.  
  • For students commencing January 2021 onwards, this needs to be a printout of the milestone completion (with Lead Supervisor approval) from RECS.
  • You should not submit multiple applications. If you are applying across multiple funding categories, you should submit only one application which includes the details of all funding types you are applying for. Submission of multiple applications will cause delays in processing.

    Each faculty and school have developed guidelines on how applications will be assessed and ranked. You should review the relevant guidelines before completing your application.

    You should combine all your documents ready for upload before you start the application. If you have problems or need further help, you can email hdrac.ops@sydney.edu.au.

    Assessment of applications

    An academic committee in your faculty, school or department will assess your application against the eligibility criteria. Applications will be ranked. We will email you with the outcome of your application after the ranking process. The assessment and ranking process takes several weeks

    Payment of funds

    Funds will be paid to your nominated bank account listed in Sydney Student.

    If your bank account details are not correct, this will cause delays in the payment process.

    You can check and update your bank account details through Sydney Student. Go to ‘My finance’, ‘Your finances’, then select ‘Bank details’.

The PRSS funding allocation for the following faculties and school will be distributed among all currently enrolled students in their cohort who meet the eligibility requirements.

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

Assessment of eligibility to receive PRSS funds

The eligibility of students in faculties or schools who are not accepting applications will be assessed by HDRAC and this information will be provided to the PRSS committees in faculties or schools prior to payments being made. Outcomes will be communicated to students via email. The eligibility assessment process takes several weeks.

You need to review both the University PRSS eligibility requirements and your faculty or school guidelines to check whether you may be considered eligible to receive funding. You are not required to submit any supporting documents.

Opting-out of PRSS award 2021

Some HDR candidates may opt not to receive a PRSS payment, generously recognising that their financial circumstances do not necessitate PRSS support. As there will be no formal application this year, students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health and Sydney Law School may select to opt out of 2021 PRSS allocation. This allocation will then be included as part of the 2021 PRSS fund and equally distributed to the remaining eligible cohort in their faculty or school.

To opt out, you need to email hdrac.ops@sydney.edu.au before the closing date below. The subject line of the email should read ‘PRSS 2021 OPT-OUT’ and you need to include your name and student ID number.

Payment of funds

Funds will be paid to your nominated bank account listed in Sydney Student.

If your bank account details are not correct, this will cause delays in the payment process.

You can check and update your bank account details through Sydney Student. Go to ‘My finance’, ‘Your finances’, then select ‘Bank details’.

Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre

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    Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus

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Last updated: 24 May 2021

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