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Postgraduate Research Support Scheme

How to apply

The following faculties and schools are accepting applications for PRSS funds in 2022

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

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

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. You should include receipts or invoices in your application as supporting evidence. You may also include other evidence such as confirmation of your acceptance to present at a conference.

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.

Completing your application

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)
    • If you commenced your candidature from January 2021 onwards, this needs to be a printout of the milestone completion (with Lead Supervisor approval) from RECS.
    • If you commenced your candidature from July 2020 and have not had the opportunity to complete your probation (e.g. if you have been suspended), a formal letter/email from your Lead Supervisor will be required to confirm completion of your preliminary appraisal activities.
    • Preliminary appraisal activities are outlined in Schedule 1 of the Progress Planning and Review of Higher Degree by Research Students Policy 2015

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

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.

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

Find out about faculties and schools accepting applications

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. Students assessed as eligible to receive PRSS funds will be sent an email advising the amount awarded. 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 2022

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, the Faculty of Medicine and Health and Sydney Law School may select to opt out of 2022 PRSS allocation. This allocation will then be included as part of the 2022 PRSS fund and equally distributed to the remaining eligible cohort in their faculty or school.

To opt out, you need to email before the application round closes on 6 May 2022. The subject line of the email should read ‘PRSS 2022 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

  • HDRAC is closed for in-person enquiries

    Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus


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Last updated: 11 April 2022

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