Funding for graduate research students
Vice-Chancellor’s Conference Fund
The Vice Chancellor’s Conference Fund provides financial support for graduate research students to participate in academic conferences. For 2020, the student support grant is currently available to students looking to participate at an online or virtual conference organised locally, nationally or overseas. Important changes have been made to the guidelines and forms to accommodate this online round, so please ensure that you read them thoroughly before applying.
Funding of up to $1,500 is available for conference registration fees.
To be considered for funding, you must:
- be accepted by the conference organisers for the type of presentation as declared on the application*
- be applying to participate in a conference for which submissions are peer reviewed
- have applied to a conference within the respective round period
- have completed the required UTS Research Integrity Modules
- be within your Funded EFTSU Consumed (FEC) date i.e. 4 years full-time equivalent for Doctoral and 2 years full-time equivalent for research masters at the time of conference
- be formally enrolled at the time of conference and NOT on leave of absence or under examination
- have submitted all required review of progress reports to date and not have received an "Unsatisfactory" result
- not have previously received Vice-Chancellor's Graduate Research Student Conference Fund support (only one application may be funded during your candidature)
- not be a member of academic staff (full-time and fractional) at an institution that has access to conference travel funding
- not be in receipt of a scholarship that provides research allowance for conference travel
- not be fully reimbursed by your employer, sponsor or UTS Faculty/Institute/Centre for attending the conference.
If you receive funding through this award, you will be required to submit a report on your experience within two months of the conference closing date.
* If your conference involvement has not been confirmed, you can still apply for funding. However, funds will only be issued to successful applicants once you have provided confirmation of your conference involvement to the Graduate Research School.
Vice-Chancellor’s Conference Fund application deadlines
Due to the evolving advice and travel restrictions in relation to COVID-19, the Vice Chancellor’s Conference Fund for 2020 will be open for the second round for online or virtual conferences only.
|Online Round 2 (online conferences only)|
|For Conferences held in||October 2020 to March 2021|
|Applications due to GRS||15 September 2020|
|Outcome||End of September 2020|
|Reporting due||2 months after conference|
For more information, please refer to:
Thesis Completion Equity Grant
If you’re experiencing financial hardship, UTS’s thesis completion equity grants can provide up to $5,000 funding to help you complete your thesis. To be considered for one of these grants, you will need to be:
- a domestic student
- in the last six months of your thesis
- able to demonstrate financial hardship
There are three rounds of funding in 2020:
|Round||Closing date||Thesis submission dates|
|1||31 March 2020||Thesis submission between May - August 2020|
|2||30 June 2020||Thesis submission between September - December 2020|
|3||30 September 2020||Thesis submission between January 2021 - April 2021|
How to apply for thesis completion equity grants
- Read the GRS Thesis Completion Equity Grant Guidelines for eligibility
- Complete the Thesis Completion Equity Grant application form
- Submit your application form and documentary evidence to the research scholarships team.
All applications will be assessed by a selection panel using a point-based system. You will be notified of the outcome of your application via email. Please refer to the Selection Committee Terms of Reference for more information.
AWS Wildlife Ecology Science Research Scholarship
Funded by the Australian Wildlife Society, the Wildlife Ecology Science Research Scholarship is open to graduate students undertaking a research project that is directly connected to the conservation of Australian native flora and fauna.
One candidate will be awarded the scholarship each year. The recipient will be awarded $5,000 in total (one payment of $2,500 per semester for two semesters). Students must have completed Stage 1 of their research candidature prior to applying.