Postgraduate Studies

Postgraduate study in the Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW

Postgraduate research programs in the CCRC are undertaken through a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Science (MSc). Please visit the research topics section of this site to find more out about the areas of research that we specialise in. Potential supervisors can be identified by contacting the researchers on this page whose work interests you. For a list of current PhD students and their projects please browse the CCRC postgraduate student list.

If you are not sure whether your undergraduate background is appropriate or are interested the differences between the PhD and MSc programs, please see the Can I study climate science page.

If you are interested in applying for a postgraduate research degree at the CCRC, please use the online Expression of Interest form from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science website. Ideally you will have contacted a potential supervisor before completing this form, but this is not a prerequisite if you are unsure.

Scholarships

The University of New South Wales offers a variety of scholarships for undergraduate, postgraduate, local and international students. Scholarships are competitive and awarded on the basis of academic merit.

In Australia, scholarships to cover living expenses and tuition must be sought independently of the application to the Graduate Research School.  The main funding source is the government APA scheme for Australian and New Zealand nationals, and EIPRS scheme for foreign nationals. These schemes, especially the EIPRS, are competitive and require high marks in the last few years of tertiary education, and/or previous research experience.  There are other funding opportunities including scholarships available directly through CCRC staff members, through the ARC Centre of Excellence in Climate System Science, or through external funding bodies. If you have any further questions please contact the Postgraduate Research Coordinator.

Local and international students click here for information on postgraduate scholarships and potential CCRC supervisors. For other scholarship opportunities go to UNSW Graduate Research School Scholarships page or the UNSW Scholarships web site.

Scholarships available for domestic students

Note: Domestic students include Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents.

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

Closing Dates:

Applications for students commencing in semester 1 usually close October in the preceding year.
Applications for students commencing in semester 2 usually close in May.
Students generally need to have a first class honours degree, or equivalent to be competitive for APAs. The scholarship covers a living stipend, relocation allowance for relocation from within Australia or New Zealand and a thesis allowance for costs associated with producing your thesis.

For details of APA admissions and scholarship application procedures, click here.
For further information about the Australian Postgraduate Award, click here.

Scholarships available for international students

Note: There may be additional scholarships available through your home country.

International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)

Closing Dates:

Applications for students commencing in semester 1 usually close August in the preceding year.
Applications for students commencing in semester 2 usually close in February

IPRS are open to all international applicants (except New Zealand citizens) and cover tuition fees and provide a living expenses stipend.  IPRS are very difficult to get; you will need to have a first class honours degree, and/or a Research Masters with the equivalent of a first class to be competitive.  Prizes, research experience and publications are also taken into account.

For details of IPRS admissions and scholarship application procedures, click here.
For further information about the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, click here.

Endeavour Postgraduate Award

Closing Date: June 30th

Endeavour Postgraduate Awards are merit-based scholarships available to students in the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. The scholarships cover tuition fees, a living stipend, travel allowance and establishment costs. Applicants must apply for and be admitted to a postgraduate program before applying for the scholarship. Applications are made directly through the Endeavour Awards website.

To be eligible for an Endeavour Postgraduate Award you must be a citizen or permanent resident of a participating country. You may not be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen.

For further information about the Endeavour Postgraduate Award, including eligible countries and details of the application process, click here.

AusAID Development Scholarships

Closing Date: Differs depending on country of residence.

AusAID development scholarships provide opportunities for students from developing countries to undertake full-time study at Australian universities. The scholarships cover tuition fees, a living stipend, travel allowance and establishment costs. Application processes and closing dates differ depending on your country of citizenship/residency. Each participating country has a list of priority areas for awarding scholarships. It is worth noting that many countries list climate change as one of their priorities.

For further information about the AusAID Development Scholarship, including participating countries and details of the application process, click here.