Externally Funded HDR Scholarships

The following scholarship and grant opportunities are funded by external organisations for higher degree research students to undertake research in a wide range of fields, both within Australia and overseas. You can apply for these opportunities through their respective websites.

CSIRO have a range of HDR scholarships. Check out the iPhD program 

CSIRO's Industry PhD (iPhD) Program brings together an industry partner, a university and Australia’s leading science agency, CSIRO, to co-develop a four-year industry-focused PhD project. It provides PhD students with a unique skill set to focus on impact driven research.

CSIRO’s Industry PhD program is being delivered as part of the Australian Government initiative to better translate university research into commercialisation outcomes.

LPDP is committed to preparing future leaders and professionals through scholarship programs and encouraging innovation through research funding to actualize a prosperous, democratic, and advanced Indonesia. LPDP organizes masters/doctoral scholarship programs for Indonesian best talents and supports higher degrees by  research in Ecology at JCU.




The Northcote Postgraduate Scholarship is to enable students normally resident in the UK to undertake a higher degree at an Australian university for up to three years. The Britain-Australia Society administers the Northcote Postgraduate Scholarships on behalf of the Northcote Trust.

There is no limitation on the field of study. Applicants must be resident in the UK (or one of its dependencies or territories) and need to ascertain their own eligibility for a postgraduate programme (MA or PhD) in Australia.

The Trustees particularly welcome proposals for PhD and research-based Masters programmes.

For more information, please visit the British-Australia Society website.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students at Swiss Higher Education Institutions.

Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries (including Australia, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu). The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or PhD.

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is a non-profit institution affiliated with the People's Republic of China (PRC) Ministry of Education. CSC is responsible for the organisation, management and provision of financial resources for Chinese citizens studying abroad, and to international students studying in China.

See the website for further information: https://www.csc.edu.cn/

The Australia India Research Students Fellowship (AIRS Fellowship) program supports emerging researchers from India and Australia to undertake short-term research exchanges.

70 fellowships of up to  AUD $10,000 are available, with 35 awards available to applicants from higher education institutions in each country. The program is open to eligible research students and post-doctoral scholars (early-career researchers) across all disciplines.


The Australia-France Network of Doctoral Excellence (AUFRANDE) is a unique PhD training program co-funded by the European Union and bringing together 37 research centres in France and Australia. Together, they will recruit and train 64 researchers who will be working on their unique research projects, benefitting of excellent working conditions including dual enrolment in doctoral programs in France and Australia, a competitive salary, a personalised supervision from experience researchers in their field, mentoring and support from over 40 non-academic partners, international experience and numerous networking opportunities.


Website: https://www.atse.org.au/career-pathways/elevate/

Open to: Women or non-binary people, enrolling as a domestic student, who are planning to undertake a STEM degree or higher studies to improve business acumen at an Australian university, commencing in 2024.

Value: Varies

Opening date: Now Open

Closing date: 31 August 2023