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SCIENTIA PHD SCHOLARSHIPS

For new PhD scholars of exceptional quality to work on research projects aligned with UNSW’s ten year strategy. These prestigious scholarships offer unique benefits, individualised support and guaranteed funding to reach your personal development goals.

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SCIENTIA FELLOWSHIPS

For the best and brightest people, with outstanding research track records. For researchers who share our vision of improving and transforming lives and want to create global impact through their work. Successful candidates will be on tenure track to an ongoing academic position with unprecedented career support and flexibility.

UNSW SCIENTIA SCHOLARSHIPS

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Unparalleled investment in your career
 
The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of our dedication to harnessing our cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia scholars will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy.  The Scientia Scheme is targeted in that applicants will apply to a specific research area with an identified supervisory team and application is by nomination.

  • Work on high quality research projects with the best supervisory teams in world class environments
  • $40K a year stipend for four years
  • Tuition fees covered for the full 4 year period
  • Coaching and mentoring will form a critical part of your highly personalised leadership development plan
  • Up to $10k each year to build your career and support your international research collaborations
  • At least 5 of these scholarships will be reserved for Indigenous research candidates. 

There are 9 strategic research areas supported by the Scheme with a wide range of projects.  Browse through them to discover the project for you and then when you have found the project and team you would like to work with, click apply and you will be able to express your interest with the primary supervisor. If you and the supervisory team match up well, the team will nominate you and you will be invited to submit a full application for consideration.

Visit the FAQs and Guidelines for more detailed information on the process and the Scheme.

Deadline for applicants to contact supervisors is 21 July.

UNSW SCIENTIA FELLOWSHIPS

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Up to forty Fellowship appointments will be made at academic levels A to D in 2017 for commencement in 2018.

Distinctiveness
The key distinctive features of the UNSW Scientia Fellowship Program include a tenure track fellowship with a career pathway commitment that has unprecedented flexibility. UNSW Scientia Fellows will have access to a range of development opportunities relevant to career stage across research, teaching and leadership, with a significant support and collaboration package.

In 2018, up to fifteen of the positions have been reserved for the following priority areas:

  • Indigenous research – for passionate and impactful Indigenous researchers who share our vision to make a difference to people’s lives through their knowledge and work
  • Interdisciplinary research – for researchers with outstanding track records who can contribute to building on cross-faculty collaboration to create original and innovative interdisciplinary research
  • Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) – for leading female researchers in these fields who are passionate about mentoring women in STEMM education and careers in support of UNSW’s commitment to gender equality

Applicants for these priority positions should select the faculty most aligned with their research. This will lead to the application form, where there is an opportunity to identify as an Indigenous researcher, woman in STEMM or interdisciplinary researcher.

Visit the Fellowship FAQs and Guidelines.

Applications close on 10 July.

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Please enter your details below to be informed of updates, opportunities and further information on the UNSW Australia global recruitment drive.

Please note that this is NOT an application for Scientia Fellowships or Scholarships. If you wish to apply for either of these schemes, please click Apply Now.

Application will open on 26 May 2017. You will need to contact supervisors by 30 June 2017.

Your information will be kept confidential as per the UNSW Privacy Management Plan.
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Please enter your details below to be informed of updates, opportunities and further information on the UNSW Australia global recruitment drive.

Please note that this is NOT an application for Scientia Fellowships or Scholarships. If you wish to apply for either of these schemes, please click Apply Now.

Application will open on 29 May 2017 and close on 10 July 2017.

Your information will be kept confidential as per the UNSW Privacy Management Plan.
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