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Engineering Higher Degree Research Sanctuary Scholarship



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Degree Research Scholarship

$38,854 per annum up to 3.5 years

graduate scholarship

The Engineering HdR Sanctuary Scholarship has been developed to support talented students who may be asylum seekers or refugees, and undertake a higher research degree (MPhil or Ph.D.) at UNSW Engineering. Students who meet this criterion and have a demonstrated passion and aptitude for research are encouraged to apply.

Eligible applicants will be assessed based on a personal statement indicating how they have been impacted and their financial status.


  • Candidates must be asylum seekers or refugees currently holding at least one of the following visas:
  • Protection visa (Subclass 866)*
  • Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) visa (Subclass 202)*
  • Refugee Visa (Subclass 200, 201, 203, or 204)*
  • Temporary Protection Visa (Subclass 785)
  • Bridging Visa A (BVA) (Subclass 010)
  • Bridging Visa E (BVE) (Subclass 050 and 051)
  • Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) visa (Subclass 449)
  • Temporary Humanitarian Concern Visa (Subclass 786)
  • Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (Subclass 790)

*If you are on a Visa that enables you to stay permanently in Australia, you may only apply within the first 24 months of arrival in Australia

  • Must have met the entry requirements for a Higher Degree Research Program at UNSW
  • Must be experiencing some sort of financial hardship
  • Must be enrolled in a full-time capacity
  • Must not already
  • Have received another equivalent scholarship
  • have already completed an equivalent degree
  • be enrolled in a degree program at an Australian Institution

Application Process

Step 1: All applicants should submit an application indicating that they wish to be considered

Step 2: All applicants should send the following documents once the Ph.D. admissions application has been submitted successfully. Send to

  • A one-page personal statement showing how your refugee status has impacted your ability to engage in higher degree research activities.
  • A copy of your recent passport or travel documentation used to enter Australia to enable the UNSW to verify that you hold one of the specified visas. A copy of one of the following must be provided
  • Passport
  • Document for traveling to Australia
  • Titre de voyage
  • Immicard

Please note that your documentation and visa status will be checked and confirmed using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service.

All applicants should include their full name, potential supervisor, ZID, and application number.

All applicants will be assessed but a selection panel that comprised Associate Dean Research, Associate Dean Equity and Diversity, and two other persons.

Benefits of this scholarship include:

  • A Standard overseas student health cover is approximately $2,700 for the whole program
  • $2,000 relocation allowance
  • $400 for HDR research/thesis production cost.
  • There might be an additional top-up of $10,000 for qualified candidates.


Applications are open till the end of December 2022 so it is advisable to submit before then for the panels to have enough time to review your documents. Further information on the project and scholarships may be obtained from Prof. S. Kara (

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