• Investigate all your funding opportunities
  • Sources include Faculty funds, Student Finance Services/Scholarships Office (Scholarship, travel funds and thesis allowance), external funds
  • Plan ahead, read guidelines, and always check deadlines - the guidelines and application forms are available from the downloadable forms library see
  • Think about which conferences are most important to your research
  • Successful completion of your research proposal is required for Faculty funding (except Research Student Maintenance)


Research Student Maintenance (RSM)

Research Student Maintenance can be used for expenses such as printing, photocopying and stationery.

There are two options: credit with UniCard for printing/photocopying in the Library (Full-time candidates: $200 / Part-time candidates: $100) or an Officeworks voucher (Full-time candidates: $150 / Part-time candidates: $75).

  • Application form: available from the Forms website. Address it to the Faculty Research Coordinator, c/- EHL Faculty Office, Education Building;
  • Closing dates for 2016: Friday, 8 April (Round 1) or Friday, 26 August (Round 2). Only apply once each year (please note that you must be an enrolled student on the closing date of your chosen round to be eligible for RSM);
  • Collection details: your credit will be allocated, or your new card/voucher available for collection, by Monday, 25 April (Round 1) or Monday, 12 September (Round 2).
  • Applications should be made in each year of RHD candidature;
  • Research Student Maintenance funds are carried forward to future years.


RHD Project Funding (RHDPF)

RHD Project Funding can be used for expenses such as fieldwork; surveys and questionnaires (and associated costs); travel for data collection purposes; subject payments; and equipment not covered by the Faculty equipment pool. The fund does not cover purchase of publications; research assistant payments or associated costs; thesis production costs; conference attendance; nor workshops or intensive courses integral to research.

The RHD Project Funding is for contained, approved projects/fieldwork/surveys. Amounts up to $3,000, but preferably up to $2,000, can be sought. You may apply at any time after the Faculty has been notified by your School that your formal Research Proposal has been successfully completed.

  • Application forms should be addressed to the Faculty Research Coordinator, c/- EHL Faculty Office, Education Building;
  • Applications are received continuously from 3 January until the last working day of September each year. You may submit an application after the end of September, but it will not be assessed until the beginning of the following year;
  • Assessment normally takes between two and three weeks;
  • Project Funding is available only once throughout RHD candidature.

Postgraduate Conference/ Workshop Funding – Competitive Scheme

Conference/workshop funding can be used for expenses such as conference/ workshop registration fees, travel and accommodation.

This scheme supports the writing of high-quality applications with clearly articulated and targeted outcomes that support both the professional development of applicants and the completion of their research goals. There is an expectation that a publication or other research outcome will result from the conference/ workshop participation.

Research Higher Degree candidates and Postgraduate Coursework students undertaking a research topic of 18 units or more are eligible to apply to this scheme. Candidates may apply for funding of up to $1000.

  • Application forms should be addressed to the Faculty Research Higher Degrees Officer, c/- EHL Faculty Office, Education Building
  • There are 2 rounds per year. Closing dates for 2014 are: Semester 1 - 30 March and Semester 2 - 29 August
  • Postgraduate Conference/Workshop funding is awarded only once throughout candidature; unsuccessful applicants may re-apply in a subsequent round
  • The Faculty strongly encourages candidates to apply also to Student Finance - Scholarships Office for conference funding (see below).
  • Successful application - Education - Education PG Conference application 1 & Education PG Conference application 2
  • Successful application - Law - Law PG Conference application


 Student Finance - Scholarships

The Student Finance - Scholarships Office has funding schemes additional to the Faculty schemes eg

Overseas Fieldwork Award

  • Overseas Travelling Fellowship
  • Research Student Conference Travel Grants NB earlier closing dates than for Faculty rounds
  • Thesis Write-Up Stipends
  • Research Higher Degree Allowances (DOC 103KB)

 Check this website for details and closing dates (


Software Licences

NVivo and Nud*ist (enter your FAN and password to login)

QSR provides software for qualitative research and analysis. The products are NVivo versions 7 and 8, NVivo version 2, N6 (the latest in the NUD*IST line) and N4 Classic. In order to make an enquiry about a licence, send an email to including your name, student ID, degree, school and faculty. 

Endnote  (enter your FAN and password to login)

EndNote is a bibliographic database and reference management application.

SOPHOS virus detection software (enter your FAN and password to login)

In order to make an enquiry about SOPHOS contact 8201 2345 or send an email to including your name, student ID, degree, school and faculty.

SPSS (enter your FAN and password to login)

IBM SPSS is a computer application which provides statistical analysis of data. It allows for in-depth data access and preparation, analytical reporting, segmentation and predictive modelling. More analytical power can be added by using optional IBM SPSS modules.In order to make an enquiry about a licence download the SPSS form from:



Students intending to collect data from potential participants in order to undertake research projects involving human subjects must obtain approval from the University's Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee.

Ms Andrea Mather is the University's Research Ethics Support Officer and she can provide advice about applying for ethics approval through the University's Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee.  Andrea is located in Room B4, Research Services, Union Building; telephone 8201 3116,

Guidelines and application forms for ethics clearance are available from the Ethics website .


A pool of PC laptop computers, modems, hand-held tape recorders, mini disc players, disks, transcribers, microphones and digital cameras are available for short-term loan, principally to undertake archival visits and fieldwork, either locally, interstate or overseas.  The equipment is distributed on a first come first served basis. For more information email

Please note that you are to return the equipment in the same condition that it was loaned in. If it is damaged in any way, you will be liable.


The Research Training Scheme provides Commonwealth-funded research higher degree students who commence their degree from 1 January 2001, with a Research HECS Exemption for up to four years full-time equivalent study for a Doctorate by research and up to two years full-time equivalent for a Masters by research.

Supervisors and candidates are asked to review the documents prepared by the Higher Degree Administration and Scholarships Office entitled "Important Information about the Research Training Scheme" and "Important Information about the Research Training Scheme and Research HECS Exemptions".


The University's travel insurance is available to staff and students going overseas for reasons primarily associated with their research and studies. It is important to note the University is not the insurer and staff and students need to satisfy themselves that the cover is appropriate to their own needs and circumstances. Full details of the insurance policy and limits of cover are available at

If staff and students have any queries or wish to register for cover they may telephone the University's Insurance Officer, Steve Semmler, on (820) 12618 or send an email to