$10,000 F.G. Swain International Awards for PhD Students in Australia 2023

Written by catherine.caoile on April 12, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    9000 - 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Graduate Research School Via Email At [email protected]

Western Sydney University invites high-achieving local and international students to join the International Awards for Ph.D. degree students who want to further their studies in Australia. The scholarship offered for the academic year of 2022-2023 is to encourage every student to showcase their academic excellence and to support them financially throughout their research at the university.

The scholarship will be awarded in the Merit-Based Scholarship for International Students
to be more focused on their research and promote innovation and leadership skills to be more prepared for their future career goals.

The F.G. Swain International Awards

To recognize the significant contribution of Professor Swain to Hawkesbury, The F.G. Swain International Award offered by the Western Sydney University is intended to provide support for the international students with leadership skills and academic excellence, with its objective to enhance the research outcomes of the Ph.D. students and to promote the campus as an innovation to research and focus on the excellence outcomes of the projects.

Professor Swain is the first Principal of the Hawkesbury Agricultural College, from 1972 to 1988, and then as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and General Manager of Hawkesbury from 1989 to 1993.

The scholarship aims to support higher degree research for international students, to help them expand their knowledge and skills and contribute to their home country and to the communities.

Scholarship Provider: Western Sydney University 

About the Provider

The University of West Sydney (UWS) began operations on 1 January 1989 under the terms of the University of West Sydney Act 1988, which was passed by the New South Wales Parliament in December 1988. However, its predecessor university began in 1891 with the establishment of the College of Agriculture at Hawkesbury.

In 1995 the UWS structure was reviewed. The University of Western Sydney Structural Review Committee report (Rodgers Report) recommended a reorganization of the emerging federal university system and institutions. The University of Western Sydney has developed into a federal university system consisting of four cooperative and interrelated elements.

This unified system ensures that the university is represented nationally and internationally as an institution with shared goals and values, and gives each member the autonomy needed to respond quickly and flexibly to the needs and demands of the local communities. A key benefit of a unified network structure is the ability to build on the individual strengths of every university and its members, to define and achieve goals that individual members may not be able to achieve.

Each member is largely autonomous and is responsible for: developing and delivering courses; student admissions; initiation and monitoring of research programs; Employees; Development of consulting and business activities; and development and maintenance of facilities and land on campus.

Choosing the university for your education gives you access to its excellent teaching facilities and students experience, which can give you the freedom to choose a program for a bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degree. As the university celebrates its 25th anniversary last 2014, they aim to improve and provide more scholarships, support, and grants to the deserving local and international students to further their higher education and be one of the future leaders who can contribute not only to the university but also for the communities.

Scholarship Summary 

  • Academic Year: 2022-2023
  • Applicant’s Nationality: Local and International
  • Degree Level: PhD
  • Field: Any chosen field of the student
  • Duration: NA
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Scholarship Award: $10,000
  • Scholarship Country: Australia
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Annually Offered: Yes


Before proceeding with the application the students must check their eligibility for the scholarship.

  • All local and international students are eligible to apply.
  • Must be admitted to a Ph.D. degree program at Western Sydney University.
  • Must be able to demonstrate good progress on their research projects.
  • Part-time and full-time students are encouraged to apply.

Note: Research scholarship awards will be awarded on a competitive basis. To ensure fairness to all applicants, late submissions or additional information will not be accepted after the relevant deadlines. This applies to online applications and grants, proof of publication, proof of support services, and other evidence.

Application Process 

  • Interested applicants must be able to complete their application through an online portal provided by the university. The application form can be downloaded at the official website.
  • Applicants must compile their CVs including publications, articles, presentations, and awards.
  • Letter of support from the principal supervisor
  • Applications and documents are required to submit directly to the Graduate Research School.
  • Submission of the application form must use the subject line on the email as “Application_PS2022_025_FGSwain”
  • All required documents must be in PDF form
  • In the body of the email application, applicants must include their name, student ID, and the title of the scholarship applying for.
  • Applications must be submitted to [email protected]

Incomplete applications and applications that didn’t follow the above guidelines will not be considered and automatically be rejected, as well as late application submission. The award is presented by a committee chaired by the President of the Hawkesbury Foundation (or a nominee) and includes representatives from academics from Western Sydney University and the School of Advanced Research. The Panel will endeavor to announce the successful candidate no later than the TBA. The Commission reserves the right not to allocate funds.

The unsuccessful application can resubmit a new application at the next scholarship application opening or can apply for other research scholarships offered by Western Sydney University.

Scholarship Award

The FG Swain 2022 Prize Distribution is a total of up to $10,000. The amount of each annual award varies between $5,000 and $15,000, depending on funds available from the Foundation, and may include a single grant or multiple awards. Funds must be spent within 12 months of the award decision.

The funds may be able to use for the following:

  • Travel fees for the student’s research expenses
  • Research Equipment
  • Software or hardware
  • Other related expenses for the research

Funding does not serve to use for the tuition fee and living expenses. Conference fees are also not included as funding is provided through the respective academic unit. The successful students are required to submit a report of their project research activity to the Hawkesbury Foundation Board.

Scholarship Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the applciation is until April 15, 2022. The application will be offered annually.

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