Funding by students, for students.

The PSA offers a number of opportunities for financial support. The number and value of each award is carefully considered in each year’s budget. The number and value of awards and grants varies between calendar years, with each PSA Committee learning from the experience of previous funding rounds and taking advantage of opportunities to increase the value of grants and make accessing funds easier.


Awards are divided into the following categories:

Personal Support:

  • Conference Travel Awards
  • Fieldwork or Data Collection Awards

There are now Conference Travel Awards and Fieldwork/Data Collection Awards valued at up to $900 each. Guidelines and application forms for each of the awards can be found at the links below.


The PSA offers two rounds of funding. The 2022 Awards and Grants submission deadlines are:

Round One: Opens Monday 2nd May (9am); closes Friday 27th May (5pm)

Round Two: Opens Monday 22nd August (9am); closes Friday 16th September (5pm)


The awards are judged by a panel of five postgraduate students, who make up the Awards Sub-Committee. These students are PSA Committee members and are nominated by the PSA Committee. The Awards Sub-Committee members each receive copies of every application at the close of each funding round and prior to meeting to discuss the applications and decide allocation of awards. In order to maintain complete impartiality and transparency when assessing the Awards and Grants, any and all potential or perceived conflicts of interest are declared at the beginning of the Awards Sub-Committee meetings.

All successful applicants are required to write at 300-word report for the PSA and to submit receipts equal to the value of the award, by the date specified in the award letter. Other Terms and Conditions are outlined in the Guidelines of each award.


Conference Travel Awards are provided by the PSA as part of the committee’s mandate to provide services and support to UWA postgraduate students.

Awards provide up to $900 of funding to enrolled UWA postgraduates to offset the cost of attending conferences and presenting their work or research. 

Please read the Guidelines carefully for further information, and be sure to complete all sections of the form and enclose all required copies. The PSA will strictly enforce the Guidelines and deadlines, due to the volume of applications received.

Please note: Where a submitted abstract has not yet received a response from the conference organisers, the PSA will still consider a Conference Travel Award application – subject to subsequent acceptance of the abstract.


The Fieldwork and Data Collection Awards were created in 2012 in response to increasing requests for support by postgraduates for activities other than conference travel. Supporting fieldwork and data collection is considered part of the PSA’s commitment to provide support and services for postgraduate study.

These awards are considered particularly relevant for students in disciplines such as: Anthropology, Archaeology, Community Health, Medicine, Education, Geography, History, Plant Biology, Geology, Animal Biology, or Aboriginal and Indigenous studies. The awards are not restricted to these groups, and enrolled UWA postgraduates across all Faculties are encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to applicants travelling within Western Australia, however, interstate and international travel is also eligible. Financial need must be demonstrated in the application, and all relevant approvals including ethics, travel, and fieldwork, must have been completed. Awards may be given conditional on these approvals.


The PSA Small Grants are provided to support the development of small group activities for postgraduates that are not already well established and/or well supported by other bodies. It is anticipated that postgraduates seeking funds to establish new groups or activities, or those postgraduate groups whose existence or major activities will be at risk without these funds will apply.  Both formal and informal groups are welcome to apply. Upto five grants are available per year. The PSA reserves the right not to distribute all of the awards.


All applications can be mailed to [email protected]


All research students are guaranteed funding to the value of $1,850 during their studies.

The grants are awarded for travel relevant to research work, including:

  • Field work
  • Conferences
  • Travel to gather research data (eg: Archival research)

You can apply for funding more than once!

For more information about UWA funded Travel Awards, see the GRS website.


The purpose of the Convocation Awards is to enable postgraduate research students to enhance their work through travel in Australia or overseas. Awards are made available through the generosity of many partners, and the PSA co-funds two awards for postgraduates.

The Convocation Awards applications for 2022 are currently open, and close 1st June.

All applications to be made online only. Apply now here.                                     

Postgraduate Research Travel Award

The value of each award is up to $3,000, and the awards may be used to pay for travel or accommodation costs, or to supplement another travel scholarship or award.  

Matilda Award for Cultural Excellence
  • $5000 (one only)
  • Award conditions available here 
  • Enquiries to Convocation Office – Tel: 64883006 or email: [email protected]


Research, travel and living allowance stipends can be accessed through other UWA departments.


The Scholarships Office is responsible for providing administrative support to the Scholarships Committee as well as administering scholarships for postgraduate research. Scholarships are generally merit-based, but can be targeted to certain research areas. Details about externally funded Travel Grants for specific areas of research are also listed on the Scholarships Office website.


Each Faculty, School, and Centre generally has funding allocated for student research, including conference and field travel. For more information, please consult your supervisor or School-based Graduate Research Coordinator.