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About this scholarship


This scholarship is offered by the ANU College of Science and the Research School of Physics (RSPhys). The Dunbar Physics Honours scholarship has been established in memory of the late Professor Noel David Dunbar who was the Professor of Physics from 1958 to 1968 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of ANU from 1968 to 1977.

RSPhys at the Australian National University (ANU) undertakes high calibre research in a diverse range of areas. It is considered by peers to be amongst the top physics and engineering institutions in the world and is the largest physics school in the Australia. The culture of interdisciplinary research at RSPE is strong so you will not be boxed into one field of study. With an excellent supervisor to student ratio, you will also get the attention you need to excel.

Much more than financial support, the Dunbar physics honours scholarship takes you beyond the lab and gives you the full academic experience.

You will be mentored throughout your Honours year so you can learn about the scientific and academic worlds. You will participate in networking opportunities both here and overseas, making connections with key players in your field. If you decide that you want to stay on for further study, you will have the opportunity to continue towards a PhD.



Up to $15,000 per annum

Payments made per semester

Payments made for 1 year


03-Apr-2024 to 31-May-2024

  • Student types

    Domestic, Current, Prospective
  • Student levels

  • Selection bases

    Academic merit
  • Ongoing eligibility

    Continuation based on full-time study load

Field of study

Honours in Physics



The scholarship will be available to a student who:

  • is an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or Australian Permanent Resident;
  • has a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Philosophy Degree with an academic record of Distinction average, or above;
  • applied for the Bachelor of Science Honours program, Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) or Bachelor of Philosophy Honours program in Physics at the RSPhys; and
  • undertakes a project located and supervised at the RSPhys

Additional information


A stipend of up to $15,000 will be available and is offered to up to 4 candidates per year.

Applications for Semester 1, 2023 opens on 1st October 2022
Applications for Semester 2, 2023 opens on 1st April 2023
There are two rounds of offers for this scholarship each year; one for Semester 1 commencement, and one for Semester 2 commencement. Applications can be made via the 'Apply now' button at the top of this page during the application period.  Each application must include:
  • A completed application form;
  • Full colour copies of original academic transcripts (for non-ANU applicants)
  • Two referee reports to be emailed to; and
  • A 200 word statement describing the research, professional or scholarly interests which the applicant intends to pursue during the Honours year. 
We understand that your entry into Honours may not be finalised at this stage. You do not need to wait for results before lodging an application. If you lodge an application and later become ineligible for Honours, your application will be disregarded.

Students transferring to ANU from another institution will be covered by the ANU accommodation guarantee. More information on the ANU accommodation guarantee is available here

Website link

Contact us:

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