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About this scholarship


The Sir Roland Wilson (SRW) Foundation PhD scholarship provides high performing Australian Public Service (APS) employees a 3-year, full pay scholarship at ANU, to undertake research on topics of national significance.



Continuation of APS Salary, plus up to $40,000 international travel stipend, as well as professional development fund of up to $5,000 over the course of the scholarship

3 on offer

Payments made for 3 years


11-Oct-2023 to 31-Mar-2024

  • Student types

  • Student levels

    Postgraduate research
  • Number of scholarships awarded

    3 on offer
  • Selection bases

    Academic merit
  • Ongoing eligibility

    Continuation based on full-time study load
  • Extension duration

    12 month extension available.

Field of study

The scholarship is available for all PhD programs at ANU that address a research topic of national significance and strategic importance or immediate relevance to specific agencies, or the APS more broadly.



Applicants must:

  • be a substantive Executive Level 1 or 2 APS employee;
  • have at least three years' service in APS; and
  • have been admitted to a PhD program at the ANU.

Additional information


Scholars enter into a Deed of Agreement with their APS agency stipulating the conditions under which the scholarship will proceed, and are paid their normal salary by their agency. Taxation, superannuation and other employment conditions continue to apply. Additionally, scholars have access to an international travel stipend of up to $40,000 as well as a professional development fund of up to $5,000 over the course of the scholarship.

Applicants must have received a full letter of offer of admission for their chosen ANU PhD program before being able to apply for this scholarship.

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Please visit the Foundation website for further information and to view the scholarship information pack.

Contact us:

icon_human Foundation Manager, Sir Roland Wilson Foundation
icon_human +61 2 6125 4938