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University of Technology Sydney Sir Gerard Brennan Scholarship, Australia 2023

Application is now open for the Sir Gerard Brennan Scholarship at the University of Technology Sydney. Interested applicants are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About the University of Technology Sydney and Scholarship

Near Central Station and Railway Square, the University of Technology Sydney city campus is situated on the southern edge of Sydney’s central business area. The UTS Tower serves as the focal point of the city campus, which faces Broadway.

There are five distinct precincts on the campus. Broadway, Haymarket, and Blackfriars are located on the city campus, while Moore Park and Botany precincts bring together specialist facilities and surrounding commercial groups.


On Broadway in Ultimo, you may find the UTS Library, the faculties of Science, Health, Law, Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering and IT, and Design, Architecture, and Building. Haymarket is home to the Business School, UTS Startups, the UTS Animal Logic Academy, and two lecture rooms for the Powerhouse Museum. While sporting facilities are housed inside the Rugby Australia Building in the Moore Park Precinct and the UTS Tech Lab is situated in the Botany Precinct, the Blackfriars Children’s Center and research and innovation teams are situated in the Blackfriars Precinct in Chippendale.

The university’s City Campus Master Plan, a $1 billion-plus investment in new buildings and facilities, significant improvements, and refurbishments, has significantly changed the campus since 2008.

An Indigenous Australian can pursue full-time Ph.D. studies at UTS with the help of the Sir Gerard Brennan Scholarship, which also offers financial assistance for research. In 2004, Sir Gerard Brennan, AC KBE, a former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia and former Chancellor, was honored with the creation of this scholarship. Sir Gerard consistently shown his dedication to those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background throughout his professional life.

Details about the Sir Gerard Brennan Scholarship at the University of Technology Sydney:

Scholarship Sponsor: University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Scholarship Value: Living Allowance – $50,000 per annum

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: PhD

Host Institution(s): University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Eligibility Criteria for the Sir Gerard Brennan Scholarship

Applicants are advised to meet the following prerequisites to be qualified for the Sir Gerard Brennan Scholarship at the University of Technology Sydney:

  • be a Torres Strait Islander or an Aboriginal Australian;
  • pursuing a higher degree by research (HDR) in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney in the year of the RTP Stipend (RTP Stipends are not offered to candidates whose participation in a postgraduate research program has not been accepted by the University);
  • be enrolled full-time, unless the University has granted a domestic student a part-time RTP Stipend by paragraph 5.2 of these Conditions;
  • not be receiving an award, stipend, or salary that is equivalent to or provides a benefit of more than 75% of the RTP Scholarship stipend rate to carry out the HDR. The 75% criterion does not apply to income derived from activities unrelated to the course of study.

Applicants must make sure that their application is finished and includes all necessary supporting materials before the applicable application date. Late and incomplete applications won’t be taken into account.

Selection Criteria

The scholarship is given out on the Guidelines’ eligibility requirements and a competitive basis, taking into account the following factors: 

(a) the applicant’s research capacity; 

(b) the likelihood that the proposed research project will be beneficial to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; 

(c) the applicant’s academic achievement in prior studies; 

(d) their research and other relevant experience.

Application Process for Sir Gerard Brennan Scholarship

Apply by the following dates to be considered for a Sir Gerard Brennan Postgraduate Research Scholarship:

Applications for Research Session 1 in 2024 (January) are due on October 15, 2023.

There isn’t a separate application for prospective students to apply for Sir Gerard Brennan scholarships. By completing a single form, you are automatically eligible for all connected scholarships.

To determine their eligibility for the Ph.D. program, prospective Sir Gerard Brennan applicants must first fulfill the faculty’s pre-assessment requirement. Please check the pre-assessment material for the Faculty of Law here.

Please be aware that for a formal application to the Graduate Research School to be considered after completing the faculty’s required pre-assessment process, it must be submitted by the proper date.

New Research Students:

Check the YES box in the SCHOLARSHIP/SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION part of your course application if you want to be considered for a Sir Gerard Brennan Scholarship and any other related scholarships. For additional information, please visit the Sir Gerard Brennan Scholarships and How to Apply pages in the Research Scholarships part of the UTS Research Degrees website. By the applicable application deadline, applicants must submit their full application. An incomplete application won’t be taken into account.

For further information, contact…

Faculty Research Officer

Faculty of Law

Ph: +61 2 9514 3793


The Submission Deadline is: 15 October 2023

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