Postgraduate Women SA Trust Doctoral Scholarship

For women who are Australian citizens or permanent residents, enrolled in a postgraduate doctoral level degree (PhD or professional doctorate) at a South Australian university.

Other eligibility criteria

Applicants must:

  • be studying for a postgraduate award which is classified at doctoral level. This includes PhD study by research and professional doctorates (research &/or coursework); and
  • have completed at least 18 months of PhD or professional doctorate study; and
  • not be in full time paid employment or on fully paid leave during the tenure of the Scholarship; and
  • not have received a scholarship or award (previously named the AFUW-SA Inc Trust Centenary Scholarship) in the same category in 2023; and
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.


There is no restriction on field of study. The scholarship may be held concurrently with awards offered by organisations other than the Graduate Women SA Trust Inc.

How a Scholarship may be used

This scholarship is not intended to fund basic research costs that should be met by your University, unless unforeseen costs are incurred. (Please explain if this is the case). The scholarship is intended to help students in a critical phase leading to completion of their studies. The Scholarship must be used within twelve months of the date of the award (June 2024), i.e. by the end of June 2025.

Selection criteria

Selection of winners is based on financial need, the likely impact of the scholarship on progress, referees’ comments, the purpose for which the scholarship will be used , and the applicant’s academic profile and contribution to the academic and wider community.


The amount of each scholarship will not exceed $6,000 but may be less depending on requirements of the successful applicant/s and if more than one scholarship is offered based on applicant rankings and funds available. No one will be awarded more than one scholarship in any one year. In exceptional circumstances the trustees of the Graduate Women SA Trust Inc. reserve the right not to award a scholarship.

Source of funds

Until 2009 funds for these scholarships were raised annually by the Academic Hoods and Gowns Hiring Service run on a voluntary basis by the then trustees, members of AFUW-SA Inc. (later GWSA Inc.) and friends. Funds are now sourced from income earned on that legacy of capital and subsequent investments, bequests and donations.

Closing date for applications 31st March 2024.

Intellectual property

The Trustees recognise that postgraduate students retain ownership of intellectual property arising from any original work undertaken during their course of study.

Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. In the normal course of events, the successful applicants will be notified by the last day of June in the year of the award. Subsequently, a list of winners will be loaded to the Trust Fund Web site. The decision of the selection committee will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.