Student Research Project Funding

Research can be expensive and students are expected to achieve their research objectives as economically as possible.

Support for research comes largely from the supervisor’s externally obtained research funds. It is the responsibility of both student and supervisor to consult at the outset to ensure that enough funds are available to carry out the proposed research and to discuss fall-back positions in the event that external funding ceases.

Should funds not be available for a given project it is the responsibility of the supervisor either to find sufficient monies for the research to proceed or to modify the proposed project in consultation with the student and the rest of the supervisory panel.

The School provides support through access to infrastructure such as cars, boats, large equipment, labs and lab equipment, administrative support, workstations, standard IT services, workshops, computer labs, and so on.

The BEES Student Research Funding scheme is in place to cover student research expenses in instances whereby there is no alternate funding available that can be used to cover basic research costs.

Research students are not eligible to apply for this research funding if their project is supported by grants or other funds from within UNSW or external organisations.

This funding can be used for consumables required to conduct research; costs accrued to conduct necessary field work; fees for relevant short courses and essential training; etc. The funds cannot be used for capital equipment purchases.

Students currently enrolled in the BEES Honours program may apply for up to $650 funding for research expenses. Honours students can apply once during their Honours year.

Students currently enrolled in an MPhil or Masters by Research may apply for up to $1000 per year of full-time candidature. They are eligible to apply for up to two rounds of funding during their Masters candidature ($2000 funding in total).

Students currently enrolled in a BEES PhD program may apply for up to $1000 per year of full-time candidature. They are eligible to apply for up to three rounds of funding during their PhD candidature ($3000 funding in total).

Students can only apply for a maximum of $1000 per application. If a second or third round of funding is required students must submit a new application for the relevant funding round within each new year of candidature.

Overtime students are not eligible to receive this funding (greater than 2.0 years full-time equivalent for a Masters student or greater than 4.0 years full-time equivalent for a PhD student).

Applications are considered quarterly. The application deadlines are as follows:

  • 01 February
  • 01 May
  • 01 August
  • 01 November

To apply the student must complete the Student Research Project Funding Application Form.

Applications must also include a paragraph describing or list the anticipated expenses in which the funding is being requested for. Students must briefly explain how these costs are essential to their research project and provide some detail about the anticipated expenditure.

Completed applications are submitted to Jonathan Russell via e-mail j.russell@unsw.edu.au; in person room 535 Biological Sciences Building; or in his pigeon hole in room 529 Biological Sciences Building. All applications received by the application deadlines will be assessed by Head of School. Each applicant will be e-mailed the outcome within two weeks of the application deadline.

If awarded the funding, the student is to pay the full expense of the research costs and then claim back the approved funding amount as expense reimbursements using an ER1 form. Original tax invoices for the expenses claimed must be attached to the completed ER1 form and submitted to Jonathan Russell for approval. It is preferable that a single reimbursement claim be made for the total of the awarded funds each year, rather than numerous smaller claims throughout the year. Cash advances and payments are not an option.

Provision of this funding is not an entitlement and is at the discretion of the Head of School.

   Student Research Project Funding Application Form