Postgraduate Students' Association



Funding by students, for students.

The PSA offers a number of opportunities for financial support. The number and value of each award is carefully considered in each year’s budget. The number and value of awards and grants varies between calendar years, with each PSA Committee learning from the experience of previous funding rounds and taking advantage of opportunities to increase the value of grants and make accessing funds easier.


Awards are divided into the following categories:

Personal Support:

Community Building:

There are now 16 Conference Travel Awards (8 per funding round, with a value of $900 each), 4 Fieldwork/Data Collection Awards (2 per funding round, with a value of $1,350 each) and 5 Small Grants (applications open at all times, with a value of $500 each). Guidelines and application forms for each of the awards can be found at the links below.


The PSA offers two rounds of funding. The 2019 Awards and Grants submission deadlines are:

Round One: Opens Friday 15 March (9am); closes Wednesday 17 April (5pm)

Round Two: Opens Wednesday 14 August (9am); closes Thursday 12 September (5pm)


The awards are judged by a panel of five postgraduate students, who make up the Awards Sub-Committee. These students are PSA Committee members and are nominated by the PSA Committee. The Awards Sub-Committee members each receive copies of every application at the close of each funding round and prior to meeting to discuss the applications and decide allocation of awards. In order to maintain complete impartiality and transparency when assessing the Awards and Grants, any and all potential or perceived conflicts of interest are declared at the beginning of the Awards Sub-Committee meetings.

All successful applicants are required to write at 300-word report for the PSA and to submit receipts equal to the value of the award, by the date specified in the award letter. Other Terms and Conditions are outlined in the Guidelines of each award.

Conference Travel Awards

Conference Travel Awards are provided by the PSA as part of the committee’s mandate to provide services and support to UWA postgraduate students.

Awards provide up to $900 of funding to enrolled UWA postgraduates to offset the cost of attending conferences and presenting their work or research. Up to 8 awards will be made available in each of the two rounds of awards. The PSA reserves to right not to distribute all awards in each round or each year.

Please read the Guidelines carefully for further information, and be sure to complete all sections of the form and enclose all required copies. The PSA will strictly enforce the Guidelines and deadlines, due to the volume of applications received.

Please note: Where a submitted abstract has not yet received a response from the conference organisers, the PSA will still consider a Conference Travel Award application – subject to subsequent acceptance of the abstract.

Fieldwork or Data Collection Award

The Fieldwork and Data Collection Awards were created in 2012 in response to increasing requests for support by postgraduates for activities other than conference travel. Supporting fieldwork and data collection is considered part of the PSA’s commitment to provide support and services for postgraduate study.

These awards are considered particularly relevant for students in disciplines such as: Anthropology, Archaeology, Community Health, Medicine, Education, Geography, History, Plant Biology, Geology, Animal Biology, or Aboriginal and Indigenous studies. The awards are not restricted to these groups, and enrolled UWA postgraduates across all Faculties are encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to applicants travelling within Western Australia, however, interstate and international travel is also eligible. Financial need must be demonstrated in the application, and all relevant approvals including ethics, travel, and fieldwork, must have been completed. Awards may be given conditional on these approvals.

Currently there are up to two awards available in each round, valued at $1,350.

Small Grants

PSA Small Grants are offered as part of the PSA’s commitment to community building and creating a vibrant social and professional environment for postgraduates on-campus.

Small Grants should be considered seed funds, to facilitate a new event or service to fill a gap perceived by postgraduates. The grants will be allocated to applications that demonstrate they are not duplicating services or activities already provided by the University, Guild or PSA.

Applications can be for discipline-specific events; however, attendance must be open to all members of the UWA postgraduate community. Funds will not be given to exclusive events, as the PSA is made up of all UWA postgraduates. Applications should demonstrate how their event or project will benefit the university or the postgraduate community, and can expect support from the PSA in promotions through the newsletter, website and social media.

There are up to 5 awards available throughout the year, valued at up to $500.

The application form and guidelines are below:

Submission Details

All applications can be mailed to

If you prefer to submit a hard copy, please mail it to the following address:

UWA Postgraduate Students’ Association
35 Stirling Highway

All applications must be received by the above closing dates to be considered


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