HDR students

This page offers an informal guide for the PhD and MPhil programs at the Research School of Chemistry (RSC). For official ANU Rules see the 2017 Research Award Rules on the ANU legislation page.

As a PhD candidate at the Research School of Chemistry you will have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from world class academics and multi-disciplinary researchers. We strive to provide an outstanding level of training and support from laboratory based teaching to career and development guidance. You will have chance to make use of some of Australia’s premier facilities and access to the collaborations with industries and government the ANU has cultivated to deliver impactful and beneficial change to the global community,

The RSC is engaged in number of pioneering research areas including:

  • Catalysis
  • Chemical Biology
  • Computational and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Energy, Environment and Green Chemistry,
  • Functional Materials and Interfaces
  • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry & drug development

Information for Current PhD Candidates can be found on the RSC Intranet site.


Scholarships and Important Dates

ANU and RSC funds and a range of scholarships for PhD candidates. The University also administers a number of scholarships funded by the Australian Government and other sources external to the University. You can search for available scholarships here.  

RSC Specific Scholarships:

  1. David and Veronica Craig PhD Scholarship
  2. Rod Rickards Endowed PhD Scholarship
    (Note: There is no application for this Scholarship as students are automatically considered during the domestic AGRTP Scholarship ranking round)

Central Scholarship Rounds Important Dates:

Central Scholarships include the Australian Government Research Training Program and University Research Scholarships, and ANU has two application rounds per year. You can find information on eligibility and how to apply on the Research Scholarship Information page.


Scholarship round

Admission application closing date

Scholarship commencement date

2021 Round 2 Domestic and International onshore (currently residing in Australia)*

Closing 15 April 2021

Up to 31 August 2021

2022 Round 1 International

Closing 31 August 2021

1 Jan 2022 - 31 March 2022

2022 Round 1 Domestic

Closing 31 October 2021

1 Jan 2022 - 31 March 2022

2022 Round 2 International and Domestic

Closing 15 April 2022

Up to 31 August 2022

* Due to COVID 19 Australian Government travel restrictions this round has been limited to domestic candidates and international onshore (currently residing and located in Australia) candidates as take up of the scholarship requires commencement by 31 August 2021.


How to start and submit your interest

Applications to HDR programs are open throughout the year. You can submit your program application at any time. However, do not forget that some scholarships will require you to submit your application to the program by a specified date.

Information and steps for how to submit both Domestic and International Application for ANU postgraduate research can be found here.

Some key points for getting started are:


Further Information & Contacts

RSC HDR Convenor

Assoc. Prof. Luke Connal


Contact phone: +61 2 6125 2937


RSC HDR Program Coordinator

Ms. Codi De Veau


Contact phone: +61 2 6125 6110


Graduate Research Office


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