Higher Degree by Research Scholarships

The Commonwealth Government’s Research Training Program (RTP) provides funding to universities to support the research training of both domestic and international higher degree research (HDR) candidates.

The funding provided through the RTP offers the provision for universities to administer and award a number of scholarships known as Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships.

These awards are governed by the Research Training Program (RTP) and University Research Training Scheme (URTS) Scholarship Policy  and replace the support provided through the Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA).

Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarships

Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarships are awarded to students of exceptional research potential to undertake a HDR at an Australian university. The scholarships are provided to assist with general living costs.

The Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarship provides an indexed stipend - paid fortnightly - of $26,682 (2017 rate) per annum. Additional benefits include paid sick leave, maternity leave, relocation and thesis allowance.

Australian Government RTP Domestic Fee Offset

The funding provided by the Commonwealth enables Charles Darwin University to provide tuition fee offsets to domestic candidates commencing or enrolled in HDR programs for which Australian Government RTP support is available. 

The support provided through the Australian Government RTP Domestic Fee Offset replaces the Commonwealth Government’s Research Training Scheme (RTS).

Eligibility requirements:

  • Australian citizens, or permanent residents;
  • completed a bachelors degree with first class honours, or equivalent;
  • enrol as a full-time Higher Degree by Research candidate;
  • not hold an equivalent, or higher, research qualification;
  • not have previously held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship, unless it was terminated within six months of payments commencing;
  • not be receiving an equivalent award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the RTP stipend rate to undertake the degree.

For more information please visit: RTP Scholarships - FAQs

Please contact research.degrees@cdu.edu.au or call 08 8946 6548 if you have any queries about scholarships.

University Research Training Scheme (URTS) Fee Offset

The University Research Training Scheme (URTS) Fee Offset is offered to international HDR candidates of exceptional research potential commencing or enrolling in a HDR program who have been awarded an Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarship.The URTS Fee Offset is not a Commonwealth scholarship.

The fee offset provided will remove the liability of the HDR candidate to pay program tuition fees for the tenure of the scholarship.

International HDR candidates who are not awarded an Australian Government RTP Stipend can still apply for a URTS Fee Offset.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Not be an Australian citizen, or a permanent resident;
  • completed a bachelors degree with first class honours, or equivalent;
  • enrol as a full-time Higher Degree by Research candidate
  • not have previously held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship, unless it was terminated within six months of payments commencing;
  • not be receiving an equivalent award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the RTP stipend rate to undertake the degree.


For more information contact

E: research.degrees@cdu.edu.au
P: 08 8946 6548
International applicants can visit the International Website for a list of application documents.