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Higher Degree by Research scholarships

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CDU is committed to fostering the best and brightest researchers. We have a range of scholarship options to support our future research students.
 
Research scholarships for international and domestic applicants are awarded annually on a competitive basis.

 

Scholarships for Domestic Students

The main type of financial support available to graduate research candidates is in the form of scholarships. There are scholarships available to cover some or all the following;

  • living allowance
  • tuition fees
  • relocation allowance

Scholarships are allocated competitively based on academic merit, experience, prior learning and other relevant attainments. Priority is given to new applicants in strategic research areas, and applicants who have aligned their research with one of the listed available projects.

Research Training Program Scholarship (RTP) for Domestic Students

Scholarship Information

The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship provides a living allowance for high-quality research higher degree students. They are awarded on academic merit and research experience and/or potential.

The RTP also includes a tuition fee off-set for all domestic Research Masters or PhD students. Please refer to the website for further information about the tuition fee off-set.

The Commonwealth Government’s Research Training Program (RTP) provides funding to Australian Higher Education Providers (HEP) to award financial aid to support both domestic and international HDR candidates.

These awards are governed by the Research Training Program (RTP) and University Research Training Scheme (URTS) Scholarship Policy (PDF, 70.23 KB).

What does it include?

RTP Scholarships provide students with the following forms of support:

  • RTP Fees Offset pay for the tuition fees of a higher degree by research (HDR) student that would otherwise have been paid by the student. This requires a university to fully offset tuition fees applicable for a student. This is not a stipend.
  • RTP Stipends assist students with their living costs while they undertake a HDR.

HDR candidates applying for RTP Stipend scholarships and/or Domestic Fee Offsets must meet the Australian Government RTP eligibility requirements (see bottom of this page).

Stipend Information:

Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarships are awarded to students of exceptional research potential to undertake a HDR at an Australian university and are not automatically granted to all students. The scholarships are provided to assist with general living costs.

  • AU$28,854 (2022 rate) per annum tax-free for full-time students, paid in fortnightly instalments.
  • AU$14,427 (2022 rate) per annum, taxable, for part-time students, paid in fortnightly instalments.

Three years full-time for a doctoral degree, two years for a research Master's degree. The duration of an RTP stipend scholarship cannot be extended.

You must be enrolled in an accredited HDR course of study at an Australian Higher Education Provider (HEP) and demonstrate exceptional research potential to undertake a HDR.

You must not be receiving income from another source to support your general living costs while enrolled in a course of study if that income is greater than 75% of the RTP stipend rate.

Please note: income unrelated to your course of study or income received for your course of study but not for the purpose of supporting general living costs is not considered.

Additional benefits include:

  • paid sick leave
  • maternity leave
  • relocation allowance. The relocation allowance for RTP stipend recipients is up to $2,000 for domestic students.

Australian Government RTP Domestic Fee Offset

The RTP Domestic Fee Offset helps CDU provide tuition fee offsets to domestic candidates commencing or enrolled in HDR programs for which Australian Government RTP support is available.

Domestic Masters by Research students receive the offset for two years FTE.
Domestic PhD students receive the offset for four years FTE.

You must not be receiving an equivalent award or scholarship from the Australian Government designed to offset HDR tuition fees.

If you require an extension to your candidature, domestic fees may apply.

 

For more information please visit RTP Scholarships - FAQs.

Key dates for 2023 round
SemesterOpening dateClosing date

Commencement in Semester 1, 2023

15 July 202231 October 2022
Key contact

Get in touch

E: research.degrees@cdu.edu.au
T: 08 8946 6548

CDU RTP Scholarship 2023 round is open.

Check out the key dates for domestic and international applications:

  • Domestic HDR scholarship applications close on 31 October 2022
  • International HDR scholarship applications close on 30 September 2022

Scholarships for international students

There is an exciting and generous range of scholarships to support international students coming to study at CDU to undertake research from around the globe. Our scholarships reward high achieving students with outstanding academic accomplishments and who contribute to the potential to make a positive impact on the world.

Research Training Program (RTP) for international students

The Commonwealth Government’s Research Training Program (RTP) provides funding to Australian Higher Education Providers (HEP) to award financial aid to support both domestic and international HDR candidates.

These awards are governed by the Research Training Program (RTP) and University Research Training Scheme (URTS) Scholarship Policy (PDF, 70.23 KB).

International Candidates can be offered the following RTP scholarship:

  • Australian Government RTP Stipend.

HDR candidates applying for RTP Stipend scholarships must meet the Australian Government RTP eligibility requirements (see bottom of this page).

Australian Government RTP Stipend

Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarships are awarded to students of exceptional research potential to undertake a HDR at an Australian university and are not automatically granted to all students. The scholarships are provided to assist with general living costs.

The Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarship provides an indexed stipend—of AU$28,854 (2022 rate) per annum tax-free for full-time students, paid in fortnightly instalments.

Additional benefits include:

  • paid sick leave
  • maternity leave
  • relocation allowance. The relocation allowance for RTP stipend recipients is up to $2,500 for international students.

Please note the Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarship does not cover Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).  Students will be required to cover these costs.

Australian Government RTP eligibility requirements

You must be enrolled in an accredited HDR course of study at an Australian Higher Education Provider (HEP).

You must not be receiving income from another source to support your general living costs while enrolled in a course of study if that income is greater than 75% of the RTP stipend rate.

Please note: income unrelated to your course of study or income received for your course of study but not for the purpose of supporting general living costs is not considered. International students may have additional income limitations due to student visa requirements.

For more information please visit RTP Scholarships - FAQs.

Get in touch

E: international@cdu.edu.au

Visit the International website for a list of the application documents.

University Research Training Scheme (URTS) Fee Offset for International Students

The URTS Fee Offset is a scholarship 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 fee offset may fully or partially remove the liability of the HDR candidate to pay program tuition fees for the year in which it is awarded.

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

Please note: the URTS Fee Offset is not a Commonwealth scholarship.

Eligibility requirements

You must be enrolled in a HDR at CDU and demonstrate exceptional research potential to undertake a HDR.

You must not already be receiving an equivalent award or scholarship from the Australian Government designed to offset HDR tuition fees.

Get in touch

E: international@cdu.edu.au

Visit the International website for a list of the application documents.

Australian Awards Scholarship

CDU provides research courses for Australia Awards Scholarship students. Australia Awards Scholarship students enjoy the support services offered to all International students, plus:

  • Support from the University's designated Australia Awards Scholarship Officer
  • A special Introductory Academic Program
  • Additional tuition support as recommended by academic staff

For further information and how to apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship, go to Australia Awards, or email the International team

Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA) Indonesia Scholarship

If you are an international student from Indonesia applying for a PhD at CDU, you may be eligible for this scholarship from the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA) Indonesia.

 

The MORA (Beasiswa Studi S3 Luar Negeri) is a part of MORA’s ‘Beasiswa Program 5000 Doktor’ scholarship scheme which has the aim of improving human resources at Islamic Universities.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be a citizen of Indonesia
  • apply for a CDU PhD program in a priority area of study
  • meet the academic requirements for entry to CDU and be offered a place in the program
  • satisfy the general and specific requirements of and be awarded the MORA scholarship
  • commence full-time enrolment as an onshore international student at CDU

Check the MORA eligibility requirements on the MORA website.

How to apply

  1. Find a CDU Program in a priority area of study
  2. Find two supervisors whose background is aligned to your research interests and prepare a research topic proposal for them when asked.
  3. Ensure that you meet the academic entry criteria for the program.
  4. Make an application to study at CDU through the CDU Global. If you already have been awarded the scholarship before you make your application please indicate so on your application.
  5. Apply for scholarship on the MORA website.

Open date

Refer to the MORA website their scholarship's key dates. CDU applications for PhD programs are open throughout the year.

International student scholarships

CDU Global provides relevant information regarding the range of scholarships to support international students coming to study at CDU from around the globe.

Our scholarships reward high achieving students with outstanding academic accomplishments and who contribute to the potential to make a positive impact on the world.

Information on the scholarship application process can be found on the CDU International Student Scholarships page

Key contact

Get in touch

E: international@cdu.edu.au

Visit the International website for a list of the application documents.

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