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Higher Degree by Research scholarships

Financial support throughout your research

Domestic students

Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens

Applications close on 31 October 2021 for admission and scholarship for 2022

  • 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, 250.26 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).

    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 - paid fortnightly - of $28,597.00 (2021 rate) per annum.

    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.

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

    To be eligible for an Australian Government RTP

    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.

    In addition, for an RTP stipend:

    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.

    In addition, for an RTP Domestic fee offset:

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

    For more information please visit RTP Scholarships - FAQs.

    Get in touch

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

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    • Principal Supervisor: Dr Daniel Liu PhD MD
    • Associate Supervisors: Associate Professor Benjamin Tan PhD RN and Dr Alison Wang PhD
    • Course: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Study and Thesis Model: Full time, PhD by Publication
    • Scholarship: Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship – Domestic Students
    • Expected Commencement Date: No later than Monday, 07 March 2022 (negotiable)

    About Charles Darwin University (CDU)

    We are a new world university. Like our namesake, Charles Darwin, we think differently. We innovate, embrace change, challenge conventions and look for better ways. We’re not about tradition or legacy, privilege or exclusivity. We care about people as individuals, and about our wider society. We’re about what we can give to the world, rather than what we take. We cannot build a new world without diversity of thought, so we bring together people with unique perspectives in an inclusive and supporting learning environment to help them connect, discover and grow. This is the CDU difference.

    Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship:

    Annual stipend valued at $28,597.00 (2021 value; indexed annually) which is provided by the Australian Commonwealth Government. A maximum period of three years (with a possible extension of six months) from the research commencement date. The University will also support Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students by providing RTP Scholarship recipients with a University Relocation Allowance. In 2021, this allowance is up to $2,000. CDU receives funding from the Australian Government to support research training costs that would otherwise be paid by students as a tuition fee. In 2021, the estimated annual amount of this component of the RTP scholarship is $20,500 per student. The period of support for the RTP Fees Offset scholarship is a maximum period of four years full-time equivalent (FTE) from the research commencement date. If an extension is approved after the maximum period of the RTP Fees Offset Scholarship, domestic tuition fees may apply.

    About You

    The selection of applicants for the award of the RTP Stipend Scholarship involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. The following essential selection criteria apply:

    • An Australian citizen or permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen
    • A first-class Honours degree or a Master’s degree containing a substantial research component in a relevant field
    • Current registration as a registered nurse (RN) or other allied health practitioners with AHPRA

    Application Process

    Interested applicants should contact Dr Daniel Liu (Principal supervisor of the PhD position) by email at daniel.liu@cdu.edu.au. Applicants will then be required to provide the below items:

    • Curriculum vitae, including details of 2 academic referees
    • A cover letter outlining a) your research interests, and b) how you meet the above selection criteria
    • A copy of your academic qualifications and academic transcripts

    The initial closing date for the EOI is 01 August 2021. The preferred applicant will be invited to apply through the usual CDU process.

     

  • Scholarship opportunity: Conceptualising and measuring social capital outcomes in the Northern Territory of Australia

    The Northern Territory Government has developed a Social Outcomes Framework to measure, summarise, report and monitor the wellbeing of Territorians across time (https://cmc.nt.gov.au/children/northern-territory-social-outcomes-framework). They are committed to a whole of government approach for improving the outcomes of Territorians.

    Demographic researchers at CDU’s Northern Institute will conduct a program of research on behalf of the Northern Territory Government to measure and report on social capital outcomes. As the first social reporting framework for the Northern Territory, this research provides an opportunity construct a social outcomes framework which is reflective of the nuances of the Territory’s population, culture and place. The scope of the project includes:

    • Develop, test and operationalise a social survey relevant to the collection of the identified data gaps in the Social Outcomes Framework,
    • Build a social capital index appropriate to the diversity and uniqueness of the Territory’s population, and
    • Construct a dashboard to publicly display social outcomes indicators and underlying data.

    We are offering the right candidate a full domestic Masters Scholarship as part of the team conducting this new research. The candidate will complete a Master by Research over a two-year period based on the research outlined above. The candidate will work with the Demography and Growth Planning research team at the Northern Institute.

    We are calling for expressions of interest from candidates with the following attributes:

    • A Bachelor with Honours degree or Masters by Coursework with a research component;
    • Experience in data analysis, survey methods, and data modelling/ statistical techniques;
    • Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident (domestic student); and
    • Lives in the Northern Territory or is willing to move to the Northern Territory of Australia (this requirement may be reviewed for exceptional candidates).

    What we offer:

    • A stipend of $28,597 per year (2021 value; indexed annually) for 2 years, with an additional one-off $2,000 allocated to support part of the student’s relocation to the Northern Territory; and
    • Tuition fee waiver for the Masters course (estimated at. $20,500 per year,) for 2 years. The application is open to Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents. Please apply by sending:
    • Curriculum vitae, including 1 academic referee;
    • A cover letter outlining your research interests and experiences in the field; and
    • A copy of your academic qualifications and academic transcripts;

    Please email your application and documentation to Associate Professor Andrew Taylor at andrew.taylor@cdu.edu.au.

  • HDR Opportunities with Menzies School of Health Research

    As one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and a leader in global and tropical research into life-threatening illnesses, Menzies continues to translate its research into effective partnerships and programs in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. With a history of over 35 years of scientific discovery and public health achievement, Menzies continues its endeavour to break the cycle of disease and to reduce health inequities in Australia and the Asia- Pacific region, particularly for disadvantaged populations.

    In partnership with Charles Darwin University, Menzies delivers high quality research degrees to PhD, Master by Research and Honours students. Our degrees address the major public health challenges in Northern and Central Australia, neighbouring and international regions. These challenges include: health inequities; economic and social determinants; changing environmental conditions; infectious and chronic diseases; development and urbanisation; and access to and acceptability of services. Our students are supported and mentored by world-class researchers in their respective research fields.

    Our project handbook contains a list of currently available research projects. Students studying at Menzies are enrolled through Charles Darwin University. More information about eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found on Charles Darwin University webpage. To find out more about scholarship opportunities available and application process please contact researchdegrees@menzies.edu.au.

    To download the handbook click here.

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International students

Applications close on 31 October 2021 for admission and scholarship commencing Semester 1, 2022 for onshore international applicants only. 

  • 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, 250.26 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—paid fortnightly—of $28,597 (2021 rate) per annum.

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

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

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