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 $27,596 (2019 rate) per annum. Additional benefits include paid sick leave, maternity leave and relocation allowance. The relocation allowance for RTP stipend recipients is up to $2,000 for domestic students and up to $2,500 for international students.

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).

Australian Government RTP eligibility requirements

  • To be eligible for a RTP scholarship, a student must be a domestic student or an overseas student enrolled in an accredited HDR course of study at an Australian Higher Education Provider (HEP);
  • To be eligible for a RTP stipend a student must not be receiving income from another source to support that student's general living costs while undertaking their course of study if that income is greater than 75% of that student's RTP stipend rate. Income unrelated to the student's course of study or income received for the student's course of study but not for the purpose of supporting general living costs is not taken into account.
  • To be eligible for a RTP fee offset, a student 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.

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 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 which is awarded through a competitive process.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Overseas students enrolled in a HDR at CDU may apply for a URTS fee offset;
  • Students awarded a URTS fee offset must not be receiving an equivalent award or scholarship from the Australian Government designed to offset HDR tuition fees.

More information

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

Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassy (SAAFE) Program 2019 - Research Internship Program

AINSE, in partnership with ANSTO and the Embassy of France in Australia, are delighted to announce that applications for the 2019 SAAFE Program are now open.

The Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassy (SAAFE) Program is an exciting international exchange opportunity open to early career researchers at the PhD and postdoctoral level. Up to $15,000 AUD is provided to each successful applicant towards supporting travel and/or accommodation expenses in Australia or France.

The SAAFE Program supports early career researchers to expand research and innovation activities with Human Health, Environment and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, and to initiate sustainable research networks and linkages to support Australia and France in research and innovation.

Applications close 1 May 2019.

For more information, including an application form and terms & conditions, please visit our website or contact AINSE on +61 2 9717 3376 / ainse@ainse.edu.au.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DE

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites applications for its short-term research grants for doctoral candidates and young academics and scientists. These enable candidates from Australia or New Zealand to conduct research or attend a course at a German higher education institution or non-university research institute. The primary aim of the programme is to promote research projects within the context of doctoral programmes.

Applicants should hold a master’s degree by the time they commence the grant-supported research. In exceptional cases, graduates holding a bachelor’s degree or already holding a doctorate may be considered. Applicants should not have graduated any longer than six years before the application deadline. For postdoctoral candidates, no more than four years may have passed since obtaining their PhD. Doctoral candidates should not have started their doctoral degree any longer than three years previously. Applicants who have been resident in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of application are not eligible.

Grants are worth €1,200 per month for doctoral candidates or postdocs and €850 per month for graduates, over one to six months. Insurance and a travel allowance is also covered.

Applications close 30 April 2019.

For more information, including an application form and terms & conditions, please visit our website.

Malaysia Australia Colombo Plan Commemoration (MACC) 2019

This scholarship is available to Malaysian citizens and covers tuition fees and a living allowance for three years.

CDU has one MACC Scholarship on offer for an international student commencing a PhD in 2019. 

Basic terms and conditions

  • Available for Malaysian citizens only
  • Achievement of at least 6.5 overall, and a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-band of the IELTS or equivalent test
  • Applicants must meet CDU PhD entry requirements
  • The scholarship will be competitively awarded

Application closing date

31 October 2018.

Click here to find out more about admission and scholarship applications for international students.

For more information about applying for the MACC scholarship visit MACC scholarships.