Australian Government Research Training Program

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Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships are intended to support domestic and international students undertaking research master’s degrees and research doctorate degrees. It is valid for 42 prominent Australian universities and covers international tuition fees and a stipend.

  • For Australian Government Research Training Program applications and deadlines, applicants must contact their university.
  • Recipients will be awarded AUD 28,092 per annum and maximum financial support of AUD 43,882.
  • A university can use only 10% of the allocated RTP grant to support international students.
  • Selections are based on academic merit, publications, academic research training, and performance.
    • Preference will be given to those with publications and relevant experience.
  • Scholarships are tenable for 3+ years for a research doctorate and 2+ years for a research master’s degree.

The session Australian Government Research Training Program scholarships 2020 is currently open. Applicants beginning their research program between January 1 and June 30, 2020, can apply through their university.

No restrictions on applying for the Australian Government Research Training Program at more than one university and more than once at the same university.


Highlights

Scholarship Type Merit-Based
Offered byGovernment bodies
OrganizationAustralian Government
Application DeadlineN/A
No. of ScholarshipsN/A
AmountVariable
RenewabilityYes, Yearly
International Students EligibleYes
Scholarship Website Linkhttps://www.education.gov.au/research-training-program

Eligibility Criteria

Following are the principal eligibility criteria for receiving financial assistance under an Australian Government Research Training Program:

  • Student Type: International or a domestic student enrolled at an Australian university in an accredited HDR course.
  • Applicants must satisfy the university’s academic requirements for the respective Masters and Doctorate program.
  • Exam Requirements: International students must submit proof of English language proficiency (ELP).
Test NameMinimum Score Requirement
TOEFL79
IELTS6.5
PTE62

Application Process

Respective participating Australian universities are responsible for the Australian Government Research Training Program application process.

Australian Government Research Training Program Application

  • Applications for a new RTP tuition fee waiver, stipend, and allowance are to be made directly to the university.
    • In some universities, applicants just have to checkmark the ‘financial aid’ box in the admission application.
  • Applicants need to get in touch with the scholarship office or the postgraduate research office at the university for guidelines regarding the RTP application procedure.

Application Submission Deadline 

Since the participating universities manage the application process for the scholarships, the application deadline also varies from university to university.

Student Supporting Documentation

  • Summary of the intended research project, approximately 500 words.
  • List of published works with URL links and/or copy of each publication.
  • Copy of the thesis abstract.
  • Email evidence of the supervisor’s agreement to supervise.

Other supporting documents are mentioned in the following table:

Document TypeRequired (Yes or No)
TranscriptsYes
LORYes
SOPNo
ELP scoreYes
ResumeNo
Research ProposalYes

Selection Process

Like the application process, participating universities are in-charge of the selection process. Shortlisting and selection of recipients are quite competitive.

Few common factors affecting the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship selection are:

  • Previous coursework
  • Work experience
  • Research publications
  • Referee’s report
  • Research experience

Australian Government Research Training Program Support Period

Australian Government Research Training Program support duration varies from course-to-course. The details of the same are mentioned in the table below:

Program CategoryScholarship Support
Full-time Research Doctorate Course3 years (can be extended up to 4 years)
Part-time Research Doctorate Course6 years (can be extended up to 4 years)
Full-time Master’s Course2 years
Part-time Master’s Course4 years (maximum)

*the extension of scholarship support is dependent on HEP’s discretion.

**For a certain duration of leaves approved by the HEP, the recipient’s scholarship period increases.

Termination of Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship

The institutions will have to terminate the Australian Government Research and Training program (AGRTP) scholarship of a recipient under the following conditions:

  • Failing to fulfill the ongoing eligibility
  • On the course’s completion
  • If the recipient has not adhered to an RTP Scholarship’s requirement

Grant Details

From January 1, 2017, the Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) replaced International Postgraduate Research Scholarships, Australian Postgraduate Awards, and the Research Training Scheme.

Every year, qualified domestic and international students beginning research masters and doctorate programs at Australian universities are offered financial support under the Australian RTP scheme.

In addition to the RTP scholarship stipend, recipients are free to any additional scholarship. However, the overall financial aid benefit should not be greater than 75% of their annual RTP stipend rate.

A summary of the Australian Government Research Training Program support and benefits are tabulated below:

Type of Support/BenefitRTP Fee OffsetRTP Stipend
Student TypeDomesticInternationalDomesticInternational
Stipend--Yes Yes
Tuition Fee OffsetYesYes--
Student Health Cover---Yes
Relocation Allowance--YesYes
Dependent Child Allowance---Yes
Thesis Allowance--YesYes

Additional Information

Students may appeal a decision made by the university with regards to the offer of a scholarship, allowances, suspension of scholarship, an extension of scholarship, or termination of scholarship.

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