PhD and research degree financial support

Tuition fees

Australian and New Zealand students

If you're an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen, you won't need to pay tuition fees for your research degree, as long as you complete your degree within:

  • 4 years full-time (or equivalent) for doctoral students (PhD and professional doctorate)
  • 2 years full-time (or equivalent) for masters students.

Within this period, your fees are automatically covered by the Australian government's Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset (Domestic). This program covers tuition fees only; you must pay any other study-related costs. Before 1 January 2017, this program was known as the Research Training Scheme (RTS).

If you take longer than the specified time to complete your degree, you may be charged tuition fees for the rest of your study.

I'm transferring after starting my degree at another university

If you're transferring from another university, you carry over the balance of your Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset (Domestic) (previously Research Training Scheme) funding entitlement if you enrol within 3 years of discontinuing your research degree. So if you've already studied for one year, you may only be entitled to a further:

  • three years full-time equivalent funding if you're a doctoral student
  • one year full-time equivalent if you're a research masters student.

When you apply to QUT you must attach an official letter from your previous institution regarding your milestone dates and your Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset (Domestic) entitlements.

International students

If you don't receive a scholarship that covers your tuition fees, you must pay the full fees directly to QUT. You must pay your first semester's fees when you accept your offer and then you'll be invoiced before the start of each semester.

Check your tuition fees

To get an idea of how much your course will cost, check the costs and scholarships in your course information.

We review fees annually.

You may be able to apply for other scholarships that cover tuition fees for all or part of your course.

Find scholarships for international research students

Other study-related costs and living expenses

Other study-related costs you may need to pay include:

  • professional registration (this is an entry requirement for some degrees)
  • thesis proofreading and editing, printing, and binding.

International students will need to pay additional costs, including costs related to your:

  • visa
  • travel
  • arrival in Australia
  • health cover
  • accommodation.

If you're an international student, you should check your visa for details on how much you can work while you're studying in Australia.

More information for international students coming to study at QUT

Centrelink payments

If you're an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder and intend to apply for Centrelink payments while you study, it is important to check your eligibility first, as this will depend on your individual circumstances.

You must declare any scholarship income you receive to Centrelink as it may affect your payments.


You may be able to apply for scholarships to help you with living costs.

Who can apply for scholarships?

We offer scholarships to many different types of students, for example, students who:

  • have performed well academically
  • are women
  • are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • are struggling financially.

There are also scholarships available to students studying certain courses or in particular faculties.

Find scholarships for research degree students

You can also search the Hobsons Course Finder Scholarship Search.

When to apply for scholarships

In addition to our regular annual round for scholarships, we're also offering an early targeted round for students to begin a PhD or professional doctorate in 2017. Apply by 28 February 2017.

Most of our scholarships are offered as part of our annual scholarship round. Applications for this round close on 30 September for students starting their degrees early the next year. If you apply during this round, we'll email you in early December to let you know the outcome of your application.

Annual scholarship round

We offer a smaller number of scholarships for students who apply outside the annual scholarship round. You may need to be nominated by your proposed faculty when applying for scholarships outside the annual scholarship round, including all top-up scholarships.

Some scholarships have specific application deadlines. Check the details of the scholarships you're interested in.

How to apply for scholarships

Check the scholarships you're interested in for details on eligibility and how to apply.

You can apply for scholarships at the same time as you apply for your degree by completing the 'Scholarship application' section of your research degree application form.

How to apply for a research degree

You can apply for specific scholarships or ask to be considered for all the scholarships you're eligible for.

If you're selecting specific scholarships, make sure you:

  • check the conditions of each scholarship to make sure you're eligible
  • consider any special requirements for the scholarships, and how to include proof that you meet these requirements in your application and supporting documents
  • include any required supporting documents specified in the scholarship information with your application.

I'm currently studying and don't have my final grades yet

If you're currently completing studies and the outcomes are relevant to your application (such as an honours or masters degree, or a PhD confirmation milestone), you should submit an interim transcript of your grades.

If your interim grades are high enough, we may make you a conditional scholarship offer.

If you receive a conditional offer, you should advise the Research Students Centre of your actual outcome or result as soon as possible.

If the outcome/result confirms the predicted score then your score, rank and offer will be confirmed.

If your score is below or above the predicted score then your score and rank will be adjusted and your eligibility for an offer will either be confirmed or revised.

Accessing scholarship allowances

You can claim allowances for study costs up to 2 years after you complete your research degree. Check your scholarship's rules to determine if you're eligible for allowances.

To claim any allowances, complete the supplier maintenance form (DOC file, 60.5 KB) and submit it, along with your scanned receipts, to the research scholarships team.


Research Admissions

  • Level 4, 88 Musk Avenue
    Kelvin Grove QLD 4059
  • Postal address:
    Research Students Centre
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane, QLD, 4000

Research Scholarships

  • Level 4, 88 Musk Avenue
    Kelvin Grove
  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

  • Postal address:
    Research Students Centre
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001