Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend (Domestic)

Available for

Student type:
  • Future domestic research students
  • Current domestic research students
  • Academic performance
Study type:
  • Postgraduate research
  • Business
  • Creative Industries
  • Education
  • Health
  • Law
  • Science and Engineering
  • Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI)
  • Institute for Future Environments

Eligibility details

You must:

  • be studying or applying to study a PhD, Master of Philosophy, or professional doctorate
  • meet the admission criteria for a PhD (PDF file, 98.47 KB). Check your course information for eligibility requirements for our Master of Philosophy or professional doctorates.
  • not have previously held an Australian-Government-funded research scholarship for more than 6 months
  • be a domestic student (Australian citizen or permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen).

What you receive

You'll receive:

  • a scholarship, indexed annually ($26,682 in 2017). The scholarship is tax exempt, and is for living costs for up to 2 years for masters students and 3 years for PhD students.

You can also apply for:

  • a $1,520 relocation allowance
  • a $420 (masters by research), or $840 (PhD) thesis allowance after submitting your thesis.

How to apply

Future students

You must register your interest for a scholarship when you apply for your course by completing the 'Scholarship application' section of the research degree application form. Indicate on your application that you want to be considered for a scholarship as part of our annual scholarship round.

If you have already applied for admission and want to be considered in the annual scholarship round, register your interest by contacting the Research Students Centre.

Applications are due by 30 September.

Current students

If you're currently enrolled in a research masters, PhD or professional doctorate at QUT, you must apply online through HiQ during our annual scholarship round between 1 September and 11.59pm on 30 September in any year.

You'll need to include an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) outlining your research achievements.

What happens next

We'll assess applications and make offers in December.

Eligibility for admission to a research degree is determined by the Research Students Centre. Scholarships applications will be assessed by the faculty you’re applying to study with.

If your application is successful, you'll need to accept the offer within 3 weeks. We expect you to begin your research degree early in the following year.


Read the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend (Domestic) rules (PDF file, 407.27 KB).

To keep your scholarship, you must:

  • make satisfactory progress in your studies
  • remain studying at QUT
  • remain studying full-time, unless under exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances include:
    • caring responsibilities for a child
    • caring responsibilities for school-aged children with limited access to outside support
    • caring responsibilities for an invalid or disabled spouse, child, or parent
    • a medical condition, supported by a medical certificate, which limits your ability to study full-time.

You can't:

  • hold another scholarship that is worth more than 75% of the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend (Domestic).

Your scholarship will be tax-free if you're studying full-time. If you're studying part-time, your scholarship can be taxed.


Before 1 January 2017 the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend (Domestic) was known as the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA).

The Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend (Domestic) is a prestigious scholarship, funded by the federal government to provide financial support to exceptional students.

The number of scholarships offered varies from year to year. In 2017, over 150 scholarships were awarded.

Rules for previous Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rounds are available for reference:


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