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 a PhD, masters by research, or professional doctorate
  • have a minimum first-class honours (H1) or equivalent. If you're not sure if your qualifications are equivalent to first-class honours, check our guidelines for determining honours equivalence (PDF file, 111.03 KB)
  • 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

Apply for a research course by 30 September and indicate on your application that you want to be considered for a scholarship as part of our annual scholarship round.

You'll be considered for all scholarships you're eligible for.

Current students

If you're currently enrolled in a research masters, PhD or professional doctorate at QUT, you must apply online through QUT Virtual 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 (i.e. publications).

What happens next

We'll assess applications and make offers in December.

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 2016, over 130 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