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Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area

All study areas

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance


Australian or New Zealand

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a scholarship, indexed annually ($27,082 in 2018). 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.


The Australian Government requires you to:

  • be a domestic student or an international student enrolled in an accredited research degree (HDR course of study) at and Australian higher education provider (HEP)
  • not be receiving income from another source to support your general living costs while studying, if that income is greater than 75% of your RTP stipend rate. Income not related to your course of study or income received for you course of study but not for the purposes of supporting general living costs is not to be taken into account.

If you also hold an Australian Government RTP Fees Offset scholarship, you must:

  • not be receiving an equivalent award or scholarship from the Commonwealth that's designed to offset research degree (HDR) fees.

Read the Australian Government RTP Stipend rules (PDF file, 209.08 KB) to see all selection criteria involved as part of our competitive selection process.

Your faculty can advise you on specific scholarship admission criteria.

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 Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend (Domestic) rules (PDF file, 209.08 KB).

To keep your scholarship, we require you to:

  • 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 Australian Government 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.

About the scholarship

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

The Australian Government 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 years of the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Domestic) are available for reference:

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

Contact us

Research Scholarships


Science and Engineering Faculty: + 61 7 3138 2932
All other faculties: +61 7 3138 4923
+61 7 3138 1304
Postal address
Research Students Centre
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4001

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