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Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend (Domestic)

Future and current student scholarship
A scholarship for future postgraduate research students in any faculty.

Scholarship details

Study levels

Research

Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area

All study areas

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance

Citizenship

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.

Eligibility

The Australian Government requires you to:

  • be a domestic student enrolled in an accredited research degree (HDR course of study) at an 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, 208.01 KB) to see all selection criteria involved as part of our competitive selection process.

Faculty criteria

Depending on the faculty you'll be studying in, you will have to meet specific eligibility criteria.

Creative Industries Faculty

Criteria 1
Academic record reflecting outstanding performance
Criteria 2
Quality of the research project proposal
Criteria 3
Strategic alignment with faculty priority areas
Criteria 4
Research environment and supervisory team

Faculty of Education

Criteria 1
Grade point average (GPA) of at least 6
Criteria 2
Academic record reflecting outstanding performance
Criteria 3
Demonstrated research aptitude (evidence of engagement with literature, knowledge of research methods and academic writing skills)
Criteria 4
Strategic alignment with faculty
Criteria 5
Research, clinical or professional experience reflecting outstanding research skills

Faculty of Health

Applicants are assessed against the following three criteria. You must achieve a score of 5-7 against these criteria to be considered for a scholarship.

Criteria 1
Academic record and research achivements - relative to opportunity
Criteria 2
The research environment and supervisory team
Criteria 3
Research project and strategic alignment - relative to stage of candidature

Faculty of Law

Criteria 1
Academic excellence exceeding the minimum required for entry
Criteria 2
Research or professional experience reflecting outstanding research skills
Criteria 3
Quality of research proposal
Criteria 4
Strategic alignment with faculty research strengths and priorities
Criteria 5
High quality publications

QUT Business School

Criteria 1
A high grade point average (GPA)
Criteria 2
Demonstration of a high level of research aptitude and skill, beyond the minimum standard required for entry
Criteria 3
Strategic alignment with faculty or school research priorities
Criteria 4
Submission of a high quality research proposal

Science and Engineering Faculty

Criteria 1
Grade point average (GPA) of at least 6
Criteria 2
Publications and conference or journal patents
Criteria 3
Research, lab, field and professional experience
Criteria 4
Strategic alignment with faculty research strengths and priorities
Criteria 5
English language proficiency level (benchmarked and ranked against an overall score higher than QUT's minimum English test requirements, or a comparison for approved QUT EMI equivalence)

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.

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 mid-November.

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 scholarship application is successful, you'll need to accept the offer by the response date provided in your offer. We expect you to begin your research degree early in the following year.

Conditions

Read the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend (Domestic) rules (PDF file, 208.01 KB).

To keep your scholarship, we require you to:

  • make satisfactory progress in your studies
  • remain studying at QUT
  • be enrolled as an internal student
  • 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

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 100 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

Phone

Science and Engineering Faculty: + 61 7 3138 2932
All other faculties: +61 7 3138 4923
Fax
+61 7 3138 1304
Email
research.scholarships@qut.edu.au
Postal address
Research Students Centre
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4001

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