Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area

All study areas

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance



What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a scholarship, indexed annually ($28,597 in 2021). The scholarship is for living costs for up to 2 years for masters students and 3 years for PhD and doctoral students.

You can also apply for:

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

International students will also receive:

  • an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset (International).


The Australian Government requires you to:

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

By 30 October 2020, you must also:

Read the Australian Government RTP Stipend (International) rules (PDF file, 319.0 KB) to see all selection criteria involved as part of our competitive selection process.

English language requirements

Depending on your previous experience and qualifications, you may need to meet English language requirements. You can find your English language requirements in your course information.

We accept test results from:

  • IELTS (Academic)
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
English testOverallListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT 79 16 16 21 18
Pearson PTE (Academic) 58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 176 169 169 169 169
Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) C1 - - - -

You must take your test no more than 2 years before the start of your course.

QUT IELTS test centre

If you are in Australia, you can complete the IELTS proficiency exam at our IELTS test centre.

If you are registering for a TOEFL test, you can organise to send your results directly to us. Our TOEFL institution code is 9778.

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
Academic record reflecting outstanding performance
Criteria 2
Demonstrated research aptitude and achievement - relevant to opportunity
Criteria 3
Strategic alignment with faculty research strengths and priorities
Criteria 4
Professional experience relevant to the proposed project
Criteria 5
Quality of the research proposal

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 achievements - relative to opportunity
Criteria 2
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, and/or high quality publications
Criteria 3
Quality of research proposal
Criteria 4
Strategic alignment with faculty research strengths and priorities

QUT Business School

Criteria 1
A high grade point average (GPA)
Criteria 2
Demonstration of a high level of research aptitude and/or skill, beyond the minimum standard required for entry
Criteria 3
Strategic alignment with faculty research strengths and 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/journal/patents
Criteria 3
Research, lab, field and professional experience
Criteria 4
Strategic alignment with faculty research strengths, priorities and values
Criteria 5
School and supervisor support
Criteria 6
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

We have moved to a two-step application process, with an Expression of Interest (EOI) followed by an application if you are invited to apply on the basis of your EOI.

You must have submitted your EOI by by 11:59pm AEST on 20 September 2020 to ensure inclusion in the annual scholarship round.

If your EOI is successful you will be invited to submit an application. Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm AEST on 30 October 2020.

If you submitted an application prior to Monday 17 August 2020 and indicated that you wished to be considered for a scholarship you will automatically be included in the round.

Follow our step-by-step guide to apply for a research degree

Current students

Applications have closed for the 2021 annual scholarship round.

What happens next?

We'll assess applications and make offers in mid-December.

Eligibility for admission to a research degree is determined by the Graduate Research 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.


Read the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend (International) rules (PDF file, 319.0 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.

You can't:

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

About the scholarship

The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend (International) 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.

Rules for previous years of the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend (International) are available for reference:

Contact us

Graduate Research Centre

3138 7200
Int. phone
+61 7 3138 7200
Postal address
Graduate Research Centre
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4001

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