Higher Degree by Research Scholarships

The Commonwealth Government’s Research Training Program (RTP) provides funding to universities to support the research training of both domestic and international higher degree research (HDR) candidates.

The funding provided through the RTP offers the provision for universities to administer and award a number of scholarships known as Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships.

These awards are governed by the Research Training Program (RTP) and University Research Training Scheme (URTS) Scholarship Policy  and replace the support provided through the Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA).

Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarships

Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarships are awarded to students of exceptional research potential to undertake a HDR at an Australian university. The scholarships are provided to assist with general living costs.

The Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarship provides an indexed stipend - paid fortnightly - of $27,596 (2019 rate) per annum. Additional benefits include paid sick leave, maternity leave and relocation allowance. The relocation allowance for RTP stipend recipients is up to $2,000 for domestic students and up to $2,500 for international students.

Australian Government RTP Domestic Fee Offset

The funding provided by the Commonwealth enables Charles Darwin University to provide tuition fee offsets to domestic candidates commencing or enrolled in HDR programs for which Australian Government RTP support is available. 

The support provided through the Australian Government RTP Domestic Fee Offset replaces the Commonwealth Government’s Research Training Scheme (RTS).

Australian Government RTP eligibility requirements

  • To be eligible for a RTP scholarship, a student must be a domestic student or an overseas student enrolled in an accredited HDR course of study at an Australian Higher Education Provider (HEP);
  • To be eligible for a RTP stipend a student must not be receiving income from another source to support that student's general living costs while undertaking their course of study if that income is greater than 75% of that student's RTP stipend rate. Income unrelated to the student's course of study or income received for the student's course of study but not for the purpose of supporting general living costs is not taken into account.
  • To be eligible for a RTP fee offset, a student must not be receiving an equivalent award or scholarship from the Australian Government designed to offset HDR tuition fees.

For more information please visit RTP Scholarships - FAQs.

Please contact research.degrees@cdu.edu.au or call 08 8946 6548 if you have any queries about scholarships.

University Research Training Scheme (URTS) Fee Offset

  • The University Research Training Scheme (URTS) Fee Offset is offered to international HDR candidates of exceptional research potential commencing or enrolling in a HDR program who have been awarded an Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarship. The URTS Fee Offset is not a Commonwealth scholarship.

The fee offset provided may fully or partially remove the liability of the HDR candidate to pay program tuition fees for the year in which it is awarded.

International HDR candidates who are not awarded an Australian Government RTP Stipend can still apply for a URTS Fee Offset which is awarded through a competitive process.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Overseas students enrolled in a HDR at CDU may apply for a URTS fee offset;
  • Students awarded a URTS fee offset must not be receiving an equivalent award or scholarship from the Australian Government designed to offset HDR tuition fees.

More information

E: research.degrees@cdu.edu.au
P: 08 8946 6548
International applicants can visit the International Website for a list of application documents.

2019 PhD top-up's available for research in the fields of molecular ecology or landscape genetics of North Australian mammals

PhD top-up scholarships are available to students who receive (or expect to receive) a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend scholarship for commencement in 2019.

The scholarship will provide a $7,500 top-up to a RTP stipend for the duration of the RTP but not more than 3.5 years. The duration of a RTP stipend scholarship is 3 years with a possible 6 month extension as per the CDU RTP Scholarship Policy.

For more info about the top-ups, go to:

Please contact Professor Sam Banks with a brief PhD proposal for a project in the fields of molecular ecology or landscape genetics of North Australian mammals.

Successful applicants are required to gain admission and a RTP stipend scholarship at CDU to receive the top-up. Information about applications for PhD admission and RTP scholarships can be found here.

Applications close 27 October 2018

2019 Summer Scholarships - National Library of Australia

Apply now for the chance to work in-depth with the National Library's world-class collections. Our summer Scholarships support Australian PhD scholars to undertake six weeks of immersive research with privileged acces to the Library's diverse collections and expert staff.

Scholarship benefits:

  • six weeks of in-depth research at the National Library over January and February 2019
  • special access to collections, office facilities and staff expertise
  • shared accommodation at University House, Australian National University
  • economy travel to and from Canberra
  • honorarium of $300 per week

We invite applications from PhD scholars undertaking research in the humanities, arts and social sciences or biography who can demonstrate a need to access the Library's Australian collections for their project.

Applications close Sunday 30 September 2018. Read more and apply.

2019 CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships

The CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship Program provides opportunities in science and engineering for outstanding graduates at Australian tertiary institutions.

Each year, the Program supports postgraduate scholarships for students to work on a project relevant to one of several priority research areas. Students are co-supervised by researchers in an Australian university and CSIRO.

Top-up PhD Scholarships are available to PhD students who have gained (or expect to gain), first class honours or equivalent in relevant research areas. Students must also expect to receive a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or equivalent scholarship commencing in the year of the CSIRO scholarship. Full scholarships may be available in certain circumstances.

Applications are being sought in nominated priority research areas for the 2019 program and will support a number of PhD scholarships. For details on the opportunities available please visit: CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarships.

Applications close 31 October 2018

Malaysia Australia Colombo Plan Commemoration (MACC) 2019

This scholarship is available to Malaysian citizens and covers tuition fees and a living allowance for three years.

CDU has one MACC Scholarship on offer for an international student commencing a PhD in 2019. 

Basic terms and conditions

  • Available for Malaysian citizens only
  • Achievement of at least 6.5 overall, and a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-band of the IELTS or equivalent test
  • Applicants must meet CDU PhD entry requirements
  • The scholarship will be competitively awarded

Application closing date

31 October 2018.

Click here to find out more about admission and scholarship applications for international students.

For more information about applying for the MACC scholarship visit MACC scholarships.