Research Training Program

What is the Research Training Program (RTP)?

The RTP is a pool of funding provided to Universities to support the delivery of research training to Higher Degree Research (HDR) students undertaking Research Doctorate and Research Masters degrees.

From January 1, 2017, the RTP replaced the Research Training Scheme including Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS).

What forms of support does the RTP provide?

RTP Fee Offset

The RTP Fee Offset is used to pay for the tuition fees of Domestic HDR students. The fee offset is not a stipend and is provided to all Domestic Students who have been accepted for admission at the University of New England (UNE).

The Australian Commonwealth Government requires all Universities to declare, in writing, the amount of that funding as an RTP scholarship. At UNE this fee offset is, on average, about $11,167.00 per HDR student in 2020, whether in a Research Masters or Doctoral program.

Please note that this change does not require HDR students to pay any tuition fees.

HDR students will need to continue to pay the UNE Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), as they currently do.

Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarships
(formerly APA and IPRS scholarship schemes)

This scholarship provides a stipend allowance of $28,092 per annum in 2020, and covers tuition fees for International students. Students must apply for this scholarship through a competitive process. For information about RTP scholarships, including round dates, please see the HDR Scholarship webpage.

Students who received an APA or IPRS scholarship prior to 2017 continue with the same terms and conditions, however both these scholarships are  now known as Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarships.

More information on RTP:

Please see the HDR Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship Policy for further details.

The Department of Education and Training has a website on the Research Training Program and has established a FAQ specifically for HDR.

You can also contact the HDR Team in Research Services with any questions.