Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Domestic Stipend Scholarship

Scholarship Information

The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship provides a living allowance for high-quality research higher degree students. They are awarded on academic merit and research experience and/or potential. The RTP also includes a tuition fee off-set for all domestic Research Masters or PhD students. Please refer to the website for further information about the tuition fee off-set.

To be eligible for a RTP Stipend Scholarship, you must:

  • To be eligible for a RTP Stipend, RTP Fees Offset or RTP Allowance a student must be a domestic student or an overseas student enrolled in an accredited HDR course of study at an Australian 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 per cent 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 purposes of supporting general living costs is not to be taken into account.
  • To be eligible for a RTP Fees Offset a student must not be receiving an equivalent award or scholarship from the Commonwealth designed to offset HDR fees.

It is normal for recipients to undertake study on a full-time, on-campus basis, however, subject to criteria listed in the Conditions of Award the scholarship may be offered for either part-time and/or off-campus.

Please see the Conditions of Award for more information.

RTP Round Dates:

(Applications can only be accepted during Scholarship Round Dates)

Please note, scholarship applications will be accepted up-to, and including the closing round date. Any applications received after this point will be considered for the following round.

 1 February 202031 March 2020
1 April 202030 June 2020
1 July 202030 September 2020

Stipend Information:

AU$28,092 (2020 rate) per annum tax-free for full-time students, paid in fortnightly instalments.

AU$14,046 (2020 rate) per annum, taxable, for part-time students, paid in fortnightly instalments.

Three years full-time for a doctoral degree, two years for a research Master's degree. The duration of an RTP stipend scholarship cannot be extended.

How to apply:

Applicants must meet UNE’s admission requirements for a PhD program. Please see the entry requirements. Applicants must submit a candidature application if they wish to apply for a scholarship. For more information on submitting a candidature application please see our how to apply/enrol webpage.

To apply for the scholarship please review the below guidelines and complete the application form:

Scholarship and candidature applications can be submitted through AskUNE.

Supervisor Statement of Support
  • All applicants must submit a Statement of Support from their Principal Supervisor. The University will not request statements on your behalf.
  • This statement should be no more than 500 words and should outline alignment of the applicant’s research proposal with the School research priorities and provide a clear indication of the level of support of the student’s project.
  • There is no specific form for the statement of support and it can be submitted direct to Research Services by the supervisor via email to or it may be supplied by the Supervisor to the student for attachment to this application.

Referee Reports

  • All applicants must provide two referee reports. The University will not request reports on your behalf.
  • Referees must be qualified to speak with knowledge about the applicants work during the qualification most relevant to this application and on your capacity for research.  If you are also basing this application on relevant work experience/training, at least one referee must be able to comment on relevant experience.

Applicants must provide contact details of referees on the scholarship application. Applicants must request their referees to submit their written reports directly to the University using the Referee's Report Form.

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Further information about these scholarships can be found on the UNE HDR Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship Policy webpage and in the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research) 2017.