Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships

  • PHD, Master
  • Up to 28,854 AUD ($)
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Awarded competitively to students of exceptional research potential to assist with living costs while undertaking a Higher Degree by Research.

University of Tasmania
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University of Tasmania

The University of Tasmania is a public research university primarily located in Tasmania, Australia.

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  • To be eligible for a RTP Stipend, and RTP Allowance a candidate must be either a domestic candidate or an overseas candidate enrolled in an accredited Higher Degree by Research at the University.
  • To be eligible for a RTP Stipend a candidate must not be receiving income from another source to support the candidate’s general living costs while undertaking their Higher Degree by Research if that income is greater than 75 per cent of the candidate’s RTP Stipend rate. Income unrelated to the candidate’s course of study (e.g. employment income) or income received for the candidate’s course of study but not for the purpose of supporting general living costs will not be taken into account.
  • To be eligible for a RTP Fees Offset a candidate must not be receiving an equivalent award or scholarship from the Commonwealth Government designed to offset tuition fees for their Higher Degree by Research.
  • All domestic applicants will be offered an RTP Fees Offset provided they are not receiving an equivalent award or scholarship from the Commonwealth designed to offset Higher Degree by Research tuition fees.
  • RTP Scholarship awardees are required to accept and commence by the dates stated in their letter of offer. If an awardee wishes to delay the date of commencement, a formal application must be submitted to the Dean of Graduate Research for approval, including a justification for the delay, a proposed new date of enrolment and a letter of support from the primary supervisor. A delayed commencement beyond 1 December will not be approved. If the awardee does not enrol and commence by the maximum commencement date stated on their letter of offer and permission to delay commencement is not granted, then the offer will be withdrawn.
  • The period of support of a RTP Scholarship is always subject to the awardee making satisfactory academic progress and terminates on the expiry of the Award or on submission of the thesis for examination, whichever is the sooner.

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Living Allowance: AUD $28,854 per annum. This rate is indexed annually on 1st January. The RTP Allowance can assist with costs associated with relocating to Tasmania to undertake a Higher Degree by Research up to AUD $2,000.


An RTP Scholarship can only be taken up at the university at which the application was lodged and candidates are expected to complete their candidature at that university.

Where a candidate seeks to transfer from one university to another during the tenure of their RTP scholarship, the candidate must discuss with the receiving university whether that university is prepared to continue the RTP Scholarship support as RTP funding is not transferred between institutions.

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