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Applying for a Research Training Program Scholarship

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The Graduate Research School is now accepting applications

The Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship scheme is funded by the Australian Government to provide financial assistance to Higher Degree by Research students enrolled in or commencing a postgraduate research degree.

Scholarship Details

Open to

New students and currently enrolled students

Student type

Domestic, International

*for 2021 RTP rounds USC will be accepting applications from domestic and Onshore international candidates only.

Level of study

Higher Degree by Research

Study Load

Full-time

Successful applicants are expected to maintain a full-time study load throughout their candidature.

Study area

All study areas

HDR funding type

Living stipend scholarship and Tuition Scholarship

Scholarship value

Stipend of $28,597 per annum tax free (2021 rate), indexed annually

Scholarship duration

3 years with the possibility of two 6 month extensions in approved circumstances for Doctoral programs.

1.5 years with the possibility of one 6 month extension in approved circumstances for Masters programs.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a RTP Stipend, RTP Fees Offset or RTP Allowance you must:

  • Be accepted to commence or currently enrolled in an accredited Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program at USC.
  • Must not already have an equivalent qualification to the one for which they are currently applying.
  • To be eligible for an RTP Stipend, a student must not be receiving a living allowance award, or scholarship that provides an income greater than 75% of the RTP Scholarship living allowance rate. Income unrelated to the student’s HDR 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 to receive a RTP Fees Offset Scholarship, a student must not be receiving an equivalent award or scholarship from the Commonwealth designed to offset HDR tuition fees.

Selection criteria

Recipients for RTP Scholarships will be selected in order of merit on the following criteria:

  • Academic qualifications; and
  • Alignment of the proposed research to one of USC's areas of research concentration; and
  • Record of research publications or non-traditional research outputs; and
  • Professional Research Experience; and
  • Preference is given to applicants who have completed a Bachelor Honours Degree with minimum Class 1, or who are regarded by USC as having an equivalent level of attainment via previous study, relevant work experience, research strength, research publications and other research experience.

The Awarding a HDR Scholarship - Guidelines provides details on the selection criteria used to rank your application in order of merit. It is recommended you are familiar with the content to assist in the preparation of your strongest possible application.

All domestic students, upon being offered unconditional offer to undertake a higher degree by research program at an Australian university, will be offered an RTP Fees Offset Scholarship. Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarships are only awarded to students of exceptional research potential.

As per the Guidelines, International Scholarships may only be awarded to students undertaking research in an area identified by USC as a research concentration. Further detail on USC's Research Centres and Clusters is available at Research and innovation.

2021 RTP Round 1: Closed

2021 RTP Round 1: Closed

2021 RTP Round 2: Closed 

Applications for this round will be considered for commencement in Research Semester 2A 2021 - 1 July 2021 start.

*Due to international border restrictions USC will not be accepting applications from international students currently residing overseas for this scholarship round. This may change depending on Australian Government advice. Please monitor our website for updates.

All Students  Applications open (*Domestic ) Now
NEW STUDENTS

Admission approval deadline

for new applicants, you must be approved for admission into a higher degree by research program by this date to be considered for this RTP round. If not, your RTP application will be assessed in the next eligible selection round pending admission approval.

31 March 2021
CURRENT STUDENTS

Application closes

current students must submit complete RTP scholarship application documents by this date to be considered for this RTP round.

31 March 2021
  RTP selection panel review    

April 2021

  Outcomes to be sent to applicants by 31 May 2021
  Successful applicant acceptance to be received by    

30 June 2021

2021 RTP Round 3: Open for applications

Applications for this round will be considered for commencement in Research Semester 2B 2021 -1 October 2021 start

*Due to international border restrictions USC will not be accepting applications from international students currently residing overseas for this scholarship round. This may change depending on Australian Government advice. Please monitor our website for updates.

NEW STUDENTS
Applications open (*Domestic ) Now
CURRENT STUDENTS
 Applications open (*Domestic ) 1 April
NEW STUDENTS

Admission approval deadline

for new applicants, you must be approved for admission into a higher degree by research program by this date to be considered for this RTP round. If not, your RTP application will be assessed in the next eligible selection round pending admission approval.

30 June 2021
CURRENT STUDENTS

Application closes

current students must submit complete RTP scholarship application documents by this date to be considered for this RTP round.

30 June 2021
  RTP selection panel review    

July 2021

  Outcomes to be sent to applicants by 31 August 2021
  Successful applicant acceptance to be received by    

30 September 2021

2022 RTP Round 1: Opens 1 July

Applications for this round will be considered for commencement in Research Semester 1A and 1B 2022 - 1 January and 1 April 2022 start

NEW STUDENTS

Applications open (Domestic and International )

Now

CURRENT STUDENTS

 Applications open (Domestic and International )

1 July

NEW STUDENTS

Admission approval deadline

for new applicants, you must be approved for admission into a higher degree by research program by this date to be considered for this RTP round. If not, your RTP application will be assessed in the next eligible selection round pending admission approval.

30 September 2021

CURRENT STUDENTS

Application closes

current students must submit complete RTP scholarship application documents by this date to be considered for this RTP round.

30 September 2021

 

RTP selection panel review

   

October 2021

 

Outcomes to be sent to applicants by

30 November 2021

 

Successful applicant acceptance to be received by

 31 December 2021

Before you submit your RTP application you must:

New Students

Domestic applicants must submit their RTP application by attaching the required documents as a supporting document to their online application for admission into a higher degree by research program via ApplyUSC.

  • If your admission application has already been submitted and pending approval, submit your RTP application documents separately to  information@usc.edu.au.

International applicants must submit the RTP application documents along with their application for admission into a higher degree by research program electronically via information@usc.edu.au. *Please specify in the application email which RTP round you are applying for.

Current Student

Students currently enrolled in a higher degree by research program or who already have received an offer for admission and deferred commencement of program must submit their RTP application documents to the Graduate Research School by the application closing date.

Submit application documents electronically via: researchtraining@usc.edu.au

What to Submit

Your RTP application must include:

You must combine all documents into a single PDF for submission and name the document RTP Scholarship Application_<insert your name>

* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.

Applications to be submitted as per the deadlines listed in the Application and Award timelines.

The Graduate Research School do not conduct preliminary checks on applications, all documents submitted will be presented to the RTP Scholarship Selection Panel as your complete application. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they have submitted all required documents as per the instructions on this page.

If your HDR program application is not approved for admission, your RTP application is then ineligible for consideration and will not be assessed.

Applicants in their final semester of a Bachelor Honours Degree or Masters Degree (Research) or equivalent may apply. The qualification will be assessed as completed to the highest standard. A Conditional Offer may be made with an Unconditional Offer being made once evidence is received of the successful completion of the degree to the required standard.

Contact 

Graduate Research School

phone +61 7 5456 5595 or email hdrscholarships@usc.edu.au 

Got a question? The RTP frequently asked questions section maybe of assistance here.