Applying for a Research Training Program scholarship - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Applying for a Research Training Program scholarship

Step 1: Review the eligibility requirements and selection criteria

Eligibility requirements
  • To be eligible for a RTP Stipend, RTP Fees Offset or RTP Allowance a student must be a domestic student or an overseas student accepted or enrolled in an accredited HDR course of study at USC.

  • Not have an equivalent qualification to the one for which they are currently applying
  • 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 HDR if that income is greater than 75 per cent of that student’s RTP Stipend 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.

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.

Step 2: Prepare an application form and supporting documents

Ensure you submit:

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

Step 3: Submit your RTP Scholarship application

2020 Application Dates

Scholarship Applications - accepted from Saturday 1 August 2020 through Sunday 11 October 2020 for scholarships commencing in 2021.

For prospective students to be eligible for assessment of a RTP application, you must first be successfully assessed for your HDR program. To ensure enough time for your program assessment, you must submit your HDR program application by the following dates: 

  • International applicants — Sunday 26 July 2020
  • Domestic applicants — Sunday 13 September 2020 (Both HDR Program and RTP applications may be submitted concurrently, but the HDR program application will be assessed first).

If your HDR program application is not approved for enrollment by the 11 October 2020, 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.

Submit application form and supporting documents to:

Prospective Students -

Current Students -

For more information on Research Training Program Scholarships at USC please see the below policy and procedures.