What is the Research Training Program (RTP)?
RTP is funding provided to Australian Universities by the Australian Commonwealth Government for the purpose of supporting the delivery of research training for Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates undertaking Research Doctorate and Research Masters degrees.
What do the RTP funds support at USC?
RTP Funds are used to support HDR candidates through scholarships such as the RTP Tuition Fee Offsets, RTP Stipends and RTP Allowances.
RTP Tuition Fee Offset Scholarship
The fee offset is used to pay for the HDR tuition fees. Candidates awarded a fee offset scholarship will not be required to pay any tuition fees for the period of support awarded. Candidates may however be required to pay USC Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
To be eligible for the fee offset, candidates must not be receiving an equivalent award or scholarship from the Commonwealth designed to offset HDR tuition fees. Priority is given to candidates who are undertaking a HDR program for the first time.
RTP Stipend Scholarship
This scholarship provides an annual living stipend allowance commensurate with the current years RTP base stipend rate. All candidates must apply for this scholarship through a competitive process. For information about scholarship selection round dates, please see the HDR Scholarship webpage.
RTP Stipend Scholarship recipients will have access to a combined total of $2,000 to assist with their costs associated with undertaking their HDR at USC. Funds can be used towards relocation costs, overseas student health cover, publication or thesis printing.
Require further information?
Please see the Research Training Program Scholarship- Schedule of Conditions 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 USC Graduate Research School with any questions.