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Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) International Scholarship

Applications open from 1 June 2024 and close 5 August 2024 

The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) International Scholarship provides a living allowance and tuition fees for high-quality higher degree by research candidates.

Scholarships are awarded through a competitive process which considers academic merit, research experience and/or potential. Priority will be given to students undertaking research in an area identified by UniSC as a research concentration.

International Round Dates

UniSC holds one international selection round a year.

Scholarship applications will only be accepted during the round open period. 1 June until 11:59pm-AEST 5 August 2024

How to apply

Step 1- Contact Referees
  • Applicants must provide two referee reports to support their application.
  • Referees must have knowledge of the applicant's qualifications, level of skill and capacity for research.
  • Referees must not be future/current supervisors
  • If you are applying through a professional experience pathway, at least one referee must be able to comment on relevant work experience
  • Applicants must request their referees complete the referee report and return to the applicant for the applicant to upload as an attachment as part of their application by the round closing date.
  • UniSC will not request these reports on your behalf. It is the responsibility of the applicant to request  with their referees to complete and then attach to their application.
Step 2- Complete application
  • Read the HDR Scholarships - Awarding Guidelines prior to completing the application on the online platform (available June 1). The guidelines provides details on the selection criteria and scoring matrix used to rank your application.

  • Read the guide for the application portal here
  • Applicants will create a profile on the online application platform and address the selection criteria and application questions on the platform. The Graduate Research School has prepared example responses in an exemplar document  by the Dean of Graduate Research of de-identified recent successful applicants 
  • The Principal supervisor will be require to complete a supporting document as part of the application, this can be found here ensure that a completed version is included in the applications attachments section in the application platform
Step 3- Submit application
Prospective HDR applicants

Applicants must submit both a HDR program application and RTP Scholarship application by the round closing date if they wish to apply for a scholarship.

The RTP scholarship application portal is available here 

If successful, future students will receive an offer for scholarship as part of their offer to program. Early outcomes for scholarships will not be available  

Current USC HDR candidates

Students enrolled in or have already recieved their offer for admission to a HDR program at UniSC should complete their application on the scholarship platform available here 


For further information refer to the Research Training Program Scholarship Schedule of Conditions and Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship- Operational Policy.

If you need assistance on how to apply, please contact UniSC Graduate Research School: 



Prospective Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) applicants will simultaneously submit an application into a HDR program at the University of the Sunshine Coast. To be successful in scholarship application, applicants will require a successful admission into a HDR Program.

Current HDR UniSC applicants will require an active offer or enrolment in a HDR program.

Selection criteria

Higher Degree by Research Scholarships - Awarding Guidelines



AU$34,449.95 (2024 rate) per annum tax-free, paid in fortnightly instalments. The rate is indexed annually commensurate with the RTP base stipend rate.

Successful International candidates will also be awarded a tuition fee offset scholarship for the duration of program. For further information, refer to Research Training Program (RTP)


Scholarship is awarded for 3 years with the possibility of 6-month extension in approved circumstances for Doctoral programs and 1.5 years with the possibility of 6-month extension in approved circumstances for Masters programs. Stipend payments will cease upon submission of thesis.

For continuing students, periods of study already undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the scholarship will reduce the duration of the award tenure.


Refer to How to Apply Step 3 - Submit application