Australian Government Research Training Program scholarships

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Students who have applied for admission to a higher degree by research (HDR) and selected the relevant box in the application form will be considered for this scholarship.

The Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships are provided by the Australian government to support both domestic and international students undertaking postgraduate research degrees. 

Find out more about:

RTP Scholarship (Domestic)

Types of scholarships:

  • RTP Fees Offset Scholarships: offered to domestic students with an unconditional offer to undertake a higher degree by research course at the University of Sydney. This scholarship is supported by the Australian government and provides tuition fees.
  • RTP Stipend Scholarships: awarded to students of exceptional research potential to undertake a higher degree by research at an Australian university. These Australian government scholarships are provided to assist with general living costs.
  • University of Sydney Postgraduate Awards (UPA): similar to the RTP Scholarships in terms of tenure and benefits. Eligible RTP applicants are automatically considered for these awards.

Find out more about the RTP Scholarship (Domestic).

Other scholarships

This primary scholarship may be offered in conjunction with the RTP/UPA round:

Browse more scholarships for domestic research students.

RTP Scholarship (International)

Types of scholarships:

  • RTP Scholarship scheme: funded by the Australian Government, this scholarship provides tuition fees offset and stipend to high quality international postgraduate students who wish to enrol in a research degree at Australian universities. Applications are assessed on academic merit and research potential.

Find out more about the RTP Scholarship (International).

Application and award timeline

Domestic Application and award timeline
Scholarship Commencing research period Submission deadline Offers received from
Research Period 1 and 2, 2024 16 October 2023 21 December 2023
Research Period 3 and 4, 2024 14 May 2024 21 June 2024
Research Period 1 and 2, 2025 22 October 2024 13 December 2024
International Application and award timeline
Scholarship Commencing research period Submission deadline Offers received from
Research Period 1 and 2, 2024 15 September 2023 24 November 2023
Research Period 3 and 4, 2024 21 December 2023 29 February 2024
Research Period 1 and 2, 2025 13 September 2024 22 November 2024
Research Period 3 and 4, 2025 17 December 2024 February 2025 (Estimate)

Submission deadlines

The submission deadline refers to the date a student will need to meet, in order to be considered for an offer round.

New students can be considered for an RTP scholarship by completing the course application by the submission deadline. Current HDR students will need to submit a separate application by the submission deadline.

Current students must refer to the relevant submission deadline, international or domestic, to be considered in the upcoming, international or domestic round. For example, currently enrolled international students must submit their documents by 21 December 2023 to receive an outcome in February 2024.

If you are a prospective student and have elected to be considered for an RTP scholarship, as part of your application for admission, please ensure you submit and all mandatory documents by the submission deadline. For example, if you are an international student and wish to receive an RTP scholarship outcome in February 2024 and are commencing in research period 3 or 4 2024, you will need to complete your submission by 21 December 2023. Any submission after 21 December 2023 may result your scholarship application being considered in the next international round in November 2024.

Academic transcripts

If you are a current student who has previously studied at another university, you must provide copies of your transcripts with your RTP application (even if you have already provided them with your application for entry into the degree).

Evidence of publications, output in the arts or music, professional experience

If we cannot verify your publications, they cannot be counted towards your application. See the research experience guide (pdf, 410KB) for details on what you need to provide with your application, and the format to be used.

English language requirements

Please note that results of English Language Proficiency Tests including IELTS, TOEFL and PTE are not required to assess your scholarship application. You may need to submit these documents to the Admission Office for your admission application.

Scanned documents

The University accepts scanned documents submitted online in support of applications for admission to courses of study and photocopy of documents for RTP applications.

All supporting documents must be true and complete records. You should be prepared to provide original documents or original certified copies of supporting documents upon request at any time.

Detailed checking of supporting documents is an inherent element of our admissions and scholarship ranking processes and may involve contacting the original issuing authority or relevant tertiary admissions centre, or other organisation (whether education or otherwise), or individual, whether in Australia or overseas, to verify documents.

A failure to provide documents on request, or the discovery of either fraudulent documents or a misrepresentation of true circumstances in association with your application, may lead to the rejection of your application for admission/scholarship, the withdrawal of your offer, or the cancellation of your enrolment.

Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by a complete English translation. The University accepts translations to English made by an accredited translator with a government body, the Registrar of the issuing institution.