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Australian Government Research Training Program scholarships

Applications accepted all year
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:

Please note: RTP scholarship applications are now closed for 2020.

To be considered for an RTP scholarship in 2021, please apply for both your chosen HDR course and complete an RTP submission. Please note the relevant deadlines for RTP scholarships vary from your degree. Find out more about commencing in 2021, and the launch of our new coursework curriculum.

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:

University of Sydney RTP Supplementary Scholarship

Established in 2019, the University of Sydney RTP Supplementary Scholarship provides a supplementary stipend to selected domestic Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship recipients who are currently pursuing full-time research studies at the University of Sydney. 

Find out more about the University of Sydney RTP Supplementary Scholarship.

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.
  • University of Sydney International Strategic Scholarship: this also covers tuition fees and provides a stipend. Those under consideration for an RTP Scholarship will automatically be considered for this scholarship. Learn more about this scholarship.

Find out more about the RTP Scholarship (International).

How to apply

You can apply for these scholarships at any time of the year.

To be considered for a scholarship, you must:

  1. complete your application for admission in postgraduate research to the relevant faculty, and select the checkbox to be considered for research scholarships
  2. ensure your application includes all relevant supporting documents, referring to the RTP/UPA applicant information pack and research experience guide and evidence template (see related documents below).

If you are a current student at the University of Sydney, you will need to apply for the scholarship here.

Honours students, whose results have not yet been released can submit their Masters by Research/MPhil or PhD admission application and elect to be considered for RTP. RTP applications will be put on hold until the students have provided the Scholarships Office with their final Honours transcript. Final honours transcript can be sent via email or uploaded to the online document submission portal.

Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to reapply if their situation changes (such as the publication of an article or further related professional experience).

For information on issues such as deferment, key dates and eligibility, please see our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Application and award timeline

Commencing research period Applicant Submission deadline* Offers received from

Research periods 1 and 2, 2021


30 September 2020

30 November 2020

Research periods 1 and 2, 2021


4 December 2020

4 February 2021

Research periods 3 and 4, 2021


4 December 2020 4 February 2021

Research periods 3 and 4, 2021


30 March 2021

1 June 2021

*New students must complete the RTP submission, along with their course application, by the submission deadline. Current HDR students will need to submit a separate application.

Current students must refer to the relevant document submission date for international or domestic cohorts to be considered in the relevant upcoming rounds. For example, currently enrolled international students must submit their documents by 30 September 2020 to receive an outcome in November 2020.

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.