Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) International Scholarship - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) International Scholarship

Closed. Currently not accepting scholarship applications.

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 USC as a research concentration.

International Round Dates

USC holds one international selection round a year.

Applications will be accepted up-to midnight AEST on the round closing date. Any applications received after this point will not be considered.

Scholarship applications will only be accepted during the round open period.

Opens Closes Assessment Outcomes Sent Acceptance Due
01 August 23 September October 12 December onwards 30 December

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.
  • 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 submit their written reports directly to USC using the Online RTP Referee Report Form by the round closing date.
  • USC will not request these reports on your behalf. It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm with their referees that this step has been completed.
Step 2- Complete application form
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.

Attach the RTP scholarship application form as a supporting document to your online HDR program admission application via ApplyUSC.

Current USC HDR candidates

Students enrolled in or have already recieved their offer for admission to a HDR program at USC should email their RTP scholarship application form directly to 


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

Questions? Refer to the Research Training Program – Frequently Asked Questions for students 

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



Applicants must be accepted into a Higher Degrees by Research program at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Selection criteria

Higher Degree by Research Scholarships - Awarding Guidelines



AU$28,854 (2022 rate) per annum tax-free, paid in fortnightly instalments. The rate is indexed annually commensurate with the RTP base stipend rate.

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


Scholarship is awarded for 3 years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances for Doctoral programs and 1.5 years with the possibility of one 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.