Thursday, June 22, 2017

2018 Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship in Australia

Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarships are funded by the Australian government and awarded to students of exceptional research potential undertaking a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) to assist with general living costs.

Applicants will meet eligibility requirements and proof of supporting evidence (as documented in the Eligibility Criteria section below) on or by the application closing date to be considered for a scholarship. No exceptions will be granted.

Student type
  • Current Students
  • Future Students
  • Health Sciences
  • Curtin Business School
  • Science & Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
Course type
  • Postgraduate Research
Non-gender specific
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • International students
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • Australian Citizen
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based
Scholarship Value
Stipend:  Curtin University will administer to each Recipient an annual stipend equivalent to the base full-time RTP Stipend rate published by the Department of Education and Training for the relevant year of award. The 2017 annual stipend amount for a full-time student is currently set at $26,682.00, tax free.

Tuition Fee Offset Scholarship:   International applicants awarded an RTP Stipend Scholarship will be provided a Curtin-funded tuition fee offset scholarship to assist with tuition fee liability. 
Period of Support:   Recipients are entitled to three years full-time equivalent study if undertaking an eligible Research Doctorate and a maximum of two years full-time equivalent study if undertaking a Masters by Research.   The duration of the Scholarship will be reduced by any period of study undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the Scholarship.

N.B  For further information about the scholarship's terms, conditions and allowances please see the scholarship's Conditions of Award (COA). The scholarship's COA will be available for download from Monday, 26 June 2017.

Eligibility criteria
To be eligible for an RTP Stipend Scholarship, an applicant must :
  • Satisfy all academic entry requirements for a Masters by Research or a Research Doctorate, including the English proficiency levels set by Curtin University without concession, and
  • Be undertaking a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) or intending to commence a HDR course in Research Term 1, 2018
  • Be enrolled as a full-time, Internal, on campus student.  Approval may be given for a part-time award (for domestic students only) where an applicant is able to demonstrate compelling social reasons such as a medical condition or primary care commitments which would prevent full-time study. 
  • not be receiving income from another source to support their general living costs while undertaking their course of study if that income is greater than 75 per cent of their RTP Stipend rate. 
Selection Criteria:
Research Scholarships are currently awaiting final approval of the scholarship selection criteria from University governance. The selection criteria will be finalised and advertised by COB Friday, 23 June 2017
Further information:
Evidence of English language proficiency - Applicants must meet and provide official evidence of English language proficiency on or by the application closing date.  Applicants who do not meet English by the application closing date will not be considered for a scholarship. 

Research and Creative Outputs - Please list and number consecutively papers published, papers in press or finally accepted for publication in refereed journals over the last five years. The listing must indicate titles of papers, sequence of authors as shown in the paper, first and last page numbers, name, volume and date of journal and, for recent papers not yet published, a copy of the notification of acceptance by the journal’s editor is required.    Please do not include papers submitted for publication but not yet accepted, or conference proceedings, abstracts or papers in this section unless they were published in a refereed journal.

Referee Reports - Referee reports must be from two academic supervisors, lecturers, course convenors or workplace managers who should be familiar with the applicant’s recent academic and/or work performance and abilities.  It is an applicant’s responsibility to ensure their referees complete the reports and forward  to GRS - Research Scholarships by the scholarship closing date.

Supporting Documentation - For an application to be assessed as eligible, applicants must provide the necessary and relevant support documentation on or by the application closing date.  If the document is not in English, please provide both the original and an English translation on or by the application closing date.

Applications open: 21/06/2017
Applications close: 21/09/2017

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