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2018 Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship

Status: Open
Applications open: 28/06/2017
Applications close: 21/09/2017

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

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

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 (DET) for the relevant year of award.  The 2018 annual stipend amount for a full-time student is currently set at $27,082.00, tax free, this stipend rate is indexed annually.

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  Further information relating to Curtin’s Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships: terms, conditions and allowances please see the scholarship's Conditions of Award (COA) at :

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. Income unrelated to the Recipient’s course of study or income received for the Recipient’s course of study but not for the purposes of supporting general living costs is not to be taken into account.

Further information:

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.

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. English concessions will not be considered for a scholarship. Curtin University English Language requirements and further entry requirements can be found here :

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 these 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.

How to apply

Application process

Please follow one of the two below scholarship application processes depending on what your current matriculation status is:

1. CURTIN APPLY NOW! eApplication process

Interested applicants who have not yet applied for course admission may submit an online e-application for course admission and a scholarship via:

Important note to applicant's applying through Curtin eApplications:

Applicants who commenced and had an active, pending course application on Curtin eApplication via APPLY NOW! prior to this scholarship opening date: Wednesday, 28 June 2017, and have subsequently submitted this application after the open date, will be required to complete a hard copy scholarship application form (see process no.2) in order to be considered for a scholarship.

2.  Hardcopy Scholarship Application form process:

  • Applicants must use the attached hard copy scholarship application form if their situation falls into one of the following circumstances:
  • you are currently enrolled at Curtin and fit into the guidelines under 'Eligibility criteria'
  • you've already received an offer of course admission at Curtin University for Research Term 1, 2018, and are yet to commence study.
  • you've already received an offer of course admission however, the course offer is not for Research Term 1, 2018 -  in this instance, please contact either Graduate Research School - Future ( Domestic Students only) or Curtin International (International Students only) in order to request to defer your course offer of admission to Research Term 1, 2018.   Only once you have been advised your course offer is officially deferred to Research Term 1, 2018  you may then use this hard copy application form.  If the deferral is not approved, you must re-apply for course admission and a scholarship via the link above.
  • you commenced and had a pending application on Curtin eApplication via APPLY NOW! prior to the scholarship opening date: Wednesday, 28 June 2017

All hard copy scholarship application forms as well as all relevant supporting documentation must be emailed to GRS - Research Scholarships :

Please ensure you submit all relevant supporting documentation to be considered as evidence towards a scholarship with either your online eApplication or hard-copy application form:

Research Proposal:

 Your research proposal should be no more than 500 words (approximately 2 pages), must be clear and concisely written and must define the following critical information:

  • Area of research (state the Faculty/School/Department in which your course of study lies)
  • Clear statement of your research topic
  • Brief overview of previous relevant research
  • Objectives of the program of research and investigation
  • Research methods and plan including references to key literature sources
  • Proposed Principal Supervisor/s or the academic you’ve had preliminary discussions with

Curriculum Vitae:

Where applicable, please ensure you include an employment record / CV / reference and letter from your current or past employer/s confirming your position and length of employment.

Two Referee Reports:

Referee reports are confidential and cannot be viewed by the applicant. Please ensure you forward the Curtin Referee Report template to your nominated referees. Please note your referee reports should be submitted separately to your Curtin eApplication, or hard copy scholarship application form. Completed referee reports must be returned directly to Research Scholarships :

Any Questions?

All enquiries regarding your course admission, please contact Graduate Research School - Future Students at :

All scholarship enquiries please contact GRS - Research Scholarships at :

Need more information?


 Please contact:

 Research Scholarships, Graduate Research School

 Building 103


 Phone: +61 8 9266 3337

Further information

Further Curtin University funded financial assistance for Curtin HDR students :

Once candidacy is achieved, Curtin HDR students may access support towards the cost of research consumables and conference/research related travel.

The current consumable allowance is $2,000 per EFTSL* for laboratory based (high cost) research and $1,400 per year for non-laboratory based (low cost) research. This sum is pro-rated for part-time students.

Guidelines for Student consumables can be found under "Essential Facilities" at :

* EFTSL = Equivalent Full Time Study Load

Further information relating to Curtin's Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships:

Curtin RTP Scholarship procedures are available here :

Curtin Univeristy English Language requirements:

Curtin Research Scholarship Forms and Templates :

  • Curriculim Vitae template
  • Referee Report template
  • Guidelines for Research Proposal

All relevant Research Scholarship forms are available at :

Research Scholarships Conditions of Award :

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