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Fully-funded Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships 2020-21

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Fully-funded Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships 2020-21

The Australian Government Research Training Program  Scholarships are provided by the Australian government to support both domestic and international students undertaking Master’s degree by Research & Doctorate Degree by Research.

While applications are open all year round, it is recommended that you submit your HDR admission by October to receive an outcome by February.

  • Host Country: Australia
  • University: University of Sydney
  • Course Level: Master Degree, Doctorate Degree
  • Financial Coverage: Fully Funded

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.

Find out more about the RTP Scholarship (International).

How to apply

You can apply for these scholarships at any time of the year, as scholarships are awarded all year round.

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.

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).

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 center, or other organization (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 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.

Follow these steps to apply for a research degree as a domestic or international research student.

  1. Choose your course
  2. Check the entry requirements
  3. Develop your research proposal
  4. Find a supervisor
  5. Reviews fees and search for scholarships
  6. Gather required documentation
  7. Submit your application online

Deadline for Research Training Program Scholarships

We accept applications for a higher degree by research all year round. There are four research periods each year when you can start your study with us.

Period Enrolments open Enrolments close Commence by
(census date)
Research period 1 Mid-November 31 January 31 January
Research period 2 1 February 31 March 31 March
Research period 3 1 April 31 August 31 August
Research period 4 1 September 31 October 31 October

Find a course to check if the course you’re interested in has a specific closing date.

Financial Coverage

University of Sydney Scholarships will provide scholarships to study in Australia for free to all the students. RTP Scholarships for International Students will cover all the expenses.

  • University Tuition Fee.
  • Free Accommodation.
  • A stipend of $27,596 per Annum.
  • Medical Funds (Paid sick leave).
  • Airfare ($1,250 travel from their home country to Sydney at the commencement of studies and up to $1,250 for travel to return to their home country after successful completion of studies.).
  • Reimbursement Funds up to $420 for Masters candidates and up to $840 for Doctoral candidates.
  • Paid maternity leave.
  • Research funds also offer.

Stepwise Guideline for the Research Training Program Scholarships

Application dates for the Research Training Program Scholarships

Official Website for Research Training Program Scholarships


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