HDR scholarships and funding

Various scholarships may be available to provide you with financial assistance during your higher degree by research. They can provide a living stipend or a tuition fee offset, or a combination of both.


Which scholarships can I apply for?

You can check which scholarships you’re eligible for on the Scholarships website.

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You can also sign up for a Scholarship Email Alert which will email you whenever a scholarship that matches your nominated criteria becomes available.

Master of Research Scholarship Expressions of Interest are now open for Research Term 1 2020

The Master of Research (MRes) course is Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program which enables Honours students to expand their Honours research project into a Masters level project. In doing so students can obtain a research Masters qualification by completing one year of study in addition to their Honours year.


Scholarship applications are open to students currently enrolled in the final unit of their Curtin Honours program. For the purposes of the Masters of Research, Honours programs must be of the end-on type, and not an embedded Honours program. Those expecting to receive a final grade of first or upper second class Honours are eligible for entry into the Master of Research. Those who have already been awarded their Honours degree are ineligible to apply.

Scholarship Details

Under the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP), Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents undertaking higher degrees by research are supported with a Fee Offset scholarship. MRes applications that meet eligibility requirements for entry into the program will automatically be considered for a Fee Offset Scholarship. There is no separate scholarship application process. Successful international students will also receive a Fee Offset scholarship to cover tuition fees associated with the Masters of Research Scholarship.

Each year a limited number of scholarships that support students with a living stipend in addition to the above fee offset are available.

How to apply

  1. Students apply though submitting an expression of interest form and sending it to ROC.GRS@curtin.edu.au
  2. Students must also submit an eApplication for admission into their chosen Master of Research Course.

Closing date for expression of interest and eApplications is: Monday 11th December 2019

Student will be expected to commence their scholarship and course no later than 1st February 2020.

Successful applicants of the MRes Scholarship are agreeing to forgo conferral of their Honours degree in place of extending their studies into a Masters of Research.

Important: If a student has submitted an expression of interest for this scholarship program they will have a sanction preventing graduation applied to their student account. If you have submitted an expression of interest and wish to change your mind and graduate with your Honours award instead of commencing the MRes program, please notify ROC.GRS@curtin.edu.au no later that the 5th January 2020. This will ensure time to complete the required application to graduate.

For further details see our MRes information sheet.


Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships

2020 Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships 

RTP2020 Competitive Scholarship Applications are now closed.

Each year the University invites suitably qualified students to apply for an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships to undertake a Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) at Curtin University. The purpose of the RTP Scholarship is to attract top quality postgraduate students to the University so they can receive high quality research training that will contribute to the research and educational excellence of the university.

These scholarships are funded by the Australian Government and cover one or more of the following types of support:

  • Tuition fees offset for up to 4 years (full time load) depending of course and mode of study;
  • A stipend to assist students with their living costs while undertaking HDR study; and/or
  • An RTP allowance to assist students with ancillary costs which may include:
    • for overseas students, a standard Overseas Student Health Cover policy approved by the Commonwealth Department of Health which covers the student and may cover their spouse and any dependents;
    • Relocation costs to undertake a HDR at Curtin University; and
    • HDR thesis printing and applicable publication costs.

Please subscribe to our scholarship alerts above for notification of the next round.

Collaborative Scholarships

Aberdeen-Curtin PhD scholarships

The Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance offers students the opportunity to undertake an international collaborative PhD in projects across a broad range of focus areas including energy and engineering, health and medicine, and business. View projects and find out how to apply.

HDR Scholarships and your enrollment

Recipients of Curtin administered HDR Scholarship are requested to update the Graduate Research School on changes to their enrollment or personal circumstances that may affect their scholarship, including:

  • Changing from part-time to full-time study
  • Taking leave
  • Changing their bank account details, update can be submitted via a Payment Starting Advice Form
  • Undertaking new employment
  • Travelling overseas
  • Submitting their thesis or withdrawing from their course

The scholarship conditions of award detail the eligibility criteria and requirements for recipients. Recipients may contact the Graduate Research School ROC.GRS@curtin.edu.au if they have any inquiries relating to their scholarship conditions.

Scholarship recipients who required further funded support to complete their studies beyond their current period of support may apply for a Completion Scholarship.

Research support funds and student mobility (travel)

Research Support Funds

The Research Office at Curtin (ROC) provides discretionary funding to support HDR students undertake their research projects. This discretionary funding is administered according to the arrangements set out in the Guidelines for Essential Facilities For Higher Degree by Research.

A list of items that have been approved for HDR to utilise this funding is available: Research Support Fund Reimbursement List

It is important for students and supervisors to note that any funding made available by the ROC to support HDR research is discretionary and the allocation, administration arrangements and permitted uses may change from time to time throughout a student’s enrollment.

Claiming your research support funds

You can access your Research Support Funds on a reimbursement basis through the Concur system.  A Concur account will be created for you once you achieve Milestone 1 (Candidacy) and you will receive information on accessing and using your account at that time. You are strongly encouraged to complete and submit the Concur Claim Form when making a claim for reimbursement. This will assist the Concur team to assess the eligibility of your claim as soon as possible.

Lab, fieldwork and creative production costs

If you are undertaking a study which requires you to purchase essential materials, lab resources or data, or you need to undertake fieldwork, you may make a claim for reimbursement of your expenses from your research support allowance.

Information about your research support allowance is contained in the Guidelines for Essential Facilities For Higher Degree by Research.

Read the Research Support Fund Reimbursement List for more information about types of items you can claim.

Editorial support

You may use your Research Support Funding for editorial support. Please ensure you follow the provisions in the Guideline for Professional Thesis Editing

Mobility Allowances

The Research Office at Curtin (ROC) provides discretionary funding to support Doctoral students to participate in a scholarly conference. This discretionary funding is administered according to the arrangements set out in the Guidelines for Essential Facilities For Higher Degree by Research.

Curtin will provide funding to assist Doctoral students to participate in at least one national or international conference. The maximum* amount of funding for each student to support conference participation is AU$2,500, or MYR$2,500 for Curtin Sarawak students.

*It is important for students and supervisors to note that the funding made available by the ROC to support HDR conference participation is discretionary and the maximum value and administration arrangements may change from time to time throughout a student’s enrolment.

Travelling for Research

During your candidature you may have reason to travel directly related to your HDR research. This may be for data collection, conferences, specialised training, internships or fieldwork purposes.

Before arranging any travel, you must consult the Travel Approval website to ensure you follow the correct procedures for a safe and productive trip. All student travel, regardless of the source of funding, needs to be approved via the Travel Operations Portal before departure to ensure your trip is registered for insurance purposes. See the Risk and Assurance website for more information about insurance and to view the coverage of Curtin’s travel insurance policy.

All travel funded in part or total by Curtin must be booked through a travel facilitator.

International onshore students 

Please note that your OSHC medical insurance does not cover you when you are on fieldwork, attending conferences or other approved university business outside Australia so you must also obtain approval for travelling overseas as detailed above. Additionally, if you are leaving Australia for fieldwork or data collection, you must complete the Offshore Fieldwork and Data Collection form. You can request the form by emailing io-visa@curtin.edu.au. You must return your completed form, signed by your supervisor, to io-visa@curtin.edu.au before your departure.

Research Support Funds and Mobility for HDR Scholarship holders 

If you’re in receipt of a scholarship, please ensure you seek approval to travel from Research Scholarships in the Graduate Research School (ROC.GRS@curtin.edu.au). Failure to obtain approval may affect your HDR scholarship and travel approval.

Scholarship recipients travelling overseas will need to complete an Overseas Travel Data Collection Form


Curtin offers insurance cover for some activities you may undertake as part of your research. This includes various levels of cover for travel, liability, medical treatment liability, personal accident and property insurance.

For more information, see the insurance policies on the Curtin Risk and Assurance website or email riskmanagement@curtin.edu.au.