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

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships

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2020 Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships 

RTP2020 Competitve Scholarship Applications will open 15th July 2019.

Applications are invited from 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 dependants;
    • Relocation costs to undertake a HDR at Curtin University; and
    • HDR thesis printing and applicable publication costs.

Assessment Criteria

Applicants will be assessed against the following metrics:

  1. Basis of admission;
  2. Academic qualifications;
  3. Achievement of candidacy;
  4. Work-related research experience;
  5. Academic accomplishments;
  6. Research and creative outputs of demonstrable quality;
  7. Referee report; and
  8. Strategic aligned projects.

Further information on the assessment process can be found here.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply you must:

  1. Be a current or future student, either domestic or international; and
  2. Satisfy the entry requirements or be already admitted into a Masters by Research or Research Doctorate at Curtin University including meetings Curtin’s English proficiency levels.

Applications Open: 9am WST Monday 15th July 2019

Applications Close: 5pm WST Sunday 1st September 2019

How to apply

Step 1. Check your eligibility.

Step 2. Submit a request for admission into Curtin University via eApplications. You will need to complete this step prior to submitting your scholarship application in order to be given a student ID number.

Note: Applicants who only want admission into Curtin University ONLY when they will also be awarded a RTP Scholarship must indicate this on their eApplication for admission and scholarship application. If you are unsuccessful in being shortlisted for this scholarship, your application for admission will not be progressed. Selecting this option may delay the notification of the outcome of your application for admission.

Step 3. Read the RTP2020 Instructions for Applicants document and follow the instructions on how to prepare your application documents.

Document Templates (follow the naming conventions detailed in the instructions for applicants):

What happens next?

Your application will be assessed through a competitive selection process and first round offers will be made by December. Reserve list candidates will be notified in January.

We do not provide up-dates on the progression of your applications until the final rankings are determined. This will be no earlier than the 2nd week in December 2019. You can contact your Curtin Supervisor for additional information however the Graduate Research School is unable to provide direct feedback during the assessment period, further questions can be addressed by reading our Research Training Program – Frequently Asked Questions for students. 

This is highly competitive and the success rate is less than 20% Domestic and 10% for international candidates.  There is a reserve list for highly ranking applicants who may be forwarded a scholarship opportunity if any first round awardees decline their offer. You will be informed of the success of your application and if you have been placed on the reserve list.

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.