Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship Policy

The Research Training Program (RTP) is an Australian Government funded scholarship scheme that provides funding support for both domestic and international students undertaking higher degrees by research (HDR).

On 1 January 2017, the RTP replaced the Research Training Scheme (RTS), the Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and the International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS). Recipients of these ceased schemes were transferred to an equivalent RTP scholarship.

Types of RTP scholarships

The three forms of Australian Government RTP Scholarships are:

  1. RTP Fee Offset scholarship (covers the cost of the HDR tuition fees otherwise payable by the student)
  2. RTP Stipend (for general living costs)
  3. RTP Allowance (towards ancillary costs of research degrees)

RTP Scholarship Procedures

The Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship Procedures detail the processes and conditions for RTP Scholarships. They cover:

  • Student eligibility requirements
  • Scholarship types, rates and periods of support
  • Application, selection, ranking and offer process.

All Australian Government RTP Scholarship recipients and applicants are required to familiarise themselves with these procedures.

RTP Scholarship Conditions of Award

If you’re receiving an RTP Scholarship, you should read the related associated Conditions of Award (CoA)

Changes to 2017 and 2018 RTP Scholarship Conditions of Award

Provision for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) – published February 2018

RTP scholarship recipients who are eligible to have their OSHC paid under an RTP Allowance Scholarship are covered for the duration of their student visa relevant to their higher degree by research course of study. This extends beyond the duration of OSHC cover detailed in 2017 and 2018 RTP Scholarship Conditions of Award.

Changes to 2018 RTP Scholarships – published September 2017

Summary of changes:

  • Simplification of RTP scholarship eligibility requirements.
  • Requirement for RTP scholarship recipients to seek approval for study load adjustment (i.e. full-time to part-time and vice versa).
  • No impact on RTP scholarship duration where a RTP scholarship recipient has a University approved leave of absence.

We envisage that 2017 RTP scholarship recipients will not be disadvantaged by these changes.

How to apply for an RTP Scholarship

2020 Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships 

Open from 15th July 2019 to 1st September 2019.

Application instructions and forms can be found at under the Scholarships section.

Acknowledging the Commonwealth's support

There is a legislative requirement that you acknowledge the Australian Government’s support in any published materials related to your HDR.

You are required under the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research – Section 4.9 to disclose research support accurately. Published materials include items such as books, articles, newsletters or other literary or artistic works which relate to your HDR project.

The acknowledgement must include the mention of your support through an “Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship”.

Notification of your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN)

Curtin will obtain and record your CHESSN on your behalf. There is no action required on your part.

Your CHESSN is a unique identifying number that stays with you for the whole of your student life. It helps Curtin and the Australian Government provide you with information about any Commonwealth assistance (scholarships or HELP loans) you may have used.

Domestic students

To be eligible for an RTP scholarship, Curtin is required to issue domestic students with a CHESSN and report this number to the Department of Education and Training (DET). If you already have a CHESSN from previous study, the number will remain the same. If you do not have a CHESSN, Curtin will proceed to obtain the CHESSN on your behalf.

International students

To comply with DET’s future requirements, Curtin will obtain a CHESSN on your behalf. This will form part of Curtin’s reporting obligations.

Where can I find more information on CHESSNs?

Learn more about CHESSNs on the StudyAssist website.

Where can I find my CHESSN?

Your CHESSN is printed on the top right hand corner of your electronic Commonwealth Assistance Notice (eCAN).

How do I view my eCAN?

See the ‘How do I view my eCAN’ section on the Fees@Curtin website.

More information

For more information about the RTP, view the Department of Education and Training’s frequently asked questions or visit the Australian Government website.