Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) Stipend Scholarship

Commonwealth Department of Education and Training provides funding to Universities to award scholarships to undertaking Higher Degree Research programs. International students are required to apply for admission by 31 August.  Domestic students are required to apply for admission by 31 October.

From 1 January 2017, the Australian Government is replacing Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) with a single program, the Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP or RTP).  As current support programs are not continuing beyond 1 January 2017, the University is required by legislation to transfer all APA recipients to the new Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship.


The Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines (Research) 2017 set the basis for the conditions of award and outline the basic eligibility requirements for this scholarship.

The ANU has established an RTP Policy & Procedure which outlines the standards, processes and conditions for this scholarship.  These documents are available from the reference document section of this page.

Selection Basis
Candidates are ranked and scholarships are awarded based on a competitive ranking process, to the top ranked candidates, subject to evidence they meet merit-based selection criteria, and subject to confirmation of a qualified supervisor, space and resources being available, in an area of research that is aligned with ANU research strategy.

  • Travel and removal allowances for students relocating to Canberra to commence their research program. 
  • Thesis allowance 
  • Dependant child allowance (International students only). 
  • Paid medical, maternity and paternity leave
  • Suspension of Scholarship
How to apply
Commencing students:  No application is required specifically for this scholarship as all eligible candidates will be considered.

Continuing students:  Please complete and return the "Request for a Current ANU Student to be Considered for a HDR Scholarship" form to your Academic College.

Working outside the eligible HDR program
Students notify their Delegated Authority and Chair of Panel in writing of the extent of working arrangements they are undertaking alongside their eligible HDR program, upon commencement at ANU or within 20 working days of commencing working arrangements. See section 72 of the Research Training Program Scholarships Procedure

Further information
In order to be considered for this scholarship in the main round of scholarship offers International students are required to apply for admission by 31 August.  Domestic students are required to apply for admission by 31 October.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to make contact with the a prospective supervisor prior to lodging an application for admission to discuss the proposed research topic and related matters.

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