International Student Scholarship RTP 2022 Australian Government Scholarship






How to Get Started


Apply according to the key deadlines.

Scholarships for RTP stipends are given out twice a year, between February and November. To be considered in the relevant award timeline, you must submit the needed documentation for your entrance application, as well as evidence of Research Experience (if applicable). Please keep in mind that you may receive notification of your RTP scholarship award at a different time than your offer of study.

For more information, see the application and award timing table below.






RTP scholarships are very competitive and awarded on the basis of academic merit. You’ll almost certainly require an excellent academic background, and any research articles will be highly valued.

Students can apply here if they are currently enrolled.

When completing the admission application for their postgraduate research degree, beginning students should check the box to be considered for research scholarships. It is not necessary to submit a separate application.

Details on the selection criteria, process, and any further documentation required, if relevant, can be found in the documents for applicants.

Timeline for applying and receiving an award

Starting the research phase

2022, research periods 1 and 2

Periods 3 and 4 of research are 2022.

2023, research periods 1 and 2

Deadline for submissions

September 30th, 2021

November 30th, 2021

September 30th, 2022

Received offers from

December 3rd, 2021

February 9th, 2021

December 1, 2021

By the submission date, new students must submit their RTP together with their course application. A separate application will be required from current HDR students.

Scholarships at the University of Otago in New Zealand are fully supported.

For international cohorts to be considered in the relevant upcoming rounds, current students must refer to the applicable document submission date. Currently enrolled overseas students, for example, must submit their documents by September 30, 2021, in order to get a decision in November 2021.

Benefits

The RTP stipends are worth $35,950 a year (2022 rate). The RTP International Scholarship includes a stipend to help with living expenses and international health insurance, as well as tuition fee reductions (i.e. no tuition fees are applicable).

Who is eligible to participate?

You must do the following:

be an international postgraduate research student who is about to start or is already enrolled

have a proven track record of academic success and research potential

have an unconditional offer of admission or be currently enrolled at the University of Sydney in a master’s by research or PhD program.

International RTP Stipend Scholarship

Eligibilities

  1. At the time of the award, applicants must be overseas students.
  2. Holders of a full-time postgraduate research degree are expected to enroll in the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend International Scholarship (‘the Scholarship’). When the University is convinced that there are extraordinary circumstances beyond the student’s control (for example, medical issues, financial difficulty, or caregiving duties), the relevant Associate Dean (Research Education) may approve a part-time RTP Scholarship*.

Students should obtain tax guidance from qualified tax advisers if they get a part-time scholarship.

  1. Applicants must apply for RTP Scholarships at the time of their HDR Course application and submit the relevant supporting materials in the manner provided on the Scholarships Office website. Applicants who have already begun their HDR program must apply by filling out the application form on the Scholarships Office website.
RTP 2022 Tenure Australian government scholarship
  1. For Research Doctorate studies, the Scholarship may be kept for up to 14 full-time research periods, or for up to 7 full-time research periods for Research Master’s studies. The maximum term of the award will be reduced by periods of study previously completed toward the degree prior to the start of the award.
  2. There are no options for extensions.
  3. A student is expected to begin the Scholarship by the census date of their first intake, and to continue it throughout the year. If a student has already begun their studies, the scholarship may begin right away.
  4. The RTP Scholarship may be deferred for up to one study period with the consent of:

a. their manager; and

b. Associate Dean in charge of the subject (Research Education).

  1. RTP Stipends may be paid for the duration of an approved industry placement, research internship, or professional practice activity (as defined in clause 32 of this document) if the following conditions are met:

a. the grantee is currently receiving and will continue to receive an RTP Stipend;

b. These operations generate no other revenue; and

c. The RTP Stipend’s maximum duration has not been reached.

Allowances and Stipend

  1. Holders of the Scholarship who attend full-time will earn a stipend of $35,950 per year (2022 rate), which will be adjusted each year on January 1st. Learn more about the affordable universities in the United States and how to apply – study in the United States.
  2. A relocation allowance may be claimed by a student who relocates from outside Australia to take up the Scholarship. The stipend is worth up to $1,250 for travel from their home country to Sydney at the start of their studies and up to $1,250 for travel back to their home country after they have completed their studies.
  3. Students who started their postgraduate research degree studies in Australia before the scholarship was approved are not eligible to claim a relocation allowance for their trip to Australia. Students who become permanent residents of Australia lose their right to claim a travel allowance to return home.
  4. In accordance with the University’s thesis allowance claim information, qualified claims for direct costs of preparing a thesis will be reimbursed up to $420 for Master’s candidates and up to $840 for Doctoral candidates. The claim must be submitted to the Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre (HDRAC – hdrac.scholarships@sydney.edu.au) within one year of the thesis being submitted and no later than two years after the award has been terminated. The costs of printing a thesis are not eligible because the printed thesis is no longer necessary for submission and evaluation.
  5. Holders of the Scholarship may obtain a concurrent award, scholarship, or pay to pursue their research degree, as long as the benefit of the concurrent award, scholarship, or salary is less than 75% of the Scholarship. If this limit is surpassed, the Scholarship will be canceled. This limit does not apply to pay for work that is unrelated to the student’s research.

Criteria for Selection (Australian government scholarship RTP 2022)

  1. The Scholarship will be awarded to the successful applicant based on the following criteria:

a. academic excellence,

b. experience in research,

c. the presence of a high-quality research environment and resources to support the candidacy, and

d. high-quality supervising arrangements are available to support the candidacy

  1. Applicants who meet the following criteria may be given priority:

a. According to University of Sydney regulation, you must identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

b. have not previously obtained a government or university scholarship from Australia to complete an HDR programme at the same level,

c. haven’t taken an HDR course at the same level of study before

  1. On the proposal of the Faculty, the Higher Degrees by Research Scholarships Sub-Committee (HDRSSC) shall award the Scholarship to the successful applicant.

The University of Sydney will notify candidates of the outcome of their RTP Scholarship application through email, either to the student’s University email address (for existing students) or to the preferred email address provided in the student’s admission application.

Arrangements for a Leave

  1. Holders of the Scholarship are entitled to up to 20 working days of recreation leave every year of the Scholarship, which can be used at any time. When the Scholarship is discontinued or finished, any unused leave will be forfeited. There is no leave loading for recreational leave. Before taking the leave, you must first get permission from your boss.
  2. Holders of the Scholarship may take up to 10 days of sick leave per 12 months of the Scholarship, which may be accumulated over the Scholarship’s duration. On presentation of medical certificate/s, students with carer responsibilities may convert up to five days of their yearly sick leave entitlement to carers leave. Students who are on sick leave should notify their supervisor as soon as possible. More information about applying for Lebesgue Master scholarships in France in 2022 can be found here.
  3. Holders of the Scholarship may receive up to twelve weeks of additional paid sick leave throughout their scholarship for medically verified periods of illness if their sick leave entitlements under Clause 18 are insufficient. Students must apply for additional paid sick leave as soon as possible after their absence begins. The term of the Scholarship is extended by periods of paid sick leave.
  4. Holders of the Scholarship are entitled to a maximum of twelve weeks paid parental leave during the tenure of the Scholarship, subject to relevant immigration criteria, provided they have completed twelve months of their award. Students should apply for paid parental leave at least four weeks before the start date of the leave. Paid parental leave periods are added to the Scholarship’s length. Holders of the Scholarship who have not completed twelve months of their award may use the suspension provisions to take unpaid parental leave. At least one of the following documents should be included with a parental leave application:

a. a pregnancy-related letter from a medical professional,

b. a surrogacy contract,

c. the child’s birth certificate,

d. adoption papers, or

e. documentation that backs up your application

RTP 2022 Research Overseas Scholarship RTP 2022 Research Overseas Scholarship

RTP 2022 Research Overseas Scholarship

  1. Holders of the Scholarship are not permitted to undertake research outside of the United States for the first six months after receiving the award.
  2. Holders of the Scholarship may do research outside of Australia for up to 12 months (18 months for Anthropology students and other unique instances). Approval is required from the student’s supervisor and the Head of Department/School, and will only be granted if the research is required for the degree to be completed. All periods of abroad research will be added together and applied to a student’s application. Students must remain enrolled at the university and have their Count Time Away request approved.
Converting a Research Master’s degree to a Research Doctorate degree
  1. Holders of the Scholarship may transfer from a Research Masters to a Research Doctorate degree or vice versa, provided that the Faculty/University School approves the change in candidature. The scholarship may be terminated if the Research Doctorate is converted to a Research Master’s degree. If the Scholarship holder is accepted to keep the scholarship, the converted Scholarship’s maximum duration becomes the new candidature’s maximum length.
Transfer
  1. The scholarships cannot be transferred to another institution. The tenure of the scholarship will not be extended if the scholarship recipient transfers to another faculty, school, or supervisor at the University of Sydney.

Suspension of the Australian government scholarship RTP 2022

  1. Holders of the Scholarship may not apply to have their award suspended within the first six months unless they meet certain criteria.

a. if a statutory provision allows it; or

b. on the basis of specific conditions, approved by the relevant Associate Dean (Research Education).

Caregiver obligations or medical conditions are examples of special circumstances that are generally beyond the recipient’s control. Before applying for a visa, international students should check the terms and limits that apply to their visa.

  1. After the first six months, holders of the Scholarship may ask for up to a 12-month suspension for any reason during the term of their award, subject to relevant immigration rules. Suspensions accumulate over time, and failing to resume study after a period of suspension will result in the award being cancelled. Suspension must be approved by the relevant Associate Dean (Research Education). During the suspension of the Scholarship, periods of study toward a degree will be deducted from the maximum tenure of the Scholarship.
  2. During any term of study suspension, an RTP Scholarship will be revoked. Before suspending their visas, international students should check the terms and limits that apply to their visas.
  3. Holders of the Scholarship are entitled to an extra 12 months suspension (minus any term of paid maternity leave) following the birth of a child, subject to relevant visa limitations. Within four weeks of the projected date of becoming a parent, the Scholarship holder shall request for suspension.
  4. When a student’s studies are suspended, the university must notify immigration officials, and the student may be forced to return to their home country for the term of the suspension. If a student intends to remain in Australia during a period of study suspension, they must contact the nearest Australian immigration office within 28 days after receiving the clearance notification to request permission to do so.
Enrollment Changes
  1. Holders of the Scholarship must notify their supervisor and the Higher Degree by Research Administration (HDRAC) in writing within 10 business days of any planned changes to their enrolment, such as attendance pattern, suspension, leave of absence, withdrawal, course transfer, and candidature upgrade or downgrade. If the award bearer fails to notify the University of the above-mentioned changes, the University may demand restitution of any unpaid stipend.
  2. Students who achieve Australian Permanent Residence status while enrolled at the University of Sydney (or previous to enrolling at the University) must contact Student Fees, the Student Administration Services Office, and HDRAC as soon as possible after receiving their Australian Permanent Resident visa. Students should bring their passports to the Student Centre as soon as possible in this case so that the University can change their residency status. Students will be able to continue with the Scholarship if they make satisfactory progress.
Placements in industry, research internships, and professional practice activities are all available.
  1. Holders of the Scholarship may participate in up to six-month industry placements, research internships, and professional practice activities that are approved as part of their HDR program by:

a. supervisory position;

b. Associate Dean in charge of the subject (Research Education).

Acknowledgement of the Australian government fellowship RTP 2022

  1. When, during or after completion of a suitable HDR course, the Australian Government’s contribution must be properly acknowledged:

a. the person who will get;

b. the supervisor of the beneficiary; or

c. any other party publishes or produces anything related to the recipient’s research effort (such as books, essays, newsletters, or other literary or artistic works).

  1. This criteria is satisfied by including the statement “This study is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship” in any materials.
Termination
  1. The Scholarships (RTP Tuition Fee Offset and RTP Stipend) will be terminated upon the student’s resignation or withdrawal, failure to enrol in the course without prior approval, submission of the thesis, or the end of the award, whichever comes first. If the University determines, after due investigation, that a student has not carried out the course of study with competence and diligence, or in accordance with the Scholarship offer, or has failed to maintain satisfactory progress, or has committed serious misconduct, the Scholarships will be terminated before this time. During the investigation/appeal process, stipend payments will be suspended.
Information that is false or misleading
  1. If the University of Sydney suspects a student has given false or misleading information to the institution in regard to their application for admission or scholarship award, the university reserves the right to reconsider the student’s scholarship rights.
Appeal
  1. The University recognizes a student’s ability to appeal any decision affecting the award or tenure of the Scholarship to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).

International Scholarship to Cover RTP Tuition Fees

Eligibilities
  1. At the time of the award, applicants must be overseas students.
  2. Holders of the Research Training Program (RTP) Tuition Fee Offset International Scholarship (‘the Scholarship’) must enroll in a full-time postgraduate research program. When the relevant Associate Dean (Research Education) is satisfied that there are extraordinary circumstances beyond the student’s control (for example, medical issues, financial difficulty, or carer’s obligations), the University may approve a part-time Scholarship*, subject to visa criteria.

Students should obtain tax guidance from qualified tax advisers if they get a part-time scholarship. International students will only be authorized to study part-time if their visa permits it.

  1. Applicants must apply for RTP Scholarships at the time of their HDR Course application and submit the relevant supporting materials in the manner provided on the Scholarships Office website. Applicants who have already begun their HDR program must apply by filling out the application form on the Scholarships Office website.
Tenure
  1. For Research Doctorate studies, the Scholarship may be kept for up to 14 full-time research periods, or for up to 7 research periods for Research Masters studies. There are no options for extensions. The maximum term of the award will be reduced by periods of study previously completed toward the degree prior to the start of the award.
  2. A student is expected to begin the Scholarship by the census date of their first intake, and to continue it throughout the year. If a student has already begun their studies, the scholarship will begin on the day it is awarded. Scholarships cannot be deferred until the following calendar year.
  3. The RTP Scholarship may be deferred for up to one study period with the consent of:

a. their manager; and

b. Associate Dean in charge of the subject (Research Education).

  1. For the duration of an approved industry placement, research internship, or professional practice activity (as mentioned in clause 30 of this document), an RTP Tuition Fee Offset may be awarded if:

a. the grantee is currently receiving and will continue to receive an RTP Stipend;

b. These operations generate no other revenue; and

c. The RTP Tuition Fee Offset’s maximum period has not been reached.

Benefits

  1. The University of Sydney charges full tuition costs.
  2. Fee for obtaining a visa (waived by the relevant Commonwealth Department at the time of visa application)
  3. The cost of the student’s regular single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). The policy will last up to 57 months for a Ph.D. and 33 months for a Masters by Research at the time of award, and it will be administered by the University. The student’s insurance policy will not be refunded.
  4. Holders of the Scholarship may not hold another scholarship that covers tuition costs at the same time.
Criteria for Selection
  1. The Scholarship will be awarded to the successful applicant based on the following criteria:

a. academic excellence,

b. experience in research,

c. the presence of a high-quality research environment and resources to support the candidacy, and

d. high-quality supervising arrangements are available to support the candidacy

  1. Applicants who meet the following criteria may be given priority:

a. According to University of Sydney regulation, you must identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

b. have not previously obtained a government or university scholarship from Australia to complete an HDR programme at the same level,

c. haven’t taken an HDR course at the same level of study before

  1. On the proposal of the Faculty, the Higher Degrees by Research Scholarships Sub-Committee (HDRSSC) shall award the Scholarship to the successful applicant.

The University of Sydney will notify candidates of the outcome of their RTP Scholarship application through email, either to the student’s University email address (for existing students) or to the preferred email address provided in the student’s admission application.

Arrangements for a Leave
  1. Holders of the Scholarship are entitled to up to 20 working days of recreation leave per year of the Scholarship, which can be taken at any time. When the Scholarship is discontinued or finished, any unused leave will be forfeited. There is no leave loading for recreational leave. Before taking leave, you must get permission from your boss.
  2. Holders of the Scholarship may take up to 10 days of sick leave per 12 months of the Scholarship, which may be accumulated over the Scholarship’s duration. On presentation of medical certificate/s, students with carer responsibilities may convert up to five days of their yearly sick leave entitlement to carers leave. Students who are on sick leave should notify their supervisor as soon as possible.
  3. Holders of the Scholarship may receive up to a total of twelve weeks of additional tuition fee offset during their scholarship for medically substantiated periods of illness if they do not have enough sick leave entitlements under Clause 16 above. Students must apply for additional paid sick leave as soon as possible after their absence begins. The term of the Scholarship is extended by periods of paid sick leave.
  4. Holders of the Scholarship are entitled to a maximum of twelve weeks tuition price offset for parental leave during the tenure of the Scholarship, subject to relevant visa criteria, once they have completed twelve months of their award. Students should apply for parental leave at least four weeks before the start date of the leave. The length of the Scholarship is extended by periods of parental leave. Holders of the Scholarship who have not yet completed twelve months of their award may take advantage of the suspension provisions to take parental leave. At least one of the following documents should be included with a parental leave application:

a. a pregnancy-related letter from a medical professional,

b. a surrogacy contract,

c. the child’s birth certificate,

d. adoption papers, or

e. documentation that backs up your application

Overseas Research

  1. Holders of the Scholarship are not permitted to undertake research outside of the United States for the first six months after receiving the award.
  2. Holders of the Scholarship may do research outside of Australia for up to 12 months (18 months for Anthropology students and other unique instances). Approval from the student’s supervisor and the Head of Department/School is required, and will only be granted if the research is required for the degree to be completed. All periods of abroad research will be added together and applied to a student’s application. Students must continue enrolled at the University and have their Count Time Away request approved.
Converting a Research Master’s degree to a Research Doctorate degree
  1. Holders of the Scholarship may transfer from a Research Masters to a Research Doctorate degree or vice versa, provided that the Faculty/University School approves the change in candidature. The scholarship may be terminated if a Research Doctorate degree is converted to a Research Master’s degree. If the Scholarship holder is accepted to keep the scholarship, the converted Scholarship’s maximum duration becomes the new candidature’s maximum length.

Transfer

  1. The scholarships cannot be transferred to another institution. The tenure of the scholarship will not be extended if the scholarship recipient transfers to another faculty, school, or supervisor at the University of Sydney.

Suspension

  1. Holders of the Scholarship may not apply to have their award suspended within the first six months unless they meet certain criteria.

a. if a statutory provision allows it; or

b. on the basis of specific conditions, approved by the relevant Associate Dean (Research Education).

Caregiver obligations or medical conditions are examples of special circumstances that are generally beyond the recipient’s control. Before applying for a visa, international students should check the terms and limits that apply to their visa.

  1. After the first six months, holders of the Scholarship may ask for up to a 12-month suspension for any reason during the term of their award, subject to relevant immigration rules. Suspensions accumulate over time, and failing to resume study after a period of suspension will result in the award being cancelled. Suspension must be approved by the relevant Associate Dean (Research Education). During the suspension of the Scholarship, periods of study toward a degree will be deducted from the maximum tenure of the Scholarship.
  2. During any term of study suspension, an RTP Scholarship will be revoked. Before suspending their visas, international students should check the terms and limits that apply to their visas.
  3. Holders of the Scholarship are entitled to an extra 12 months suspension (minus any term of paid maternity leave) following the birth of a child, subject to relevant visa limitations. Within four weeks of the projected date of becoming a parent, the Scholarship holder shall request for suspension.
  4. When a student’s studies are suspended, the university must notify immigration officials, and the student may be forced to return to their home country for the term of the suspension. If a student intends to remain in Australia during a period of study suspension, they must contact the nearest Australian immigration office within 28 days after receiving the clearance notification to request permission to do so.
Enrollment Changes
  1. Holders of the Scholarship must notify their supervisor and the Higher Degree by Research Administration (HDRAC) in writing within 10 business days of any planned changes to their enrolment, such as attendance pattern, suspension, leave of absence, withdrawal, course transfer, and candidature upgrade or downgrade. If the award bearer fails to notify the University of the above-mentioned changes, the University may demand restitution of any unpaid stipend.
  2. Students who achieve Australian Permanent Residence status while enrolled at the University of Sydney (or previous to enrolling at the University) must contact Student Fees, the Student Administration Services Office, and HDRAC as soon as possible after receiving their Australian Permanent Resident visa. Students should bring their passports to the Student Centre as soon as possible in this scenario so that the University can change their resident status. Students will be able to continue with the Scholarship if they make satisfactory progress.

Placements in industry, research internships, and professional practice activities are all available.

  1. Holders of the Scholarship may participate in up to six-month industry placements, research internships, and professional practice activities that are approved as part of their HDR program by:

a. supervisory position;

b. Associate Dean in charge of the subject (Research Education).

RTP 2022Termination of Australian government scholarship
  1. The Scholarships shall be terminated on resignation or withdrawal of the student, upon failing to participate in the course without approved leave or suspension, upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the grant, or scholarship bearer becomes an Australian Permanent Resident whichever occurs first. The Scholarships will be terminated before this time if after due inquiry the University concludes that a student has not carried out the course of study with competence and diligence or in accordance with the offer of the Scholarship, or fails to maintain satisfactory progress, or has committed serious misconduct.
Information that is false or misleading
  1. If the University of Sydney suspects a student has given false or misleading information to the institution in regard to their application for admission or scholarship award, the university reserves the right to reconsider the student’s scholarship rights.
Appeal
  1. The University recognizes a student’s ability to appeal any decision affecting the award or tenure of the Scholarship to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).

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