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Research Training Program (RTP)

 

From 1 January 2017 the Research Training Program (RTP) has replaced Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA), International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) and the Research Training Scheme (RTS). Students that were previously in receipt of these scholarships have been changed to the appropriate RTP Scholarship, effective from 1 January 2017. All benefits and conditions remain the same.

The RTP provides block grants to the University on a yearly basis, which are used to support domestic and international students undertaking a higher degree by research.

Students may be offered an RTP scholarship for one or more of the following:

  • To cover the cost of tuition fees for a limited period of the research degree (RTPd Fee Offset or RTPi Fee Offset)
  • To provide an ongoing living stipend for general living costs for a limited period of the research degree (RTPd Stipend or RTPi Stipend)
  • To provide allowances related to the ancillary cost of the research degree, such as a relocation allowance or thesis allowance

Additional details on each type of RTP scholarship are outlined below.

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UniSA RTP Scholarships

RTP scholarships offered at UniSA:

 

Research Training Program Domestic (RTPd) Fee Offset

  • From 1 January 2017 the RTPd Fee Offset replaces the Research Training Scheme (RTS)
  • Covers the cost of annual tuition fees for a period of 2 years for Masters by Research students or 4 years for Doctoral students.
  • The RTPd Fee Offset value is $25,000 - $35,000 per annum (2017)

 

Research Training Program Domestic (RTPd) Stipend

  • From 1 January 2017 the RTPd Stipend replaces the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
  • Provides an annual living stipend for a period of 2 years for Masters by Research students or 3 years with a possible 6 month extension for Doctoral students.
  • The RTPd Stipend value is $26,628 per annum (2017)

 

Research Training Program International (RTPi) Fee Offset

  • From 1 January 2017 the RTPi Fee Offset replaces the IPRS
  • Covers the cost of annual tuition fees for a period of 2 years for Masters by Research students or 3 years with a possible 6 month extension for Doctoral students.
  • The RTPi Fee Offset value is determined by the program of enrolment. Refer to the full list of programs and fees for details.

 

Research Training Program International (RTPi) Stipend

  • From 1 January 2017 the RTPi Fee Offset replaces the IPRS
  • Provides an annual living stipend for a period of 2 years for Masters by Research students or 3 years with a possible 6 month extension for Doctoral students.
  • The RTPi Stipend value is $26,628 per annum (2017)

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

For additional FAQs visit the Government's RTP FAQ webpage

 

Q: The RTPd fee offset value is $25,000 - $35,000 - does this mean I am liable for this fee when my RTP fee offset ends?

A: No. The fee for domestic research degree students who exceed their allocated RTPd Fee Offset will be set at the equivalent of Student contribution amount - Band 2.

The fee for international students who exceed their allocated RTPi Fee Offset will depend on the program that the student is enrolled in. Refer to the full list of programs and fees.

For additional information please refer to Fees and Enrolment.

 

Q: Do I need to acknowledge the Commonwealth Government's contribution in my thesis?

A: Yes, your thesis is part of the material produced and published as part of your research degree and as such needs to be acknowledged appropriately. Omission of the acknowledgement will result in delays to your examination as we are unable to send it to the examiners without the acknowledgement.

 

Q: Do I need to acknowledge the Commonwealth Government's contribution if I am just receiving the RTP fee offset?

A: Yes. The Commonwealth's contribution must be acknowledged by all students in receipt of an RTP scholarship, either Stipend or Fee Offset, or both.

The Commonwealth's contribution must be acknowledged when, at any time during or after completion of the research degree, the recipient of a RTP Scholarship, his/her supervisor or any other party, publishes or produces material such as books, articles, newsletters or other literary or artistic works which relate to the research project carried out by the recipient of RTP Scholarship.

The Commonwealth's contribution must be acknowledged in a prominent place and in an appropriate form. The acknowledgement must include the mention of the student's support through an "Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship".

 

Q: Do I need to be studying full-time if I am receiving and RTP stipend?

A: A research degree student receiving a living allowance will normally be studying full-time. In some cases, a research degree student can apply to receive scholarships on a part-time basis if there are compelling reasons (such as the need to provide full-time care of children, disabled, sick, injured or the elderly).

Research degree students on a scholarship who apply for a change of load from full-time to part-time must seek approval from the relevant Dean: Research.

 

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