Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships

Australia is among the most popular destinations for students pursuing higher education. The top-notch infrastructure and the quality and level of education drive students to Australia from all across the globe. Australian Universities offer a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs, in disciplines such as business administration, professional accounting, real estate, science and technology, finance, architecture, engineering, etc.

For this reason, numerous research fellowships and scholarships are offered to local as well as international students as financial aid to pursue higher education in Australia. Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships are a well-known scholarship scheme, funded by the Australian government, for domestic and foreign students wishing to pursue postgraduate and higher research degrees in Australian universities. These stipend-based programs intend to financially support students through a considerable waiver in tuition fees and also bear the partial living costs of the country.

The selection for higher research-based courses is generally based on merit and/or prior research experience. Given below is an exhaustive list of various research scholarships and their respective details.

Australian Government Research Training Programs and Scholarships

Formerly known as the International Postgraduate Research Scheme (IPRS), the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship Scheme is now sponsored by the Government of Australia and dispenses tuition fees to prospective international postgraduate students at Australian universities. Being very competitive, only 30 students are awarded these scholarships every year, based on merit and research acumen.

Every year, the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, Australia, provides sponsorship and funding (valued at approximately USD 34,000) to Australian universities to grant scholarships to local and foreign students pursuing higher degree research courses. The assessment and selection of qualified candidates are based on merit ranks, and the scholarship is awarded considering the confirmation of a competent supervisor and the availability of space and resources. Applications are invited before August 31st for international candidates and October 31st for domestic candidates every year.

The Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship is initially for three years, with a possibility of an extension of six months (if required). In addition to the travel and remote allowances, the scholarship also has provisions for a thesis allowance, a dependent child allowance, and paid medical leave.

RTP Stipends

Every year, approximately USD 37,207 is sanctioned for students to be given as RTP stipends in Australia. These include allowances to students to cover tuition fees and living expenses such as food and basic supplies. The RTP scholarships can be applied for in March and August (for international students) and in May and June (for domestic students) every year. These scholarships are based on academic merit, and preference is given to candidates with good research backgrounds in the form of publications in reputed journals. English proficiency tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE, which are college-specific, with decent scores are desirable.

RTP Scholarship USYD

Funded by the Australian government and valued at up to $124,000, the Research Training Program (RTP) scholarships at the University of Sydney (USYD) facilitate a tuition fee offset and a stipend to sustain living expenses for international postgraduate students. The candidate must have an unconditional offer of admission or be enrolled in a master’s by research or PhD program at the University of Sydney.

Scholarships in Australia for Indian Students

Both the Australian and Indian education cultures are based on the British education system, which brings up many similarities between the two. This is likely the reason for the inclination of Indian students toward Australian universities. Henceforth, a few scholarships are mentioned in Australia for Indian students.

  • Australia Award Scholarships

Australia Award Scholarships are funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government, for overseas candidates interested in pursuing higher education in top-ranked universities in Australia. The scheme encourages students with good academic competence and professional attributes who can positively contribute to identifying and addressing the home country’s development-related challenges.

Requirements & Desirability:

  • The scholarship is offered on a merit basis, to students from developing countries, particularly from Indo-pacific areas to take on full-time undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
  • In addition to sufficing the basic academic eligibility requirements, a recent score in IELT.S (minimum 6.5) and TOEFL (minimum 78) is a must.
  • Proficiency in written as well as spoken English is considered desirable.
  • For doctoral or research-based master’s courses, an academic referee report is essential

Benefits: Besides providing a full tuition fee waiver, additional benefits attributed to this scholarship are: preliminary visa expenses, economy class return travel airfare, overseas health cover, partial living expenses, pre-course English fee (if required), etc.

2)    Destination Australia Program

The Destination Australia program is a scholarship scheme funded by the Department of Education, Australian Government, for domestic as well as foreign candidates in Australian universities. It aims at addressing issues related to the shortage of skills and encouraging measures to be associated with the Australian Government’s National Skills Priority List, through higher education.


  • Applicants must be Indian residents and must apply for a full-time research-based course.

Benefits: The scheme supports partial tuition fees and living expenses (approximately 15,000 AUD) for around 480 qualified candidates as financial aid, initially for one year, after which the renewal is based on academic performance.

  • GyanDhan Scholarship

GyanDhan is India’s premium financing marketplace that offers a GyanDhan scholarship to one Indian student on a merit basis, annually.

Requirements & Desirability:

  • Applicant must be an Indian resident
  • In case an education loan is being applied for by the student, GyanDhan must be one of the partner lenders.
  • The GRE/TOEFL/GMAT exam is to be taken by the candidate and the score must be submitted along with the application.
  • A statement of purpose (SOP) is a must.
  • Students with exceptionally good academic profiles are encouraged to apply for the program.

Benefits: One-time amount of INR 1,00,000 is disbursed to the student at the time of the commencement of the academic year.

  • Amelia Earhart Fellowship for Women

The Amelia Earhart Fellowship for Women is granted to about 35 brilliant women fellows chosen from all over the world every year. The funds may be utilized at any Australian university offering recognized post-graduate degree courses in aerospace sciences.

Requirements & Desirability:

  • Women of any nationality, pursuing a doctoral degree with a superior academic record in the field of aerospace sciences or aerospace engineering are eligible.
  • Applicants must be registered candidates for a full-time doctoral program when funds are received in September and will not graduate before April.
  • Recommendation letter from the past supervisor and a motivation letter to opt for the course.

Benefits: The scholarship is valued at USD 10,000 and is disbursed to students every year.

  • Sydney Scholars India Equity Scholarships

Sydney Scholars India Equity Scholarships (SSIEC) are specifically for academically brilliant Indian students who are enrolled in postgraduate (PG) courses at Sydney University. These scholarships intend to strengthen the international bonds between Australia and India through innovative research and development-related activities.

Requirements & Desirability:

  • Applicant must be an Indian citizen
  • The candidate must have secured admission to the University of Sydney and should have a valid offer letter.

Benefits: Approximately 28 scholarships are awarded every year, with up to 40,000 AUD covering tuition fees, health coverage, and living costs.

  • CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Scholarships

CSIRO is a reputed Australian National Agency that presents high-class research contributions to the fields of Science and Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering. The CSIRO-Australian Government Scholarship program offers full-time as well as part-time postgraduate research opportunities (often termed “studentships”) to Indian students, on a merit basis, enrolled in Australian universities. Up to 50 students have received the CSIRO scholarship every year.

Requirements & Desirability:

The selected students will be mentored by a CSIRO supervisor/guide as well as a university supervisor/guide so that they gain equal exposure and opportunity to research activities in an academic institution and the industry too.

Benefits: Normally, the scholarship is offered to a postgraduate student for two years (expandable up to four years) and to research scholars pursuing their doctorate degrees. On average, a minimum of USD 10,000 annually, with benefits of up to USD 5,000 for learning and development activities are provided.


In conclusion, it is worthwhile to mention that Australian universities offer world-class education, excellent research opportunities, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and top-notch teaching faculties. Undoubtedly, Australia is a preferred destination among students for education, owing to the availability of numerous prestigious scholarship schemes as discussed above. Australia not only provides education opportunities but also permits gainful employment opportunities for students and working professionals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which scholarships are fully funded in Australia?

Applications are open for “Australia Awards Scholarships 2024.” It is a fully-funded scholarship scheme offered by the Australian government.

How can I get a full scholarship in Australia?

The scholarship is awarded based on merit to students who demonstrate eligibility for the scholarship and have exceptional academic profiles. There are no qualifying exams for scholarships in Australia. The students need to take the IELTS exam to demonstrate their English language hearing, speaking, and writing abilities.

How much of an IELTS score is required for a scholarship in Australia?

To study in Australia, one needs to score a minimum of 6.5 overall in IELTS, with no band less than 6.0 for the postgraduate degree.

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