• Country: Australia
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Institutions: University of South Australia
  • Type: Fully Funded
  • Degree Program: Master’s/Phd
  • Scholarship Amount: $32,500/per year stipend paid fortnightly+ Tuition Fee waiver
  • Separate Application Required?: No
  • Deadline: Open all year

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Scholarship Overview

The Research Training Program international (RTPi) Scholarships are competitive awards funded by the Australian government. They are available to outstanding international students undertaking research-based master’s or PhD studies. RTPi Scholarships are granted based on an applicant’s demonstrated academic excellence and potential to succeed in their proposed research project. Successful candidates receive both a living stipend and partial fee reimbursement for the duration of the award. This financial support offsets students’ living costs and tuition fees for a defined period of their research degree program. The RTPi Scholarships aim to attract and support promising international researchers by easing the financial burden as they focus on developing their research skills and expertise.

Scholarship Value

  • Annual stipend is minimum $32,500 paid fortnightly
  • PhD students receive stipend over max. 3 years
  • Master’s students receive stipend over max. 2 years
  • Fee waiver for maximum:
    • 3 years for PhD students
    • 2 years for Master’s students
  • Includes Overseas Student Health Cover (Singles) from preferred provider BUPA for visa holders
  • Thesis allowance is available
  • Carefully review offer details


To be eligible for International Research Tuition Scholarship, you need to be student or perspective Master’s or Phd student at university of South Australia. 

Here are some general conditions for eligibility for stuents.

  • Must be proficient in the English language.
    • This can be demonstrated by the following:
      • Passing an approved test (IELTS, TOEFL, CPE or CAE, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic)
      • Academic experience
      • Finishing an Academic English program (CELUSA, UTS Insearch Academic English Program in Bahasa Indonesia)
  • All world countries are eligible.
  • Must the eligibility criteria of the University of South Australia
    • For Ph.D. students:
      • An Honors degree or a Bachelor’s degree with Honors of at least class 2a standard in an appropriate discipline
      • OR a Master’s degree relevant to the field
      • OR have previous education, relevant professional experience, and published research work that satisfies the Dean of Research.
    • For Masters by Research students:
      • An Honors degree or a Bachelor’s degree with Honors
      • OR a Bachelor’s degree relevant to the field of at least three years with a minimum credit average
      • OR a Master’s degree relevant to the field
      • OR have previous education, relevant professional experience, and published research work that satisfies the Dean of Research.
  • Must be a commencing international research degree student.
  • Must demonstrate high-quality research capability, as assessed by the University
  • Must have the support of a strong supervisory panel and be enrolled in an environment rich in research
  • Must be a recipient of a fully externally funded stipend scholarship or a recipient of a living stipend with external funding support OR
  • They must be able to fund their living costs for their time in the country and can show proof of this upon applying. 

Please note that the university does not accept test results from Duolingo as evidence of proficiency in the English language in any circumstances.

Additionally, the living stipend should be externally funded and administered through the University or in agreement with a sponsorship body, industry partner, or organization. The University’s Research Degree Scholarship Allocation Guidelines: Competitive Commonwealth and University of South Australian Funded Scholarships will be used to assess all applications submitted to the university. 

You can find full list of scholarships in Australia for international students here.

How to Apply?

  • Applications made online for projects with assigned scholarships
  • Research degree applications are made through the secure online portal. Applications must be made to a specific project listed on the Research Projects page.
  • Some projects offer living allowance scholarships. All list the Principal Supervisor.
  • New projects are regularly added, so complete the Expression of Interest form to receive updates. To develop your own project, review guidelines and contact Graduate Research Admissions.

Step 1:

  • Check your eligibility by reviewing degree entry requirements.

Step 2:

  • View research projects currently accepting applications.
  • Projects will list availability of scholarships.

Step 3:

  • Contact Graduate Research team with any other questions.

Step 4:

  • Complete the online application form associated with your chosen project.

This summarizes the key steps in a clear bullet point format for easy reference by applicants. Please let me know if you need any part expanded on further.

Other Details

  • Leave, suspensions, transfers and load changes are managed through appropriate procedures.
  • Scholarships cease when milestones are met, conditions are unmet or student withdraws.
  • Applications are assessed against selection criteria by committees making formal offers.
  • Payments are administered fortnightly following student enrollment in their research program.
  • Variations require approval from Deans and funding bodies as relevant.

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