Eligibility and selection for RTP Stipend scholarships

Refer to the FedUni RTP Scholarship Policy for further information regarding RTP Stipends.

Eligibility to apply for a RTP Scholarship

    (1) To be eligible for an RTP Stipend a student must be a domestic student or an overseas student enrolled in an accredited HDR course of study at an Australian HEP.

    (2) To be eligible for an RTP Stipend a student must not be receiving income from another source to support that student’s general living costs while undertaking their course of study if that income is greater than 75 per cent of that student’s RTP Stipend rate. Income unrelated to the student’s course of study or income received for the student’s course of study but not for the purposes of supporting general living costs is not to be taken into account.

    (3) To be eligible for an RTP Fees Offset a student must not be receiving an equivalent award or scholarship from the Commonwealth designed to offset HDR fees.

To be considered for the awarding of an RTP Stipend, applicants must:

  • Meet the FedUni’s HDR program entry requirements,
  • Have applied for candidature in, or be currently enrolled in, an HDR program at FedUni Australia,
  • Have not completed more than two years EFTSL or part-time equivalent for a doctoral degree or six months EFTSL or part-time equivalent for a masters degree, if a current FedUni HDR candidate,
  • Take up the stipend on a full-time basis, unless exceptional circumstances apply,
  • Maintain satisfactory progress in their HDR program.

Specific criteria for eligibility for stipend scholarships offered by FedUni are presented in the Selection and Awarding of HDR Scholarships Procedure.

Entry requirements for HDR programs at FedUni are available on the HDR Apply website.


In the selection of applicants for allocation of stipends, FedUni aims to achieve inclusive and equitable outcomes taking in to account strategic considerations, the availability of suitable resources and project supervision and the academic merit of applicants. In doing so, FedUni will ensure that it operates in accord with the University’s Fair and Transparent Decision Making Guidelines.

Stipends are normally awarded to candidates to be enrolled in a doctoral degree. In some circumstances applicants seeking entry to a master’s candidature may be awarded a stipend.

Selection processes for FedUni-funded stipends are described in the HDR Selection and Awarding of Scholarships procedure. FedUni-funded stipends are subject to the approval of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation.