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About this scholarship


Each year the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training provides funding to Universities to award scholarships to International students undertaking Higher Degree Research programs under the Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP or RTP).  Note the duration of this scholarship has been updated from 3 years to 3.5 years following the VC's announcement relating to scholarship changes in effect from 1.10.2022.  Candidates now no longer have to apply to extend this scholarship from 3 years to 3.5 years.  



Full Tuition fees for 3.5 years

Payments made for 3.5 years


01-Sep to 31-Aug

  • Student types

    International, Current, Prospective
  • Student levels

    Postgraduate research
  • Selection bases

    Academic merit
  • Ongoing eligibility

    Continuation based on academic performance



The Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines (Research) 2017 set the basis for the conditions of award and outline the basic eligibility requirements for this scholarship.  

The ANU has established an RTP Policy & Procedure which outlines the standards, processes and conditions for this scholarship.  These documents are available from the reference document section of this page.

Selection Basis

Candidates are ranked and scholarships are awarded based on a competitive ranking process, to the top ranked candidates, subject to evidence they meet merit-based selection criteria, and subject to confirmation of a qualified supervisor, space and resources being available, in an area of research that is aligned with ANU research strategy.

Additional information


The Australian Government Research Training Program InternationaI Fee Offset Scholarship:

  • covers tuition fees for three years with the possibility of:
    • Six month standard extension; and
    • Another six month extension if the reason for request falls within the additional eligibility criteria under Item 15. Period of Support, of the AGRTP Procedure.
  • provides program length overseas student health cover for the student (Student Visa Subclass 500 only) and their immediate family.

No application is required specifically for this scholarship as all eligible candidates will be considered.

In order to be considered in the main round of scholarships, students are required to have applied for admission by 15 April in the year of commencing their HDR Program or 31 August in the year prior to commencing their HDR program.

Applications must be complete at the time of submission, including all supporting documentation and referee reports, in order to be considered in the scholarship ranking process.

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to make contact with the relevant Graduate Studies Convener or a prospective supervisor, prior to lodging an application, to discuss the proposed research topic and related matters.

A range of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the new AGRTP Scholarships are available here

Working outside the eligible HDR program

Students notify their Delegated Authority and Chair of Panel in writing of the extent of working arrangements they are undertaking alongside their eligible HDR program, upon commencement at ANU or within 20 working days of commencing working arrangements. See section 72 of the Research Training Program Scholarships procedure.


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