The University of Adelaide invites applications for the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships for Outstanding International Students (RTPS) for the 2021/22 academic session.

The University of Adelaide offers a number of Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships to outstanding international graduates from any country to commence their education via a Masters or Doctorate degree by research.

Worth of Award

  • Research Training Program Fee Offset: Provides a fee offset scholarship which covers the cost of tuition fees as a higher degree by research student of the University of Adelaide for the standard duration of the academic program (Research Master: up to 2 years; Doctor of Philosophy: up to 4 years).  Any gap between the RTP Fee Offset and the Tuition Fees charged is waived by the university for the standard duration of the academic program.
  • Research Training Program Stipend: Provides a living allowance of $28,854 (2022 rate) per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for up to 2 years for a Research Master degree, and up to 3 years (with a possible 6-month extension) for a Doctor of Philosophy. It is likely to be tax-exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval.
  • Research Training Program Allowance: Provides financial support for an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), plus relocation and publication expenses.


To be eligible for scholarship consideration,

  • Applicants must be eligible to enroll in a full-time Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program at the University of Adelaide (Students who are interested in awards for half-time study should see Section 3 Study Load).
  • International applicants must maintain ‘international student’ status for the duration of their enrolment at the University. Should applicants subsequently are granted a different visa subclass, or be granted permanent residency, they must advise the Adelaide
    Graduate Centre to obtain information on any applicable transition arrangements.
  • Qualifications in progress will not be considered when determining scholarship eligibility unless the qualification has been satisfactorily completed (and acceptable evidence provided) by the scholarship closing date. Domestic applicants completing a qualification in the semester of application at an Australian university will be eligible for consideration.
  • International applicants must provide evidence of meeting the minimum English language proficiency requirements for direct entry by the scholarship closing date for their application to be considered.
  • International applicants who have already commenced their HDR program at the University of Adelaide are ineligible for scholarship consideration.
  • Applicants must not currently be in receipt of an RTP Scholarship, an overseas sponsored scholarship, or any other equivalent award or scholarship from the Commonwealth Government designed to offset HDR fees.
  • Applicants must not be in receipt of an equivalent award, scholarship, or salary to undertake the proposed degree (equivalent being defined as greater than 75% of the base stipend).
  • Applicants must be able to commence their research in the periods listed in Section 4 Commencement.

Master of Philosophy (No Honours) applicants only:

  • Must be completing, or have completed and been awarded a relevant Bachelor Degree or equivalent with an achieved minimum of a distinction average (GPA of 6.0 or above).
  • Eligibility for international students is restricted to students completing, or who have completed, their Bachelor’s degree at the University of Adelaide only.
  • Applicants must not have commenced, be currently enrolled, or hold an Honours Degree or a postgraduate qualification of any kind at any university

How to Apply

Application for ‘Admission and a Scholarship’ must be submitted using the Online Application Form

Deadline: Applications for the 2022 Major International Scholarship Round close on July 1,  2022.

  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their scholarship application by the end of October 2022.
  • Recipients must commence their research program in semester 1, 2022.
  • Applicants are expected to commence studies as soon as possible in the approved semester.


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