Research Training Program Stipend - RTPS

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Research Training Program Stipend (RTPS) Scholarships are awarded to students of exceptional research potential, enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) course of study, to assist with general living costs.

These scholarships are available to both future and current students enrolled in or applying for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Professional Doctorate course at Swinburne.

Courses eligible

Eligibility / selection criteria


Eligibility criteria, according to the Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines (Research) 2017 are detailed in the RTPS Conditions of Award (attached below).

Selection Criteria

Applications are currently being considered from applicants who:

  • meet the entry requirements for a PhD or Professional Doctorate at Swinburne;
  • hold a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours (or equivalent);
  • are a domestic student (Australian or New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident).

Applicants should ensure that they meet one of the following criteria:

  • are a prospective PhD or Professional Doctorate candidate OR
  • are currently enrolled in a Swinburne PhD or Professional Doctorate for less than two years as at 30 October 2020 OR
  • have received an offer for candidature for a Swinburne PhD or Professional Doctorate and have not yet enrolled.


  • Annual stipend $28,092 (indexed) - 2020 rate
  • RTP Allowances (relocation allowance and thesis allowance) as outlined in the RTPS Conditions of Award (below)

How to apply

The 2020 RTPS Scholarship Round is OPEN and will close on Friday 30 October 2020. Your application must be submitted by no later than 5:00pm (AEST) on 30 October in order for you to be considered for an RTPS Scholarship in this round. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The outcome of the scholarship round will be announced during the first two weeks of December 2020.

Information on how to apply is as follows:

Prospective students:

Please follow the step-by-step application process.

Please ensure you attach the following supporting documentation to your application.  

  • Certified academic transcripts and evidence of completion.
  • Proof of citizenship/ID.
  • Resume.
  • Research proposal.
  • Supervisor confirmation.
  • Evidence of prior research including publications.  

You are also required to organise a minimum of two of your referees to complete a referee report.  Completed referee reports should be sent directly to by your referees.

Current students (including those who have already received an offer for candidature but have not yet enrolled):

Please follow the instructions in the 2020 RTPS Current Student Application Form

You are required to attach relevant supporting documents (as listed above for prospective students) if you have not previously done so.

Please ensure that a minimum of two current referee reports are organised.  Completed referee reports should be sent directly to by your referees.


Specific Information for Clinical & Forensic Psychology applicants

Students wishing to apply for the RTPS scholarship are required to submit Swinburne's referee reports as part of their application. In addition please note that students are also required to have their referees submit additional referee reports for the Psychology program via the online system: 


Prospective students:

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Currently enrolled students:

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