Research Training Program Stipend - RTPS

Applications open 26 August 2019   Local students   Future and current students

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

You must be currently enrolled in, or applying for;

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Business)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Design)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Science)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Information and Communication Technology)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Information Systems)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical and Forensic Psychology)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Health Sciences)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Technology Innovation)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Law)

You must meet candidature requirements as set out in their proposed program. Please refer to the website for details.

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 31 October 2019 OR
  • have received an offer for candidature for a Swinburne PhD or Professional Doctorate and have not yet enrolled.


  • Annual stipend $27,596 (indexed) - 2019 rate
  • RTP Allowances (relocation allowance and thesis allowance) as outlined in the RTPS Conditions of Award (below)

How to apply

RTPSs are offered by Swinburne Research in scholarship round(s) each year.

Applications for the 2019 RTPS scholarship will open on Monday 26 August 2019 at 9am and will close on Thursday 31 October 2019 at 5pm (EST).



Currently enrolled students:

Graduate Studies Office


Prospective students:

Submit an online enquiry

Call us: (03) 9214 5412