Don’t Miss Out: Apply Now for Round 2 AGRTP Stipend Scholarship Funding


About the Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship

Each year the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training provides funding to Universities to award scholarships to domestic and international students undertaking Higher Degree Research programs.

Australian National University (ANU) currently conducts two annual central scholarship rounds which includes the Australian Government Research Training Program, the University Research Scholarship and a few other centrally managed scholarships.

Scholarship round Admission application closing date
2024 Round 1 International Closing 31 August 2023
2024 Round 1 Domestic Closing 31 October 2023
2024 Round 2 International and Domestic Closing 15 April 2024

Round 1 is split into two parts, one for international candidates and one for domestic candidates with separate deadlines (31 August for international candidates and 31 October for domestic candidates each year). Round 1 is for commencements from the following year (January through to the end of March), however current candidates who recently commenced (enrolled typically for less than a year full-time equivalent) can also be considered by completing the ‘Request for a current ANU student to be considered for a HDR Scholarship form‘.

Round 2 has a deadline of 15 April and is typically a smaller round with commencement or take up of the scholarship up to the end of August of the same year.

When you complete your admission application for a HDR program you can select which scholarship you are interested to be considered for including the Australian Government Research Training Program. There is no separate application form except for current candidates, through the above link.


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$ 36,652

per annum

Payments made fortnightly

Payments made for 3 years


  • Student types Domestic, International, Current, Prospective
  • Student levels Postgraduate research
  • Selection bases Academic merit
  • Ongoing eligibility Continuation based on academic performance
  • Extension duration 6 month extension available.

Australian Government Research Training Program Eligibility

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

Commencing students:  No application is required specifically for this scholarship as all eligible candidates will be considered. Note to ensure you are considered please ensure you select the appropriate boxes in the admissions application form to note that you are interested in being considered for any available scholarships.

Continuing students:  Please complete and return the “Request for a Current ANU Student to be Considered for a HDR Scholarship” form to your Academic College.

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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  • Stipend scholarship 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.
  • Travel and removal allowances for students relocating to Canberra to commence their research program.
  • Thesis allowance
  • Dependant child allowance (International students only).
  • Paid medical, maternity and parental leave (See sections 51-68 of the Research Training Program Scholarships procedure).
  • Suspension of Scholarship (See sections 43-48 of the Research Training Program Scholarships procedure).