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Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships

The RTP Scholarship Round will open in July 2023.

How to apply

To apply for a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) RTP scholarship at Curtin University, you need to receive an Invitation to Apply, via an advertised research project.

HDR Scholarships are allocated after an extensive assessment process at Curtin University. Once the scholarship nominations have been assessed by the HDR scholarship selection committee, applicants will be notified of the outcome in November. It is important to be aware that whilst you may be offered admission to undertake the advertised research project, there is no guarantee your scholarship application will also be successful.

Future HDR students

Applicants are required to follow these steps.

  1. Review the advertised research projects (opens July for approx. 1 month only)
    1. Note, projects are removed from the website once the project lead has identified a preferred candidate.   
  2. Submit an expression of interest for one of the advertised research projects. You will need to include a copy of your current curriculum vitae and academic transcripts. You can only be nominated for one project.

If the Project Lead (research supervisor) determines you are the best candidate for the project, you will receive an Invitation to Apply and instructions on how to submit your admission AND scholarship applications.

  1. When submitting your application for admission to a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) course, you will need to include a copy of your English language test results, plus the project lead’s invitation to apply. (This invitation to apply is confirmation of your scholarship application only)
  2. In support of your scholarship application, the Project Lead will complete the Primary referee report. You are welcome to  organise a secondary referee, (either an academic or professional referee) to further support your scholarship application.

All steps above are to be completed by 31 August 2023. The scholarship selection committee will assess all applicants, independent of the admission assessment.

Current HDR Curtin Students 

Current students should discuss being considered for scholarship with their supervisory team well before the deadline of 31 MAY 2023.

The supervisory team can nominate a maximum of 2 current students for consideration of a centrally supported scholarship (only via the HDR project nomination process for staff).  The Faculty approved list of students and projects will be submitted to the Graduate Research School no later than June 2023.

To be considered for a centrally supported scholarship, current students need to demonstrate good progress, be on Good Standing and have at least 18 months enrolment remaining before their 4-year FEC date. The committee will also consider the timely completion of all relevant milestones.

What happens next?

Only faculty approved nominations will be considered for a centrally supported scholarship. The Graduate Research School will contact faculty approved nominees directly for more information, such as an updated CV.

Determining scholarship recipients is conducted via an extensive assessment process at Curtin University. Once the nominations have been assessed and shortlisted by the University HDR scholarship selection committee, scholarship applicants will be notified of the outcome in November.

RTP Scholarship Procedures

The Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship Procedures detail the processes and conditions for RTP Scholarships. They cover:

  • Student eligibility requirements
  • Scholarship types, rates and periods of support
  • Application, selection, ranking and offer process.

All Australian Government RTP Scholarship recipients and applicants are required to familiarise themselves with these procedures.

If you’re receiving an RTP Scholarship, you should also read the related associated Conditions of Award (CoA).

Notification of your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN)

Curtin will obtain and record your CHESSN on your behalf. There is no action required on your part.

Your CHESSN is a unique identifying number that stays with you for the whole of your student life. It helps Curtin and the Australian Government provide you with information about any Commonwealth assistance (scholarships or HELP loans) you may have used.

Domestic students

To be eligible for an RTP scholarship, Curtin is required to issue domestic students with a CHESSN and report this number to the Department of Education and Training (DET). If you already have a CHESSN from previous study, the number will remain the same. If you do not have a CHESSN, Curtin will proceed to obtain the CHESSN on your behalf.

International students

To comply with DET’s future requirements, Curtin will obtain a CHESSN on your behalf. This will form part of Curtin’s reporting obligations.

Where can I find more information on CHESSNs?

Learn more about CHESSNs on the StudyAssist website.

Where can I find my CHESSN?

Your CHESSN is printed on the top right-hand corner of your electronic Commonwealth Assistance Notice (eCAN).

How do I view my eCAN?

See the ‘How do I view my eCAN’ section on the Fees@Curtin website.

More information

For more information about the RTP, view the Department of Education and Training’s frequently asked questions or visit the Australian Government website.