Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship applicants

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Adding Information

Pending Results

Late Applications

 Results

Application Forms

Eligible Degrees

Likelihood of Success

Research Experience Information & Appendix

 Key Dates

Feedback

Other Scholarships

Supervisor and Project

Multiple Scholarships

  Honours 1 equivalence

Previous Scholarships

Transferring an RTP

Deferment

Outcome Timeframes

 VISA Application and Timeframes

International Students

Prior Enrolment

 

 

 

Adding Information

I recently submitted my RTP application, but since then I’ve had a journal article accepted for publication. Can I add this to my application?
If there is still time for the information to be included in the assessment of your application we will add it. Please send an updated research Experience Evidence Template to the Scholarships Office.

Application Forms

Where can I get the RTP application form and instructions?
You can download the application form and instructions here.

Key Dates

When are applications open?
Applications are open all year round

What are Research Periods?
For more information on Sydney University's Postgraduate Research Periods, visit the Admissions Timeline page.

Applying for Multiple Scholarships

How do I apply for a Merit Award, Alumni Scholarships or other Top Ups?
Your eligibility for the following scholarships will also be considered as part of an RTP application: UPA, University-wide top-up scholarships such as the Vice Chancellors Research Scholarship, Merit Awards Alumni Scholarships and some Faculty / School / Department specific scholarships (refer to Sections 3 and 4 of the RTP Student Information Pack). For scholarships other than the above-mentioned, please check the website for application requirements.

Deferment

Can I apply for an RTP now and then defer it if my application is successful?
Scholarships can only be deferred for up to two research periods within the year of award. Deferral beyond two research periods or into a later year will only be considered in extenuating circumstances.

Outcome Timeframe

How long will it take for an outcome to be sent to me?
The scholarships office accepts applications and sends outcomes all year round. It can take anywhere from 8-12 weeks after completing your application to get an outcome.

VISA Applications and Outcome Timeframes

I'm an international student, how far in advance should I apply for a scholarship?
It depends on the wait times for your specific VISA application. Generally speaking, it is best to have your scholarship application completed and submitted 6 months before you plan to commence. This allows enough time to receive your scholarship outcome, accept, and then apply for your VISA. As some VISA applications can take upwards of 12 weeks it is always best to factor this time into your decision when applying for admission.

Pending Results

I am still waiting on the final result of my current studies (e.g. Honours / Masters degree by research/Masters degree by coursework) Can I still apply for RTP Scholarship?
Yes. No decision will be made until your results are finalised.

A scholarship award benchmark is set by the selection committee and an applicant will be considered for a scholarship if the applicant’s ranking is at or above the benchmark, and has received unconditional admission offer for the relevant research period by the respective census date. Therefore, you will not be disadvantaged because of the timing of your final result.

Currently enrolled students who like to apply for the scholarship must provide Student Identification Number (SID) in the online application form.

Applicants may be ranked without having yet received a PG Research course offer, but will only be considered for a scholarship offer once they have received an unconditional admission offer.

Eligible Degrees

What type of degree can an RTP be awarded for?
Applicants for the RTP must undertake a postgraduate research degree, e.g. a Masters by Research, a PhD, a research doctorate.

I intend to enrol in a coursework Masters which has a research component. Can I apply for the RTP?
No. The conditions of these scholarships state that you must be enrolled in a postgraduate research degree.

Feedback

My application for an RTP was unsuccessful. Can I get some feedback?
The University does not provide specific ranking outcomes apart from notifications to successful and unsuccessful applicants. Applicants are encouraged to refer to selection criteria and Research Experience Information & Appendix Guide for questions related to scholarship award process.

How can I improve my application next round?
Should your circumstances have changed, such as obtaining additional academic qualification, and/or publishing new academic research paper, you are encourage to apply again. To re-appy, simply submit your new qualification and research output to our online portal.

Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to take into account factors beyond the possible award of a scholarship when making a decision to defer their course offer.

Honours and Honours 1 equivalence

What is Honours 1 equivalence?
Please refer to section 5.2 of the RTP Student Information Pack document for information on Honours 1 equivalence (download the information document here). Section 5.3 of the same document provides details on the information required to substantiate any professional experience and research publications or outputs.

I received Honours 2 from another University, but if I’d gotten the same mark at the University of Sydney I would have received Honours 1. Can my result be considered as First class Honours?
Your result remains at Honours 2 level.

I received an Honours 2 result but there were mitigating circumstances. Can I apply for special consideration of my RTP application?
The RTP are awarded on academic merit and research potential only. Financial Support Service at the University provides short term financial relief to students who experience financial hardships. More information can be found here.

I don’t have Honours 1 or Honours 1 equivalence, but can I apply for an RTP based on financial need?
The RTP are awarded on academic merit and research potential only. Financial Support Service at the University provides short term financial relief to students who experience financial hardships. More information can be found here.

International Students

I'm currently an international student but I've applied for Australian permanent residency. Can I apply for an RTP?
You can apply for RTP scholarships. If you are awarded, your scholarship will be adjusted to match your residency status.

Late Applications

I’ve only just found out about the RTP and the closing date for applications has passed. Can I still submit a late application?
Applications are open all year round.

Likelihood of success

What is the likelihood of my RTP application being successful?
The Scholarships Office cannot pre-assess your RTP application. Only a submitted application can be assessed against published eligibility requirements and ranked against applicants for the intake(s) under consideration. The outcome of application will only be released following the committee meeting.

Section 5 of the Student Information Pack document (found here) lists the things that are taken into account when assessing your application.

Other Scholarships

If I am not successful in gaining an RTP, what other scholarship options are available?
There are many scholarship options available beyond the RTP. You should refer to the Current Research Scholarships webpage to access the Research Scholarships Database. We recommend that you also check your faculty/department’s website for any additional scholarships that they may have on offer.

Previous Scholarships

I previously held a scholarship for two years for a Masters candidature I completed a couple of years ago. I’m now starting a new PhD candidature. Can I apply for an RTP?
Yes, you are eligible to apply.

Prior Enrolment in the Degree

Can I apply for Research scholarships after I commence my research?
Yes, you are eligible to apply.

You will incur advanced standing. Periods of prior enrolment in a postgraduate research degree will be deducted from the tenure of your scholarship. Advanced standing refers to this period of deducted tenure. For example, a doctoral scholarship is awarded for 3 years with a possible maximum extension of 6 months. If you have already completed 6 months of your doctorate degree before being awarded a scholarship, 6 months will be deducted from the maximum tenure, thus you are only eligible to hold the RTP scholarship for a maximum of 3 years (including the possible 6-month extension).

Results

When will I find out if my RTP application has been successful?
You should receive the outcome within four months of application. The Scholarships Office will notify you about the progress of your application periodically via email.

I’m going overseas just before the RTP results will be released. Can I get my result a little bit earlier?
No, the Scholarships Office does not release results early.

I've been offered an RTP but I've also applied for an NHMRC scholarship. Can I wait for my NHMRC scholarship result before I reply to the RTP offer?
You can initially accept the RTP offer, and then subsequently relinquish it if you are offered a NHMRC scholarship.

Research Experience Information & Appendix

Do I need to compile a Research Experience Appendix?
If you have scholarly publications, significant output in the art or music areas and/or relevant professional or direct research experience that meet the criteria in Section 5.3 of the Student Information Pack document, you need to compile and attach a Research Experience Evidence Appendix to your application. Both documents may be located on the Postgraduate Scholarships website.

Supervisor and Research Project

I want to apply for an RTP but I haven’t got a Supervisor or research project yet. Can I still apply?
Application of RTP is part of admission application process. Therefore, to be considered for an RTP, you must apply for admission first. For more information on finding a supervisor, go to: Research Supervisor Connect

Transferring an RTP

I hold an APA/RTP at another university but I want to transfer my candidature to the University of Sydney. Can I directly transfer my scholarship?
The RTP funds were awarded to your original university and remain with that university. (They don’t move with you.) You will need to go through the University of Sydney’s RTP application process.


Tips for applicants

Applying for entry into the degree
  • Consideration for entry into the degree is a separate process to an RTP Stipend Scholarship award. International students are considered for RTP Tuition Fees Offset Scholarships.
  • Visit the Domestic Postgraduate Research website to see how to apply for entry.
  • Check your faculty’s deadline for submitting an application for entry into the degree.
Preparing your RTP application
  • Read through the RTP information document thoroughly before you start your scholarship application. As well as stating eligibility requirements, conditions and benefits, the document states how the applications are assessed.
  • Complete the Research Experience form if applicable. You would need to provide this form as part of the admission application.
  • If you are a current honours student, it is important that you submit your honours thesis on time if you intend to apply for an RTP. Your honours thesis mark is used in the RTP application ranking, so if your thesis is submitted late your marks may not be available in time to include you in the RTP ranking.
About the form
  • The RTP application form is an online form. Please submit your attachments as one PDF file.
Supporting documents
  • Academic transcripts – if you have studied at another University you must provide copies of your transcripts with your RTP application (even if you have already provided them with your application for entry into the degree).
  • Evidence of publications, output in the arts or music, professional experience – If we cannot verify your publications, they cannot be counted towards your application. See Section 5.3 of the Student Information Pack document and the Research Experience Information & Appendix Guide for details on what you need to provide with your application, and the format to be used.

The University of Sydney accepts scanned documents submitted online in support of applications for admission to courses of study and photocopy of documents for RTP applications. All supporting documents must be true and complete records. You should be prepared to provide original documents or original certified copies of supporting documents upon request at any time. Detailed checking of supporting documents is an inherent element of our admissions and scholarship ranking processes and may involve contacting the original issuing authority or relevant tertiary admissions centre, or other organisation (whether education or otherwise), or individual, whether in Australia or overseas, to verify documents. A failure to provide documents on request, or the discovery of either fraudulent documents or a misrepresentation of true circumstances in association with your application, may lead to the rejection of your application for admission/scholarship, the withdrawal of your offer, or the cancellation of your enrolment.

Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by a complete English translation. The University accepts translations to English made by an accredited translator with a government body, the Registrar of the issuing institution.