Applications are open all year round. However, you should check your faculty’s deadline for submitting an application for entry into the degree.
There are four research periods each year when you can start your study with us. For more information, visit the application dates page.
It depends on the wait times for your specific visa application. 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.
Generally speaking, it is best to have your scholarship application completed and submitted 6 months before you plan to commence. This should allow enough time to receive your scholarship outcome, accept, and then apply for your visa.
Yes, you can apply here.
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).
For information on document requirements, including transcripts, proof of English language proficiency and scanned documents, please see the RTP page.
You can apply for RTP scholarships. If you are awarded, your scholarship will be adjusted to match your residency status.
Yes, you are eligible to apply.
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 applicant information pack (pdf, 264KB), you need to compile and attach a research experience evidence template (docx, 99KB) to your application.
If there is still time for the information to be included in the assessment of your application we will add it. Please upload an updated research experience evidence template (docx, 99KB) to this form.
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 would like to apply for the scholarship must provide their Student Identification Number (SID) in their online application.
Applicants may be ranked without having yet received a course offer, but will only be considered for a scholarship offer once they have received an unconditional offer of admission.
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.
No. Applications for an RTP Scholarship are part of the admissions process, and you are required to have found a supervisor when you apply for admission to a postgraduate research degree. For more information on finding a supervisor, go to Research Supervisor Connect.
Applicants for the RTP must undertake a postgraduate research degree, ie. a master's by research or a research doctorate (PhD). Students who intend to enrol in a postgraduate coursework degree which has a research component are not eligible for RTP Scholarships.
Please refer to section 5.2 of the RTP applicant information pack (pdf, 264KB) document. Section 5.3 of this document also provides details on the information required to substantiate any professional experience and research publications or outputs.
No, your result remains second class honours.
No, your result remains second class honours.
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.
Your stipend rate will remain at the minimum RTP stipend rate as published by the Commonwealth Government (indexed annually). Recipients who were awarded RTP/UPA/USydIS in 2019 or prior must relinquish their current scholarships first, then re-apply to be considered for 2020 scholarships. Note: The scholarship is extremely competitive so the outcome cannot be guaranteed.
You should receive the outcome within eight weeks from the time all required documents for your admission application have been submitted to the admission application portal.
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 applicant information pack (pdf, 264KB) lists the things that are taken into account when assessing your application.
No, the Scholarships Office does not release results early.
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 related documents for questions related to scholarship award process.
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 form.
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.
The University of Sydney is offering RTP stipend scholarship at rate at $35,000 per year from 2020 awards. This rate applies to both domestic and international students.
Applicants whose date of award is from 1 November 2019 onwards will be considered for the 2020 awards.
No, 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.
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.
Your eligibility for the following scholarships will also be considered as part of an RTP application:
For other scholarships, please see the individual scholarship page for application requirements.