AGRTP Full-time Scholarship

Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents are encouraged to apply for an AGRTP scholarship, which are awarded to postgraduate researchers with exceptional promise on the basis of academic merit and research potential. Further information regarding the Australian Government's Research Training Program is available on the Department of Education and Training website.

  • Eligibility

    AGRTP scholarships are generally for full-time study towards higher degrees by research. These scholarships are highly competitive, and only applicants who meet the following eligibility criteria will be considered:

    • Commencing a Charles Sturt University HDR program, or currently enrolled.
    • Enrolling/enrolled as a full-time student.

    AGRTP scholarships will not be available to those who:

    • Are enrolled concurrently in any other program, unless it is essential to the success of the HDR, or exceptional circumstances exist and are approved.
    • Are receiving another Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship.

    Charles Sturt will rank scholarship applicants according to a specified criteria. See Scholarship Application Guide for further details.

  • Award value

    The scholarship provides the following benefits:

    Stipend: This scholarship is valued at $35,000 per annum, payable in fortnightly instalments.

    Tuition Fees: Fee exemption for a period equivalent to four years (eight sessions) for PhD/Research Doctorate OR two years (four sessions) for Research Masters at full-time study.

    Operating Funds: Scholarship candidates are allocated an allowance to assist with the reimbursement of costs associated with a candidate’s research.

    Relocation Allowance: Scholarship recipients may be eligible to receive a relocation allowance for the cost of relocating themselves, their spouse, and dependants to a Charles Sturt University campus, to a maximum of AUD $5,000.

  • Scholarship duration

    AGRTP scholarships are normally tenable for four years for Research Doctorate studies (4 years FTE tuition fee coverage and 3 years FTE for stipend and operating funds allowances), and two years for Research Masters studies subject to satisfactory progress.

    An extension of up to six months may be granted for Research Doctorates (stipend and operating funds components only), where the candidate is making satisfactory progress and the grounds for the extension relate to the study and are beyond the control of the candidate.

    Scholarship candidates are entitled to 20 paid annual leave working days per year, 10 paid sick leave days per year and may be eligible for up to 12 weeks paid maternity leave.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2024 mid-year round, for commencement Session 2, 2024, are closed.
Applications for the 2025 round, for commencement in Session 1, 2025, are open and close at 5.00pm AEDT Friday 11 October 2024.

Applicants must apply online via one of the following options. Applications submitted via email will not be accepted.

Please note: Scholarships will be reduced by any periods of HDR study undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the scholarship.

Prospective candidates

Prospective Higher Degree by Research candidates can apply for an AGRTP Full-Time Scholarship when completing their Charles Sturt course admission application.

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Not sure which HDR course to apply for?  Review our available courses and our guide to getting started with a research degree.

Current Charles Sturt HDR candidates

Candidates enrolled in a Charles Sturt HDR course must complete a separate scholarship application.

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