How to study in Australia for free: Your Guideline

Pro-tips on how to study in Australia for Free  Imagine being able to study in Australia without worrying about the financial burden. It may seem impossible, but with the right qualifications, guidelines and a bit of luck, you can achieve this dream and study in Australia for free. Don't let the fear of expenses hold you back from pursuing your education. With determination and hard work, you can make your dreams a reality.  So yes, It is possible to study in Australia without spending a single penny, provided you have the right qualifications, guidelines and a bit of luck. Let me explain it to you in detail. In Australia, most universities don't charge international students any application fees, particularly postgraduate research students. You can find a list of 16 universities in Australia that don't require application fees. This is a great opportunity for international students with good academic records to apply to multiple universities, increasing their ch

350 Melbourne University Research Training Program Scholarships 2024/25(fully funded MSc/PhD positions)

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Research Training Program Scholarship(RTPS) 2024 Melbourne University

Melbourne University is a popular name among many international students when it comes to Australian Universities. It is one of Australia's most prestigious and distinctive universities founded in 1853. Its ranked number 1 in Australia and 31 in the world and number 7 in graduate employability worldwide according to Independent World rankings. Above all, apart from its excellent research reputation and staff, this University has put in place hundreds of scholarships to support international students studying in Australia.

350  Research Training Program Scholarship(RTPS) offers currently available to study in Melbourne for the 2023-2024 academic year.  Research Training Program Scholarship popularly called RTPS is a scholarship program sponsored by the Commonwealth Government of Australia to support international students wishing to undertake research degree programs in Australia. These scholarships are administered by Universities across the whole country yearly. The scholarship is popular among international students due to its generous offer and other financial support.

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 You can read more here about other Australian government-sponsored scholarship programs for international students

Scholarship Benefits and Value

Research Training Program Scholarship (Fee Offset)

  • Scholarship type: Full tuition fee cover 
  • Stipend value: Living allowance of $37,000  per year pro-rata. The living allowance may be indexed annually and includes limited paid sick maternity and parenting leave.
  • Other supports: Relocation allowance of $2,000 for students moving from States or Territories other than Victoria or $3,000 for students moving from outside Australia.
  • Health insurance: Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Single Membership for international students
  • Study Level: Masters/PhD by Research
  • Study Course: Open to all study areas
  • Citizen type:  International students
  • Number of  positions: Approximately 350
  • Duration: up to 2 years for Master by Research degree and  up to  3.5 years  for a PhD
  • Deadline: 31 October
(Also apply for the University International Postgraduate Award (UIPA), University of New South Wales, Australia, Multiple fully funded Masters and PhD scholarships)

Eligibility Criteria for Melbourne University RTPS Scholarship Program

They are some requirements you must meet to be eligible for this RTPS scholarship program  :
As an international student, there are many scholarship requirements to meet such as the English Language proficiency test. Find out more about General Research Scholarships Requirements  for research MSc and PhD in Australia

Selection criteria for Melbourne University RTPS scholarship program

The RTPS scholarships are very competitive. To be at the top of the preference list you must be a high-calibre student with outstanding academic achievements.

The selection criteria for RTPS scholarships are merit-based, eligible applicants are :
  •  scored and ranked according to the academic achievement of their last completed degree 
  • and their research potential in their field of study. 
  • Factors such as completion of a degree at the same level of the research course for which the scholarship is sought,
  •  relevant professional experience, refereed publications, specialist medical qualifications or composition of original music may be taken into consideration
(Explore more Masters and PhD research Scholarships to study in Australia 2024-2025 (And some application tips and procedures)

How to apply for Melbourne University RTPS scholarship program

No application is required for this scholarship. You are automatically considered for it once you received an offer ie secure admission to study at Melbourne University.  Therefore, to apply for this scholarship, you must first submit a candidature for a research degree program of choice at Melbourne University.
See Melbourne University graduate research courses. Find your course of interest and make contact with the relevant supervisor and if successful, the next step will be to complete the online application.

Finding a course and applying for admission to study in Australia is not that different to what you probably know already. For graduate research programs, the first recommended step after you have chosen your interested course is :
  • To check the eligibility criteria,
  • then contact potential supervisors to discuss your area of interest and get his/her confirmation, 
  • write a research proposal, 
  • get your referees ready,
  • revise your forms and check to see that all is good to go, 
  • and finally, submit your application for admission. See more tips on how to apply at the end of the post.
If you are admitted, you will be automatically considered for the RTPS scholarship program.

Visit the Melbourne University How to apply page for details on how to submit an application for Graduate research degrees (MSc Research and PhD). Melbourne University Supervisor Portal to reach out to potential supervisors. Find our guide here with cold email samples and examples on how to contact potential supervisors to study abroad

Who to contact for more information on this scholarship

For further information on this scholarship please refer to :

  • Melbourne University Student support page where you find emails and other contacts to talk with Graduate supporting Team staffs
Visit the University Website to learn more about the scholarship and to apply
    (Also check out Melbourne University Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) (600 fully-funded MSc/PhD scholarship positions for 2024/25 academic year)

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