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Charles Darwin University Research Training Scheme (URTS) Fee Offset 2024(fully funded MSc/PhD positions)

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Charles Darwin University  Research Training Scheme (URTS) Fee Offset scholarships

Several fully funded Masters and PhD scholarship positions  for international students are currently available at Charles Darwin University via the  Charles Darwin University Research Training Scheme (URTS) Fee Offset Program 2024/25

The Charles Darwin University Research Training Scheme (URTS) Fee Offset Program 2024 covers full tuition fees for eligible applicants without a living stipend. If looking for living stipend support, the applicant must apply for the CDU Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarship. The RTP stipend scholarships provide living stipend support paid every fortnight, sick leave, maternity leave, relocation allowance etc. Both scholarships can be applied simultaneously.

The URTS Fee Offset program is open for international students interested to undertake a full-time MSc or PhD by research, and have been awarded an Australian Government RTP Stipend for living support. International HDR candidates who are not awarded an Australian Government RTP Stipend can however still apply for a URTS Fee Offset.

The URTS Fee Offset program is available within any research field of study across the University. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and aim to attract international students with outstanding research potential and academic achievements. The URTS scholarships will provide a full-tuition cover for the duration of the study. Applicants can apply for  RTP stipend scholarships for living support. RTP stipends will provide living stipend support paid every fortnight, sick leave, maternity leave, relocation allowance etc. 

(Also apply for the University International Postgraduate Award (UIPA), 2024/25 University of New South Wales, Australia, Multiple fully funded Masters and PhD scholarships)

CDU URTS scholarship overview

  • Scholarship type: Full tuition fee cover
  • Degree Program: MSc/ PhD
  • Available in:   In all faculties/ Any field of study
  • Number of positions: Multiple
  • Location: Charles Darwin University
  • Citizen type: International students
  • Application Deadlines:12 April 2024

Eligibility criteria for URTS  scholarships

To be eligible for a URTS Scholarship, the applicant: 
  1. must be an overseas student enrolled in an accredited HDR course of study at an Australian Higher Education Provider (HEP).
  2.  must not be receiving income from another source to support that student’s general living costs while undertaking their course of study if that income is greater than 75% of that student’s RTP Stipend rate. 
  3.  must not be receiving an equivalent award or scholarship from the Australian Government designed to offset HDR tuition fees

How to apply(No application fees)

To study at Charles Darwin University, prospective international HDR candidates are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the HDR team before being invited to apply for admission and scholarships.
The EOI must include the followings:
  1. Expression of Interest (EOI) Application Form 
  2. Copies of academic transcripts and award certificates of your post-secondary qualifications (ie. Bachelor and Master degree)
  3. Curriculum vitae (CV) including details of publications
  4. A brief research proposal (1500-1700 words or 3-4 pages) on the research you would like to do, including details about specific methodological techniques
Email these to HDR Support at 

Once submitted, the applicant's EOI will be reviewed and if deemed to meet the minimum course entry requirements, the applicant is invited to submit an application.
After receiving an invitation to apply, the next step is finding a potential supervisor. The applicant will need to obtain the supervisor’s confirmation in writing. A copy of email communications will be sufficient. If successful in securing a potential supervisor, you can go ahead and submit a completed online application with the relevant scholarship. (Submission online comes with no application fee for all international students)

See  full details on CDU Website on how to apply for their Research Degree(MSc/PhD) positions
Other useful links: CDU Supervisors portal, to search for a supervisor in your interested field of study

Expected documents to submit during the online application:

  • Invitation to apply (EOI approval email)
  • Certified copies of all post-secondary qualification documents such as transcripts of results, award certificates, grading systems, and English translations, if required
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Copy of passport showing personal and visa details
  • Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Application Forms (Combined)
  • Existing Research Output form (HDR37) 
  • Detailed CV / Resume with a list of publications
  • referee report forms , should be completed and sent by your referees directly to the University at
  • A well-written Statement of Purpose (Single) or Statement of Purpose (Family)
  • Supervisor’s confirmation in writing (e.g. email correspondence) etc..
The How to apply link above has more details on these documents

Who to contact

For details on these scholarships and how to apply, applicants should not hesitate to get in touch with the Charles Darwin Higher Degree by Research Team via
Phone: 08 8946 6548

Visit CDU Higher Degree by Research Scholarship Website to apply and for more details on this scholarship.

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