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Charles Darwin University Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarships 2024( MSc/PhD positions)

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Charles Darwin University Research Training Program(RTP) Stipend scholarships 2024/25

Applications for Charles Darwin University Australian Government Research Training Program(RTP) Stipend scholarships  2024/25 are currently open. These are Australian Government-sponsored stipend scholarships available via Charles Darwin University. These RTP  stipend scholarships aim to provide stipend living support to all eligible international students interested to undertake full-time MSc or PhD by research. 

Applicants interested in full-tuition support should check the Charles Darwin University  Research Training Scheme (URTS) Fee Offset scholarships. Charles Darwin University URTS Fee Offset scholarships aim to provide full tuition support to high-achieving international applicants to undertake research MSc or PhD in the University.  International students awarded an RTP Stipend are automatically awarded a URTS Fee Offset scholarship. International candidates who are not awarded an Australian Government RTP Stipend can however still apply for a URTS Fee Offset.

The RTP scholarships at Charles Darwin University are 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 RTP scholarships will provide a living stipend paid every fortnight, including a paid sick leave, relocation allowance and maternity leave.

(Also check out this Central Queensland University Australian Government Research Training Program(RTP) Scholarships( MSc/PhD positions)

CDU RTP 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 CDU RTP scholarships

To be eligible for an RTP  Stipend 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. To be considered for the RTP scholarship, the EOI must be submitted before the deadline( 12 APRIL, 2024). (*Submission via 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
  • 2 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 and to apply.

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

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