RTP Scholarship Policy

Research Training Program

Effective 1 January 2017, the Australian Government will replace the below schemes with a single program, the Research Training Program (RTP):

As these three schemes are not continuing beyond 1 January 2017, Curtin University is required by legislation to transfer all RTS, APA and IPRS recipients to the new RTP.  There is a section below dedicated to students transitioning to the RTP.

RTP Scholarship Types The RTP is an Australian Government funded scholarship scheme that provides funding support for both domestic and international students undertaking higher degrees by research (HDR).

The 3 forms of RTP Scholarships are:

  1. RTP Fee Offset scholarship (covers the cost of the HDR tuition fees otherwise payable by the student)
  2. RTP Stipend (for general living costs)
  3. RTP Allowance (towards ancillary costs of research degrees)

How to Apply for a RTP Scholarship

RTP Fee Offset Scholarship
Domestic applicants are automatically assessed for eligibility at the point of application to a HDR course.
There is no separate application process.

International applicants interested are required to apply, when the round opens, via the Curtin Scholarships website.
This is a competitive selection process.

RTP Stipend Scholarship
Both interested domestic and international applicants are required to apply, when the round opens, via the Curtin Scholarships website.  This is a competitive selection process.

RTP Allowance Scholarship
This is a scholarship that may be allocated at Curtin’s discretion to both domestic and international students.
There is currently no application process.

Acknowledging the Commonwealth's Support There is a legislative requirement that you acknowledge the Australian Government’s support in any published materials related to your HDR.

You have always been required under the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research – Section 4.9 to disclose research support accurately.  Published materials include items such as books, articles, newsletters or other literary or artistic works which relate to your HDR project.

The acknowledgement must include the mention of your support through an “Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship”.

Notification of your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) Curtin will obtain and record your CHESSN on your behalf. There is no action required on your part.

Your CHESSN is a unique identifying number that stays with you for the whole of your student life.  It helps Curtin University and the Australian Government provide you with information about any Commonwealth assistance (scholarships or HELP loans) you may have used.

Domestic students
To be eligible for an RTP scholarship, Curtin University is required to issue domestic students with a CHESSN and report this number to the Department of Education and Training (DET).  If you already have a CHESSN from previous study, the number will remain the same.  If you do not have a CHESSN, Curtin University will proceed to obtain the CHESSN on your behalf.

International students
To comply with DET’s future requirements, Curtin will obtain a CHESSN on your behalf.  This will form part of Curtin’s reporting obligations.

Where can i find more information on CHESSNs?

Further information on CHESSNs can be found on the StudyAssist website.

Where can i find my CHESSN?

Your CHESSN is printed on the top right hand corner of your electronic Commonwealth Assistance Notice (eCAN).

How do i view my eCAN?

See the ‘How do i view my eCAN’ section on the Fees@Curtin website.

Further Information

The Department of Education and Training (DET) has put together a comprehensive list of Research Training Program – Frequently Asked Questions for students.

Continuing Students Transitioning to the RTP

Transfer to a RTP Scholarship Continuing students transitioning to the RTP will not be disadvantaged.

Effective 1 January 2017, the following cohorts will be transferred onto a RTP Scholarship which provides equivalent support to their previous support scheme:

  • All continuing HDR students in receipt of one or more of the following support schemes (RTS/APA/IPRS); and
  • All HDR applicants with current offers (not lapsed) who have been offered support under  one or more of the following support schemes (RTS/APA/IPRS).

Research Training Scholarship As the Research Training Scheme (RTS) ceases 31 December 2016, all references to this scheme will be removed.

At Curtin, for administrative purposes only, all domestic students in receipt of RTP Scholarships will be referred to as students covered by a Research Training Scholarship, in order to maintain a distinction between the international and domestic cohorts.

Summary of changes effective 1 January 2017

Domestic students

  • Any domestic HDR student who is enrolled in or has a valid offer for a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place does not incur fees as this is covered under the provisions of the RTS. Effective 1 January 2017, the RTS ceases and is replaced by the Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset scholarship.  The RTP Fee Offset scholarship, together with additional support from Curtin University, will cover the tuition fees you may otherwise have been charged.
  • Any domestic HDR student who has accepted or has a valid offer for an APA (living stipend scholarship) will continue to receive the entitlements of this scholarship. The name APA will change.

International students

  • Any international HDR student who has accepted or has a valid offer for an IPRS (a fee offset and a living stipend scholarship) will continue to receive the entitlements of this scholarship. The name IPRS will change.

All Students

  • Curtin University will obtain a CHESSN on your behalf.  There is no action required on your part.
  • If you are in receipt of a RTP scholarship, it is a legislative requirement that you acknowledge the Commonwealth’s contribution in any research outputs relating to your research project.

RTP Scholarship Conditions of Award (CoA)

2017 Conditions of Award Students in receipt of a RTP Scholarship should read the related associated Conditions of Award.

CoA can be found on the Curtin Scholarship webpage.

Domestic students

  • 2017 RTP Fee Offset Scholarship 
    For domestic HDR applicants who were successful in obtaining a HDR course offer under the new RTP – excludes students who were previously offered under the Research Training Scheme (RTS).
  • 2017 RTP Stipend Scholarship
    For domestic HDR applicants who were successful in the 2017 Scholarship round – previously known as the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA).

International students

  • 2017 RTP International Fee Offset and RTP Stipend Scholarship 
    For international HDR applicants who were successful in the 2017 Scholarship round – previously known as the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship-APA (IPRS-APA).

Updates

The information on this page is current as at 19 December 2016 and will be updated regularly with any pertinent student information.  If you have any queries, please contact the Graduate Research School.