Research Training Program international (RTPi) Scholarships by University of South Australia

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  • Australia
  • Apply Before : August 31, 2020

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 14474
  • Degree MasterPH.D
  • Language Requirement TOEFLIELTS
  • Fields of study Not specified
  • Opportunity Type : Partially Funded

Opportunity Description


The University of South Australia awards Research Training Program international (RTPi) Scholarships to international research students each year. These scholarships are funded by the Government of Australia and are given based on candidates’ academic excellence and research capability.

Quick details:

Application deadline: August 31, 2020

Start time: Early 2021

Location: Australia

Scholarship areas: Research and Training

Levels of study: Master by Research or PhD

Scholarship value:

  • At least $28,092 per year(2020 stipend rate) for 3 years, with the possibility of a six-month extension.


It will cover:

  • Tuition fees
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Living allowance
  • A thesis funding of (Up to AUD$840 (for Doctoral degree) and Up to AUD$420 (Masters by Research degree) is also provided to cover thesis costs
  • Travel expenses are not covered

Eligibility criteria

Candidates meeting the below requirements are eligible:

  • Students enrolling in areas of research concentration and research strength are eligible for these scholarships;
  • Generally, scholarship beneficiaries must have first-class Honors or an international equivalent;
  • A relevant Bachelor degree (or equivalent) of at least 3 years with a minimum credit average;
  • An appropriate Master’s degree;
  • Satisfy the Dean of Research that their earlier education, relevant professional experience and published research work is of adequate quality and relevance to prepare the applicant for a research degree;
  • A scholarship recipient must be enrolled on a full-time basis as a Master or Ph.D. program at the University of South Australia; and
  • An awardee shall be enrolled as an internal candidate at the University of South Australia.

Competitive selection criteria

University of South Australia evaluates individual scholarship application in view of the following parameters:

  • Grades achieved in an undergraduate degree, referee’s reports, proposed area of research, and supervisor report.
  • Applicants are rated in a top to bottom order according to their scores on each of these benchmarks and then scholarships are awarded based on merit.

Result announcement

The evaluation process usually takes 6-8 weeks therefore you will be notified of your application outcome as soon as the process is finalized.

How to apply?

In order to apply for RTPi Scholarship, applicants need to consider a 7-step application guide as below and submit an online application afterward.

1. Check your eligibility

All international students must particularly meet English language requirements to be eligible for admission to a research program. Note that a higher degree by research program is appropriate for someone who has completed a previous degree, often with a research component.

2. Match your research area

When submitting your application you will need to determine which field of the University you are interested in.  Exploring the areas of research that the University undertakes will also help you in finding your potential supervisor as well.

3. Find a supervisor

A supervisor is an academic staff member from the University of South Australia who will supervise your work throughout your research degree.

It is desirable that you recommend a supervisor when completing your application, however, you can submit your application without doing so. Still, you are recommended to nominate a supervisor prior to the closing date while applying for a major scholarship such as this. Applications submitted for a major round scholarship without a supervisor may not advance into consideration.

It is essential that you do not propose a supervisor except they have agreed, in principle, to supervise your research.

4. Find a scholarship

In your online application, you will need to specify the scholarship you want to apply for.

5. Organize referee reports

We require you to provide at least one academic or professional referee report before we can assess your application. In applying for a competitive scholarship, it is strongly recommended that you obtain two referee reports to maximize your success chance. Your referees must complete the referee report.

6. Required documentation

For each undergraduate and postgraduate degree that you have studied, make sure to provide mandatory documents/academic records as listed below:

  • University academic mark sheet/transcript including details of courses/subjects undertaken and grades attained. In case your original transcript is not in English you must upload both the original and an official attested English language translation.
  • University grading scale (e.g. A = 85% to 100%).
  • University diploma supplement (if appropriate).

Note: All applications and supporting documents must be submitted by 31 August. All the documents from each qualification should be incorporated into a single file that you can upload to your application.

Please apply early to allow the University time to review your application and request any additional information they may require.

7. Apply online

Before you start to apply, please read the applicant checklist available in the “apply online” section of the main opening page, which will help you in preparing the information and documents you will need and answering the questions you will be asked during the application process. You are now ready to complete the online application form.

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For more information please visit the UniSA Website.

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