Scholarships for research degrees

The main type of financial support available to graduate research candidates is in the form of scholarships. There are scholarships available to cover some or all the following;

  • living allowance
  • tuition fees
  • relocation allowance

Scholarships are allocated competitively based on academic merit, experience, prior learning and other relevant attainments. Priority is given to new candidates in strategic research areas.

Major Scholarships

The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) scholarships and the Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) are awarded throughout the year to high quality international and domestic candidates.

If you are considering applying for a scholarship please review the college specific scholarship closing dates for each round, noting whether the round is open to domestic and/or international applications.

College Who can apply? Expression of Interest
closing date
Full Application
closing date
Outcomes Provided
Round 2

Arts, Law and Education (CALE)

International & Domestic applicants starting in 2021

12th Feb 2021
CLOSING SOON 

5th March 2021

23rd April 2021

Health & Medicine (CHM)

International & Domestic applicants starting in 2021

12th Feb 2021
CLOSING SOON

5th March 2021

23rd April 2021

Sciences & Engineering (COSE)

International & Domestic applicants starting in 2021

12th Feb 2021
CLOSING SOON

5th March 2021

23rd April 2021

Business & Economics (COBE)

International & Domestic applicants starting in 2021

12th Feb 2021
CLOSING SOON

5th March 2021

23rd April 2021

Round 3 - NEW DATES JUST RELEASED

Arts, Law and Education (CALE)

International & Domestic applicants starting in 2021

14th May 2021

4th June 2021

9th July 2021

Health & Medicine (CHM)

International & Domestic applicants starting in 2021

14th May 2021

4th June 2021

9th July 2021

Sciences & Engineering (COSE)

International & Domestic applicants starting in 2021

14th May 2021

4th June 2021

9th July 2021

Business & Economics (COBE)

International & Domestic applicants starting in 2021

14th May 2021

4th June 2021

9th July 2021

Additional 2021 Scholarship Round dates will be announced here, please check back regularly for updates.

How to apply

Applicants should complete an application in conjunction with their supervisory team. Please indicate on the application if you wish to be considered for a scholarship.

Future candidates should review the scholarship information above and then visit our Apply Now page for further instructions. Applications for scholarships will be reviewed and ranked on a competitive basis.

Awarded competitively to students of exceptional research potential to assist with living costs while undertaking a Higher Degree by Research. Living Allowance

AUD $28,597 per annum (2021 rate). This rate is indexed annually on 1st January.

Standard Duration

PhD: 3.5 years with no extension available. It is important to be aware that the duration of the scholarship is less than the maximum length of candidature which is 4 years.

Masters: 2 years with no extension available.

Tuition Fees

International: Unless a Tuition Fee Scholarship has been awarded, international HDR candidates are charged tuition fees for the duration of their research degree. International candidates pay an annual fee, please see the tuition fee rates (per annum) for 2021 (PDF 152.3 KB).

Domestic: The RTP Fees Offset covers tuition fees for domestic candidates enrolled in a research degree for the duration of the course with no extension available. The value of an RTP Fee Offsets is equivalent to the tuition fee rates for 2020 published on the Graduate Research website.

Relocation Allowance

The RTP Allowance can assist with costs associated with relocating to Tasmania to undertake a Higher Degree by Research up to AUD $2,000.

Eligibility & Conditions of Award

For detailed information about eligibility and conditions of award please see the University;

Please Note; the RTP Scholarship does not cover costs and fees, such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee, Overseas Health Cover and visa costs. These are the candidate's responsibility.

For further information please see the Department of Education, Skills and Employment Research Training Program website.

Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarships are available across all research disciplines at the University of Tasmania and will be awarded to applicants with demonstrated research ability.

Living Allowance

AUD $28,597 per annum (2021 rate). This rate is indexed annually on 1st January.

Standard Duration

PhD: 3.5 years with no extension available. It is important to be aware that the duration of the scholarship is less than the maximum length of candidature which is 4 years.

Masters: 2 years with no extension available.

Tuition Fees

International: Unless a Tuition Fee Scholarship has been awarded, international HDR candidates are charged tuition fees for the duration of their research degree. International candidates pay an annual fee, please see the tuition fee rates (per annum) for 2021 (PDF 152.3 KB).

Domestic: The Australian Government currently provides funding to all Australian universities to cover tuition fees for domestic candidates enrolled in a research degree for the duration of the course with no extension available.

Relocation Allowance

The TGRS provides an allowance to assist with costs associated with relocating to Tasmania to undertake a Higher Degree by Research up to AUD $2,000.

Eligibility & Conditions of Award

For detailed information about eligibility and conditions of award please see the University;

Please Note; the TGRS Scholarship does not cover costs and fees, such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee, Overseas Health Cover and visa costs. These are the candidate's responsibility.

Other Scholarships

Some scholarships are funded by external funding bodies and donors for specific research projects or disciplines. These vary in value, duration, eligibility, conditions and application closing dates.

Visit other scholarships page for more information.