Scholarships and fees 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.

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.

Prestigious scholarships

Applications for the 2022 Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship have now closed. For more information visit the Prestigious scholarships website.

This scholarship honours the life and work of the late Japanangka errol West, an internationally recognised poet and scholar. Japanangka errol was a leading Tasmanian Aboriginal academic, known for his scholarship in the field of Indigenous methodologies and pedagogies.

Value and Duration

The scholarship provides over $50,000pa for 3.5 years including a base stipend at the RTP rate of $28,854pa (2022 rate indexed annually) plus a $21,500 top-up pa.

Closing date

18 July 2022

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

Applicants must:

  • be eligible to enrol in a full time Masters or Doctoral degree at the University of Tasmania in 2022, and
  • not be receiving an equivalent award, scholarship or salary to undertake the proposed program (equivalent being defined as greater than 75% of the stipend), an
  • meet the Australian Government’s definition of Aboriginality, which requires that an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
    • is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent;
    • identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person; and
    • is accepted as such by the community in which he or she lives or has lived
  • complete the declaration of Aboriginality.

*These scholarships are subject to Exemption 13/09/033 that permits advertising for and awarding of the scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates only.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College and the UTAS Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) committee.

Funding

The scholarship is funded by the University of Tasmania and the Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP).

Application Process

Applicants may:

  • apply for an advertised HDR project listed on the Available Projects webpage (must be closing on 18 July 2022), or
  • contact the Office of Aboriginal Leadership for assistance in seeking a Supervisor to develop your own project

In your application, please indicate under Scholarship Support that you wish to be considered for a UTAS merit-based scholarship for a living allowance, as well as Japanangka errol West Graduate Research Scholarship.

After submitting your application for candidature, please contact GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au with your name, application ID number and the name of the scholarship you have applied for.

More information

For more information, please contact Huw Peacock in the Office of the PVC Aboriginal Leadership  or the Graduate Research Office GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au

Current donor funded scholarships

Value & Duration

This scholarship provides $7,500pa for 3.5 years.

Please note you must already be holding a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend or equivalent to abase living allowance stipend.

Closing Date

18 July 2022

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • PhD candidate who has been offered or awarded a base stipend at the RTP rate
  • PhD candidate who is an international student with the preference for a citizen of Thailand
  • PhD candidate with a research project in the discipline of Chemistry, with a preference for Organic Chemistry
  • The award is determined by demonstration of academic merit

Funding

This top-up scholarship is funded by Dr Sirichai Panichanun, founder of Super KS Limited and alumnus of the University of Tasmania.

Application Process

Applicants who wish to commence a Higher Degree by Research should visit the University of Tasmania’s Apply Now website and complete an application.

Please indicate under Scholarship Support that you wish to be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance scholarship, as well as Dr Ralph Bick Research Scholarship in Chemistry.

After submitting your application for candidature, please contact GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au with your name, application ID number and the name of the scholarship(s) you have applied for.

Applicants who are already enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research at the University of Tasmania, please complete and submit the Donor-Funded Scholarship Application form for Current Candidate (Word 74KB) to GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au.

More information

Please contact GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au for more information.

  1. The Scholarship will be awarded as a Top-up Scholarship for PhD candidates already holding or eligible for a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend or equivalent base living allowance stipend.
  2. The Scholarship may only be awarded to an eligible higher degree by research student in the discipline of Chemistry. The eligibility criteria are:
    1. For a PhD candidate who has been offered or awarded a base stipend at the RTP rate;
    2. For a PhD candidate and is an international student with a preference for a Thailand citizen;
    3. For a PhD candidate with a research project in the discipline of Chemistry, with a preference for Organic Chemistry;
    4. The award is determined by demonstration of academic merit
  3. The Scholarship selection will be determined by demonstration of academic merit by an approved selection process overseen by the Dean of Graduate Research with specific regard to the eligibility criteria as detailed in clause 3.
  4. The Scholarship is tenable for up to 3.5 years of the student’s course of study. The duration of the Scholarship will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken: (a) towards the degree prior to the commencement of the Graduate Research Scholarship; or (b) towards the degree during suspension of the Graduate Research Scholarship and is subject to the student:
    1. continuing in full-time study or in part-time study if approved by the Graduate Research Office;
    2. continuing to make satisfactory academic progress as determined by the Graduate Research Office;
    3. providing a report on their progress in writing or in person as specified in the conditions of their award as requested by the Graduate Research Office.
  5. The Advancement Office will set the annual value of the Scholarship as agreed with the donor and detailed in the Memorandum of Understanding.
  6. The Dean of Graduate Research and Graduate Research Office will determine all other matters concerning the Scholarship, including advertising, application procedures and the method and time of payment.
Value & Duration

This scholarship provides living allowance of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years, with no extension.

Closing date

18  July 2022

Eligibility

Applicants who wish to commence a Higher Degree by Research at the University of Tasmania are welcome to apply for this scholarship. The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • A Tasmanian student (applicants must have completed the majority of their schooling in Tasmania OR have lived in Tasmania for the previous 3-consecutive years)
  • Expect to undertake field research
  • Undertaking research which otherwise may not be funded
  • Undertaking research that fits within the one or more of the following broad objectives:
    • Identify and develop a prophylactic therapy such as a vaccine or immunotherapy for devil facial tumour diseases
    • Quantify the impact of anthropogenic induced threats on the population viability of devils and identify effective methods to mitigate them
    • Identify factors, including new disease outbreaks and habitat continuity, which limit genetic and demographic connectivity across the island of Tasmania
    • Determine the distribution and impact of DFT2Determine if releasing insurance devils into the wild is beneficial, neutral, or detrimental to wild devil population dynamics, DFTD epidemiology and evolution of natural disease resistance.
Selection Criteria

The following selection criteria apply to this scholarship. Demonstrated strong research and analytical skills as evidenced by:

  • Evidence of academic excellence (including academic transcript)
  • Evidence of research capability (including publications, presentations and non-traditional research outputs)
  • Awards, prizes and grants
Funding

This Scholarship is generously gifted by Tim and Sheena High to provide support for students undertaking research into the Tasmanian devil and the effects of Devil Facial Tumour Diseases, particularly research which, without their support, otherwise may not be funded.

Application Process

Applicants who wish to commence a Higher Degree by Research should visit the University of Tasmania’s Apply Now website and complete an application.

Please indicate under Scholarship Support that you wish to be considered for a UTAS merit-based scholarship for a living allowance, as well as The High Family Scholarship in Tasmania Devil Research.

After submitting your application for candidature, please contact GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au with your name, application ID number and the name of the scholarship(s) you have applied for.

More information

Information relevant to this scholarship can be found under The High Family Scholarship in Tasmania Devil Research Conditions of Award (PDF 297KB).

Please contact GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au for more information.

Upcoming donor funded scholarships

Overview

The late Dianne Eerden made a substantial gift in her Will to the University of Tasmania to be used for a scholarship or bursary for a female student in the areas of neurosurgery or neuroscience.

Type of Scholarship

Top-Up Scholarship

Next Scheduled Offer

August 2022*

*Please check back regularly as this date is subject to change

Scholarship terms

  1. An amount of $290,144 donated by the late Dianne Eerden to the University of Tasmania Foundation, together with any future donations and accrued interest, (the Fund) forms the endowment of a scholarship to be called the "Dianne Eerden Elite Research Top-up Scholarship" (the Scholarship).
  2. The Scholarship will be awarded as a Top-up Scholarship for PhD candidates already holding or eligible for a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend or equivalent base living allowance stipend.
  3. The Scholarship may only be awarded to an eligible female student studying at the University of Tasmania. The eligibility criteria are:
    1. For a female student
    2. The student must be studying either neurosurgery or neuroscience
    3. As this is a top-up scholarship, the student must already hold a base stipend at the RTP rate
  4. If changes occur to courses, or the criteria in practice limits the number of applicants significantly, the University Graduate Research Office may modify the criteria with regard to the intention of the donor to ensure the scholarship can be awarded.
  5. The Scholarship selection will be determined by an approved selection process overseen by the Dean of Graduate Research, with specific regard to the eligibility criteria as detailed in clause 3.
  6. The Scholarship is tenable for up to 3.5 years of the student’s course of study. The duration of the Scholarship will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken: (a) towards the degree prior to the commencement of the top-up; or (b) towards the degree during suspension of the top-up and is subject to the student:
    1. continuing in full-time study or in part-time study if approved by the Graduate Research Office
    2. continuing to make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the Higher Degree by Research Candidature Management and Higher Degree by Research Reviews of Progress Policies
    3. providing a written report on their progress to the Graduate Research Office where specified in the conditions of the award
  7. One Scholarship will be offered at any time, with the Scholarship being open to application at any time it is not currently being held by a candidate.
  8. The Advancement Office will set the annual value of the Scholarship from time to time with regard to the income from the Fund.
  9. The Dean of Graduate Research will determine all other matters concerning the Scholarship, including advertising, application procedures and the method and time of payment.

Overview

Janet Cretan is a respected member of the Tasmanian community, who has a long and involved history with the University of Tasmania and the broader community. Her father, the Late Professor Keith Isles CMG was Vice-Chancellor of the University for a decade from 1957 to 1967. Being the daughter of the Vice-Chancellor, and at a challenging time for the University, meant that the University was a significant part of Janet’s life, living on the University campus in Sandy Bay.

Janet studied at the University on two occasions. In 1959 she completed a Bachelor of Economics with Honours and returned some years later to complete a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Classics in 1988.

Janet has been a significant supporter of the University for most of her life and, along with her husband Nick Cretan, has generously agreed to endow a perpetual scholarship for a PhD student researching in the fields of philosophy and sociology.

Type of Scholarship

Top-Up Scholarship

Next Scheduled Offer

January 2023*

*Please check back regularly as this date is subject to change

Scholarship terms

  1. An amount of $100,000 donated by Mrs Janet and Mr Nick Cretan to the University of Tasmania Foundation, together with a contribution of $50,000 provided by the University of Tasmania Foundation, along with any interest from time to time forms the endowment component of a scholarship to be called the "Janet Cretan Elite Research Scholarship".
  2. The Scholarship will be awarded as a Top-up Scholarship for PhD candidates eligible for a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend or equivalent base living allowance stipend.
  3. The scholarship is to be awarded to a UTAS PhD candidate in an area identified as a research strength in the disciplines of philosophy or sociology.
  4. The scholarship will be awarded following applications and with endorsement from the Dean of the Faculty of Arts (or nominee), a member of the Cretan Family (while they wish to be involved) and the Dean of Graduate Research (or nominee).
  5. The Scholarship is tenable for up to 3.5 years of the student’s course of study. The duration of the Scholarship will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken towards the degree during suspension of the top-up and is subject to the student:
    1. continuing in full-time study or in part-time study if approved by the Graduate Research Office
    2. continuing to make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the Higher Degree by Research Candidature Management and Higher Degree by Research Reviews of Progress Policies
    3. providing a written report on their progress to the Graduate Research Office where specified in the conditions of the award
  6. One scholarship will be offered at any time, with the scholarship being open to application at any time it is not held by a PhD candidate.
  7. The Advancement Office will set the annual value of the scholarship from time to time having regard to the income from the endowment.
  8. The Dean of Graduate Research and the Graduate Research Office will determine all other matters concerning the Scholarship, including advertising, application procedures and the method and time of payment.

Overview

Dr Kate McPherson was an inspirational teacher and educator who died prematurely in 2007 from motor neurone disease. Kate’s career had taken her from her native England to many parts of the world, teaching and working in adult migrant education and English as a second language programs before her final role at the University of Tasmania lecturing in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages). She was highly regarded for her academic leadership in the area and for her compassion for her students.

Kate McPherson had expressed a desire through her estate to support the study in Australia of Fijian women graduates of the University of the South Pacific. Her hope was that such opportunity would assist them to overcome some of the limitations that poverty, political instability and gender place on educational and career opportunities for women in the region. Kate’s desire to support Fijian women in particular stemmed from her deep affection for the country and its people gained while working in the University in Suva and her wish to foster connections with Tasmania.

The trustees of her estate have established a scholarship in her name to allow students from Fiji to undertake postgraduate studies in education at the University of Tasmania.

Type of scholarship

Base Scholarship

Next scheduled Offer

TBD

Scholarship terms

  1. An amount of $228,660 donated by the trustees to the Kate McPherson Foundation to the University of Tasmania Foundation, together with a matching contribution provided by the University of Tasmania Foundation, along with additional funds donated by friends and colleagues and with any interest from time to time, forms the endowment of a scholarship to be called the "Kate McPherson Scholarship”.
  2. The scholarship is to be awarded to a female graduate of the University of the South Pacific who is a citizen of the Fiji Islands and who is eligible to enrol in a postgraduate course in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania.
  3. The scholarship will be awarded by a selection committee comprising:
    1. Two trustees of the estate of the late Kate McPherson (while they wish to be involved)
    2. The Associate Dean Research of the College of Arts, Law and Education (or equivalent), or a nominee
    3. After the end of the involvement of both of the trustees, a person with an interest in Pacific affairs nominated by the Vice-Chancellor.
  4. The selection committee will set the selection criteria for the scholarship. However, in its selection it will give preference to students who in its view through their application for the scholarship have outlined a clearly articulated and realistic rationale for undertaking study in Tasmania and have a demonstrated commitment to return to the Fiji Islands on completion of the course of study.
  5. The scholarship is tenable for the normal duration of the postgraduate course selected by the student, with the approval of the selection committee, and any additional time granted by the Dean of Graduate Research if the student is undertaking a Research Higher Degree.
  6. The student must study full-time in the approved postgraduate course. Part-time study may be permitted in certain circumstances with the approval of the selection committee.
  7. The Graduate Research Office may terminate a student’s scholarship or suspend it for up to one year if it considers the student’s progress is unsatisfactory. If the award is suspended, the selection committee may re-award the scholarship to the same student for a following year if it considers that the student’s academic record the previous year justifies that action.
  8. The Graduate Research Office will determine all other matters concerning the scholarship, including advertising, application procedures and the method and time of payment of the scholarship.
  9. The Advancement Office will set the annual value of the scholarship from time to time having regard to the income from the endowment.
  10. After a reasonable period of operation of the scholarship, the trustees may approach the University to review its operation and extend the scholarship to other academic disciplines consistent with Kate McPherson’s wishes.

Overview

The late Merle White Weaver, a graduate of the University of Tasmania, gifted a portion of her estate to establish a scholarship to encourage women graduates in the South-East Asian and Pacific area to pursue postgraduate study and research.

The funds are managed by TPT Wealth.

Type of Scholarship

Base Scholarship

Next Scheduled Offer

May 2023*

*Please check back regularly as this date is subject to change

Scholarship Conditions

Overview

A generous donation from the disbanded Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship Hobart branch will support a post graduate position in the areas of dementia, heart complaints or cancer. The funds are managed by TPT Wealth.

Type of Scholarship

Base Stipend

Next Scheduled Offer

July 2024*

*Please check back regularly as this date is subject to change

Key dates

If you are applying for a project with an associated scholarship, please check the closing and outcome dates for each round and ensure you have submitted your completed application on time.

Applications close at 11.59pm AEST.

Scholarship rounds 2022

College Who can apply?Application closing date Outcomes Provided
Rounds for 2022

ALL Colleges

International & Domestic applicants starting in 2022

7th March 2022

8th April 2022

ALL Colleges

International & Domestic applicants starting in 2022

18th July 2022

19th August 2022

ALL Colleges

International & Domestic applicants starting in 2023

10th October 2022

11th November 2022

Applications received after the closing date of a round will ONLY be considered (at the next available round) if a suitable applicant is not found by the round outcome date.

Please note some projects with an associated scholarship will have a different closing date to those listed above.
Please check the project advertisement carefully.

Fees

Domestic candidates

Domestic candidates do not pay fees for a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). The Australian Government currently provides funding to all Australian universities to cover the cost of research degree places through the Research Training Program.

Domestic candidates undertaking Graduate Certificate in Research (X5A) or Graduate Diploma of Marine and Antarctic Science (S6O) must complete an eCAF form via eStudent (eCAF Information). This is for Government reporting purposes, there are no tuition fees or a HECS-HELP debt incurred by the candidate for X5A or S6O.

Other applicable fees, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF) will be the responsibility of the candidate.

International candidates

International candidates pay a flat annual fee, please see the tuition fee rates (per annum) for 2021 (PDF 152.3 KB).

The Department of Home Affairs requires evidence that applicants for a student visa have sufficient funds to complete their studies.

You need to consider the following expenses:

  • HDR tuition fees
  • Visa and medical (pre-departure) fees
  • General living expenses
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Return airfares

Please also review Department of Home Affairs Student Visa Living Costs and evidence of funds.

International candidates may request the University of Tasmania provide a quote for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) as part of the application process. The standard costs for the different levels of cover are:

Course type Single cover Couples/Single Parent cover Family cover
PhD course AUD $3,733 AUD $14,068 AUD $22,186
Masters by Research AUD $2,007 AUD $7,211 AUD $11,310

Further information on the OSHC coverage provided at the University of Tasmania can be found on the International Future Students website.

Research costs

The School/Institute you enrol through at the University of Tasmania is responsible for meeting all 'direct research costs' that are necessary to undertake your HDR project. This includes:

  • Access to resources or facilities at the University of Tasmania or other organisations in Australia or overseas
  • Travel to complete fieldwork, collect data, or to visit libraries or other repositories
  • Training in techniques

External Candidates: As per the HDR Admissions and Enrolment Policy, your College acknowledged that by supporting external candidates, all additional costs related to external candidature can be met by the Candidate, the research project or the academic unit of enrolment.

Funding may be available for supplementary research that is not essential to your project, but will enhance your research experience at the University of Tasmania.

Student Services and Amenities Fee

All candidates must pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), which we use to improve student services. This cost is included in international tuition fees, however domestic candidates are charged separately.

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.