An RTP Fees Offset is not a stipend and is not paid directly to a student. Your university uses this amount of RTP money to support your graduate research studies instead of charging you a tuition fee. The Australian Government requires that we advise you of the estimated annual value of your RTP Fees Offset to identify clearly the level of support received from the Australian Government. The RTP Fees Offset range will be indicated in your Course Offer letter.
Universities may award RTP Fees Offsets to domestic students although the process used must accord with the rules and the fairness requirements in the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and be detailed in a university’s RTP Scholarship Policy.
Universities must only award RTP Fees Offsets to overseas students as a result of a competitive selection process. The nature of a competitive process is to be determined by a university although it must accord with the new rules and the fairness requirements in the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and be detailed in a university’s RTP Scholarship Policy.
The RTP Scholarship Policy is a requirement by the Australian Government. It has replaced the Conditions of Award and provides students with a single reference point for all information relating to their RTP Scholarship. The RTP Scholarships Policy and Procedures can be found here.
Yes, all recipients of RTP Fees Offset and/or RTP Stipend are required to acknowledge the support received through the Commonwealth’s contribution. The Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research) 2017, S1.6.55 state that this must occur when, “at any time during or after completion of a HDR, the recipient of a RTP Scholarship, his/her supervisor or any other party, publishes or produces material such as books, articles, newsletters or other literary or artistic works which relate to the research project carried out by the recipient of RTP Scholarship.”
The acknowledgement must be in a prominent place and mention the student’s support through an “Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship”.