Annually the Australian Government provide funding to Higher Education Providers to support both domestic and overseas students undertaking Research Doctorate and Research Masters degrees. Currently students receive this funding in the form of Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA), International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) and the Research Training Scheme (RTS). From 1 January 2017 the Australian Government is replacing these three schemes with a single program called the Research Training Program (RTP). Students currently on an APA, IPRS or RTS will be transitioned as follows:
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:
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.
Students currently enrolled in an RTS place will automatically be transitioned to an RTP Fees Offset place from 1 January 2017. Students currently in receipt of an IPRS will also be transitioned.
No. There will be no tuition fees payable by students in receipt of an RTP Fees Offset. All enrolled HDR students who are currently eligible for RTP Fees Offset will automatically be transitioned to the new program from 1 January 2017. If you are unsure what this means to you, please contact Monash Graduate Education at firstname.lastname@example.org
From 1 January 2017 the Australian Government is replacing Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA), International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) and the Research Training Scheme (RTS) with a single program, the Research Training Program (RTP). Universities must transfer all APA, IPRS and RTS recipients to the new Research Training Program by 1 January 2017. Current support programs are not continuing beyond 1 January 2017.
The RTP Scholarship Policy is a new requirement by the Australian Government. It will replace the current Conditions of Award and provide students with a single reference point for all information relating to their RTP Scholarship. It is currently being drafted and will be finalised by 30 June 2017. In the interim, 2017 RTP Scholarships Policy (Interim) can be found here.
No. The Australian Government has been clear that students are to be transitioned to the Research Training Program at no disadvantage. Details of the RTP Scholarship Policy (Interim) can be found here. For currently enrolled students, the balance of any entitlements under RTS or APA remain (i.e. sick leave, leave of absence entitlements).
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 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”.
RTP Fees Offset support is provided for a maximum of four years full-time student load at the discretion of the university for a Research Doctorate. For a Research Masters student the period of support is a maximum of two years at a full-time student load.
RTP Stipend support is currently up to three years equivalent full-time with the potential to extend as per the conditions specified in the University’s Doctoral Handbook. There is no provision for an extension of RTP Stipend for students enrolled in a Research Master’s degree.