International Tuition Fee Scholarships

RMIT offers two international tuition fee scholarships: the RTP International Fee Offset Scholarship (RIFOS) and the RMIT Research International Tuition Fee Scholarship (RRITFS).

RIFOS scholarships are funded by the Australian Government and RRITFS scholarships are funded by RMIT University. When you apply for a research scholarship through one of the University’s rounds, you will automatically be considered for all the scholarships for which you are eligible.

Please note:

  • There will be no RMIT scholarships available through the usual scholarship rounds for new commencing research candidates in 2021
  • An update regarding scholarships will be provided by the end of June 2021 for candidates intending to commence their research in late 2021 or 2022
  • It is recommended that you check the range of scholarships made available through funded projects, which are still available.

Both RIFOS and RRITFS scholarships provide tuition fees for a period of 3 years, with the possibility of a 6 month extension.

The cost of Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your visa is provided if you have been award both a centrally funded RMIT stipend scholarship and a tuition fee scholarship. In this situation you may elect to have either single, couple or family OSHC. 

If you are awarded a tuition fee scholarship, your scholarship will be partnered with a stipend scholarship which will provide you with a living allowance.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a competitive selection process that ranks applicants according to their academic achievement, research outputs and relevant professional experience.

Priority is given to applicants who:

  • Have achieved a high distinction in the final two years of the qualifying program(s). At RMIT a grade of high distinction represents an academic achievement of 80% or higher
  • May be considered by RMIT as having an equivalent level of academic attainment, taking into account previous study, relevant work experience, research publications and other research experience
  • Are able to take receipt of a scholarship for a minimum 12 months duration on a full-time basis (or part-time equivalent) because of prior enrolment in a graduate research program
  • Have not already completed a graduate research program at the same or higher course level. For example, Masters by Research applicants should not have already completed a Masters by Research or PhD
  • An applicant must not previously have held an RMIT or Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the scholarship’s payments commencing
  • Are or will to be enrolled and primarily based at an RMIT Australian campus.

International applicants must meet English language requirements by the application closing date to be considered for a scholarship.

Additionally, successful recipients of the VCPS must not have undertaken prior higher degree by research candidature in the last three years.

Part-time applications from local applicants may be approved if applicants are able to demonstrate exceptional circumstances as specified in the Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions. Scholarships provided to candidates enrolled on a part-time basis are not tax exempt.

Scholarship applicants already enrolled in a research degree must have:

  • More than 24 months remaining of PhD candidature as at 1 January 2019
  • More than 12 months remaining of Master by research candidature as at 1 January 2019.

You will be considered ineligible for a tuition fee scholarship if:

  • You are applying for or undertaking a Masters by Research and you already hold a Research Doctorate, Research Masters or an equivalent research qualification
  • You are applying for or undertaking a Research Doctorate and you already hold a Research Doctorate or an equivalent research qualification, or
  • You have previously held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the scholarship commencement date.

These scholarships are awarded through the University’s research scholarship rounds. All scholarship applications are ranked in accordance with the ranking model that has been approved by RMIT’s Research Committee.

For information relating to scholarship opening rounds and to apply for a scholarship, please refer to the instructions detailed on research scholarships.

As the holder of this scholarship you:

  • Must commence your studies in the scholarship commencement period in which you are applying
  • Are not able to defer your studies to another year. If a deferral is required, you must apply again the following year if you are unable to take up your award.

Please refer to the Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions for further details.

SGR Scholarships team via sgr.admissions@rmit.edu.au or +61 3 9925 5570.

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