RMIT has two stipend scholarships available. The RTP Stipend Scholarship (RSS) and the RMIT Research Stipend Scholarship (RRSS).
RSS scholarships are funded by the Australian government and RRSS 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.
Applications for scholarships commencing in 2024 are now open.
It is expected that successful applicants will commence in March 2024.
Scholarships are awarded through a highly competitive process. It is therefore important that you make sure you read and understand the advice provided to prospective applicants about ensuring their application is competitive on the ‘how to apply’ page.
All scholarship applicants must provide evidence from an academic member of staff who agrees to supervise your research when submitting an expression of interest.
If you intend to apply for one of these scholarships, it is recommended that you start the application process without delay and submit your expression of interest as soon as possible. There may be strong competition to for places in some of the research projects on offer.
Expressions of interest received from International applicants after 20 September 23 and Australian and New Citizens and Australia permanent residents after 2 October 23 will not be considered for a 2024 scholarship. Applicants are advised to start the application process and submit their application well in advance of these dates.
In 2024, the RSS and RRSS provide the following benefits to recipients:
The standard duration of a research doctoral scholarship is three and a half years full-time.
The duration of a research Masters scholarship is two years full-time, with no additional extension available.
The duration of an RSS or RRSS will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken towards a research degree at the same level, prior to the commencement of the RMIT research program.
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:
International applicants must meet English language requirements by the application closing date to be considered for a scholarship.
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.
Currently enrolled candidates applying for a scholarship or candidates transferring to RMIT from another institution must have at least 24 months (or part time equivalent) for PhD and 12 months for Masters by research candidature remaining from the commencement of the scholarship.
You will be considered ineligible for a stipend scholarship if:
All scholarship applications must include evidence of contact with the proposed senior supervisor.
Please check the How to apply page for details regarding the current scholarship round and how to apply.
As the holder of this scholarship you:
Please refer to the HDR Scholarship Terms and Conditions for further details.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.