2017 International Research Training Program Scholarships (iRTP)
Macquarie University funds Higher Degree Research (HDR) scholarships through the Research Training Program scheme (iRTP) and Macquarie Research Training Program scholarship scheme (iMQRTP) for international candidates. We fund postgraduate candidates of exceptional research promise and develop researchers with a proven capacity for research.
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For Session 1 2017 commencement Macquarie University is offering International Research Training Program (iRTP) and International Macquarie Research Training Program Scholarships (iMQRTP).
Applications are open to new international applicants and to currently enrolled international MPhil or PhD candidates.
The University also offers a limited number of scholarships to international Master of Research (MRes) candidates applying for an MRes/PhD 'bundle' (i.e. MRes Year 2 and 3-year PhD (1 plus 3 years)) through this competitive round.
What is an RTP?
The Research Training Program (RTP) is a government-funded scholarship offered to postgraduate students of exceptional research promise. The number of international RTP places available varies from year to year.
Value and tenure
The RTP covers international tuition fees and compulsory health cover, for up to three years for a full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and for up to two years for a full-time Masters of Philosophy (MPhil).
The RTP has three components:
- a living allowance stipend, valued at $26,682 per annum tax exempt (2017 rate) which is paid as a fortnightly stipend;
- an international tuition fee offset; and
- compulsory overseas student health cover.
Macquarie University usually supplements these scholarship places on offer with its own internally funded scheme, the Macquarie University Research Training Program scholarship (iMQRTP). The iMQRTP scheme is a Doctoral (PhD) scholarship program that aims to support exceptional research students.
The iMQRTP has two components:
- a living allowance stipend, valued at $26,682 per annum tax exempt (2017 rate) which is paid as a fortnightly stipend; and
- an international tuition fee offset.
Macquarie also offers a limited number of scholarships to international Master of Research (MRes) candidates applying for an MRes/PhD 'bundle' (i.e. MRes Year 2 and 3-year PhD) through the competitive international scholarshipround each year. Candidates will be awarded a provisional PhD offer, and they will be considered for a 3 year PhD scholarship funded by the University on a competitive basis upon successful completion of their MRes Year 2.
Applicants must be citizens of countries other than Australia or New Zealand, and not Australian Permanent Residents.
Successful applicants will usually have:
- an outstanding academic record
- a history of scholarships and prizes at the undergraduate level
- and may have evidence of peer-reviewed research activity, such as publications and/or conference presentations.
While currently enrolled PhD and MPhil candidates are eligible to apply, any consumed prior enrolment will be counted as advanced standing and will reduce the maximum scholarship duration offered.
Applicants for admission to PhD, who are (counter) offered entry to MRes Year 2 with a provisional 3-year PhD and who rank competitively for international scholarship, may be offered a scholarship to cover their MRes Year 2 tuition fees and a living stipend.
Applications are now open.
go to How to Apply.
New applicants for the international scholarship round must apply via the E-application system.
For applicants currently enrolled at Macquarie University please submit the hard copy version of the application form.
Additional Information for Applicants (PDF)
We strongly recommend that all applicants submit their application and all required documents well before the closing date. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
Important Note: Referee reports are checked for authenticity. Referees may be contacted to verify details. Once completed, referee reports should not be returned to the applicant. The referee is requested to email this report directly to the University at the address provided.
Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Emailed applications are not accepted.
The completed and submitted E application or original application must be received no later than 31 July 2016. (5pm AEST for hard copy applications, 11.59pm AEST for E applications)
Successful applicants must commence the scholarship in Session 1, 2017.
Application Outcome Notification
Applicants shall be advised of the outcome of their applications from mid-October 2016 onwards.