Research Training Program

Research Training Program

2017 Research Training Program (RTP)/
Macquarie University Research Training Program Scholarship (MQRTP) Round

  • Annual competitive round for domestic research scholarship applications
  • Applications close on 31 October 2017
  • Three year stipend/living allowance scholarships $26,682 per annum (2017 rate)

To help support our strategic objectives, Macquarie University offers Research Training Program (RTP) and Macquarie University Research Training Program Scholarships (MQRTP) for domestic candidates to commence in Session 1 each year.

The number of available scholarship places varies from year to year.

Macquarie University funds Higher Degree Research (HDR) scholarships through the Macquarie Research Training Program Scholarship Scheme (MQRTP) for domestic candidates. We fund postgraduate research candidates of exceptional research promise and develop researchers with a proven capacity for research.

100% of Macquarie University’s Research has been evaluated as being world class or above through the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings.

The Strategic Research Framework 2015 – 2024 is our roadmap by which we deliver World-Leading Research with World-Changing Impact.

What is an RTP?

The Research Training Program is a government-funded scholarships scheme.

To be eligible to apply for an RTP, applicants must be eligible for direct entry into Macquarie University’s 3 year PhD program, 2 year MPhil program or 4 year PhD/Master combined psychology programs. Successful applicants are expected to undertake their candidature full-time and on-site.

Applications are open to new domestic applicants and to currently enrolled domestic MPhil, PhD or Master of Clinical Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology or Organisational Psychology candidates.

What about the MRes Pathway?

The Master of Research (MRes) is a master level postgraduate research training pathway program where you specialise in research preparation, focus on a specific research topic and are required to submit a 20,000 word thesis for completion. If you successfully complete this program you could successfully progress to a 3 year PhD program having gained an additional Master of Research qualification.

If you are unsure if you qualify for direct entry into a PhD, MPhil OR if you would be eligible for entry to a Master of Research (MRes), you are encouraged to apply on the PhD application form and nominate that you are applying for the RTP round. All domestic applicants eligible for direct entry to MRes Year 2 will be considered for scholarship based on academic merit.

Currently enrolled Macquarie University Master of Research (MRes) Year 2 students who wish to progress to a PhD in 2017 do not need to apply for scholarships through this main round. Domestic students who complete the MRes Year 2 will automatically be considered for PhD scholarships based on their program outcome. For more information, please refer to the MRES Examination Process

Value and tenure

The RTP is valued at $26,682 per annum tax exempt (2017 rate) and is paid as a fortnightly stipend. RTPs are awarded for up to three (3) years for a full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or PhD/Master combined program and for up to two (2) years for a full-time Master of Philosophy (MPhil).

The University also awards a number of Macquarie funded MQRTP scholarships to the same value as the RTP through this competitive round.

Master of Research pathway scholarship information is available on the Research Pathway scholarships webpage.

The earliest date for commencement of award is 1 January in each year.


Applicants must be citizens of Australia or New Zealand or have been granted Australian permanent residency by the application closing date.

More information about eligibility for PhD, MPhil and PhD/Master combined psychology programs is available here:

Successful scholarship applicants will usually have:

  • an outstanding academic record
  • a history of scholarships and prizes
  • and may have evidence of peer-reviewed research activity such as publications and/or conference presentations

For reference see the scholarship rating criteria

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 scholarship duration offered.

How to Apply

Applications open in July each year.

New applicants for the RTP round must apply via the E-application system. To apply, go to How to Apply.

For applicants currently enrolled at Macquarie University please submit the hard copy version of the application form.

Additional Information for Applicants is here.

We strongly recommend that all applicants submit their application and all required documents well before the closing date.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Emailed applications are not accepted.

The completed and submitted E application or original application must be received no later than the advertised closing date. (5pm AEST for hard copy applications, 11.59pm AEST for E applications)

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.

Successful applicants must commence their RTP or MQRTP in Session 1 of the year following the application.

Please note that applicants shall be advised of the outcome of their applications for this main round from early December onwards in the year of application.


HDR Scholarships Officers, Higher Degree Research Office

Phone: (02) 9850 1893 or (02) 9850 9782


Website: Scholarships

Submit a question / Keep in touch

Our Process

A document outlining the Commercialisation guidelines is available here.

The Commercialisation office provides support to researchers right through the knowledge translation pipeline (see below). From original idea, through planning and funding to proof of concept, and where applicable, the development of a prototype, licence and eventually a successful product or service.

OoC Process

The pipeline pictured above effectively shows the range of partnerships that are appropriate throughout the cycle. The type of partnership arrangement will also depend on the project scope and end users.

Intellectual Property Commercialisation Advisory Committee (IPCAC)

The main purpose of the IPCAC is to evaluate the commercial potential for innovations made by Macquarie researchers and through the Office of Commercialisation, provide an efficient pathway for the transfer of those future products and services judged to be commercial to industry.

If successful, most likely outcomes are a licence to an existing organisation or creation of a new start-up company. In addition in some cases, future research contracts will occur.

Further information relating to the various committees, their membership and terms of reference can be found on the Committees and Networks page.


Laboratory Books

We encourage the use of Lab Books to all University researchers. Macquarie University Lab Books can be obtained by contacting our office or emailing a request to Bel Coppock.


The most important initial concept for a researcher to understand is that there are two fundamental tenets applied by patent offices around the world when deciding whether a patent will be awarded.

  1. novelty
  2. inventive step

The term novelty essentially means that the idea has not been known outside the inventor's institution prior to filing a patent application. Therefore one of the major pitfalls in Universities given the general imperative to publish is that staff publish an idea and then think about commercialisation. By this stage however it is too late because the idea would not be considered novel by a patent office.

Please consult with our office for information relating to patents well before any publication if you are considering commercialising your idea.

The Office of Commercialisation is responsible for lodging the patent and provided there is commercial interest, will support any patent to the end of the PCT phase.

Spruson and Ferguson provide a comprehensive guide to Intellectual Property on their website.

Financial Reward/ Royalties

The commercialisation of Intellectual Property from Macquarie benefits the University, the researchers and general community in a number of ways.

Macquarie University has previously and continues to benefit from the commercialisation of Intellectual Property developed at Macquarie that has led to a great deal more funding for research being done.

The Macquarie Intellectual Property Policy allows for Macquarie employees, students and associations to benefit from a percentage of net revenue through commercialisation. Please refer to Policy Central for more information.

Inventions and Technology Evaluation

How do you determine if your invention could be a winner? See if you can easily answer the following questions without hesitation and with complete surety.

Preliminary Market Assessment
  • What is the problem?
  • What is the compelling need for a solution?
  • Why does your technology or idea solve the problem best?
  • Who is the customer and can they be easily accessed?
  • What is the value proposition to the customer or society?
  • How many people will buy / use it?
  • Who will pay for it?
  • Can you make money at it?
  • What's your competitive advantage over alternate methods of achieving the same or similar results?
Invention Checklist

To be the first to invent something is a wonderful thing, but the question is what to do with it.  Another difficulty for an academic is the constant pressure to publish. Publishing details about an invention prevent you or someone else from obtaining a patent for the same thing, and allows others to use your invention for their own benefit.  Before publishing there are a number of things to consider:

  • Is it worth protecting?
    Protecting it may allow a possible commercial return to yourself and the university. If the market place thinks that it has some value then it is likely to be in the form of a licensing arrangement, however most inventions are of little or no value.
  • Is it new or is an inventive step or innovative step to an existing idea?
  • An invention must:
  1. Be new. This means that the invention has not been publicly disclosed anywhere in the world;
  2. Involve an inventive or innovative step.  If it is an inventive step then the invention must not be obvious to someone with knowledge and experience in the field of the invention.  For an innovative step it must make a substantial contribution to the working of the invention.  This is a legal and technical difference that determines the type of patent that will be applied for.
  3. Be a 'method of manufacture'. This includes a device, substance or process.  Things like musical or artistic works, broadcasts, plans or schematics are covered under areas intellectual property legislation like copyright, trademarks and designs.
  • Download and fill out the  Innovation Disclosure Form
  • Conduct a search to determine what prior art exists.
  • Decide on some key words and terms that describe the invention and search under domestic  and international patent offices.  Refine your search by using similar or other terms to narrow the results.  Prior art does not invalidate the invention and a Patent Examiner will conduct a more thorough search if there is a patent application.


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  • Lastly, attach any prior art or search terms that were used to the  Innovation Disclosure Form and submit a copy to the Office of Commercialisation.

Contact our office if you need help in answering any of these questions.

Initial Meeting with Researchers

Staff in the Office of Commercialisation are ready to discuss your idea with you, informally in the first instance, to assist your decision making in whether to seek funding for and / or exploit an idea. Please contact Bel on 9850 4598.

Enterprise Partnerships Scheme

To help get your partnerships off the ground, research staff are invited to apply for a Pilot Research Grant under the Enterprise Partnerships Scheme.

The grants are for 1 year only and we will match dollar-for-dollar cash contributions from the enterprise partner up to $50,000.

The Macquarie University Enterprise Partnerships Scheme is intended to support the setting up of mutually beneficial links with private sector and government enterprises. The primary aims of the scheme are:

  1. to facilitate a diversification of the university's research funding base, including direct funding from research end-users by way of commissioned research and collaborative arrangements;
  2. to enhance the process of transferring the results of our research to our environment; and
  3. to increase the efficiency of resources engaged in acquiring research funding, principally by the creation of repeated research funding from these enterprises.

For further information, please click here


The TechVouchers program was established by the NSW government late in 2009 to encourage collaboration between small-to-medium enterprises and public sector research organisations such as Macquarie University. Under the program, up to $15,000 seed funding is provided to foster engagement between the parties, both of whom must have a presence in NSW, and get the desired work program underway.

Please contact 9850 4598 for more information

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