2021 Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) Stipend Scholarship


Each year the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training provides funding to Universities to award scholarships to domestic and international students undertaking Higher Degree Research programs.

ANU currently conducts two annual central scholarship rounds which includes the AGRTP, the University Research Scholarship and a few other centrally managed scholarships.

  • Round 1 is split into two parts, one for international candidates and one for domestic candidates with separate deadlines (31 August for international candidates and 31 October for domestic candidates each year). Round 1 is for commencements from the following year (January through to the end of March), however current candidates who recently commenced (enrolled typically for less than a year full-time equivalent) can also be considered by completing the ‘Request for a current ANU student to be considered for a HDR Scholarship form’.
  • Round 2 has a deadline of 15 April and is typically a smaller round with commencement or take up of the scholarship up to the end of August of the same year.

When you complete your admission application for a HDR program you can select which scholarship you are interested to be considered for including the AGRTP. There is no separate application form except for current candidates, through the above link. For any further details or exceptions due to COVID19 travel restrictions please see the below table on deadlines.


The Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines (Research) 2017 set the basis for the conditions of award and outline the basic eligibility requirements for this scholarship.

The ANU has established an RTP Policy & Procedure which outlines the standards, processes and conditions for this scholarship.  These documents are available from the reference document section of this page.

Selection Basis

Candidates are ranked and scholarships are awarded based on a competitive ranking process, to the top ranked candidates, subject to evidence they meet merit-based selection criteria, and subject to confirmation of a qualified supervisor, space and resources being available, in an area of research that is aligned with ANU research strategy.


  • Travel and removal allowances for students relocating to Canberra to commence their research program.
  • Thesis allowance
  • Dependant child allowance (International students only).
  • Paid medical, maternity and parental leave (See sections 51-68 of the Research Training Program Scholarships Procedure)
  • Suspension of Scholarship (See sections 43-48 of the Research Training Program Scholarships Procedure)

Further information

In order to be considered for this scholarship in Round 1,  International students are required to apply for admission by  31 August.  Domestic students are required to apply for admission by 31 October.  Applications must be complete by the Scholarship deadline, including all supporting documentation and referee reports, in order to be considered in the scholarship ranking process.

Referee Reports & Submitting your application at least 2 weeks prior to the Scholarship Deadline

Request for referee reports are triggered and sent to your nominated referees at the time of submission of program application. Your referees must submit their reports prior to the scholarship deadline for your application to be considered complete. It is therefore strongly recommended that you submit your application in advance (2-3 weeks) prior to the below deadlines to allow time for your referees to provide their report prior to the scholarship deadline.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to make contact with the a prospective supervisor prior to lodging an application for admission to discuss the proposed research topic and related matters.

Deadlines for scholarship rounds

Scholarship round Admission application closing date Scholarship commencement date
2022 Round 1 International Closing 31 August 2021 1 Jan 2022 –  31 March 2022
2022 Round 1 Domestic Closing 31 October 2021 1 Jan 2022 – 31 March 2022
2022 Round 2 International and Domestic Closing 15 April 2022 Up to 31 August 2022