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Research Training Program Scholarship Policy

Purpose

Scope

Principles

Policy statements

Policy ownership and support

Definitions

Approval information

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References

Appendix A: Continuing students and transition arrangements


1. Purpose

1.1 The Research Training Program Scholarship Policy (the Policy) outlines UTS arrangements under the Commonwealth Research Training Program (CRTP).

1.2 The CRTP replaces three funding programs for higher education providers (HEPs):

  • Australian Government Research Training Scheme (RTS)
  • Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA)
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS).

2. Scope

2.1 This Policy applies to domestic and international graduate research students (doctoral or masters by research) who receive CRTP block funding. Transition arrangements for students on existing scholarships are provided in appendix A.

2.2 The Policy also applies to anyone involved in the supervision, training, management and administration of these students.

3. Principles

3.1 The principles outlined in the Graduate Research and Supervision Policy apply for the governance and management of this Policy.

4. Policy statements

4.1 UTS provides the following Commonwealth-funded Research Training Program (RTP) scholarships to eligible graduate research students:

  • RTP Fees Offset — domestic and international
  • RTP Stipend
  • RTP Allowances.

RTP Fees Offset (domestic)

4.2 Under an RTP Fees Offset, UTS pays tuition fees for a maximum period of four years for domestic full-time doctoral students or two years for domestic full-time masters by research students, or the equivalent part-time study load. The value of tuition fees varies depending on the course/subject (see tuition fees search).

4.3 Students eligible under 4.2 are not required to pay any tuition fees in relation to their course for the maximum duration of the offer, however these students are required to pay the University’s standard student services and amenities fees (SSAF).

4.4 Graduate research students are assessed for eligibility at the point of application.

4.5 The application process is outlined on the future researchers website (see applying to UTS), and confirmation of eligibility is communicated to the applicant by the Graduate Research School.

RTP Fees Offset (international)

4.6 UTS offers a limited number of International Research Training Program (IRTP) Scholarships.

4.7 Under an IRTP Scholarship, UTS pays:

  • tuition fees of varying value dependent on the course/subject (see tuition fees search)
  • a living stipend at the minimum RTP Stipend rate, and
  • an overseas health care allowance.

4.8 The conditions of IRTP Scholarships provide detailed information for students about stipend/scholarship duration, leave of absence, termination and additional work provisions. These are published on the future researchers website (see applying to UTS).

4.9 International graduate research students are assessed for eligibility via a competitive application process through the IRTP program.

4.10 The application process (see international research scholarships), confirmation of eligibility and application outcome are communicated to the applicant by the Graduate Research School.

4.11 IRTP scholarships are not automatically extended for students who have been granted an extension of candidature. Any extension exceeding the maximum time will be subject to the maximum fee for the relevant course (see tuition fees search).

RTP Offset and IRTP transfers from other higher education providers (HEPs)

4.12 RTP Fees Offset or IRTP Scholarship students who wish to transfer to UTS from another HEP will, when determined eligible, receive RTP Fees Offset / IRTP Scholarship for the remainder of the maximum candidature period at UTS. Incoming transfer students must apply for candidature to UTS and, once issued with an offer from UTS, must formally withdraw from their current HEP prior to accepting the UTS offer.

4.13 UTS students wishing to transfer to another HEP will be required to formally withdraw from their study at UTS upon approval for candidature at another HEP.

4.14 The UTS RTP Fees Offset / IRTP Scholarship will cease upon withdrawal from a UTS program. It is incumbent upon transferring students to ensure that they have appropriate scholarship to continue their studies at another institution.

RTP Fees Offset overtime and special consideration (domestic students only)

4.15 To ensure that appropriate support to completion can be identified, students who are unable or unlikely to complete their studies in the standard period, or supervisors of these students, should contact the Graduate Research School as soon as possible.

4.16 Students commencing their graduate research candidature from the Autumn 2018 session who do not complete their studies within the standard period (outlined in the letter of offer) are liable for candidature over time fees. Overtime candidature fees are $2000 per session for full-time study and $1000 per session for part-time study.

4.17 Extension of candidature is subject to the conditions outlined in the Student Rules (Rule 11.8). Extension of candidature does not guarantee continuation of RTP Fees Offset / IRTP Scholarship. For students commencing from the Autumn 2018 session, any extension of candidature will be subject to candidature overtime fee.

4.18 Students commencing from Autumn 2018 onwards can apply for a UTS Domestic Postgraduate Tuition Scholarship if they are unable to complete their studies in the standard period due to legitimate extenuating circumstances. This tuition scholarship is prescribed, managed and published by the Graduate Research School (contact for further information).

4.19 The UTS Domestic Postgraduate Tuition Scholarship is granted at the discretion of the Dean, Graduate Research School.

Domestic RTP Stipends

4.20 RTP Stipends provide domestic graduate research students with funding for living expenses.

4.21 RTP Stipends are available on a competitive application process and are advertised via the future researchers website (see applying to UTS).

4.22 All RTP Stipend application processes will be open twice-yearly, in conjunction with the application process for graduate research study.

4.23 RTP Stipend conditions are published by the Graduate Research School (see domestic research scholarships) and include detailed information about stipend/scholarship value, duration, leaves of absence, termination and additional work provisions.

4.24 Table 4.24 outlines the RTP Stipend/Scholarships available at UTS.

Table 4.24: UTS RTP Stipend / Scholarships

Title Eligible candidates Value (AUD)
Chancellor’s Research Scholarships Offered to the top-ranked, newly commencing doctoral students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and potential to succeed in a research career. $35,000 per annum
Research Excellence Scholarships Offered to the next tier of top-ranked, newly commencing doctoral students who demonstrate excellent academic achievement and potential to succeed in a research career. $30,000 per annum
RTP Stipends Offered to research students who demonstrate competitive academic achievement and research potential; to assist with general living costs. Valued at the minimum Commonwealth RTP Stipend rate per annum
RTP Stipend supporting UTS Indigenous strategies1 Offered to Indigenous Australian students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and research potential; to assist with general living costs. Valued at the maximum Commonwealth RTP Stipend rate per annum

1. UTS will provide additional funding to support eligible students through the UTS Jumbunna Postgraduate Research Scholarship Program.

RTP allowances

4.25 UTS will pay eligible candidates a thesis allowance, relocation allowance and overseas health cover. Provisions will be outlined in the relevant scholarship conditions.

Additional rights and responsibilities for students

4.26 Student Rules (section 11), Graduate Research and Supervision Policy and graduate research policies and guidelines (Staff Connect) cover graduate research students’ supervision and program of study, including details relating to:

  • facilities
  • course transfers and leaves of absence
  • progression and research student lifecycle
  • expected workload and outside work
  • graduate research student enrichment activities.

4.27 RTP Scholarships will be immediately discontinued or withdrawn (as appropriate) in the event of a discontinuation of candidature following candidature assessment or suspension due to student misconduct.

4.28 RTP Scholarships will be discontinued by UTS should a student become ineligible for the scholarship as specified in the application process.

4.29 Students receiving RTP Fees Offset Scholarships who undertake an approved industry placement or research internship during their maximum candidature period will continue to receive RTP Fees Offset scholarship during their approved placement or internship.

4.30 Students receiving RTP stipends who undertake any industry placement or research internship, and receive a stipend as part of the placement or internship, will be required to suspend the RTP stipend for the duration of the placement or internship. The overall RTP stipend duration will be reduced by the equivalent time period.

4.31 It is a legislative requirement that students, supervisors and other associated personnel acknowledge the support provided by Commonwealth RTP Scholarships in any published materials, including books, articles, newsletters or other literary or artistic works generated through the graduate research project.

4.32 Acknowledgements must specifically mention support through an ‘Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship’. UTS highly recommends using the following statement: ‘This research is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.’

4.33 Students or supervisors unsure of the need to include acknowledgement should seek assistance from the Graduate Research School. Failure to correctly acknowledge government funding could have direct implications for the allocation of future funding.

5. Policy ownership and support

5.1 Policy owner: The Dean, Graduate Research School is responsible for policy enforcement and compliance, and ensuring that the principles and statements are observed. The Dean is also responsible for approval of any associated university-level procedures.

5.2 Policy contact: The Director, Graduate Research School is responsible for the implementation of this policy, and acts as a primary point of contact for advice on implementing its provisions.

6. Definitions

The definitions outlined in the Graduate Research and Supervision Policy and Schedule 1, Student Rules apply for this Policy.

Approval information and management

Policy contact Director, Graduate Research School
Approval authority Academic Board
Review year 2020
Version 1.1
File number UR17/2421
Superseded documents None

Version history

Version Approved by Approval date Effective date Sections modified
1.0 Academic Board (AB/17-2/36) 7 June 2017 29 June 2017 New instrument.
1.1 Academic Board (AB/17-3/56) 9 August 2017 29 August 2017 Inclusion of guidance to students regarding entitlements when undertaking approved industry placement and/or internships.

PDF version

Research Training Program Scholarship Policy (PDF)

References

Additional reading

Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines (Research) 2017 (Cwlth)

Research students (Staff Connect)

Appendix A: Continuing students and transition arrangements

Commencing 1 January 2017, UTS has advised all current students receiving a Commonwealth Scholarship that the scholarship is now awarded as follows.

Commonwealth Scholarship Now awarded under
Research Training Scheme placement Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship
Australian Postgraduate Award Research Training Program Stipend
International Postgraduate Research Scholarship International Research Training Program Scholarship


Contact UTS Graduate Research School via email for further information.