The Australian Catholic University offers ACU Stipend Scholarships to support both domestic and international candidates undertaking a Research Doctorate or Research Masters degree.

Successful applicants will be awarded:

ACU Stipend Scholarship Tuition Fee Scholarship RTP Allowance (Overseas Student Health Care Policy)
  • AUD $32,192* per annum (full-time)
  • AUD $16,096* per annum (part-time)

Paid as a fortnightly stipend to assist with general living costs whilst you study.

* 2024 value, indexed annually.

  • Domestic candidates receive a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship
  • International candidates receive an ACU Tuition Fee Scholarship

This scholarship pays for your tuition fees.

The RTP Allowance (Overseas Student Health Care Policy) will cover the cost of one Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international candidates.

ACU Stipend Scholarships are funded by the Australian Catholic University and are awarded and administered in accordance with the ACU Research Training Program Scholarship Policy.

Tax obligations: Full-time scholarships are generally tax exempt. Part-time scholarships are taxable. - Is my scholarship taxable? | Australian Taxation Office


ACU Stipend Scholarships are open to all applicants whose research aligns with any of ACU's broad areas of expertise. Outstanding MPhil and PhD applicants are invited in the following priority areas:

  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resource Management
  • Accounting
  • General management
  • Information Technology
  • Law in context
  • Criminal justice
  • Commercial law
  • Public law
  • Human rights
  • Migration law

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  • Philosophy (all areas)
  • Systematic theology
  • Biblical and early Christian studies
  • Medieval and early modern studies
  • Studies of religion
  • Vatican II studies

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  • Psychology
  • Exercise science
  • Clinical sciences
  • Allied health
  • Nursing
  • Public health

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  • History
  • Sociology and political science
  • Educational leadership
  • Indigenous education
  • Learning sciences
  • Educational psychology
  • Teacher education

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How to Apply

The closing date is twice per annum:

  • Sunday 21 April 2024
  • Sunday 20 October 2024
Prospective candidates

We are now accepting applications from prospective domestic and international candidates for study commencing in 2024.

Visit the How to apply page for application instructions.

Current candidates

To apply, simply:

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Why choose ACU?

We are a world-leading research university in our priority areas of health, education, and theology and philosophy. Research excellence at ACU is founded on the principles of social justice and attracts leading experts, students, and collaborators from across the globe.

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