Research Training Program (RTP) stipend scholarships are funded by the Australian Government.

  • Applications close: 11.59pm 15 October 2023 AEST
  • A stipend of $29,863 per annum (full-time)
  • Commencing in Research Term A 2024

Please note: The general RTP and ACU stipend scholarships are open to all applications whose research aligns with any of ACU's broad areas of expertise. The closing date for the general round is twice per annum, in late April and mid-October.

Outstanding MPhil and PhD applicants are invited in the following priority areas:

  • Arts (especially history, sociology and political science)
  • Education (especially educational leadership, Indigenous education, learning sciences, educational psychology, and teacher education)
  • Health (especially psychology, exercise science, clinical sciences, allied health, nursing, and public health)
  • Philosophy (all areas)
  • Theology (especially systematic theology, biblical and early Christian studies, medieval and early modern studies, studies of religion, and Vatican II studies)
  • Business (especially marketing, entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, accounting, general management, and Information Technology)
  • Law (especially Law in context, criminal justice, commercial law, public law, human rights and migration law)

Our Faculties

Our Schools and Research Institutes

Faculty of Education and Arts

School of Arts & Humanities

School of Education

Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences

Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Allied Health

School of Behavioural and Health Sciences

School of Nursing Midwifery and Paramedicine

Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Institute for Positive Psychology and Education

Faculty of Law and Business

Peter Faber Business School

Thomas More Law School

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

School of Philosophy

School of Theology

Dianoia Institute of Philosophy

Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry

Scholarship Value

  • An RTP Stipend Scholarship of $29,863* per annum (indexed annually); and either
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver) for Domestic candidates; or
  • Single Coverage Overseas HealthCare plus an ACU Tuition Fee waiver for International candidates

*value is for candidates enrolled at full-time load. Part-time enrolment value is 1/2 the full-time value

Closing date for applications

We are now accepting applications from prospective domestic and international candidates for study commencing in 2024. Applications close 11.59pm 15 October 2023 AEST.

How to Apply

If you are a prospective candidate: Visit the How to apply webpage for application instructions.

If you are a currently enrolled candidate: download the ‘application for a Postgraduate Research Scholarship for currently enrolled candidates’ form in Orion and submit with required documentation to Candidature Services

Any questions should be directed to ACU Candidature Services on

Further information on the ACU Research Training Program Scholarship can be found in the ACU Research Training Program Policy.

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