Applications are being received for the 2023-2024 Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP). These Scholarships are specifically intended to support international students to undertake a Higher Degree by research at Flinders University. The AGRTPS is awarded to candidates who demonstrate outstanding aptitude for independent research. AGRTPS are considered on the basis of academic merit, academic research training, and research indicators and performance.
The scholarship is tenable for up to three years for a Research Doctorate degree and up to two years for a research Master’s degree. Successful applicants are required to undertake full-time study and must be commencing a higher degree by research in Australia for the first time.
- Host institution: Flinders University in Australia.
- Fields of Study: Available Research areas at Flinders University.
- Duration: up to 4 years for PhD and up to 2 years for Master’s degree.
- Number of Awards: up to 5.
- Target group: Open to citizens of any country other than Australia and New Zealand.
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Australian Government Research Training Program Benefits
AGRTPS is a fully funded program that enables suitably qualified applicants to commence a full-time Higher Degree by research and provides the following benefits:
- International student tuition fees charged by Flinders University for a Higher Degree by research.
- International tuition fee offset, a living stipend paid at the rate of $28,854.00 (2022 rate), which is tax-exempt and indexed annually.
- An AGRTPS student who moves to Adelaide from overseas is eligible for an establishment allowance (after arrival at Flinders) of up to $1,485 to assist with relocation costs and airfares, provided receipts can be produced by the student.
- AGRTPS holders are eligible to apply for a thesis allowance of up to $500 to assist with thesis production costs.
- The award provides compulsory standard Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the student, their partner, and dependents for the standard duration of the student visa.
Australian Government Research Training Program Eligibility
To be eligible for an AGRTPS, applicants must:
- Be a citizen of any overseas country except New Zealand, and not hold Australian citizenship, Australian permanent resident status or New Zealand citizenship; and
- Intend to commence full-time study for a higher degree by research in Australia for the first time, in the year for which the award is offered. Students who commenced their higher degree by research in the previous year but who, due to the timing of their application for admission and subsequent enrolment, were unable to apply for an AGRTPS in that year, or, commenced a higher degree by research and terminated that enrolment within six months of commencement, may be considered; and
- Intend to enroll in an area of research concentration. These are areas in which the University has a particular strength, has concentrated its research resources, and has attracted external funding; and
- Satisfy all entry requirements for a higher degree by research, including the English proficiency levels in accordance with the English Language Proficiency Requirements for HDR Candidature.
This scholarship will not be awarded to a candidate who:
- is receiving income from another source to support the student’s general living costs while undertaking their course of study if that income is greater than 75 percent of the student’s RTP Stipend rate. Income unrelated to the student’s course of study or income received for the student’s course of study but not for the purposes of supporting general living costs is not to be taken into account;
- has previously received an AGRTPS for a Research Doctorate degree, or for a Research Masters degree unless the Research Masters degree was completed and the student is undertaking a Research Doctorate degree;
- holds a qualification deemed the equivalent of an Australian Research Doctorate degree or, if undertaking a Research Masters degree holds a qualification deemed the equivalent of or higher than an Australian Research Masters degree; and
- has held an Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID/Australia Award) scholarship within the two years prior to commencing the AGRTPS
- is on paid study leave;
- holds a fractional academic appointment greater than 0.2FTE.
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How to Apply for the AGRTP at Flinders University
Eligible applicants who would like to apply for this Oceania scholarship should first submit an application for admission to a Higher Degree by research (PhD or Master of Arts by research) followed by an application for the International RHD Scholarship Group.
If you already have a valid offer for admission to a Higher Degree by Research, you no not need to apply for admission again.
To apply for admission
- International applicants – apply via Studylink and details about international admission can be found on this page.
- Once you have read the information you should complete a registration using this link
- Once you have completed a registration, you will be able to log back into that portal to complete your application for admission.
- A Flinders student ID is created within 1 hour after a registration has been submitted. You will need to take note of this number.
How to apply for Scholarship
You will need to activate your account using the Student ID from your registration and your date of birth provided at the time of registration using the following link: activate.flinders.edu.au/main
Once you have activated your account, you will receive a Flinders Authentication Name (FAN), you can then submit your application for the international HDR scholarship group.
- Log in to your OKTA dashboard via the quick links on the Flinders website
- Select Student System
- Select the My Scholarship tab
- Select the Create a new scholarship application button
- Select 2023 from the search and select the International RHD Scholarship Group
If you have studied at Flinders University but graduated more than 12 months ago you will need to reactivate your FAN via the FAN reactivation page. With an active FAN, you will then be able to submit your application for the scholarship via the Student Information System as advised above.
If you have previously applied to study at Flinders, you will be able to reactive your FAN via the FAN reactivation page, you will need to enter your First name, Last name, date of birth and your student ID, normally found on any letters sent by the university to you. The system will be able to identify you more accurately if you can enter your student ID.
Once your application is complete, including all mandatory questions and documentation, your application will be assessed. Assessment will commence once applications have closed. You must contact an academic staff member and have an informal agreement from that person to supervise you if successful.
Note: Email evidence of the supervisor’s agreement should be included with your application. Applicants who do not have a supervisor at the time of application will not be considered for the scholarship.
Any questions about the application process should be directed to the Student Finance Office via email at [email protected] while any questions about the candidature application process should be directed to the International Centre via email at [email protected].
The application deadline is August 4, 2023. For more detail on the Australian Government Research Training Program, please visit the official page. To be the first to see latest opportunities, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.