What are the costs and what scholarships are available?

Costs of study

Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian Permanent Residents enrolled in a higher degree by research will not normally pay tuition fees, as fees for graduate research degrees are covered by the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP). The RTP provides eligible candidates with a fee offset scholarship for up to a maximum period of four years' full-time equivalent study for a doctorate by research and two years' full-time equivalent study for a Master's by research.

Please note that a RTP Fees Offset Scholarship is not a paid stipend. It is paid directly to the University on your behalf to offset costs for tuition and institutional support of your studies and not all candidates will receive a RTP Stipend Scholarship or living allowance. The 2020 RTP offset values are $24,910 (high cost) and $10,600 (low cost).

All domestic students pay a bi-annual Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Details about the SSAF, including costs and payment options, are available on our SSAF information page.

Tuition fees for international students will vary, depending on the research area. International students may apply for a full fee research scholarship to cover the cost of their fees.

What are the main types of scholarships?

If you are applying for candidature as a graduate researcher at La Trobe you can apply for a stipend scholarship to assist you with your living expenses. International applicants can also apply for scholarships to fund their tuition fees – fees for local candidates are supported by RTP Fees Offset Scholarship.

Applications for 2021 scholarships are now open. Apply before 30 September (international applicants) or 31 October (domestic applicants). Find out more about our available research projects.

External scholarships

In addition to scholarships that are administered by La Trobe, you have many external scholarships to choose from.

Are there other scholarships and funding sources?

Both prospective and current students can also search for scholarships (living allowance, top-up, travel and conference, etc.) using the Good Universities Guide Scholarship Search.

Currently enrolled students can also seek funding to support costs related to their research, including conference travel and field-work expenses. La Trobe lists a range of external scholarship opportunities. You can take also advantage of La Trobe's subscriptions to Research Professional (a searchable database containing thousands of Australian and international research funding opportunities) and PIVOT (a searchable funding database of grants, fellowships, prizes and awards). You will need to register using a computer on any La Trobe campus. Once registered you can access your account from any location. You can also sign up to Research Mailer to be notified of upcoming ARC and NHMRC funding opportunities.

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