Per annum, for three and a half years. Fee relief additional.

Opening date

Closing date



Who is it for?

Future graduate researchers, Future PhD candidates, Graduate researchers

Where is it available?

Franklin Street, Shepparton, Mildura, City, Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Sydney, Melbourne

How is it paid?

fortnightly stipend


La Trobe University offers a number of living allowance stipends to students undertaking full-time research degrees through the Australian Government's Research Training Program.

The RTP Stipend Scholarship provides a living allowance in addition to the RTP Fees Offset Scholarship paid directly to the University by the Australian Government to offset costs for tuition and institutional support of your studies. Please note that an RTP Fees Offset Scholarship is not a paid stipend and not all candidates in receipt of a Fees Offset Scholarship will receive a Stipend Scholarship.

Awards are made according to academic merit and a consideration of targeted areas of research strength at the University. The University will prioritise applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian Permanent Residents who have attained at least the equivalent of a first class honours degree at an Australian university or recognised overseas university.

In 2020, the RTP Stipend is AU$28,092 per annum full-time, or AU$14,046 per annum part-time (taxable).

Benefits of the scholarship

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three and a half (3.5 years) years, with a value of $28,092 per annum [2020 rate]
  • a fee-relief scholarship for up to four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs.

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must:

- a Masters by research degree in a relevant discipline completed within the last ten years assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 70 or above; or
- a Bachelor (Honours) degree, Masters by coursework or ungraded Masters by research degree completed within the last ten years where you achieved a weighted average mark of 70 or above across any coursework subjects; and:

  • your degree includes a research thesis of 15,000-20,000 words*; or
  • your degree includes a written research component comprising at least 3/8 of one year*; or
  • you are the lead author of a peer-reviewed publication or other research published within the last ten years*.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this scholarship, follow these steps:

  • review details on how to apply for candidature
  • to identify a potential supervisor, submit an enquiry using our online enquiry system, indicating that you wish to be considered for this scholarship. We will direct this to the appropriate La Trobe staff member (indicate if you’d prefer the candidate to contact you directly to secure agreement of supervision)
  • when you have received in-principle agreement for supervision, complete and submit your application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School ( for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for a scholarship.

Who to contact for further information

Graduate Research School,