Graduate Research Scholarships - Research Training Program (RTP) and La Trobe Graduate Research Scholarships (LTGRS)


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, Australian Citizen, International Student, Permanent Resident, New Zealand Citizen

Where is it available?

Albury-Wodonga Campus, Bendigo Campus, Melbourne Campus, Mildura Campus, Shepparton Campus

How is it paid?

Fortnightly stipend


La Trobe University is offering a number of graduate research scholarship packages consisting of a generous stipend, tuition fee scholarship, and allowances to support outstanding graduate researchers. Apply now to join our vibrant research community.

Our graduate research scholarships are available for doctoral and masters research for applicants who have developed their own research topic aligned to one of La Trobe’s priority research areas.

Applications are now open to Australian or New Zealand citizens (domestic), Australian permanent residents (domestic), and International applicants. Successful applicants for this round must be able to commence at any time between 1 July and 30 November 2024.

The La Trobe University mid-year scholarship round is now open and will close on 31 March 2024 for domestic and international applicants.

Scholarships are competitively awarded to applicants with strong research experience and selection is based on academic merit and consideration of targeted areas of research strength at the University.

Indigenous students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin are encouraged to also apply for a Dennis McDermott Research Scholarship, which includes an additional top-up stipend and research support allowance.

Don’t have your own research topic or need some inspiration? Check out our dedicated Graduate Research Project Scholarships, or the other scholarships available in the mid-year scholarship round.

Benefits of the scholarship

  • a Research Training Program (RTP) or La Trobe Graduate Research Scholarship (LTGRS) stipend for up to three and a half (3.5) years for a doctoral degree or 22 months for a Masters by research degree, with a value of $34,000 per annum (2024 rate)
  • a Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scholarship or La Trobe Full Fee Research scholarship (LTUFFRS) for up to four years for a doctoral degree or two years for a Masters by research
  • relocation allowance and thesis/publication allowance
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suit of professional development programs

Are you eligible to apply?

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

  • meet the entrance requirements for the proposed course
  • not be receiving another scholarship greater than 75 per cent of the stipend rate for the same purpose

In selecting successful applicants, we prioritise applications from candidates who:

  • will be enrolled full-time and undertaking their research at a La Trobe University campus
  • for doctoral applicants, have completed a Masters by Research or other significant body of research, such as an honours research thesis or lead authorship of a peer-reviewed publication, assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above
  • for masters applicants, have attained the equivalent of at least a first-class honours degree at an Australian university or equivalent from a recognised overseas university

How to apply

To apply for this scholarship, review the scholarship eligibility requirements above and then follow the steps given on our How to apply page for your proposed course.

Domestic applicants, please select the 'Graduate Research - Mid-year Scholarship Round' scholarship in your application.

International applicants, please select 'Research Training Program (RTP) and La Trobe Graduate Research Scholarship (LTGRS)' in your application.

Who to contact for further information

Graduate Research School,