Graduate School Scholarships (UQGSS) – includes RTP


Enrolment status New students, Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area All study areas
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value Base stipend of $28,092 per annum tax free (2020 rate), indexed annually, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
Scholarship duration 3 years with the possibility of two 6 month extensions in approved circumstances.


UQ Graduate School Scholarships (UQGSS) are awarded to domestic and international students.

Students will be awarded either an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship or a UQ-funded scholarship via a competitive process.

Both of these provide a living allowance and a tuition fee offset. For international applicants who will study in Australia on a student visa, the scholarship also includes an allowance for single overseas student health cover.

These scholarships are usually awarded through the Graduate School's Scholarship Rounds.

2021 Round 1*

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 offers for offshore international candidates will be for a commencement of no earlier than April 2021, pending border restrictions easing. 

RQ1 or RQ2, 2021 start



Applications Open (submit your application online)

If you have pending documentation, such as Honours or English tests, please still apply with information on when those results will be available. We will advise you if it is possible to consider your application in the round.

27 June 2020

7 Sept 2020

Applications Close

To increase your chances of being considered for the scholarship round we recommend you apply on, or soon after the opening date.

18 July 2020

28 Sept 2020

Outcomes from this date (1 week period)*

NB: this date has been brought forward from 28 Oct. 

5 Oct 2020

18 Dec 2020

Acceptances due

NB: this date has been brought forward from 13 Nov. 

16 Oct 2020

30 Dec 2020

*Current UQ students applying, who have not yet received their final results from their coursework programs, will not receive offers until after results from that semester have been published.


To be eligible you must:

  • be nominated by an enrolling school or institute at UQ
  • be assessed by the Graduate School as meeting all conditions for admission to the higher degree by research program.
  • not be receiving a living allowance award, or scholarship providing a benefit greater than 75% of the RTP Scholarship living allowance rate to undertake the higher degree by research program.

Before you get started

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them.

How to apply

Apply for this scholarship when you apply for a higher degree by research. There is no separate application for this scholarship.

To be considered for a living allowance scholarship in the first round after confirmation, contact the HDR Liaison Officer in your school or institute.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select 'I would like to be considered for a UQ scholarship to cover a living allowance stipend and tuition fee expenses'.

Learn more about applying for a higher degree by research at UQ

*you can also apply if you are studying a research focused professional doctorate

Due dates

Please only apply after the opening dates. Recipients are only selected by the HDR Scholarship Selection Committee.

Selection criteria

Candidates are assessed on the following key areas using the scholarship selection criteria matrix (DOCX, 25.2 KB)

  • Candidate: Quality of the candidate including academic performance, evidence of research capability, quality of research project.
  • Environment: Quality of the research environment including resourcing.
  • Advisory Team: Quality of advisory team including record of successful supervision, appropriate advisory load, complementary expertise.


Graduate School
(07) 3346 0503

Terms and conditions

Read the UQ Research Scholarships terms and conditions.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

If you are awarded a scholarship after commencement there will be no retrospective payments of this scholarship.