Scholarships are awarded to International students commencing a research degree (Masters or PhD) on the basis of academic excellence and research potential.
RMIT Postgraduate Research International Scholarships (RPIS) are funded by RMIT University.
Value and duration
The value of the RMIT Postgraduate Research International Scholarships increases annually in accordance with indexation. In 2016, the RMIT Postgraduate Research International Scholarship will provide the following benefits:
- tuition fees for the standard duration of your research scholarship
- the cost of an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) policy for the standard duration of your program
- a stipend of $29,288 per annum pro rata (full-time mode) which is equivalent to the Government APA rate of $26,288 plus an RMIT top up of $3000
- a relocation allowance for the cost of relocating in order to take up your research program, up to $515 per adult and $255 per child to a maximum of $1540
- paid sick, maternity and parental leave (within the limits of the 2016 Scholarship Terms and Conditions).
The standard duration of a research doctorate scholarship is three years full-time. Candidates may apply for an extension of up to six months subject to satisfactory progress and school approval. The duration of a research masters scholarship is two years full time, with no additional extension available.
The duration of an RPIS will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken towards a research degree at the same level, prior to the commencement of the RMIT research program.
To be considered for scholarship you must hold, or be currently completing:
- a Master by research
- a Master by coursework with a significant research component graded as high distinction, or equivalent
- a Honours degree achieving first class honours
- a 4 year bachelor degree achieving a GPA of 4 or equivalent (80% or above).
If you do not hold one of the above qualifications, you will only be considered for scholarship if you have previous publications or significant research experience. All other applicants will be considered ineligible.
Applicants applying for scholarship must be in receipt of a RMIT program offer for the relevant application period, by the close of the scholarship round to be considered.
You must have been offered a program place that is not conditional on meeting English language requirements OR provide evidence of English language proficiency and meet the English language requirement of the research program before the closing date of the scholarship application.
In addition to the above, to be eligible for this scholarship you must:
- not already hold a PhD or equivalent, if applying for a PhD
- not already hold a Master by research or equivalent, if applying for a Master by research program
- provide details of any external funding for tuition or living expenses that you have received or applied for
hold an Australian student visa for the term of the scholarship and comply with the conditions of the visa.
RMIT will consider you ineligible if:
- you commenced your research program prior to scholarship commencement period in which you are applying
- you have not met the RMIT English requirements by the close of the scholarship round
- you are currently receiving another equivalent award or scholarship, providing a benefit greater than 75% of the 2016 APA base rate ($26,288) to undertake the research degree.
Duration of a research scholarship
- The duration of a full-time research scholarship is three years for a student undertaking research doctorate studies, and two years for a student undertaking research masters studies. The duration of a part-time research scholarship is six years for research doctorate studies and four years for research mastersstudies.
- The duration of a research scholarship will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken:
- towardsthe degree prior to the commencement of the research scholarship;
- towards the degree during suspension of the research scholarship (unless the study was undertaken overseas as part of a Commonwealth Government financially supported international postgraduate research scholarship or award
- previously while receiving an Australian postgraduate coursework award.
- The duration of a research scholarship will be increased by any periods of paid sick leave greater than 10 days, or parental leave approved by RMIT.
- RMIT may also approve an extension to the duration of a research scholarship for a research doctorate student of up to six months provided the student is making satisfactory academic progress and the groundsfor the extension relate to the study and are beyond the control of the student. RMIT cannot approve extensionsto the duration of a research scholarship for a research masters student.
- If a part-time research scholarship is converted to a full-time research scholarship then the period of time that the student is regarded as having been in receipt of the part-time research scholarship immediately prior to the conversion will be halved for the purpose of determining the duration the student is regarded as having been in receipt of a fulltime research scholarship immediately after conversion.
- If a full-time research scholarship is converted to a part-time research scholarship then the period of time that the student is regarded as having been in receipt of the full-time research scholarship immediately prior to the conversion will be doubled for the purpose of determining the duration the student is regarded as having been in receipt of a parttime research scholarship immediately after conversion.
All scholarship applications will be ranked based on a model approved by RMIT’s Research Committee.
As the holder of this scholarship you:
- must commence your studies in the scholarship commencement period in which you have applied
- are not able to defer your studies to another year.
If you have dependants, the RPIS will provide an Overseas Student Health Cover policy to cover them also.
RMIT University requires that you meet English language requirements for entry into research programs. Your test result must be current (i.e. taken no more than two years before your research program commences).
Your RMIT English Worldwide (REW) test result must also be current (i.e. taken no more than one year before your research program commences).
Some programs have higher English language requirements.
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