Research at Notre Dame - Fees

The University of Notre Dame Australia has agreed that no fees will be charged to any Australian citizen or permanent resident admitted to, or currently enrolled, at Notre Dame for a research higher degree.

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations provides block grants, under the Research Training Scheme (RTS), to eligible higher education institutions to support research training for domestic students undertaking doctorates and master's degrees that include 66.6 per cent or more research.

Students provided with a place funded by the RTS are exempt from having to pay a contribution toward the cost of accredited courses 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 degree by research.

Research Training Scheme (RTS)

Broadly, the RTS provides block grants to eligible students who have exhausted their funding entitlements and therefore to continue their enrolment they will be deemed to be fee-paying students. The fee level imposed is at the discretion of the institution. As mentioned above, the University has agreed that no fees will be charged.

Institutions may also provide research training on a fee-paying basis to students not provided with a place funded by the RTS. The fee level to be imposed will also be at the discretion of the institution. Assessment for eligibility of an RTS place and allocation takes place automatically. There is no need for students to apply separately for consideration for an RTS place.

Please be aware that the RTS will be terminated, if students:

  • cease to be enrolled students without requesting a period of approved leave (suspension of candidature);
  • do not resume study at the conclusion of a period of approved leave or do not make arrangements to extend that period of approved leave;
  • do not maintain satisfactory progress.