Postgraduate Research Fees

Domestic students

The Commonwealth Government’s Department of Education and Training provides block grants, under the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP), to eligible higher education institutions to support research training for domestic students undertaking Doctoral and Master's degrees that have a research component of 66.6 per cent or more.

Based on this, Notre Dame has agreed that any Australian citizen or permanent resident admitted to, or currently enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) course will receive an Australian Government RTP Tuition Fees Offset Scholarship.

Thus, students provided with an offer in a HDR course are exempt from having to pay a contribution towards the cost of these courses. This applies up to a maximum period of four years' full-time equivalent study for a Doctoral research degree and two years' full-time equivalent study for a Master's research degree.

Assessment for eligibility of an Australian Government RTP Fees Offset Scholarship and allocation takes place automatically. Therefore, there is no need for students to apply separately for consideration for an Australian Government RTP Fees Offset Scholarship.

Notre Dame’s policy on the Australian Government Research Training Program is in its final steps of review. It is anticipated that it will be published in the near future.

The Research Office can be contacted for advice.

International students

International students are required to pay course fees. However, international students are eligible for Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships. If you are an overseas HDR student at Notre Dame, you can apply for financial support towards your tuition fees (Tuition Fee Offset Scholarship), your living expenses (Stipend Scholarship) or ancillary costs relating to undertaking a research degree (Allowance Scholarship). The three types of Australian Government RTP Scholarships support are available to international students on a competitive basis. For more details, see the ‘Scholarships’ page.

International students are also eligible to apply for Notre Dame's International Fee Remission Research Scholarships (IFRRS), which are again available on a competitive basis.