The University of South Australia offers the following scholarships with stipends to domestic applicants.

Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) Scholarship

University of South Australia Postgraduate Award (USAPA)

These scholarships are available to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents of Australia.

These scholarships include a stipend (living allowance) and a fee offset for a limited time.  Note that all domestic research degree applicants may be offered an RTPd fee-offset scholarship without a stipend.  Please check your offer carefully to ensure that it is suitable for you.  

Benefits and conditions

You must read the Scholarship Benefits and Conditions - Australian Research Degree Students (PDF file, 447 kb) before accepting an offer from us. These conditions apply to all domestic students who accept an offer from us.  You can also view our Research Degrees and Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships policy.


The total stipend is at least $28,597 per annum (2021 stipend rate) paid fortnightly over 3 years for PhD students and over 2 years for masters by research students. Limited relocation expenses may be reimbursed. A thesis allowance is available.

How to apply

Applications are made online via a project that has an assigned scholarship. View our step by step guide on how to apply.


Your question might be answered on the RTP FAQs website.

If not, please contact us.

Indigenous Scholarship

The University of South Australia funds at least one scholarship each year to be awarded to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant who is applying to do a research degree at the University of South Australia.

Conditions align to the RTPd and USAPA scholarship as described above, with the additon of a one-off establishment grant of $5,000.

If you would like to be considered the Indigenous Scholarship please contact us.