Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) International Fee Offset Scholarship


Each year the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training provides funding to Universities to award scholarships to International students undertaking Higher Degree Research programs.

From 1 January 2017, the Australian Government is replacing the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) with a single program, the Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP).  As current support programs are not continuing beyond 1 January 2017, the University is required by legislation to transfer all IPRS recipients to the new Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) International Fee Offset Scholarship.


The Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines (Research) 2017 set the basis for the conditions of award and outline the basic eligibility requirements for this scholarship.   To be eligible for consideration, students must:

  • be an overseas student enrolled in an accredited HDR course of study at the Australian National University;
  • not be receiving an equivalent award or scholarship from the Commonwealth designed to offset HDR fees

Selection Basis

Candidates are ranked and scholarships are awarded based previous study, publications and research potential.


The Australian Government Research Training Program InternationaI Fee Offset Scholarship:

  • covers tuition fees for 3 years. 
  • A student may apply for and the the University may extend the award for a period of six months in the first instance, where the research has been delayed by circumstances beyond the scholar's control and where the reasons are related to the research rather than to issues of a personal nature.  A further extension of six months on the same grounds may be sought but must not be sought until the period of the first extension has commenced. 
  • provides program length overseas student health cover for the student and their immediate family.

How to apply

No application is required specifically for this scholarship as all eligible candidates will be considered.  In order to be considered in the main round of scholarships, students are required to have applied for admission by 31st August in the year prior to commencing their HDR program.

Further information

Candidates are strongly encouraged to make contact with a prospective supervisor prior to lodging an application for admission to discuss the proposed research topic and related matters.

A range of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the new AGRTP Scholarships are available here