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Support for research students

Behind every great research student is a comprehensive support network. UTS offers a range of support including scholarships and researcher development programs, as well as tailored support for Indigenous students and students with disabilities.

Researcher development programs

UTS offers one of the most extensive researcher development programs in Australia, helping students enhance their technical, analytical and research-specific skills, and providing access to social and emotional support.

Programs include:

  • training in research literacy, NVivo, statistics and research best practice
  • orientation initiatives to help students develop social and academic networks
  • general UTS student services, such as health and counselling.

Students undertaking a UTS-Industry Doctorate also have access to a dedicated Industry Researcher Development Program. This initiative assists students to develop the skills required to work effectively with industry.


We offer a range of research scholarships and funding schemes for domestic and international applicants. Learn more about research scholarship opportunities.

UTS Doctoral Framework

All UTS research degrees are supported by the UTS Doctoral Framework. The UTS framework supports the development of advanced disciplinary knowledge and research skills and practices. It includes a range of study modules in the following areas:

  • introductory and advanced disciplinary knowledge
  • research methodologies and methods, including modules on designing questionnaires and interdisciplinary research
  • research practice, which covers areas such as ethics, intellectual property and commercialisation, conference presentations, grant writing and journal writing skills etc.

In consultation with supervisors, you will also design a Doctoral Study Plan. This plan provides structure and support for your research.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

The Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning provides additional support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including support with the application process. Once you start at UTS, Jumbunna will become an important resource for academic, social, emotional and cultural connection throughout your degree.

Need help with your application?

Visit the Jumbunna website for more information.

Students with accessibility requirements

UTS provides designated support for students with disabilities, medical or mental health conditions through our Accessibility Service team. Find out about our accessibility program, or contact a UTS Accessibility Services Officer for more information. 

Students with disabilities can also request special consideration when applying for a UTS scholarship. Read more on our scholarships page.