Variation of scholarship
UTS offers a range of scholarships for both domestic and international graduate research applicants. This page contains information about scholarships for current research students.
Applying for a scholarship as a current student
UTS offers a range of research scholarships for current students. To apply for your chosen scholarship, complete the online scholarship application form and submit it along with a current CV that details your academic and professional achievements, previous research experience, and any prizes and awards you have won – use our CV template if you need help. You will be notified of the outcome of your application approximately two to three (2-3) months after the advertised closing date for that scholarship.
Please note that you can only hold one primary stipend scholarship at a time, unless your faculty has nominated you for an ongoing top-up scholarship. If you are a current UTS scholarship recipient and have been awarded an external scholarship, please contact the Graduate Research School (GRS) at email@example.com or call us at (02) 9514 1336.
Faculty-funded scholarships are managed by UTS faculties and are only sent to GRS once they have been approved at faculty level. Tuition fee request forms for International Research Scholarships must also be approved by your faculty before they can be processed at GRS. For questions about faculty-funded scholarships, please speak to your faculty research administrator.
If your scholarship application is unsuccessful, you can apply for subsequent scholarship rounds.
Accepting a scholarship as a current student
As a current research student (domestic or international), you can accept your scholarship on MyStudentAdmin by completing the following steps:
- log in to MyStudentAdmin
- go to the ‘Scholarships’ tab. The scholarship/s you have been offered will appear on this page
- click ‘Accept’ on the scholarship you intend to accept
- enter your bank details, acceptance reason, and proposed start date and reason
- click ‘Save’.
Once you have completed this process, your scholarship status will change from ‘Offered’ to ‘Pending Bestowal’. Once the Graduate Research School has confirmed your eligibility and authorised your payments, your scholarship status will change to 'Active'. You will receive a payment confirmation email to your student email once payment has been made.
If your status is showing as ‘Lapsed’, please email GRS at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (02) 9514 1336.
Deferring your scholarship
If you’re unable to start your research degree in the session your scholarship has been awarded, you may be able to defer your scholarship funding until the following session. It is unlikely that you will be able to delay until the next calendar year. Please check your scholarship Conditions of Award for deferment options, or email the Graduate Research School at email@example.com for advice.
Extending your scholarship
Doctoral students may be eligible for research scholarship extensions of up to six months (maximum). Please refer to your scholarship Conditions of Award to check your eligibility. If your scholarship is managed by the Graduate Research School (i.e. RTPS, UTSD, CRS, RES, IRTP, UTSP, IRS), you will need to complete the HDR scholarship Extension Form and attach all relevant supporting documentation (see form). If your scholarship is sponsored by a faculty, institute, or external organisation, please contact the funder for information on applying for an extension. Please note that you will need your supervisor’s approval to extend your scholarship.
Terminating your scholarship
Your scholarship may be terminated if you:
- have submitted your thesis for examination
- have reached the maximum duration of your scholarship
- change your study load or the details of your candidature
- provide false or misleading information, engage in misconduct or make unsatisfactory research progress
- withdraw from your course.
Check your scholarship Conditions of Award for more information on scholarship termination. Please notify the Graduate Research School of any changes to your candidature to avoid being overpaid.
Transferring your scholarship
If you’re transferring from UTS to another institution, you may be able to take your scholarship with you. Please check your scholarship Conditions of Award for information on scholarship transfers.
Research scholarship payments are made every fortnight. Once your scholarship status is showing as ‘Active’ in MyStudentAdmin, you will receive a scholarship confirmation email that details your payment date, first lump sum amount and consecutive fortnightly amounts. If your bank details change, please update them in the ‘Financial Details’ section of MyStudentAdmin. The Graduate Research School cannot update your bank details for you.
Scholarship leave benefits
If you receive a scholarship to support your graduate research studies, you may be entitled to leave benefits as part of your scholarship funding.
Types of scholarship leave include:
- suspension of scholarship (for leave of absence from your candidature. Please note that you will need to apply via MyStudentAdmin to apply for a leave of absence and access this type of leave)
- paid maternity leave benefit (up to 84 days of additional payment. Please note that you will need to apply via MyStudentAdmin to apply for a leave of absence and access this type of leave)
- paid parenting leave benefit (up to 5 days of additional payment)
- extended paid sick leave benefit (up to 84 days of additional payment)
- unpaid leave (you remain enrolled but pause your scholarship payments).
To check the leave entitlements for your scholarship, refer to your scholarship Conditions of Award. Please also review Section 11 of the UTS Student Rules before you submit your leave request.
Please note that taking a leave of absence without applying for additional paid benefits will result in the temporary suspension of your scholarship payments and candidature. If you apply for additional paid leave benefits without a leave of absence, your candidature’s EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) will continue to be consumed as you are not on leave and are not suspending your candidature.
Applying for scholarship leave
Before you apply for scholarship leave, you will need to check the entitlements for your scholarship (see the ‘Scholarship leave benefits’ section above). Discuss your leave requirements with your supervisor to determine whether you should remain enrolled or take a leave of absence from your studies. Once you have submitted your documents, you will receive an email from the Graduate Research School notifying you of the outcome of your requests.
Taking a leave of absence
If you need to take a leave of absence, please log in to MyStudentAdmin, review the HDR leave guidelines and submit a leave of absence request. If your leave of absence application is successful, your scholarship suspension will be processed automatically.
Applying for additional paid leave benefits
If you qualify for additional paid leave benefits such as extended paid sick leave, paid maternity or paternity leave, please complete the Research Scholarship Additional Paid Benefits Application Form and submit it, along with any supporting documentation outlined on the form, to your supervisor.
Returning from scholarship leave
At the end of your approved leave period, your candidature and scholarship payments will automatically resume. If your intended return date changes, please submit an application for an additional leave of absence on MyStudentAdmin before the research census date of the session in which you intend to return.
Changing your study load
Depending on your scholarship, you may be permitted to make changes to your study load (i.e. from full-time to part-time or vice versa). It’s important to check your scholarship Conditions of Award before you make any changes to ensure you will remain eligible for funding. Please note that your application may not be considered if you are requesting part-time study to accommodate employment opportunities.
If your Conditions of Award permit a change in study load, you will need to complete a Change of Study Load online form. If your change request is successful, you will receive an email confirmation for your candidature and another for your scholarship.
Tax information for scholarship holders
You may be required to pay tax on your scholarship income depending on your individual circumstances and the type of scholarship you have been awarded. We strongly advise you to visit the Australian Taxation Office website or call their enquiry line for more information and to seek independent tax advice.
Submitting your TFN
The Australian Taxation Office may ask you for your tax file number (TFN). To submit it, complete the ATO’s Tax File Number Declaration Form and send the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your student ID number.
Requesting a PAYG summary
If you need proof of income in the form of payslips or a PAYG summary, UTS can provide these documents via email. To request a payslip, please email email@example.com with your student ID number and details of your request. For PAYG summaries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a scholarship holder, you may be eligible for additional allowances to support your research program. These include:
- relocation allowances if you need to move from within Australia to Sydney for your UTS research degree
- conference attendance allowances (Vice Chancellor’s Conference Fund)
- thesis completion funding (Thesis Completion Equity Grant)
- reimbursement of thesis editing costs.
To check your eligibility for these allowances, please review your scholarship Conditions of Award (CoA).
Relocation allowances are available for expenses incurred from within Australia to Sydney. You will need to apply within six months of your scholarship start date.
Reimbursement allowances are available for thesis editing and proofreading costs (unless stipulated otherwise in your CoA). You will need to apply within 12 months of your thesis submission date and attach an original tax invoice to your application form.
RTP Fees Offset scholarships and skills development funding
The Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scholarship is funded by the Australian Government. If your offer letter states that you have been awarded an RTP Fees Offset scholarship, you will receive the funding in the form of a fee waiver for the maximum period of time allowed for you to complete your research program, rather than as a lump sum in your bank account. For details of the RTP, please visit the Department of Education and Training.
All graduate research students receive skills development funding from UTS – you may have seen this listed on your offer letter as an ‘additional contribution’ valued at $5,000-$10,000 per annum. This funding takes the form of skills development workshops, student orientations and events, and competitive student grants such as the Vice Chancellor's Conference Fund (VCCF) and Thesis Completion Equity Grant (TCEG). You will not receive this funding in cash.