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Batchelor Institute would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sovereign people of the lands on which our campuses are located. As we share our knowledge, teaching and learning and engage in research practices within this Institution and/or conduct business with a variety of external agencies and organisations, we must always pay respect to the sovereign status of our hosts. May their Ancestors always be remembered and honoured, their Elders listened to and respected, all members treated with dignity and fairness — in the present and well into the future.

We also acknowledge and pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever with our hosts, custodianship of country and the binding relationship they have with the land. Batchelor Institute extends this acknowledgment and expression of respect to all sovereign custodians — past, present and emerging. By expressing Acknowledgement of Country we encourage all to extend and practice respect to all First Nations people wherever their lands are located.

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Users of the website should be aware that, in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, seeing images of deceased persons in photographs, film and books or hearing them in recordings may cause sadness or distress and in some cases, offend against strongly held cultural prohibitions.
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Materials included in this website may be subject to access conditions imposed by Indigenous communities and/or depositors. Users are advised that access to some materials may be subject to these terms and conditions which the Institute is required to maintain
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Scholarships and Support

Eligible candidates can access the RTP Fees Offset Scheme and apply for the competitive and merit-based scholarships offered under RTP Stipend Scholarships and the Indigenous Student Success Program.

All enrolled candidates have access to the following resources:

  • a laptop computer with standard OS and software
  • on campus workstation with office facilities such as printer/scanner and stationery
  • software and library privileges equivalent to Institute staff.
RTP Fee Offset Scheme

All Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens commencing a Higher Degree by Research Program (PhD or Master by Research) will have their tuition fees paid by the Australian Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scheme.

The RTP Fees Offset scheme covers program fees for a HDR student up to a maximum period of four years for full-time study for a Doctoral program, and up to a maximum period of two years for full-time study for a Masters by Research program. As part of the enrolment process, students are required to confirm their Australian citizenship or permanent residency status and provide transcripts of all previous academic study. This documentation enables Batchelor Institute to determine eligibility for an RTP Fees Offset place.

If a student’s RTP Fees Offset entitlement expires before completion of the program, the student may be required to pay full tuition fees.

Students eligible for an RTP Fees Offset place are those who:

  • have not used RTP Fees Offset funding in the previous three years; or
  • have already used RTP Fees Offset funding and have successfully completed a HDR program.

The Australian Commonwealth Government’s contribution to program fees must be acknowledged on all published material relating to a research project via a statement identifying the support received through the RTP Fees Offset scheme.

RTP Stipend Scholarship

A Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship is a Commonwealth Research Scholarship. The RTP Stipend Scholarship provides funds to research candidates to assist with their living costs while undertaking a research degree. Batchelor Institute aims to provide RTP Stipend Scholarships, on a competitive basis, to individuals who have received an Offer of Admission into either the PhD or Masters by Research programs.

The following conditions are based on the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research) 2017 and are adapted to comply with Batchelor Institutes RTP Scholarships Policy.

Scholarship Value

$34,192 per annum (2024 rate)

Length of Scholarship

up to 3 years full time (this is regulated by the Australian Government)


  • Applicant must have received an Offer of Admission from Batchelor Institute for the PhD or Master by Research programs at the Institute;
  • Applicant must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen;
  • Applicant must not have previously held a Government-funded postgraduate research scholarship (unless terminated within six months of commencement).
  • Applicant must not be in receipt of an equivalent award, scholarship or salary related to their course of study, eg paid Research Assistant that provides a benefit greater than 75% of their annual RTP stipend rate.

Note that a person cannot be on Abstudy and also receive an RTP scholarship/stipend.

For more information on RTP stipend scholarship rules and conditions see Batchelor Institutes RTP Scholarships Policy.

How to Apply

Complete the scholarship application form and forward to

RTP Six Month Completion Scholarship

This $17,000 scholarship is for candidates who need support during the final 6 months of their degree. Those in receipt of RTP stipend are not eligible for this support.

Destination Australia Scholarships

The Australian Government's Destination Australia (DA) Program supports the growth of tertiary education in regional Australia and supports underrepresented groups to access tertiary education in regional Australia.

Batchelor Institute has 4 DA scholarships for PhD students in 2024:

These scholarships are for four years at $15,000 per annum paid in lump sum payments of $7,500 per semester.


  • Commence a new course of full-time* study with Batchelor Institute in the 2024 academic year. This includes students who have gone to a higher qualification level in 2024, for example from a Masters to PhD.
  • Be undertaking a qualification at PhD level (note that Batchelor also has DA scholarships available for VET students – see Scholarships and Awards for further information).
  • Reside in a regional area at the commencement of and during the study period.
  • To maintain eligibility for this scholarship students must maintain their enrolment, appropriate progress in their studies, and residence in a regional area.
  • Students whose studies equip them to fill a job classified as a priority by the Australian Government's National Skills Priority List.
  • Students from underrepresented groups such as low socio-economic status, those from first in family to tertiary study, those living with a disability and First Nations people.

* Applications for exemption to study part-time due to special circumstances may be considered on a case by case basis, for approval by Department of Education.

Indigenous Student Success Program

The Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) is a Commonwealth Government Program which commenced on 1 January 2017 and provides supplementary funding to universities to help Indigenous students take on the demands of university and succeed. ISSP funding is particularly prioritised towards the support of Indigenous students who are financially disadvantaged and/or from remote and regional areas. Through this program Batchelor Institute also supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander research candidates to attend Master Classes, Research Workshops and/or approved professional development activities.

ISSP scholarships are available to eligible candidates in the form of:

  • Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships (Indigenous CECS) – annual one-off payments of up to $3,000 to assist with education costs such as internet access, textbooks, study equipment, etc. Students must have demonstrated progress to be eligible for this payment.
  • Travel scholarships to attend relevant professional development or other activities related to their field of study.


  • Applicant must have Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage
  • Applicant must be enrolled in a PhD or Master by Research
  • Applicant must be meeting the conditions of their candidature
  • Priority given to the financially disadvantaged and/or from remote and regional areas.

How to Apply

  • Application form for one off assistance will be provided to candidates after commencement of studies and demonstration of progress each year.
  • To access travel support complete the form HDR32-ISSP Application and submit to the Director of the Graduate School.

Beryl Price Scholarships

These scholarships honour the late Beryl Price who was a great advocate of the transformative nature of tertiary education for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women.

Beryl Price Research Training Program (RTP) Top Up Scholarship

The Beryl Price RTP Top-Up Scholarship is intended to attract and support an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander woman into the Batchelor PhD Program by offering a Top-Up scholarship over three years to a full-time female candidate. This scholarship takes into account the financial hardship for many aspiring Indigenous researchers.

Scholarship Value: $10,000 annum (2024 rate)

Length of Scholarship: up to 3 years full time


  • Female
  • First Nations
  • In receipt of an RTP scholarship
  • Undertaking PhD full time
Beryl Price Indigenous Staff Scholarship

The Indigenous Staff Scholarship provides teaching buy-out for a female Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff member of Batchelor Institute who is undertaking either a Masters by Research or PhD on a part time basis. The scholarship enables that staff member to dedicate a percentage of time to achieving a research degree at the Institute. Depending on the award level (Masters or PhD) and the timing of key candidature milestones, this scholarship may be distributed evenly across 3-6 years or timed to support intensive periods of buy out at key stages of the candidature.

This scholarship awards a total value of $45,000, up to 6 years.