Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships that are available to students applying for admission to the graduate research program at ANU to fund tuition fee costs and living expenses over the course of the degree.

PhD and MPhil (HDR)

These include government-funded scholarships such as the Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) Stipend Scholarships which are available to domestic (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, New Zealand citizens) and international students enrolled in an accredited Higher Degree Research (HDR) course of study (PhD or MPhil) at the Australian National University. ANU also funds and administers similar research stipend scholarships, including ANU Research Scholarships which are funded by the University, and ANU PhD Scholarships which are funded directly by RSAA.

Domestic students enrolled in an accredited HDR course of study do not have to pay tuition fees. For eligible international students there is the HDR Fee Remission Merit Scholarship which covers the tuition fees for the standard duration of a PhD or MPhil program.

Please refer to the ANU Scholarships page for details about these and other scholarships that are available.

RSAA scholarships

There are also a number of other scholarships that are available to students enrolled at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Most students enrolled in the PhD program, both domestic and international, receive an RSAA HDR Supplementary Scholarship funded by RSAA. PhD students are also eligible for several other scholarships that provide additional benefits:

In addition, all PhD students may apply for the following scholarships to fund research-related travel, including collaborative activities, during their research program:

External scholarship programs

There are also other scholarship programs administered by external organisations that may be of interest to future PhD applicants:

Master of Astronomy & Astrophysics (Advanced)

The RSAA Master of Astronomy & Astrophysics (Advanced) Scholarship may be awarded to suitably qualified students who have applied to the Master of Astronomy & Astrophysics (Advanced) degree at RSAA.

Honours Year

The Bok Honours Year Scholarship in Astrophysics may be awarded each year to an outstanding student intending to study Astrophysics in the Honours program at RSAA.

Students intending to study Astrophysics in the Honours program at RSAA are also eligible to apply for an ANU Honours Scholarship.

Honours students enrolled in the RSAA program may be eligible for support from external organisations. It includes:

Full details of all scholarships for ANU programs (including RSAA-specific scholarships) can be found on the ANU Scholarships page.

NEW: Science PhB students

RSAA offers several ASTRO 3D Science PhB Advanced Studies Course Awards  in the amount of AUD$3,000 each to Science PhB students undertaking an astrophysics research project as part of their Advanced Studies course (SCNC-code). For eligibility criteria, application deadline and process, please see the scholarship website