Fees and Resources

Pursuing your research higher degree at CQUniversity is more affordable thank you think. You can benefit from a range of stipends and scholarships, as well as access to training and other study resources.


The Australian Government provides funding to universities to assist with meeting the tuition fees for eligible research higher degree candidates, whether you are studying full-time or part-time, on-campus or studying by online.

At CQUniversity, if you are an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, or Australian Permanent Resident you may be eligible for allocation of a Research Training Program (RTP) Offset Scholarship. Candidates who are awarded an RTP Offset Scholarship will not be required to pay tuition fees for the standard duration of their course.

  • For doctoral candidates – up to four years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • For masters by research students – up to two years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Students who are not eligible for allocation of an RTP Offset Scholarship, or who have exceeded the standard duration of enrolment, will be liable for tuition fees.

For further information about RTP Scholarships and Allowances at CQUniversity please refer to the Research Training Program and Research Higher Degree Scholarships Policy and Procedure.

For more information on the cost of a research degree without an offset, view our tuition fees.


CQUniversity domestic candidates will be charged a Student Services and Amenities Fee levy, which is currently about $150 per term (two terms per year).

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee charged by universities and other higher education providers to fund and improve services and amenities of a non-academic nature.


The Doctor of Philosophy by Portfolio is a full fee-paying course which will enable candidates to complete a PhD thesis incorporating pre-existing peer-reviewed research outputs.

Candidates will enrol for a minimum of one year to complete this course. Students enrolled in a PhD by Portfolio are not eligible for the award of an RTP Offset Scholarship, and separate course fees apply.

For more information view our tuition fees.


We recognise that a research higher degree is a course to develop your research skills. As a research higher degree candidate, you are eligible to attend a comprehensive calendar of training events staged throughout the year, at either our research-active campuses or by online or video-conference sessions.

This provides an opportunity to hone your skills in statistics, research ethics, oral presentations, thesis writing and many more areas. Attendance at these events is free and travel support may also be available.


All research higher degree candidates are provided with a laptop or desktop computer on commencing their course.

Full-time, on-campus candidates will be provided with access to a dedicated workstation space. Part-time or online candidates are encouraged to make use of research hot desk areas.

The University will provide laboratory space, where appropriate, and will meet the occupational health and safety needs of the approved research project, identified through risk assessment processes (e.g. immunisations, health surveillance, four-wheel drive training).

eResearch Facilities are provided for CQUniversity research higher degree candidates, including access to AARNET Cloudstor, and High Performance Computing access.

Research higher degree candidates are able to access reasonable free access to interlibrary loan and document delivery services through the Researchdoc service.

Funding is also provided by CQUniversity to support research higher degree student project costs, and to support national and international conference presentations. This includes:

For masters by research candidates:

  • up to $4000 in Candidate Support Funds
  • up to $3000 for Candidate Travel Support

For doctoral candidates: 

  • up to $6000 in Candidate Support Funds
  • up to $4500 for Conference Travel Support

CQUniversity, our industry partners and the Australian Government all offer a range of scholarships that you may be eligible for, to assist with living expenses.

To see what scholarships you might be available for, view our research scholarships.