Research Higher Degrees Fees and Support

CQUniversity offers a strong sense of research community, as well as generous project funding, training and support, so that you can thrive as a researcher. CQUniversity is committed to supporting you academically throughout your research journey, providing a range of benefits including multiple supervisors, mentorship, access to RHD Academies and more.

Financial Support

The Australian Government, through the Research Training Program, provides funding to universities to assist with meeting the tuition fees for eligible domestic research higher degree candidates, whether you are studying full time or part time, on campus or online. Scholarships are also available to assist with the cost of living and ancillary costs while undertaking a research higher degree. 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.

Tuition-Free and Discounted Study

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)

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.

On top of project and conference funding, international students may also be eligible for the International Student Scholarship and the International Student Scholarship – Regional. New students who will commence their studies at CQUniversity from Term 2, 2020 onwards will be awarded up to the value of 25 per cent off their course tuition fees.

Stipend and Allowance Scholarships

Under the Australian Government's Research Training (RTP) Program, research higher degree candidates in receipt of an RTP Offset Scholarship may also eligible to receive a RTP Stipend Scholarship and RTP Allowance, to assist with the living and ancillary costs of undertaking a research higher degree.

Applications for scholarships are accepted year-round, however applicants must be endorsed by their principal supervisor as a condition of being invited to apply during the admissions process.

How we support you

Research Training

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.

Financial Support

Funding is also provided by CQUniversity to support research higher degree student project costs, to support national and international conference presentations and to enable offshore candidates to travel to Australia as part of their studies.


Project Support: N/A
Conference Support: N/A 
Visitation Fund: N/A

PhD by Portfolio

Project Support: $2000
Conference Support: $2000
Visitation Fund: N/A


Project Support: $4000
Conference Support: $3000 
Visitation Fund: N/A

PhD, Prof Doc, EdDoc

Project Support: $6000
Conference Support: $4500
Visitation Fund: N/A

PhD Offshore

Project Support: $2500
Conference Support: $2000 
Visitation Fund: $6000

Masters Offshore

Project Support: $1500
Conference Support: $1500 
Visitation Fund: $4000

Academic and University Support

  • A RHD Mentor to assist you with your transition into research studies in your first year
  • Five hours free Statistical Support consultation
  • Access to a range of annual events and activities, such as 3MT, VYT, Selfie, Great Debate and more
  • Free access to career training programs, such as PhD2PostDoc (by application)
  • Access to CQUniversity's RHD Academies, offering additional support and opportunities such as training and workshop events, peer-support and collaboration opportunities with experts. We currently have academies in creative arts and clean energy technologies.
  • Free access to "English for Research"coursework unit
  • 10 hours free one-on-one English assistance (by application)
  • And for international candidates, a dedicated Case Management Officer


  • Where available, 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.

Research Higher Degree Fees

PhDs and Masters by Research

Tuition costs for CQUniversity's PhDs and Masters by Research courses can be found on our Fees and Charges page. Eligible Research Higher Degree candidates may be able to study tuition free or at a reduced cost by accessing a scholarship.

Research by Portfolio

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.

Graduate Certificate in Research

The Graduate Certificate in Research is a full fee-paying course. For more information view our tuition fees.

Other Costs

CQUniversity domestic candidates will be charged a Student Services and Amenities Fee levy, which is currently around $150 per half year term. 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.