The fees for Higher Degrees by Research vary based on your program of study and whether you are a domestic or international student.

We have several options to assist you in meeting some, or all, of the cost of your study.

Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship Policy

The Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship Policy outlines the requirements of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) stipend and fee offset scholarships at Victoria University (VU) funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government Research Training Program (RTP).

Find out more about the RTP Scholarships Procedure.

Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset

If you are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen you may be eligible for a Research Training Program (RTP) fee offset place where your tuition costs are funded by the Commonwealth.

This scheme is available for students accepted into the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Masters by Research and Professional Doctorates, and may be available to students in Year 1 of the PhD (Integrated).

A separate application is not required for the RTP fee offset. Your eligibility is assessed as part of your course application.

Read more about the RTP on the Department of Education website.

Getting HELP with your fees

Eligible students enrolled in a full-fee paying place may be able to get help paying their fees through the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), administered by the Government.

FEE-HELP is a loan scheme to help eligible full-fee paying students pay for all or part of their tuition. It cannot be used for additional study costs such as accommodation or text books. The total amount of FEE‑HELP a person can use is known as the ‘FEE‑HELP limit’.

This scheme is available for students in Year 1 of the PhD (Integrated) and any other graduate research student not covered by the RTP.

Read more about FEE-HELP and how to apply on the Study Assist website.

How much you can borrow

Eligible students can borrow up to the FEE HELP limit to pay their tuition fees. For 2018, the FEE HELP limit is $102,392 for most students.

Please note, this is a lifetime limit and is not reset or ‘topped up’ by any repayments that you make. The FEE HELP limit is the total amount available to eligible students under both the FEE HELP and VET Student Loan schemes. Any amount you borrow under either FEE HELP or VET Student Loan will reduce your FEE HELP balance until you have reached the FEE HELP limit.


Victoria University offers a generous range of scholarships for students undertaking a graduate research degree.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit with preference given to students undertaking research projects in one of our areas of research strength.

Scholarship programs are also available through many external agencies operating within Australia and internationally. We welcome applications from scholarship recipients through these programs.

Further assistance & advice

For more information about your funding options please email