In order to dedicate the necessary time and energy to your research degree, it is important you have sufficient finances to cover your study and living costs.
Costs and support differ for domestic and international students. It is important to look carefully at your unique situation and assess the finances you will require to successfully complete your research degree.
From semester 2, 2012 a Student Services and Amenities fee is applicable to all students. This money is used to improve student services offered by the University.
Please note that this fee is not covered by any research degree scholarship. Off-campus, online and distance students are also required to pay a service and amenities fee. Find out more about SSAF.
Under the Research Training Scheme (RTS), the University of Newcastle receives funding from the Australian Government to meet its operational costs for domestic research students.
This support is in the form of an exemption from the contributions normally payable by Australian students under the Higher Education Loan Program.
RTS funding is limited to:
- PhD candidates - four years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
- Research masters candidates - two years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
All students are required to submit their thesis within the RTS entitlement period.
If you are a domestic student and receive a living allowance scholarship funded by the University of Newcastle or the Commonwealth Government, you will receive:
- An annual living allowance base rate of AU$24,653 p.a. (2013 rate). This amount is indexed annually by approximately 2-3%.
If you are an international student and receive a scholarship funded by the University of Newcastle or the Commonwealth Government, you will receive:
- An annual living allowance base rate of AU$24,653 p.a. (2013 rate). This amount is indexed annually.
- A full tuition fee scholarship of matching duration to your living allowance.
In addition, your scholarship is likely to provide a:
- Relocation allowance - AU$1,520
- Establishment allowance - AU$500
- Thesis allowance - AU$500
- Overseas student health cover
As an international student, you may receive a sponsorship from your home government, university or employer.
Sponsorships recipients must compare their funding to the amount of money provided by University of Newcastle research scholarships, as living off less than this base rate is extremely difficult. Check if your sponsorship will cover tuition fees, health cover, allowances and living costs.
Please note that the figures above under 'scholarship funding' would only support a single person and additional money will be required if you intend bringing any family members with you.
Please be aware that the University cannot provide any additional subsistence to research students who choose to come to Newcastle with insufficient funding.
To check current costs and support available for international research students, visit these sites: