Frequently Asked Questions about temporary measures for the Research Training Program (RTP) during the coronavirus pandemic

For students

Students need to apply directly to their university.

No, the decision to extend an RTP scholarship is entirely at the discretion of each university.

The period of an RTP scholarship extension is at the discretion of each university, with a maximum period of six months applying

Eligibility for extensions is restricted to students who were enrolled in Research Doctorate or Research Masters course of study on 1 March 2020, and who were materially adversely impacted by coronavirus restrictions.

Yes. The maximum six month extension also applies to part-time students.

For university administrators

Extensions can only be offered to students once the Government has amended the RTP Guidelines. We expect the amended guidelines to be published by the end of July 2020.

Eligibility for extensions is restricted to students who were enrolled in Research Doctorate or Research Masters course of study on 1 March 2020, and who were materially adversely impacted by coronavirus restrictions.

Yes. The maximum six month extension also applies to part-time students.

A university must have clear and transparent procedures for the offering of RTP scholarship extensions specified in its RTP Scholarship Policy, which needs to be publicly available.

HEPs will be required to approve extensions on or before 31 December 2022. However, extensions which are approved on or prior to 31 December 2022 and take effect after 31 December 2022 are allowed.