This grant is available to assist research candidates with travel costs associated with research-related activities that will enhance their thesis.
Research-related activities may include the following:
Value and duration
HDR candidates are able to receive up to $2000 during their candidature. This funding can be awarded as either:
Eligibility and selection criteria
To be eligible to apply for, and receive, a HDR Travel Grant you must:
You must ensure you have permission from your senior supervisor to undertake research related travel prior to submitting your application. If approved for a research travel grant, your travel must take place after receiving approval.
If applying to present at a conference, evidence of acceptance of your peer-reviewed conference papers, abstracts or posters must be submitted prior to your specified travel date.
Prior to travel dates, you are expected to:
* Please note that review and approval of your milestone presentations can take up to four to six weeks (no special consideration will be available for candidates who have applied for travel grants within the milestone approval process). You are responsible for checking your milestone status in myRMIT and following up with your HDR administrator regarding any milestones that are reflecting as overdue.
Additional requirements (if presenting at a conference):
If applying to conduct research related activities or fieldwork you must provide details of the research activities that will be pursued during this fieldwork. It must be relevant to your research, but does not have to lead directly to a research output such as a publication or conference paper.
You will be considered ineligible for the HDRTG if:
HDR Travel Grant applications are assessed on a monthly basis and close on the last day of each month.
It normally takes 4 weeks from each closing date for applications to be assessed and outcomes to be issued. We recommend that applications be submitted at least three months prior to travel to allow for these assessment timelines.
Terms and conditions
Successful recipients of the HDRTG must travel in accordance with RMIT Travel Policy.
If awarded this grant, you must:
Candidates who make travel plans outside of the terms and conditions cannot seek reimbursement from this travel grant.
Successful candidates will not be paid directly for the HDRTG. The School of Graduate Research will transfer approved funding to your home school, for use against your travel booking.
Submission of an application does not guarantee funding. If money provided by this grant does not cover the full cost of travel, you are encouraged to apply for additional funding support (e.g. enrolling school or conference organisers) where possible.
Travel to countries or regions where a Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) warning displays the following: ‘Reconsider your need to travel’ or ‘Do Not Travel’ will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and all applications that fall into this category will require prior approval from the Dean, School of Graduate Research, regardless of whether the country you are travelling to is your home country.
You should also be aware of any Australian sanctions laws applicable to the country or region you are travelling to. Contravention of sanctions laws carries significant penalties. Please see the DFAT website for further guidance.
The HDR Travel Grant cannot be transferred to another university.