Equity scholarships scheme

More than 3,000 QUT students who experience difficulty with the costs of living and studying currently benefit from these scholarships. All eligible low-income students studying or planning to study at QUT are encouraged to apply.

Available for

Student type:
  • Current domestic students
  • Future domestic students
  • Current international students
  • Future international students
Eligibility:
  • Struggling financially
Study type:
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate coursework
  • Postgraduate research
Faculty/area:
  • Business
  • Creative Industries
  • Education
  • Health
  • Law
  • Science and Engineering

Eligibility details

You must be:

  • from a low-income background
  • experiencing financial hardship.

We also take personal hardship into consideration when assessing applications. This includes:

  • personal medical conditions
  • disabilities
  • dependants with special needs.

There are some guarantees with our Equity scholarship:

  • If you're a commencing Smith Family Learning for Life student, you're guaranteed an Equity Scholarship of $1,750 if you start in Semester 2, or $3,500 if you start in Semester 1. If you start in Semester 1, you're also guaranteed an Equity computer (a reconditioned desktop computer with the capacity to access internet and a USB drive) if you need one.
  • If you're a commencing Q-Step Scheme student, you're guaranteed an Equity Scholarship of $1,750 if you start in Semester 2, or $3,500 if you start in Semester 1.
  • If you're a commencing Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, you're guaranteed the Equity bursary of $1,500. You won't receive this bursary if you successfully apply for one or more Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships.

Who can't apply?

You can't apply if you're a:

  • visiting student - studying an individual unit at QUT, but not enrolled in a QUT course
  • cross-institutional student - enrolled in a course at another university, but studying specific units at QUT and receiving credit towards your course at the other university
  • QUT International College (QUTIC) student - studying one of the pathway programs offered by our international college, including foundation courses, university diplomas and English language courses.

You also can't apply for a scholarship if you received an Equity Scholarship in Semester 1, 2016.

What you receive

You can only receive one of the monetary awards (scholarships and bursaries). If you're eligible for more than one, you'll receive the one with the highest value. If you're eligible for a computer, you may receive that as well as a scholarship or bursary.

Semester 1

Domestic students can receive:

  • an Equity Scholarship of $7,500 per year for up to four years (there are limited scholarships available at this value)
  • an Equity Scholarship of $5,000 for one year (there are limited scholarships available at this value)
  • an Equity Scholarship of $3,500 for one year
  • an Equity Bursary of $1,500 for one year
  • an Equity computer (a reconditioned desktop computer with the capacity to access internet and a USB drive).

International students can receive:

  • an Equity Bursary of up to $1,500 for one year
  • an Equity computer (a reconditioned desktop computer with the capacity to access internet, and a USB drive).

Semester 2

If you received a scholarship or bursary in Semester 1, you can't apply for another scholarship in Semester 2.

Domestic students can receive:

  • an Equity Scholarship of $1,750 for one semester
  • an Equity Bursary of $1,500 for one semester
  • a Faculty Equity Bursary of $1,500 for one semester.

International students can receive:

  • an Equity Bursary of up to $1,500 for one semester
  • a Faculty Equity Bursary of $1,500 for one semester.

How to apply

Applications for Semester 2, 2016 are now closed.

Applications for Semester 1, 2017 will open in mid-September 2016.

Completing the application form

When applications open, you'll only need to submit one application form to be considered for all scholarships under the scheme, including:

You must supply all relevant supporting documents by the closing date for your application to be considered.

What happens next

We will assess your application and score it against criteria, including your:

  • individual financial situation
  • income
  • personal circumstances.

We allocate scholarships based on need. Students with the greatest need will receive the highest value scholarships. The number of scholarships available will determine the cut-off to receive a scholarship.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

If you applied for a Semester 2, 2016 scholarship and submitted all your supporting documents by 22 July 2016, we'll let you know whether your application was successful by early August 2016.

Conditions

You must enrol in the semester you applied for. Before we pay your scholarship, we will check your enrolment status to ensure you are still enrolled and eligible.

Background

Each year QUT's Equity Scholarships Scheme provides about $4 million in scholarships, bursaries and free computers to low-income students - including those not eligible for Commonwealth Scholarships.

Contacts

Equity Scholarships Team

  • Level 3, C Block, Room 301
    Kelvin Grove

  • Monday-Friday
    8.30am-4.30pm
    (Closed public holidays)

  • Postal address:
    QUT Equity Scholarships
    Victoria Park Rd
    Kelvin Grove, Qld 4059

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