Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (Academic)

The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship program is QUT's premier offering for students with outstanding academic achievement.

Available for

You have to be applying for a QUT course to apply for this scholarship.

Student type:
  • Future international undergraduate school leaver students
  • Future domestic undergraduate school leaver students
  • Academic performance
Study type:
  • Undergraduate
Scholarship type:
  • Merit
  • Business
  • Creative Industries
  • Education
  • Health
  • Law
  • Science and Engineering

Application dates

Open date: 1 August 2017

Closing date: 17 November 2017

Eligibility details

You must:

  • be graduating Year 12 in 2017 or have graduated Year 12 in 2016
  • have an OP 1 or 2 (or equivalent) excluding bonus OPs/ranks
  • be starting university for the first time in 2018

You must also be one of:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen
  • a permanent resident
  • the holder of a permanent humanitarian visa
  • an international student who has completed high school in Australia or an Australian curriculum overseas.

Other Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

What you receive

You'll receive one of:

  • 80 scholarships worth $30,000 each. The scholarship will be paid as a stipend of $3,750 after the HECS-HELP census date of each semester for the standard duration of your course, for up to four years ($7,500 per year).
  • 10 scholarships worth $10,000 each. The scholarship will be paid as a study stipend of $2,500 after the HECS-HELP census date of each semester for the first four semesters of your course.

Other benefits may include:

  • an accelerated program of study
  • early access to research opportunities
  • membership of the QUT College of Excellence
  • the opportunity to represent QUT through the Student Ambassador Program
  • access to QUT's Leadership, Development and Innovation Program.

Successful applicants from our Science and Engineering Faculty who achieve an average grade point average (GPA) of 6 or above in their first semester will be invited to apply for a place in the Dean's Scholars Program from Semester 2, 2018.

How to apply

Complete the online application. You can save your application and come back to it later.

If you have any questions, contact our Scholarships Coordinator.

What happens next

We'll make first-round offers for scholarships from 21 December 2017 to applicants who have placed QUT as their first course preference. Not all first-round offers are accepted, for a variety of reasons. So if you don't receive an offer in the first round, you may still be eligible for an offer in the second round.

We'll make second-round offers in the week commencing 2 January 2018. If a third round of offers is required, this will take place the week starting 8 January 2018.

We'll finalise all scholars by 5 February 2018. The University Scholarships Coordinator will contact you if you're successful.

If you're awarded a scholarship, you'll be invited to attend the Vice-Chancellor's Scholars Retreat in mid-February 2018.

If you aren't successful in your application, there is no appeals process.

Only students who are successful in being offered a scholarship are notified.


To keep your scholarship, you must:

  • remain enrolled full-time
  • maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 5.00 or higher in each semester.

You can:

  • take a leave of absence for up to 12 months (in accordance with our student rules), but only after you have completed one full-time semester of study. You won't receive scholarship payments during this time.

You can't:

  • defer your scholarship offer. If you defer your course, you can reapply for the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship the following year, provided that you haven't undertaken university study in the meantime
  • hold any other scholarship, except an Equity Scholarship. If you have any questions about holding other scholarships, contact our Scholarships Coordinator.

Full terms and conditions for the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (Academic) (PDF file, 359.27 KB)


The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship is our premier offering for high achievers. We award over 130 scholarships annually, worth $3 million.

In addition to the financial support, the program helps you to make the most of your QUT experience through extra development opportunities, which build your leadership skills and professional networks.


Scholarships Coordinator

  • Postal address:
    QUT Scholarships Coordinator
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001

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