Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students and Current students


Australian or New Zealand

What you'll receive

You will receive an Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation Scholarship. The value and number of scholarships will vary annually depending on funding.

These scholarships are subject to annual funding.


You must be:

  • an Australian South Sea Islander who is a direct descendant of the South Sea Islanders who were brought into Queensland between 1863 and 1904 and worked as indentured labourers
  • not have previously completed an undergraduate degree at any university
  • be intending to enrol or are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program (either part time or full time) at QUT

You must also be:

  • from a low-income background
  • experiencing financial hardship
  • enrolled in or applying for an undergraduate course.

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

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

Who can't apply?

You can't apply if you're a:

  • single-unit study 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

How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship, you need to apply through our Equity Scholarships Scheme.

Completing the application form

You only need to submit one application form to be considered for all scholarships under the scheme. Make sure you follow the instructions to supply all relevant supporting documents by the closing date.

Required documents for your application

What happens next?

We'll assess your application and score it against our selection criteria.

We allocate scholarships based on need. Students with the greatest need will receive the highest value scholarships. There are a limited number of scholarships available.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

Round 1

Apply and provide all documentation by 29 November 2021 and if possible, we’ll let you know the outcome by late December 2021.  If we cannot provide you with an outcome at this time, we will provide you with an update on your application.

Round 2

Apply and provide all documentation by 7 February 2022 and we’ll let you know the outcome by the end of week 1 of classes in Semester 1 2022.

Round 3

Apply and provide all documentation by 9:00am 28 February 2022 and we’ll let you know the outcome by the end of week 4 of classes in Semester 1 2022.


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.

About the scholarship

The Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation was established by the Queensland Government in 2001 as a perpetual fund to provide scholarships to Australian South Sea Islander undergraduate students.

Contact us

Equity Scholarships Team

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3138 5582
Int. phone
+61 7 3138 5582
+61 7 3138 5600
Postal address
QUT Equity Scholarships
Victoria Park Rd
Kelvin Grove, Qld 4059

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