Corporate Partners in Excellence (CPIE) Scholarship - commencing students

Future student scholarship
Get a flying start to your career with networking, internship and business experience opportunities with the Corporate Partners in Excellence (CPIE) Scholarship.

Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area


Eligibility criteria

Academic performance


Australian or New Zealand

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a scholarship valued at $36,000 paid in semester instalments over three years, to spend on HECS-HELP, university fees, textbooks and living expenses
  • two 15-week internships with one or more of our corporate partners.

Instalments of $6,000 per semester are paid after HECS-HELP Census date upon satisfaction of contract conditions.

Other benefits may include:

  • automatic membership of the QUT College of Excellence
  • automatic invitation to the College of Excellence start-of-year camp
  • priority access to QUT Business School’s Business Advantage Program
  • the opportunity to represent QUT Business School in international case competitions
  • the opportunity to represent QUT through the Student Ambassador Program.


You must:

  • be graduating Year 12 in 2019, or have graduated Year 12 in 2018 at an Australian secondary school
  • be enrolling in university for the first time in 2020 (excluding START QUT and similar programs)
  • have achieved an unadjusted OP 1-5 (or equivalent unadjusted ATAR)
  • be prepared to accept a QTAC offer for a full-time place in the Bachelor of Business (BS05) in the event of a scholarship offer. This program is not aligned with other business degrees
  • not defer your QTAC offer.

You must also:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen
  • be a permanent resident or hold a permanent humanitarian visa
  • complete and lodge the scholarship application by the due date
  • be prepared to complete all four stages of scholarship selection
  • not accept any other QUT academic scholarship.

How to apply

Applications open: 1 August 2019

Application close: 8 November 2019

This is a separate online application form to the one used to apply for a QUT Excellence Scholarship. If you have any questions, contact our Scholarships Coordinator.

Step 1: Apply for your course

The CPIE program aligns with the Bachelor of Business single degree so you'll need to preference this course with QTAC. Double degrees and the Bachelor of Business - International are not eligible.

Lodge your QTAC application and include the QUT Bachelor of Business (BS05) as one of your top 3 preferences.

We encourage you to rank courses on your QTAC application in the order of your preference. However, to receive the scholarship you must accept an offer to study the Bachelor of Business single degree (BS05). If you're offered a scholarship but the Bachelor of Business is not your highest preference, we'll give you the option to reorder your QTAC preferences before the first offer round to make sure that you'll be offered a place in the course.

Step-by-step guide to applying for undergraduate courses

Step 2: Apply for the scholarship

To submit a scholarship application, you need to include:

  • your QTAC ID number
  • copies of your Year 11 (Semester 1 and 2) and Year 12 (Semester 1) results
  • letters of support from two referees (school, work or personal)
  • written responses to four questions, explained in the application form.

Start a new application

Continue a saved application

You can save your application and come back to it later. Complete and submit an application for the scholarship by 11.59pm on the closing date.

We don't accept LATE applications under any circumstances.

What happens next?

When you submit your application you'll receive a confirmation email.

Proposed 2019 application process timeline

A panel of representatives from QUT and the sponsoring organisations will assess your application. We'll pay particular attention to how well you've addressed the selection criteria.

Applicants will be progressed to Stage 2 of the selection process by 5pm Monday 11 November. Check your email address for instructions. You will have 3 days to complete the video assessment before it closes.

We'll contact you if you have been shortlisted. This may take a few weeks. Shortlisted applicants must be available for an interview with the panel. Applicants required for first round interviews will be contacted no later than 26 November, 2019.

Our Scholarships Coordinator will phone you to arrange the interview and confirm the details in writing. First round interviews will take place between 28 November and 6 December 2019. Zoom interviews will be offered for applicants who are interstate or overseas at the time. Please notify the Scholarships Coordinator by email after you have submitted your application, if you will not be in Brisbane during this time.

If second round interviews are required the next highest-ranked applicants in the discipline being recruited, will be contacted by Wednesday 4 December 2019. Interview times will then be negotiated.

We'll make first-round offers for scholarships after the release of OPs from 17 December 2019. We'll let you know by telephone if your application is successful. If it is, we'll send you a letter with confirmation and details about what to do next. Shortlisted applicants who are unsuccessful at interview will be notified by email. Applicants who are not shortlisted or interviewed will not be contacted.

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

International Baccalaureate (IB) students

If you've completed an International Baccalaureate (IB), your application will be included in the selection timeline. We'll provide an amended timeline if it's applicable to your discipline cohort.


To keep your scholarship you must:

  • remain enrolled full time in the BS05 Bachelor of Business Degree at QUT
  • maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 and passes in all units
  • be prepared to overload your study plan to accommodate the internship semesters
  • be willing to undertake two full-time internships with a QUT Business School corporate sponsor in Semester 1 of your second and third years of the degree.

You can’t:

  • defer your scholarship offer or course. You can reapply for the scholarship the following year provided you haven't undertaken university study in the meantime.
  • change degree without forfeiting the scholarship
  • hold any other academic scholarship. Equity Scholarships are allowed.

If you have any questions about holding other scholarships, contact the QUT Business School Scholarships Coordinator.

About the scholarship

The Corporate Partners in Excellence program is a unique industry-linked program for students who aspire to be future business leaders. As part of your three-year degree, you will complete two semesters of internship placements in your chosen discipline with our prestigious corporate partners.

Contact us

QUT Business School Scholarships Coordinator

3138 4632
Int. phone
+61 7 3138 4632
Postal address
Business Scholarships, QUT Business School
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4001


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