Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area

Information technology

Eligibility criteria

Struggling financially


Australian or New Zealand

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a scholarship of $5,000 for one year.


You must be one of:

  • an Australian citizen (including dual citizens)
  • a permanent resident of Australia
  • a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • a New Zealand citizen.

You must also be:

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

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 College 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 be enrolled 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

Philanthropist Des Donnachie graduated in 1990 from the Brisbane College of Advanced Education (BCAE), Kedron Park which later became part of QUT. Des has often remarked to QUT staff on his good fortune to have attended BCAE, of his fond memories and how, from then on, there 'was no looking back' in his fortunes.

It is from his memories of his impoverished early life that he made the decision to pass on the fruits of his studies to dedicated students studying information technology at QUT and who, like he was, are experiencing financial difficulties. His hope was to be able to share his good fortune and give future students 'the break' they, like him, need to progress in their chosen career.

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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