Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

All study areas

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance


Australian or New Zealand and International

What you'll receive

Scholarships available include:

  • scholarships valued at up to $30,000 each for study in any discipline
  • scholarships valued at up to $30,000 each for study in Science and Engineering faculty courses only.

These scholarships will be paid as a stipend of up to $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):

  • scholarships valued at $10,000 each for study in any discipline.

This 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
  • access to QUT's Leadership, Development and Innovation Program.

As part of QUT's commitment to Women in STEM, we will offer at least 50% of QUT Excellence Scholarships in STEM to eligible female applicants.

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 Science and Engineering Dean's Scholars Program from Semester 2, 2021.


You must 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 Asutralian curriculum overseas

You must also be:

  • be graduating Year 12 in 2020 or have graduated Year 12 in 2019
  • have achieved a minimum unadjusted ATAR of 98 or equivalent (OP 1&2 for 2019 graduates)
  • be starting university for the first time in 2021
  • have placed QUT as your first preference on your QTAC application.

Other QUT Excellence Scholarships

The following are some of the scholarships available for eligible school leavers commencing university study for the first time:

QUT Budding Entrepreneur Scholarship

QUT Excellence Scholarship - Creative Industries

QUT Excellence Scholarship - Elite Visual and Performing Arts

QUT Sport Scholarship

QUT Esport Scholarship

QUT STEM Scholars Academic Scholarship

Women in Engineering Scholarship

Business Academic Excellence Scholarship

How to apply

Applications are currently closed. Scholarships for Semester 1, 2022 will open in August 2021.

What happens next?

We'll make first-round offers for scholarships from 23 December 2020 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 second week of January 2021. If a third round of offers is required, this will take place in the third week of January 2021.

We'll finalise all scholars by the end of January 2020, and we will contact you if you're successful.

Only students who are successful in being offered a scholarship are notified during the above stated time frame. Unsuccessful applications will be notified once selections have been finalised.


To keep your scholarship, you must:

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

You can:

  • take a leave of absence for up to two years but only after you have completed one semester of study. You won't receive scholarship payments during this time
  • If you defer your course, you can defer your QUT Excellence Scholarship, provided you haven't undertaken university study in the meantime.

You can't:

  • defer your offer and undertake alternative university studies
  • hold any other scholarship, except an Equity Scholarship. If you have any questions about holding other scholarships, contact our Scholarships Co-ordinator.

Terms and conditions for QUT Excellence Scholarship (Academic) (PDF file; 255.6 KB)

About the scholarship

The QUT Excellence Scholarship is our premier offering for high achievers. We award over 130 scholarships annually, worth over $3.5 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.


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