QUT Excellence Scholarship (Academic)

Future student scholarship
QUT Excellence scholarships are the university's premier offering for students with outstanding academic achievement.

Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

All study areas

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance


Australian or New Zealand and International

Application dates

Applications open
6 August 2020
Applications close
20 November 2020

What you'll receive

You will receive one of:

  • 90 scholarships worth $30,000 each. The scholarship 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).
  • 15 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
  • 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 Science and Engineering Dean's Scholars Program from Semester 2, 2020.


You must:

  • be graduating Year 12 in 2019 or have graduated Year 12 in 2018 from an Australian high school or have undertaken an Australian curriculum overseas
  • have achieved an unadjusted OP 1 or 2 (or equivalent unadjusted ATAR)
  • be starting university for the first time in 2020
  • have placed QUT as your first preference with QTAC.

You must also be:

  • 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 QUT Excellence Scholarships

QUT Excellence Scholarship - Creative Industries

QUT Excellence Scholarship - Elite Visual and Performing Arts

QUT Excellence Scholarship - Elite Athlete

How to apply

Applications open:  1 August 2019

Applications close: 15 November 2019

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What happens next?

We'll make first-round offers for scholarships from 23 December 2019 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 2020. If a third round of offers is required, this will take place in the third week of January 2020.

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

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 an overall grade point average (GPA) of 5.00 or higher each semester.

You can:

  • take a leave of absence for up to 2 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 Coordinator.

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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