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Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships

Future and current student scholarship
In 2017 the Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships Scheme changed due to updates to funding and legislation. Check the eligibility requirements to make sure you can still apply.

Scholarship details

Study levels

Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research

Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area

All study areas

Eligibility criteria

Of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, Struggling financially, From regional or rural or remote areas

Citizenship

Australian or New Zealand

What you'll receive

For Semester 1, 2019, you may receive one or more of:

  • an Indigenous Bursary (IB) of $1,500 for one year only, to assist Indigenous students from low-income backgrounds to undertake study at QUT
  • an Indigenous Relocation Scholarship (IRS) of $5,000 for one year only, to assist Indigenous students who have relocated from a rural or remote area to study at QUT
  • an Indigenous Costs Scholarship (ICS) of $3,500 for one year only, to assist Indigenous students meet the cost of living and studying while at QUT.

These scholarships are subject to federal government funding.

Eligibility

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:

  • of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • from a low-income background
  • experiencing financial hardship
  • enrolled in or applying for an undergraduate, postgraduate coursework or postgraduate research course at QUT.

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

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

If you're financially comfortable, and don't experience financial hardship, you should not apply for these scholarships. Academic results are not taken into consideration for these scholarships, only financial need.

Available scholarships

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be considered for the:

  • Indigenous Bursary (IB)
  • Indigenous Costs Scholarship (ICS).

We also offer the Indigenous Relocation Scholarship (IRS) if you:

  • have relocated to study from a regional or remote area of Australia, and are able to provide evidence of your prior address in order to meet residence relocation requirements
  • are studying the majority of your course as an internal students, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Current scholarship holders

If you've previously received a Commonwealth Scholarship from QUT, and you'll continue to receive it in 2019, you can't reapply for any other Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships. You may be eligible for scholarships through the Equity Scholarships Scheme. Contact the Equity Scholarships team to discuss your options.

If your Commonwealth Scholarship has ended because you've received the maximum amount of payments or you're no longer eligible, we encourage you to apply for other scholarships or bursaries through the Equity Scholarships Scheme.

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

Applications for Semester 1, 2019 are now open.

If you submit your application and all documentation by:

  • 23 November 2018, we’ll let you know whether or not you're successful by late December 2018.
  • 8 February 2019, we’ll let you know whether or not you're successful by early March 2019.

Completing the application form

To apply, complete and submit the Equity Scholarships Scheme 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 will 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. The number of scholarships available will determine the cut-off to receive a scholarship.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

  • If you applied and submitted all the supporting documentation by 23 November 2018, we'll let you know whether or not it's successful by late December 2018.
  • If you applied and submitted all the supporting documentation by 8 February 2019, we'll let you know whether or not it's successful by early March 2019.

These offer dates are subject to federal government funding.

Conditions

You can't concurrently hold a QUT Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship and a scholarship of the same or similar type administered by Centrelink. If you are unsure if this situation applies to you, contact the Equity Scholarships team.

About the scholarship

The Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships are for Indigenous students from low-income backgrounds, and Indigenous students who face significant financial barriers to studying at university.

These scholarships will be available subject to federal government funding.

Contact us

Equity Scholarships Team

Phone
3138 5582
Int. phone
+61 7 3138 5582
Fax
+61 7 3138 5600
Email
equityscholarships@qut.edu.au
Postal address
QUT Equity Scholarships
Victoria Park Rd
Kelvin Grove, Qld 4059

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