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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


Australian or New Zealand

What you'll receive

For Semester 1, 2018, 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.


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 2018, 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.

How to apply

Applications for Semester 1, 2018 are now open.

Pending federal government funding, submit your application by:

  • 10 November 2017 to know the outcome by late December 2017
  • 2 February 2018 to know the outcome by early March 2018.

Completing the application form

To be considered for this scholarship, you need to apply through our Equity Scholarships Scheme.

When applications open, you'll 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.

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 apply and submit all your supporting documents by 10 November 2017, we'll let you know whether your application was successful by late December 2017.

If you apply and submit all your supporting documents by 2 February 2018, we'll let you know whether your application was successful by early March 2018.

These offer dates are subject to federal government funding.


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

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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