Scholarship details

Study levels

Undergraduate and Honours

Student type

Current students

Study area



Australian or New Zealand

Application dates

Applications open
7 August 2020
Applications close
4 November 2020

What you'll receive

A scholarship valued in excess of $35,000 for a duration of two years, which includes:

  • HECS-HELP for third and fourth year full-time study of the approved degree to the maximum value of $10,000 per year; in total $20,000
  • educational material support $500 per semester for third and fourth year to the total value of $2,000
  • up to 12 weeks of professionally-recognised, paid work experience with the Department of Defence or Defence Industry
  • airfares to and from work placement
  • accommodation for the duration of the work placement
  • potential employment within the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise workforce
  • the opportunity to start an exciting career in Defence.


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

Please note that QUT Excellence Scholarship recipients are not eligible for this scholarship.

How to apply

Complete the online application form by 11:59pm on Sunday 4 November 2020.

Applications, including your personal motivational statement (no longer than 400 words), will be assessed based on evidence of:

  • communication skills
  • ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • maturity and responsible attitude
  • willingness to develop professionally in the relevant field.

The Department of Defence is looking to increase the proportion of female engineers within the maritime industry. If you are a female student, you're highly encouraged to apply.

Full terms and conditions (PDF file, 230.0 KB)

Questions to consider when writing your application

Below are some questions you may wish to consider in putting together your application for a National Naval Shipbuilding Pipeline Scholarship.

Please do not try to answer all these questions. You may wish to use them as a guide to provide a response of no more than 400 words.

  • What motivated you to apply for the National Naval Shipbuilding Pipeline Scholarship?
  • What would this opportunity mean to you?
  • Discuss your passion for studying in your chosen field, including the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.
  • What are your future plans and career aspirations?
  • Describe your two best academic achievements or learning experiences in your current program.
  • Describe a situation or challenge that you have met and overcome (and what you learned from this situation) which reflects one or more of the following:
    • teamwork
    • professionalism
    • leadership
    • volunteerism
    • imagination
    • innovation.
  • How do you intend to use this scholarship and how will it assist you to achieve academic success?
  • Tell us what you know about Department of Defence and how your interests, studies or goals are of significance to the Department of Defence?
  • Briefly outline your involvement in an extra-curricular activity such as:
    • a university club or committee
    • student leadership
    • volunteering or community involvement
    • sporting team.

What happens next?

We'll then begin shortlisting candidates. Should you be successful, we will contact you to schedule an interview between 3-11 December 2020. The interview will be conducted by a panel comprised of representatives from the Department of Defence, Naval Shipbuilding College and QUT.

You can expect to be notified of the outcome of your application by 14 December 2020. You will be expected to accept the scholarship offer, as well as the terms and conditions, in writing to our engagement team by 23 December 2020.

This scholarship is not administered by QUT and in addition to accepting QUT terms and conditions, you will sign a separate deed with the Naval Shipbuilding College and will be asked to accept the conditions included in the deed.

About the scholarship

Australia is investing $90 billion in constructing some of the most technologically advanced ships and submarines in the world, to ensure the defence of our borders and geopolitical stability of our region. This investment is the most significant one made in our nation’s security and will require a 15,000 strong workforce across many roles.

The technological future of the Australian Naval Shipyards will require skilled systems engineering, program and project managers to support the building of the Navy’s new capability.

The National Naval Shipbuilding Pipeline Scholarship Pilot offers an exciting opportunity to have your University fees paid for years three and four of your Engineering degree and up to 12 weeks of professionally recognised, paid employment in the Department of Defence or Defence Industry, followed by potential employment within the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise workforce.

The opportunity will prepare you for an exciting career in Defence or the Defence Industry that could see you contributing to the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise. You will be accessing experience in both Defence and the Defence Industry to give you the broadest possible skill-based preparation to join the national naval shipbuilding workforce.

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