Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Current students

Study area

Creative practice and communication and design

Eligibility criteria

Indigenous Australian, Academic performance and Struggling financially


Australian or New Zealand

Application dates

Applications close
8 March 2021

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • $10,000 over two years, paid as:
    • $5,000 HECS-HELP exemption (across second or third year)
    • $5,000 study or career transition stipend (across third/fourth year or upon graduation).

The funds may be used towards (but are not limited to) the following:

  • prototyping or fabricating your design
  • upgrading your equipment or software
  • renting a space to develop your idea
  • engaging a mentor or doing a short course.


To be eligible for this award you must:

  • have a GPA of 5 or greater
  • be commencing your second year or higher of the Bachelor of Creative Industries
  • have completed 72 credit points of the Bachelor of Creative Industries degree or in Creative Industries units towards a Bachelor of Creative Industries double degree (excluding advance standing)
  • evidence of an existing creative enterprise initiative or new creative concepts that promote innovation in creative industries sector
  • be enrolled full time
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

How to apply

To apply for this scholarship you must submit:

  • a completed application form
  • your curriculum vitae (CV), including (where possible) any support materials which demonstrate achievements and/or evidence of creative enterprise
  • a one page proposal outlining your creative idea or enterprise and how you anticipate that this scholarship will enhance opportunities for you
  • a statement of any equity disadvantage or hardship in further study - QUT Equity Scholarships will be utilised where applicable (not compulsory).

Download an application form (DOCX file, 31.5 KB)

What happens next?

A selection committee will assess each application and email you to let you know the outcome of your application.


To keep this scholarship you must:

  • remain enrolled as a full time student in the Bachelor of Creative Industries or Bachelor of Creative Industries double degree for the duration of the studies; and
  • maintain a course grade point average (GPA) of 5 or greater.

At the end of the year you receive the scholarship, you must provide an overview of the benefit and outcomes you gained from receiving the scholarship.

Full terms and conditions (PDF file, 169.1 KB)

About the scholarship

  • Do you have an innovative idea or a creative enterprise that you would like to test, develop or grow?
  • Do you need support to develop your idea or enterprise in the creative industries?

The John Stainton Scholarship was established in 2018 through generous support from Adjunct Professor John Stainton to provide Bachelor of Creative Industries students the opportunity to kick-start their creative careers.

Adjunct Professor Stainton is an Australian film and television producer and director well known for his work with the late Steve Irwin and The Crocodile Hunter productions.  He is also an entrepreneur, and is one of the founders of the innovative Eat Street Markets at Hamilton.

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