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Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (Academic)

Future student scholarship
The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship program is QUT'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
1 August 2018
Applications close
16 November 2018

What you'll receive

You'll receive one of:

  • 90 scholarships worth $30,000 each. The scholarship will be paid as a stipend of $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, 2019.


You must:

  • be graduating Year 12 in 2018 or have graduated Year 12 in 2017
  • have an OP 1 or 2 (or equivalent) excluding OP and selection rank adjustments
  • be starting university for the first time in 2019

You must also be one of:

  • 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 Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

How to apply

Applications open - 1 August 2018

Applications close - 16 November 2018

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What happens next?

We'll make first-round offers for scholarships from 19 December 2018 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 first week of January. If a third round of offers is required, this will take place the second week of January 2019.

We'll finalise all scholars by 11 January 2019. The University Scholarships Coordinator 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 a grade point average (GPA) of 5.00 or higher in each semester.

You can:

  • take a leave of absence for up to 12 months (in accordance with our student rules), but only after you have completed one full-time semester of study. You won't receive scholarship payments during this time.

You can't:

  • defer your scholarship offer. If you defer your course, you can reapply for the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship the following year, provided that you haven't undertaken university study in the meantime
  • hold any other scholarship, except an Equity Scholarship. If you have any questions about holding other scholarships, contact our Scholarships Coordinator.

Terms and conditions for Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (Academic) (PDF file; 380.2 KB)

About the scholarship

The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship is our premier offering for high achievers. We award over 130 scholarships annually, worth $3 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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