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External scholarships

USQ students are often eligible to apply for scholarships offered by other organisations and Australian Government departments. If you have any questions, please contact the organisation offering the scholarship directly.

Organisation  Details Closing Date
Australian Rotary Health

A variety of PhD Research Scholarships are now open for application in the areas of:

  • Bowel cancer
  • Primary Lymphoedema
  • Systemic Cancer Therapy
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa
  • Brain Cancer
  • The Impact of Health Services for Children Living in Rural and Remote Parts of Australia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Effects from War Related Stress

 Please refer to the Australian Rotary Health website for further information.

Odyssey Travel Merit & Equity Scholarship

Applicants are required to submit a means-tested application supported by their academic record and a short statement as to why they should be considered. Payments would be made for the academic year in 2015. The grant is open to students across Australia and New Zealand.

University Grants Proposal
The Odyssey University grant is focused on offering financial assistance for students, not only from lower socio-economic backgrounds, but also those who have proven academic capability and without assistance from ANZCS may be forced to withdraw from the pursuit of their educational objectives. Applicants should have successfully completed their first year of study. The award of grants will be based on academic merit and will be subject to a means test. Eligible applicants will be required to provide evidence of their eligibility for an AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY allowance. Applicants will be required to provide their academic record, a letter of support by an academic acquainted with their work and a short statement (one page) as to why they should be considered for a grant. For more information please email

In 2012, the Odyssey Travel board confirmed its ongoing commitment to provide financial scholarships to tertiary students who are showing academic merit. This is a new philanthropic objective of Odyssey and we are looking forward to reporting back on this next year. Our current goal is to double the number of AUD$10,000 Equity & Merit Scholarships we can offer every year through to 2016 to provide as much assistance as we are able. We are supported through our educational travel programs and your support through those helps Odyssey achieve its goals

SRIS - Sugar Research Institute Scholarship Eligibility details:

You must be:

  • A penultimate year student undertaking an engineering and/or technical degree at an Australian university or tertiary institution
  • Able to undertake three periods of work placement over an 18 month period (12 weeks in total) during semester breaks

You must also be one of:

  • An Australian or New Zealand citizen
  • A permanent resident

What you receive:

  • Total payment of $7,500 (paid in three instalments of $2,500)
  • Paid work placement at industry rates and a living away allowance of $250 per week

For further information and to downland the SRIS brochure and application form, please go to the SRIS - Sugar Research Institute Scholarship webpage.

Bendi Lango initiative

Applications are now open for the 2015 Bendi Lango bursary, established by the Australian Psychological Society to support postgraduate psychology students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

Value of the bursary

Each bursary of financial assistance is valued at $15,000 per annum during the time that the applicant is in full-time study (or $7500 per part-time year), in either an APAC-accredited Masters coursework degree (MPsych) or professional Doctorate (DPsych or PsychD).

In addition, the recipient(s) will receive:

  • Complimentary APS Student membership for the period of the financial assistance provided
  • Complimentary APS membership for the first year post-graduation
  • An invitation to present at the Society’s Annual Conference in the first year post-graduation. If this invitation is accepted, the recipient(s) receives complimentary Conference registration

Please refer to the website for more information.

SavvySME Start-up Marketing Scholarship

About SavvySME

SavvySME was born in the heart of Sydney to help local SMEs. Our vision is to bring the latest digital innovations to local entrepreneurs and business owners so that you can easily establish human connections, collaborate and reach new customers to grow your business into a rewarding venture.

We understand that the backbone of any business is the network of relationships created to help the business thrive, which is why all our efforts is centred around connecting you with the right people to help you and your business. Our goal is to bring you the most reputable suppliers and big brands so that you can easily access and shop for quality products and services at the best prices on advertising and bookkeeping, to online marketing and virtual assistance.

Savvy SME are always on the lookout for bright and ambitious individuals who want to join our team to take on new exciting projects, solve problems and learn something new. If you have the desire to fuel your creative skills and be part of a start up, get in touch!

Scholarship Goal

SavvySME will provide technology support for Marketing Graduates who are interested in start-up marketing at a growing Australian start up based in Chatswood.

Scholarship Eligibility

Applicant must be a full-time student at a college or university. The scholarship is available to students in the Bachelor studies of Marketing, Business or IT.

We will also consider students who are currently undertaking masters or honours studies in the area of Marketing and Technologies.

In order to be eligible, students must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident enrolled as a full time junior or senior in marketing or technology program at the University.

Prize:  1 Mac Book Air 11 inch 128Gb (up to $1,099 in value)

How to Apply  Refer to the SavvySME website.

AW Howard Memorial Trust

The aim of the Trust is to encourage and promote research and investigation in the fields of natural science and social science, including economics which relate to the development, management and use of pastures.

The Trust annually awards the following three grants relating to pasture research:

  • Travel grants are allocated to allow participation in international conferences. Up to $5,000 each may be provided for travel grants to assist scientists to undertake overseas study tours and attend conferences
  • Research fellowships in the form of top-up postgraduate stipends of $10,000 per annum for up to three years
  • Grants-in-aid up to $5,000 to Australian organisations, associations, communities or persons that seek financial aid for projects relating to pasture research.

Two specialist study awards are made biennially or at a frequency determined by the Trust

  • Study awards up to $20,000 for Australian Pastoral Industry Extension Specialists, Consultants and Agribusiness staff.

The Australian Grazing or Rangeland Extension Consultants, Advisers and Agribusiness Specialists Award; and Australian Graziers or Rangeland Pastoralists Award are aimed at study tours either in Australia or overseas to examine successful grazing systems and practices that are perceived to have economic, social and environmental benefits to Australian pastoral industries and rural communities. They are aimed at promoting producer and adviser excellence and leadership. The value of each Award may be up to $20,000.

Please refer to the AW Howard Memorial Trust website for more information.

Applications close 31 March 2015.

Content Marketing Scholarship

About Prosperity Media

Prosperity Media is a well know Australia Content Marketing and Digital Agency. Our head office is in the Sydney and we have numerous staff across Australia. The team has worked with well-known start-ups such as Design Crowd and Ninefold, as well as large ASX listed companies including Macquarie Telecom. As the team is growing at such a fast rate, we are offering a Content Marketing scholarship for a student to work in our Sydney Office or to work remotely. Prosperity Media is the Digital & Content Marketing agency of choice for entrepreneurs, funded start-ups and brands. Scholarship Goal Support students who are interested in working in content marketing, digital media and copy writing at a well-known digital agency.

Scholarship Goal

Support students who are interested in content marketing, digital media and copy writing. If you want a chance to work with a well known digital agency.

Scholarship Eligibility

Scholarship is open to undergraduate or post graduate students who are currently studying in Australia.

Scholarship Application Process

Submit your cover letter, 2 page resume, and an original 400 word article about the digital space to

Interview Process – The executive team at Prosperity Media will review all applications and notify the recipient of their success on 10th April 2015 by telephone.

Offer – The offer will be made to one student on 10th April 2015, offer will be made via telephone.

Please Note - *Scholarship prize is (1x) Mac Book Air 11 inch 128Gb (up to $1,099 in value), with on-going support, training and mentorship from the team at Prosperity Media.

For more information please go to the Prosperity Media webpage.

The ShortCourseFinder Scholarship You know how you’ve always promised yourself you’ll get guitar lessons, or perfect your Spanish? Or how you’ve had that niggling thought for months that if you could just get your Microsoft certification, your career might really take off?

ShortCourseFinder is committed to doing whatever we can to help make your goals a reality.

The ShortCourseFinder Scholarship will award one deserving individual $500 to put towards the cost of learning something new – no matter how big or small!

We’re firm believers that from little things, big things grow, so whether it’s learning how to roll your Rs or discovering a cure for disease: you’ve got to start somewhere.

The ShortCourseFinder Scholarship could be just the start you need!

Read through the information on the ShortCourseFinder website to find out if you’re eligible, and start preparing your application today.

Value: 500AUD

Aqua Vista Glass Physical Education Teaching Scholarships


Each semester we are offering 5 scholarships of $2,000 to students throughout Australia studying an education degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) with a focus on physical education.

The directors of Aqua Vista Glass will assess applications based on a range of factors including each candidate’s:

  • demonstrated interest in teaching physical education;
  • evidence of academic achievement; and
  • planned use of the funds.

Students are only eligible to receive one scholarship. Successful applicants will not be considered for future Aqua Vista Glass scholarships.


To apply for the scholarship, candidates should

  1. be studying an education degree (whether undergraduate or postgraduate), with a desire to enter the teaching profession;
  2. submit an essay of no more than one page (300 words) outlining their interest and background in teaching physical education as well as how they intend to use the scholarship proceeds to advance their goal of teaching physical education; and
  3. submit a formal transcript of their academic results.

A reference from a lecturer or tutor, while not required, will be looked upon favourably.

Apply on line Aqua Vista Glass Physical Education Teaching Scholarships

WebContacts Scholarship

About WebContacts

WebContacts is the leading Australian online mail-order supplier of discounted replacement contact lenses. Since 1984 the company has been dedicated to providing high quality service and to ensuring your expectations on price, quality and choice are surpassed. Through our online division, WebContacts continues to provide this high quality service and the same brand name contact lenses that your eye-care practitioner recommends. We are stockists of all major lens brands including Acuvue, PureVision, Dailies, Air Optix, Total 1, Proclear, Biofinity and Avaira.

Scholarship Value:  WebContacts will provide a $1,200 scholarship for domestic undergraduate/postgraduate students in the field of Health Science.

Scholarship Eligibility:  The applicant must be an Australian citizen and full-time student at a College or University in the field of Health Science. The scholarship is available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. If you're an undergraduate, you must have completed one year of a three or four year degree or two years of a five or six year degree before being eligible for the scholarship.

Scholarship Criteria:  The WebContacts Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, financial need, demonstrated ability and leadership qualities.

Please refer to the WebContacts website for information on how to apply.


Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme: Clinical Placement Scholarships in an Aboriginal Medical Service


The Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme: Continuing Professional Development is funded by Australian Government Department of Health and administered by Australian College of Nursing. The scheme is an Australian Government initiative to support students enrolled in an entry level nursing or midwifery course to undertake a clinical placement in an Aboriginal Medical Service.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing or midwifery students are encouraged to apply.

Application dates


Applications are now open for clinical placements commenced in 2014 that meet the below eligibility criteria and will commence within three months of submitting your application. Applications are open year round; please ensure that you do not apply for placements outside of this timeframe.

Eligibility Criteria

Clinical placement scholarships are available to nursing and midwifery students who meet the following criteria:

  • Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • enrolled in an accredited nursing or midwifery course that results in a recognised entry level nursing or midwifery qualification 
  • wish to participate in a clinical placement at an Aboriginal Medical Service

Successful applicants will be required to have completed cultural competence training before commencing the placement. At some clinical placement locations, cultural competence training may be provided by the AMS

This scholarship can only be awarded once during a student's course of study. Current undergraduate NAHSSS scholarship holders are eligible to apply.

Value of scholarship

The maximum total value of the Scholarship is $11,000.

Payments may be made for:

  • Travel
  • Accommodation and living expenses only if a scholar is required to relocate from home to complete the placement 
  • Supervision payment to the AMS or hosting organisation.
Now open
Relocation Scholarship

The Relocation Scholarship is an annual payment for eligible Austudy, Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY Living Allowance customers who have to live away from the family home to study. You’ll receive this scholarship at the beginning of the academic year to help with the costs of living away from home. If you’re eligible, you’ll receive the full amount of the Relocation Scholarship, even if you’re not on the maximum payment rate from Centrelink.

For more information, contact Centrelink by phone on 13 24 90 or visit the Centrelink website.

No closing date
Student Start-Up Scholarship

If you are a full-time student undertaking an approved scholarship course at a higher education institution and are receiving Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY Living Allowance, you will receive the Student Start-up Scholarship. You’ll receive this scholarship at the beginning of each traditional tertiary semester to help with the up-front costs of studying, such as textbooks and specialised equipment. If you’re eligible you’ll receive the full amount of the Student Start-up Scholarship, even if you’re not on the maximum payment rate from Centrelink.

Proposed Changes - Higher Education Savings Announcement:

In a recent announcement from the Federal Government and Subject to the passage of legislation, from 1 January 2014, new higher education students in receipt of Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY will be ineligible for the Student Start-up Scholarship (SSS).

Instead, these students will be eligible for equivalent Income Contingent Loans, totalling up to $2,050 per year, to help them pay for up-front costs of study. There will be no interest on these loans, however debts will be indexed by changes in the Consumer Price Index.

Where a student has a Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt and takes out an Income Contingent Loan to assist them with the up-front costs of study, repayment will be delayed until after recipients’ HELP debt is completely paid.

Those students who have received a SSS prior to January 2014 will continue to be eligible to receive the SSS while in receipt of student payments. These changes are subject amendments being made to the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and are proposed to take effect from 1 January 2014.

If you are confused about these changes or would like more information, please contact Centrelink. USQ will continue to update this information as changes occur.”

For more information, contact Centrelink by phone on 13 24 90 or visit the Centrelink website.
No closing date
Australia Award Scholarships

Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian Government offering the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development.

Eligibility requirements and application processes vary throughout the Australia Awards programs. Please follow the links on the Australia Award Scholarships website for detailed information about the eligibility criteria and selection process for each program. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria of the specific scholarship to which they are applying, including English language requirements.

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ACS Foundation The ACS Foundation advances the IT and business professions by providing structured work integrated learning and research scholarships. Our practical scholarship opportunities develop student's workplace skills while providing them the platform to meet future employers - a variety of Scholarships are available. various closing dates
Australian Rotary Health Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia.

We also provide funding into a broad range of general health areas, provide scholarships for rural medical and nursing students, as well as Indigenous health students. Australian Rotary Health provides funding into areas of health that do not readily attract funding, and promotes findings to the community.

Australian Rotary Health is supported by a number of Rotary Clubs in Australia. We have a broad vision to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians.

Find out more about our research and activities.
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Australian College of Nursing RCNA administers the nursing component of the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship Support Scheme which provides funding for undergraduate and postgraduate study, professional development and clinical placements. check website
Indigenous Scholarships Welcome to the Indigenous Scholarships website. This is where you'll find information about undergraduate scholarships available in Australia, designed for Indigenous students. check website
Defence University Scholarships For students studying an engineering or health degree No closing date
Clinical Placement Scholarships To support Nursing students enrolled in an undergraduate or entry level Nursing or Midwifery degree to undertake a clinical placement in an Aboriginal Medical Service. No closing date