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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
Danny Clifford Bursaries  

Danny Clifford Bursaries are to provide a “kick start” to students who need a little help getting started on their studies or are currently studying but need some help getting back on track.

Each year, USQ Student Guild will award up to 5 Danny Clifford Bursaries to selected USQ students.

About Danny Clifford

The USQ Student Guild has approved the implementation of the Danny Clifford Bursaries. These bursaries are to recognise Danny’s effort and contribution to the USQ Student Guild community.

Danny joined the Board of USQ Student Guild in 2009 and served as its Chair until he retired in 2015. Danny provided stewardship and maintained a positive, inclusive process to enable the USQ Student Guild to rejuvenate through a period of financial difficulty.


Each bursary will have a maximum value of $1000.

Bursaries can assist with funding for:

  • Setting up a study space (e.g. desk, chair etc.)
  • Books and materials
  • Internet set up and associated equipment
  • Travelling to study on campus or residential schools
  • Family support (e.g. baby sitting, day care etc.)


To be eligible, students must:

  • Commence or continue their USQ studies in Semester 2, 2016
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of one subject in Semester 2, 2016

To be eligible, applicants must also demonstrate:

  • How this bursary would assist you in in your academic and personal life
  • Involvement in community
  • Commitment towards academic achievement
  • Participation in extra-curricular activities

How to apply

Closing Date

Applications must be received by 8:30pm Friday, 12 August 2016.
Bursary winners will be announced on Friday, 26 August 2016.


For more information about the Danny Clifford Bursaries, please contact the USQ Student Guild Advocacy Office.

Phone: 1800 076 301


Positive Lending Solutions Entrepreneur Scholarship

Positive Lending Solutions is an Australian small business specialising in a wide range of financial products including car and personal finance, property loans and financial planning. The team has grown to 45 staff servicing thousands of clients year round.


Positive Lending Solutions will award one (1) $10,000 scholarship for the best submitted entry determined by our judging panel.

In addition to the prize we are keen to support the winner with CEO level advice from Tom Caesar, local media opportunities, career advice and support from our team.


  • Any 2016 University student. Applicable students must be enrolled before the scholarship deadline ends.

  • Eligibility extends to those who are studying full time, part time and off campus.

How to apply

The Pitch - Your Entrepreneurial Business Plan

Create and submit a plan to support your entrepreneurial idea. The key element of your application is the development of a plan to support your idea.

Please go the Positive Lending Solutions Entrepreneur Scholarship website for guidelines on what to include in your business plan, the presentation format and how to submit your application.

Winners will be announced on 15 September 2016.

Rhodes Scholarships The RHODES TRUST offers nine Rhodes Scholarships in Australia each year, one for each state and three for Australia at Large. A Rhodes Scholarship is tenable at the University of Oxford. All fees are paid by the Trust direct to the college. In addition, a Rhodes Scholar receives a personal stipend and assistance with travelling expenses to the U.K.   Scholars are selected on the basis of their exceptional intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service.  QUT administers the Rhodes Scholarships Queensland Applications. Details of an information session that is available via livestream on 27 July, 2016 are on the QUT website. Applications for 2017 will open on 1 July 2016. 01/09/2016
Brosa Online Retailing Scholarship

Brosa is an Australian online furniture retailer. Founded by online retail veterans who have over 15 years of experience selling online, as well as building some of Australia's largest retailers. Brosa is bringing designer furniture direct from the makers to customers.


Brosa will provide $1000AUD towards tuition fees for a student in their chosen field of study within Marketing, Business, Digital Design, Computer Science or any internet business related field.

In addition the winning applicant will have a chance to have an online hangout with Brosa to learn about online companies, startups, entrepreneurship, business and marketing strategies. The winner also has the opportunity to ask any questions that will help their future career path.


The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for the scholarship:
- Student must be studying in the following: Marketing, Business, IT, Computer Science, Digital Design or any internet business related field
- Full-time student and applicant must be able to prove that they are studying at a tertiary institution

How to apply

All applicants should email the following to
- Resume/CV
- Course and tertiary institution name of where applicant studies
- A letter outlining as to why this scholarship can help your career (maximum of 400 words)

Students will be notified in writing on or before 30 November 2016. For further information please email

Digital Marketing Scholarship

Marketing Results was founded in 2003 by Will Swayne, and has since grown into a digital agency with specialist expertise in lead generation for marketers of complex services and major products including financial services, property services, business services, education and training, information products and high-ticket products. (Quoted from the Marketing Results website)




  • You must be between 15 to 24 years of age, and be able to provide proof in the form of appropriate photo identification or birth certificate, at the discretion of Marketing Results.
  • You cannot be a friend or relative of any Marketing Results staff.

How to Enter

Write a 700-800 word essay that responds to the question, "How will the Internet and digital media influence the way we shop in 2025?"

  • Complete the entry form on the website
  • Entries must be received by 5pm on 31st October, 2016   

For further information please go to the website.

2016 Optimising Scholarship for Distance Education

Online education is a wonderful thing, but as much as we love technology, we know that some lessons are best learned face-to-face.

For students living in rural and remote areas, studying a tertiary course off-campus can be a significant burden. Some activities can't be completed remotely, such as exams. Distance is also a barrier to further learning opportunities such as work experience and professional placement programs. This is increasingly important in the Marketing and Communications field, which has a competitive graduate market.

To help fix this imbalance between on-campus and off-campus learning, we have established a scholarship exclusively for students studying online in regional and remote areas. This scholarship is open to students studying a Marketing, Communications or IT-related tertiary course. For the winner, $2,000 will be awarded to cover travel and accommodation to your campus or nearest capital city over the course of one-year.

For details on how to apply, please visit the website.

Larsen Jewellery Design Scholarship Program

Larsen Jewellery recognises the need to support and educate young Australians wishing to begin a career in design or visual arts, or who wish to further their studies in a design or visual arts related course.

What is included?

Larsen Jewellery is offering our second scholarship of $1000, to go towards the University or Tafe tuition fees of one individual, for any design or visual arts course based in Australia.

Who is eligible?

The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for the scholarship:

  • Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents
  • Applicant must display an interest and passion for design or visual arts

For details on how to apply, visit the website.

The Aspiration Initiative - Indigenous Scholarships

Welcome to The Aspiration Initiative - Indigenous Scholarships website. This is where you'll find information about undergraduate scholarships available in Australia, designed for Indigenous students.

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The Roberta Sykes Harvard Club Scholarship (Indigenous Postgraduate Students)

The Harvard Club of Australia Group is the organisation for Harvard alumni. Formed in 1961, the club’s aim is to promote fellowship amongst alumni and to assist Australians wishing to study at Harvard. For more information on the club and its programs, please visit
The Roberta Sykes Harvard Club Scholarship provides funding to Indigenous postgraduate students who wish to undertake study at Harvard University.

The value of the scholarship is up to $60,000 per annum to be paid over the course of the Scholar’s study. The Scholarship covers university and college fees, travel costs and living expenses. Only one Scholarship will be available at any point in time. Consequently, each Scholarship will be offered in the year following the expiry of the previous recipient’s tenure.

For more information on how to apply please visit the Roberta Sykes Harvard Club Scholarship website.

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Australian Government Department of Human Services Relocation Scholarship

The Relocation Scholarship is an annual payment to help certain students in higher education who are required to live away from their family home while studying.


You may be eligible for this payment if you are:

  • studying full time in an approved scholarship course, and 
  • receiving at least $1 of Youth Allowance (student) basic benefit or $1 of ABSTUDY Living Allowance in the fortnight in which the scholarship is payable, and
  • a dependent person who has to live away from home to study or
  • meet specific scholarship independence criteria, and
  • starting full time study within 35 days of qualifying for the scholarship, or
  • undertaking full time study for at least 35 days after qualifying for the scholarship

For more information please go to Relocation Scholarship, contact Centrelink by phone on 13 24 90 or visit the Centrelink website.

No closing date

Australian Government Department of Human Services Student Start-up Loan (replaces Student Start-Up Scholarship)

From 1 January 2016, the Student Start-up Loan will replace the Student Start-up Scholarship for new recipients of Youth Allowance as a student, Austudy and ABSTUDY Living Allowance who are in higher education.

You will continue to receive the Student Start-up Scholarship if you received it or a Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship before 1 January 2016 and have not had a break in payment. You may continue to be paid until you come off your student payment.

If you are in this group, you cannot receive a Student Start-up Loan as well as your scholarship.

For more information please go to the Student Start-up Scholarship or the Student Start-up Loan, or contact Centrelink by phone on 13 24 90 or visit the Centrelink website.
No closing date
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia Award Scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships are long term development awards administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

They aim to contribute to the long term development needs of Australia's partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements.

They provide opportunities for people from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

The study and research opportunities provided by Australia Awards Scholarships develop skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to the development outcomes of their own country.

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.

Various closing dates
Australian Rotary Health Scholarships  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 scholarships, research and activities.
Various closing dates
Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarship

The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship funding through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholarships. The scholarship funds graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years.

Rotary Foundation Global Grants can be used to fund scholarships with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus:  Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, and Economic and community development.

Interested applicants can contact their local Rotary clubs  via the  Rotary Club Locator to inquire on how to be sponsored for the grant.Global grant scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year but applications should be submitted at least three months before the scholar’s intended departure date to allow adequate time for Foundation review and processing. **Each Rotary Club/District might have its own specific timeline. It is important to visit the official website for details on how to apply for the scholarship.


The minimum budget for a global grant scholarship is $30,000 which can fund the following: Passport/visa, Inoculations, Travel expenses (as specified in the grant terms and conditions), School supplies, Tuition, Room and board,  Household supplies, Language training courses (but not if university admission is contingent on improvement of language skills).   Most personal and miscellaneous expenses are not covered by the scholarship funding.

Please go to the official website for more information.

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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
Defence University Sponsorships

The Defence University Sponsorship is the perfect way to make university life more manageable and provides you with the opportunity to make a difference with your degree. The sponsorship is available to undergraduate or graduate students studying an accredited degree at any recognised university in Australia and provides the following benefits: 

  • a salary while studying
  • HELP and student fees paid
  • 18% superannuation contribution
  • a textbook allowance
  • subsidised accommodation
  • free health care (medical and dental)
  • a rewarding career as an officer in the Navy, Army or Air Force.

    While you're at university, you will enjoy a lifestyle similar to any other student. There are no significant military commitments during the university year, so you can focus on your studies and enjoy your free time like any other university student.

    For more information please go to the website.

    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. Check website
    SERC (Space Environment Research Centre)

    The Space Environment Research Centre (SERC) has a range of scholarship opportunities for exceptional undergraduate (4th year), Postgraduate (HDR) and Masters students to work within a global centre of excellence in collaboration with leading universities, international companies and space agencies.

    SERC accepts applications all year round and strongly encourages students to obtain an APA, URS or other primary scholarship, however this is not essential. SERC top-up scholarships cannot generally be held simultaneously with other top-up scholarships.

    The SERC Scholarship selection panel will be meeting in late November 2015 and again in late January 2016 to select the upcoming scholarship awardees. Start preparing your application now to be in the mix for semester one, 2016.


    Four one-year undergraduate scholarships to the value of $5,000 each (full time) to high-achieving students nearing the completion of their undergraduate degree;

  • 24 postgraduate HDR supplementary (top-up) scholarships to the value of up to $12,000 each per annum, plus up to $3000 for research support, to high calibre students (2016 full time); and
  • One full HDR scholarship to the value of $30,000 per annum (full time) to an exceptional student in space research and related fields from participating countries, currently Australia, Japan and the USA.
  • For further information on the broad range of study fields and the selection criteria please go to the website.

    Once on the SERC website click on the Scholarships tab at the top of the page for 'How to Apply' and 'Applications'

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