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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
2017 Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship

The Scholarship aims to assist academically outstanding but disadvantaged students, from a rural or regional area, who have been offered a full-time place at an Australian university or college for the first time.


Award values remain at the discretion of the special Committee. Award value is $5,000 (per annum) based on previous years.

  • This Scholarship is for students living in rural and regional Australia.
  • Any subject can be studied under this scholarship as long as it is at a degree level in an approved Australian course.
  • You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Only first time university students wishing to study full-time in 2017 can apply.
  • You must demonstrate the disadvantage (economic and/or social) hindering your ability to undertake further study.

The website will contain full information from 1 December 2016.

Queensland Country Women's Association (QCWA)

Darling Downs Division Dance Bursary
The QCWA offers a number of bursaries to assist secondary and tertiary students to continue their studies. 




You must be a public student whose home address is in the area covered by the Darling Downs Division. Applications are invited from public students enrolled as a dance student at tertiary level. Open to students of any gender. 

How to apply

  1. Written proof of achievement
  2. Demonstrate the need for financial support
  3. Three character references
  4. Details of course being undertaken
  5. Short (500 words) resume of applicant's achievements and future aspirations. 

The QWCA reserves the right to limit the period over which a bursary is granted to any one student. 

For applications, please see the QCWA website

 2017 Future Teachers Scholarship Share your vision for the future of teaching for a chance to be awarded $5,000 towards your education or teaching degree. The Future Teachers Scholarship offers passionate student teachers the opportunity to focus on their future and to help with their finances.

There are 8 x $5,000 scholarships to be awarded and 10 x $250 runner up prizes to be won. To be in the running, apply using our easy online application form and tell us what your vision for the future of teaching is.

Applications are now open and close on 23 February 2017 so get working on your entry now.
Cotton Australia Scholarship

Final Year Undergraduate Project Scholarship

Cotton Australia is offering ten $1,500 scholarships to undergraduate students who undertake a final year project in 2017 relating to the cotton industry.

As part of our commitment to the cotton industry, Cotton Australia seeks to ensure that it has access to a well-trained and motivated workforce. It also seeks to support those who both use and value cotton as a product and those who encourage the next generation of consumers and industry participants.

Cotton Australia is proud to support scholarships to students undertaking a final year project relating to the cotton industry.

This scholarship has been enabled by the Cotton Catchments Communities Co-operative Research Centre’s Legacy Fund.

To view the full eligibility criteria and for more information - click here

Your application must be submitted online - click here.

Applications must be received by 5pm, 10 March, 2017.

Sugar Research Institute

The Sugar Research Institute Scholarship (SRIS) is available to current students in their penultimate year studying an engineering (chemical, mechanical, process and electrical), science or technical degree. The SRIS aims to encourage the participation of high calibre students in the Australian sugar processing industry.

SRI is a global leader in science and innovation for sugar milling and refining technology. SRI develops innovative products, technical expertise and commercial research services for raw and refined sugar manufacturers worldwide. In addition to financial and work placement support, the program helps recipients to make the most of their university experience through extra development opportunities by building their leadership skills and professional networks.


Payment of $7,500 + paid work placement + living away from home allowance of $250 per week. Travel and accommodation expenses are not covered.


Available to domestic undergraduate students in their penultimate year of Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Science. Selection is based on demonstrated interest in the sugar processing industry as well as evidence of academic ability.

To retain this award, recipients are required to continue to be enrolled as a full-time student in the eligible course and successfully complete all work placement requirements and submit work placement reports.


Sugar Research Institute will be funding four scholarship recipients in 2017 to be hosted by Australian sugar mills and refineries for three work placements of four weeks each over one and half years (two placements during the crushing season and one placement during maintenance). Note: Travel will be required to Australian sugar mills located in regional/rural areas of Queensland and northern New South Wales.


For more information and application details visit the SRI Scholarship page.

Westside Business Women Inc (WBWI)

Westside Business Women Inc (WBWI) is committed to nurturing academic achievement fostering entrepreneurial skills and each year an WBWI Award is granted to a female wishing to further her tertiary studies.

This award was established in 2013 by WBWI and is maintained through the annual International Women’s Day Breakfast event by the generous contributions of businesses and friends of WBWI.

Value & Duration

The award provides $3,500 as a one-off payment.
The finalist will have access to coaching, entrepreneurial workshops and media visibility.


To be eligible for this award you must:
• be someone who lives, works or studies in the Greater Springfield area;
• be a female who has an interest in business studies;
• be an Australian citizen or have permanent resident status;
• be enrolled in either first or second year of a Bachelor of Business program in 2017;
• have achieved either a GPA of 4 or a high academic achievement at TAFE in business studies or be in Year 12 and predicted by your school to achieve an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank for tertiary entry (the applicant to provide official verification of tertiary ranking to WBWI as soon as practicable);
• be able to demonstrate financial need at the time of application; and
• have significant leadership, sporting, and community service achievements.

Submitting Your Application

Please prepare your application in a Microsoft Word file and include attachments as follows:
• a covering letter outlining the applicant’s reasons for applying for the Award (one page maximum).

Please include your current contact information:           
• a version of your academic transcript;
• a curriculum vitae that includes details of academic achievements, sporting achievements, community service, leadership positions held at school, university, workplace or community;
• an outline of your aspirations and career goals for the future;
• a statement of no more than 200 words indicating how the award would assist in addressing financial hardship; and
• two (2) references from either: lecturer, teacher, community member or employer.

Applications close: 21st March 2017
Note: Late applications cannot be accepted.

For more information click here.  

National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Scholarship

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) scholarship is designed to support women in all fields of construction. 

To be eligible for the scholarship you must:

• Be female
• Be enrolled full-time in the second or third year of one of the following USQ undergraduate programs:

  • Bachelor of Construction
  • Bachelor of Construction (Civil/ Management)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Major-Civil,Electrical or Mechanical)
  • Bachelor of Spatial Science (Major Urban & Regional Planning)
  • Bachelor of Engineering Science (Civil Engineering / Infrastructure Management )
  • Bachelor of Spatial Science ( Major Surveying)
  • Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology Major Surveying

• Have a GPA of 5.0 or above (provide evidence)

Selection will be based on:

An 800-1000 word essay on either of the following topics:
• What can employers do to find, hire and promote front line women in construction? And what are the benefits to employers of a more diverse workforce?
• What drives you as a woman to enter an industry such as the one you have chosen and explain why? Describe any challenges you believe you will be/are faced with and how they can be overcome.

A brief explanation of how the NAWIC scholarship will assist you in your plan of study (e.g. assistance with purchasing text books)

Referee report

The scholarship is valued at $2,500 for one year paid in two instalments of $1,250.

NAWIC will provide a year’s free student membership to NAWIC Qld as part of the scholarship prize.

Applications close 5.00pm Friday 24 March 2017.

Applications must be lodged to:
with the subject line: "NAWIC Scholarship 2017 Application – USQ , Applicant’s Name"

For more information click here.

Snooze University Scholarship Program

Snooze proudly supports young students to become tomorrow's leaders and pave the way forward in industry and the community. For many, a higher education can redefine one's future and help in reaching their full potential and seeing themselves and family prosper in a highly dynamic and changing Australian industry.


$1500 one off payment for eligible candidate


  • Aged between 18-25 years of age
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • Be currently enrolled at a tertiary institution in Australia and be enrolled and continue to study during 2017 (both future and continuing students)

Selection Criteria

The successful applicant must demonstrate:

  • Demonstrate academic potential through a minimum ATAR of 70 or equivalent
  • Demonstrate financial or other hardship, based on Opportunity and Equity criteria
  • Demonstrate evidence of community involvement in areas such as leadership or volunteering.

For more information click here.

 goguide® Scholarship

This scholarship is aimed at students who are passionate about making a difference in the online world and looking at how 'digital' can help companies and individuals to achieve more.


$1000 one off payment for successful candidate

The winner will also receive mentorship from goguide® in their desired digital field


  • all applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited Australian Tertiary Education Institution
  • The scholarship is open to undergraduate, masters, doctorate or post-graduate Diploma Students studying Business and Commerce, IT and Engineering, Design, Arts and Communications, Information and Technology, Digital Media e-business related fields.

For more information click here.

UAVAIR Surveying Scholarship

UAVAIR is Australia’s leading unmanned systems training company. We strive to graduate the best RPAS pilots possible. With this philosophy in mind, we invite any Australian student, studying Surveying to apply for a fully funded position in our CERT III Aviation – Remote Pilot (Visual Line of Sight). This qualification will allow you to operate sub 7kg RPAS commercially and provide you with all the skills you need to use this technology in the surveying industry.

With this scholarship worth $3995, you will have an additional skill to combine with your expertise in surveying to take advantage of RPAS in innovative ways.


• Currently enrolled and completing full time study in surveying
• Applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
• Not already hold a UAV Controller’s certificate

Application Process

Applicants will be required to:
◦ Submit their resume including previous study and any relevant experience
◦ Submit a 300 answer to the following question:
“How could current surveying methodology, that aren’t already, be improved using UAVs, and what would be the significant benefits of the adoption of this technology?”

The successful applicant will be chosen based on reality and creativity of answer in combination with an interview.

For more information and to apply visit the UAVAIR Surveying Scholarship webpage.

2017 LawTap Student Scholarship

LawTap is the online booking engine that connects lawyers and clients. LawTap also has a rich tradition in supporting all Australians to better understand the law. We have demonstrated this by funding, Australia's most popular online legal community since 2014, and sponsoring AustLII and various legal aid resources.

The Scholarship
The LawTap Student Scholarship encourages Australian students to combine their passion for the law by considering how technology can be better used to deliver legal services to Australians. The winner of the LawTap Student Scholarship will receive an AUD$2,000 grant toward student tuition, textbooks or other approved education costs.

Scholarship Eligibility
1. be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia;
2. be enroled in an accredited Australian university or tertiary level training institute and studying at any level as at date of your application; and
3. submit your application by 30 June 2017.

Selection Criteria
The successful applicant must demonstrate:
1. strong academic performance in law and/or technology subjects; and
2. commitment to helping the Australian community better understand the law or access legal services using technology.

Application and Selection Process
To apply for the 2017 LawTap Student Scholarship, please email with:
1. your Curriculum Vitae (CV);
2. proof of enrolment at an accredited Australian university or tertiary level training institute; and
3. a letter (750 words or less) or video presentation (5 minutes or less) that clearly sets out your achievement of the Selection Criteria.

Winner announced: 5 July 2017

Bayside Psychotherapy scholarship - annual clinical experience learning program

Bayside Psychotherapyhas been approached by a number of students requesting placement opportunities and the chance to work directly with patients. Our high standards of patient care, and desire to support the development of student health practitioners has prompted the creation of a mini scholarship.

This includes a $500 contribution towards a student’s education, plus up to a half-day mentorship and experience in the operation, management and provision of services in a clinical environment (with no client contact owing to confidentiality) $500 value*.

This scholarship would suit students who aim to operate their own clinic in the future.


1. You must be currently enrolled in an approved University or TAFE institution situated in Australia.
2. Please send in a current CV that includes your full name, email address and phone number. We also require a confirmation of enrolment letter from your university or TAFE institution.
3. Any work experience obtained previously in the health sector.
4. You need to include in your application a summary of why you have embarked on a career in the healthy industry, and why you might like to work in or operate a private practice. Also include particulars of what you would like to learn from this opportunity and how you will share this information with other students and colleagues.
5. This scholarship is a learning opportunity especially suited to students of psychology, counselling and social work. However we will also consider applications from candidates studying medicine, allied health (physiotherapy, podiatry, speech therapy, occupational therapy), chiropractics and osteopathy.
6. The awarded student consents to having their full name, a recent photo and name of the University they are enrolled in at the time of the award, being published on this page so that people may verify, in subsequent years, the validity of this scholarship.
7. Of course, it will not be possible to show the successful applicant patient records or similar.
8. Applicants known to therapists or owners of Bayside Psychotherapy will not be eligible to apply, for instance patients or anyone with any kind of relationship with us.
9. New applicants only. However if you have applied previously but recently changed courses (not simply changed where you study), for example if you applied during a Bachelor of Health Schience last year and are now doing a Masters of Counselling, you can apply again.

How to apply 

To apply please send your application to before 28th July 2017.
One recipient will be selected per year, notified and published on this page by August 15th 2017.

Congratulations to Jacquiline Rogers, USQ Bachelor Human Services (Counselling) student, for being awarded our 2016 mini scholarship for 2016!

28/07/2017 are passionate about nurses and their careers.

That's why they have decided to launch the scholarship for current nursing students across the country. Through this offering, they hope to inspire the next generation of nurses to explore further study in the healthcare industry. 


$1,000 AUD towards a nurse students HELP debt or tuition fees. 


  • Must be enrolled, or have proof or acceptance, into a diploma, undergraduate or postgraduate degree at any Australian educational institute. 
  • Your response to the following question, 'tell us how you think you can change the world as a nurse?', must not exceed 100 words. 
  • Entries must be received by 01/06/2017 

How to apply 

In 100 words or less, tell us how you think you can change the world as a nurse? 

Applicants should email their response to with the following details:

  • Current education institute and course
  • Full name
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • Email address 

For more information visit the website

Forktip Women's Innovation Scholarship

Forktip supports a number of important causes in the community and we are proud to offer the Forktip Women’s Innovation Scholarship.

The Forktip Women’s Innovation Scholarship is awarded to two female students every year and is offered to different students each year to ensure fairness.

Our scholarship is aimed at providing support for women around the world to further their education and careers. We have always believed education is the way forward to a positive future and creates tomorrow’s innovative thinkers.

Eligibility Criteria

Open to women of any age enrolled part time or full time with at least a credit average GPA or equivalent

Award Amount


Details of the scholarship, submission deadline, criteria and how to apply are on the website.

BabyMonitorLab BabyMonitorLab is a parenting blog, specialising in parenting/baby articles including tips and tricks, informational and review articles.            


The Scholarship

In order to participate in the BabyMonitorLab Scholarship Program, you will have to research and write a piece of content about "The Impact of Technology on our Health".

The content must be between 500 - 1000 words and you can include different ideas such as the Advantages and Disadvantages of Technology in Health or other similar topics. 

The piece of content you write must be creative and unique. Keep in mind that the winning essay will be published on the website, so everyone can read it. 


The person who submits the best essay will be awarded with $500 that he/she can use either in course materials or other resources. 


This scholarship program is only for current students who are in high school, college or university. 

How to apply

First, write a 500- 1000 words long essay on the topic of "The Impact of Technology on our Health"/ 

Include your written essay and all the details below in a word .doc file: 

  • Your details (First name, Last Name, Phone and Address)
  • School/University name
  • Area of study
  • Any school ID or Document (proof that you are a student of the mentioned school) 

After you have done all these steps, email the Word Doc. file as an attachment to with the subject "Scholarships Submission". 

For further information visit the website.

BedsOnline Scholarship

BedsOnline proudly supports young students in reaching their full potential to become tomorrow's leaders and pave the way forward in industry, government and the community. For many, a higher education can redefine the future for their families and their community -  allowing them to apply their personal experience to address the challenges facing Australia.  


$1,500 per year to an eligible candidate.


To qualify for a BedsOnline scholarship you must be:

• Aged between 18-25 years of age
• Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
• Undertaken the Higher School Certificate (HSC)
• Or be enrolled in a Tertiary or TAFE institution.

Selection Criteria

The successful applicant must demonstrate:
• Demonstrate academic potential through a minimum ATAR of 80 or equivalent
• Demonstrate financial or other hardship, based on Opportunity and Equity criteria
• Demonstrate evidence of community involvement in areas such as leadership or volunteering
• School leaver applicants will be considered on the basis of work experience and educational qualifications

Application and Selection Process

Successful applicants will be selected based on their written application, academic potential, their ability to meet the criteria and, where appropriate, performance in an interview before a selection panel.

If you are interested in applying please send an email to with the following information.

- Your Curriculum Vitae
- The name of the University/TAFE institution and degree, diploma or course you're currently enrolled in
- A cover letter explaining why you should receive the scholarship in 500 words or less

Winners will be announced on 30th November 2017 via email.

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