The Griffith University Refugee Scholarship is for commencing students who have experienced financial hardship, and/or educational disadvantage that has impacted their ability to achieve their full potential.
The scholarship has a maximum value of $20,000, paid in installments of $2,500 for a maximum of eight payments.
2022 offer round - Apply by 4 pm Monday 13 December 2021.
Can I apply?
To be eligible you must:
- be a Humanitarian Visa Holder
- be commencing University for the first time in an undergraduate degree, this includes school leavers and non-school leavers
- demonstrate financial disadvantage by either being in receipt of a means-tested Commonwealth income support payment or a comprehensive assessment by the University
- not have previously commenced or completed the requirements for an Australian Bachelor award unless such award is a pre-requisite to their undergraduate program of enrolment and there is no alternate pathway into that program. In exceptional circumstances, with the approval of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) consideration may be given to students who have already completed a degree which is not a pre-requisite to their current program;
- applicants in receipt of one of the following scholarships are ineligible for the Griffith University Refugee Scholarship - Centrelink Start-Up Scholarship or Relocation Grant.
What do I include in my application?
To be considered for this scholarship you must complete the following sections within the application:
- Tertiary Education History
- Secondary Education History
- Income and Expenditure
The assessment is made on the basis of an assessment in accordance with the following five categories:
- Financial Hardship
- Home Environment and Responsibilities
- English Language Difficulty
- Personal Illness and Disability
- Educational Disruption
The scholarship has a maximum value of $20,000, paid in instalments of $2,500 for a maximum of eight payments.
Payments are made within six weeks after the census date subject to maintaining ongoing eligibility requirements.
(For a 240 credit point Bachelor degree, this would be a maximum of 6 payments.)
The following conditions apply:
- To receive and retain the Griffith University Refugee Scholarship benefit, the scholarship recipient must normally be enrolled as a full-time student for the trimester to which the benefit applies.
- In exceptional circumstances, with the approval of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education), a scholarship benefit may be provided to a part-time student. The University takes account of factors such as membership of equity target groups, requirement to undertake employment to maintain financial solvency, the impact of disability and/or significant carer responsibilities in determining whether scholarship benefits will be maintained for part-time study.
- Scholarship recipients who are studying part-time and are on approved scholarship benefits due to exceptional circumstances shall undertake a minimum of 20 credit points per trimester. The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) may approve variations.
- To retain a Griffith University Refugee Scholarship, the recipient must remain in good academic standing. A student excluded from study under any University policy loses their scholarship.
- A Griffith University Refugee Scholarship recipient must continue to meet the requirements of the scholarship each year and remain on a Humanitarian visa.
- The maximum duration of a Griffith University Refugee Scholarship is eight payments.
- Where the duration of the Griffith University Refugee Scholarship benefit has not exceeded the maximum period, the scholarship’s recipient may use the balance of the scholarship for a Bachelor Honours Degree program.
- A Griffith University Refugee Scholarship recipient may take leave of absence in accordance with University Policy. Scholarship benefits are suspended for the period of leave of absence should not exceed 12 months.
- A Griffith University Refugee Scholarship recipient who is not enrolled and is not on an approved leave of absence loses their scholarship.
- A Griffith University Refugee Scholarship recipient may change their degree program.
The above conditions are verified each trimester at census date. If a scholarship recipient fails to successfully meet these conditions, scholarship payments may be withheld, or the scholarship may be terminated.
Applications, including referee reports and any supporting documentation, must be completed and submitted by the closing date.
Offers are made via email.
Applicants may be shortlisted and be required to provide additional information.
Griffith University reserves the right to withdraw an advertised scholarship at any time.