Griffith University's Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship scheme is one of Australia's most comprehensive, generous and flexible scholarship programs for academic excellence. Griffith is offering the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship to outstanding students commencing an undergraduate degree in trimester 2 2021.

If you're a high achiever, Griffith wants to reward and acknowledge your efforts with the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship.

Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship- Maximum value of $24,000

Apply by 4 pm Friday 2 July 2021.

Can I apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen or Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holder; or
  • an Australian Permanent Resident, New Zealand Citizen or International student who is completing or has completed Years 11 and 12 in Australia.
  • have NOT undertaken/commenced any tertiary study (Bachelor award) with the exception of those undertaken as part of Year 11-12 studies (eg. Enhanced Studies Program); and
  • Have applied to commence Griffith University in trimester 2 2021 and have not previously commenced any University study.
  • Meet the eligibility criteria for degree program and receive and accept an admission offer
  • achieve a result that places you in the range of the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 95.50 or above or International Baccalaureate (IB) of 37 or above (note: bonus ranks do not apply)
  • current year 12 school leavers: You will also be required to upload your OP/ATAR/IB results

What do I include in my application?

To be considered for this scholarship you must complete the following sections within the application

Study details

  • Secondary Education History- OP score (or IB/ATAR equivalent)


  • Leadership and Community- Engagement and assessment of leadership achievements and/or community service are based on information contained in the application and evidentiary documentation, such as: leadership qualities, civic responsibility and social awareness.
  • Referee details- (optional) - completed by the School Principal or nominee; and by a Community Organisation. Referee reports may be used to differentiate between candidates of similar academic qualities, leadership and community engagement


Personal statements

  • Career goals and aims- Personal qualities and motivation towards university study, career aspirations and likelihood of success in university study.
  • Community involvement

You must upload the following in the supporting documentation section.(Please use only the following formats: PDF, Word, jpeg or Excel. We can only guarantee these formats will be accepted)

  • upload your OP/ATAR/IB results.

Start your application


Maximum value is up to $24,000, paid in instalments.  Instalments of $3,000 are payable for each full time enrolled trimester up to maximum value of the scholarship or minimum duration of the program, whichever is the lesser.

For a 240 credit point degree this would be up to a maximum of 6 instalments.

Payments are made within six weeks after the Census Date subject to maintaining ongoing eligibility requirements.

International and New Zealand students will not receive a cash benefit.  An equivalent sum will be credited to their student fees.

Honours College

Sir Samuel Griffith scholarship recipients will be considered for membership to the Griffith Honours College. Designed for high-achieving students, the Honours College will provide enriching experiences exclusive to the College where students will develop skills in high demand by employers, such as leadership, teamwork, communication, community engagement, intellectual curiosity, and the development of research and work skills.

If you are a non-school leaver or international student who did not complete Year 11 and 12 in Australia and therefore do not meet the criteria for the Deans' Sir Samuel Griffith and Sir Samuel Griffith scholarships, you may still be eligible to apply for membership of the Griffith Honours College.

For further information, please contact Griffith Honours College.

The following conditions apply:

  • recipient must accept their admission offer from Griffith University and accept the scholarship by the date indicated on the offer, or the scholarship offer will be withdrawn and directed to another applicant.
  • recipient must remain enrolled as a full-time student in the trimester to which the benefit applies at Griffith University in an undergraduate degree
  • recipient must maintain a GPA 5.5 or above
  • recipient must continue to meet the eligibility requirements
  • approval to suspend a Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship is granted for a maximum period of one year, scholarship benefits are suspended for the period of leave of absence.
  • recipients who undertake a component of their studies while on overseas exchange studies, or with another university through an approved cross-institutional arrangement, are not precluded from accessing the scholarship if this study counts towards the requirements of the program in which the recipient is enrolled.

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.

Full-time study requirements

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 considers exceptional circumstances such as disability or serious medical condition, significant carer responsibilities and the unique circumstances of Indigenous Australian students in determining inability to study full-time.

Applications, including supporting documentation and referee reports, must be completed and submitted by the closing date.

  • Offers will be made to your nominated email.
  • The number of scholarships available in each category will be determined each year by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).
  • The award of a Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship does not guarantee a place at Griffith University. Scholarship recipients will compete for a place through the usual QTAC offer round process and QTAC/UAC will make offers to academically qualified and eligible students on behalf of the University.
  • Griffith University reserves the right not to offer all the scholarships available and to set a maximum limit on scholarships available for any one program or in any one academic group.
  • Griffith University will aim to award scholarships to students across a broad range of high schools and study programs.
  • The University will make its own judgement about what constitutes the most meritorious applications