The Widening Participation Scholarships are for students who have experienced financial hardship, and/or education disadvantage that has impacted on their ability to achieve their full potential.

Apply by: 12pm Friday 29 January 2021

Can I apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holder or New Zealand Citizen
  • be a domestic undergraduate student (this includes school leavers and non-school leavers, commencing and continuing students)
  • 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 completed the requirements for an Australian Bachelor award unless such an award is a pre-requisite to their undergraduate program of enrolment and there is no alternate pathway into that program

For detailed eligibility please see the Equity Scholarships.

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 (commencing students)
  • Program (continuing students)

Personal background

  • Income and expenditure
  • Scholarships
  • Circumstances

The assessment is made on the basis of an assessment in accordance with the following five categories:

  1. Financial hardship
  2. Home environment and responsibilities
  3. English language difficulty
  4. Personal illness and disability
  5. Educational disruption

Priority will be given to students who:  

  • are not in receipt of any other scholarship funding
  • either demonstrate the potential for or have the proven ability for successful academic progression.

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  • Widening Participation Accommodation Scholarship, maximum value $4,400, for a maximum of 1 year
  • Widening Participation Education costs scholarship, maximum value $2,200, for a maximum of 1 year

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

Sponsor details

These scholarships are sponsored by the Commonwealth Government.

To remain eligible for the scholarship, you will be required to meet the terms and conditions in the Equity Scholarships Policy

Applications 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.