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.

2022 offer round - Apply by 4 pm Monday 13 January 2022

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, paid in 2 instalments.
  • Widening Participation Education Costs scholarship, maximum value $2,200, for a maximum of 1 year, paid in 2 instalments.

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.

The following conditions apply:

  • To receive and retain the Widening Participation 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 Widening Participation Scholarship, the recipient must remain in good academic standing. A student excluded from study under any University policy loses their scholarship.
  • A Widening Participation Scholarship recipient must continue to meet the requirements of the scholarship each year.
  • The maximum duration of a Widening Participation Scholarship is two payments.
  • A Widening Participation Scholarship recipient may not take leave of absence as funding is provided by the Commonwealth Government and cannot be guaranteed or rolled over to the next year.
  • A Widening Participation 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 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.