Queensland University of Technology Equity Scholarships Scheme
More than 3,000 QUT students who experience difficulty with the costs of living and studying currently benefit from these scholarships. All eligible low-income students studying or planning to study at QUT are encouraged to apply.
- Student type:
- Current domestic students
- Future domestic students
- Current international students
- Future international students
- Struggling financially
You must be:
- from a low-income background
- experiencing financial hardship.
We also take personal hardship into consideration when assessing applications. This includes:
- personal medical conditions
- dependants with special needs.
There are some guarantees with our Equity scholarship:
- If you're a commencing Smith Family Learning for Life student, you're guaranteed an Equity Scholarship of $1,750 if you start in Semester 2, or $3,500 if you start in Semester 1. You're also guaranteed an Equity computer (a reconditioned desktop computer with the capacity to access internet and a USB drive) if you need one.
- If you're a commencing Q-Step Scheme student, you're guaranteed an Equity Scholarship of $1,750 if you start in Semester 2, or $3,500 if you start in Semester 1.
- If you're a commencing Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, you're guaranteed the Equity bursary of $1,500. You won't receive this bursary if you successfully apply for one or more Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships.
How to apply
Applications for Semester 1, 2016 have been extended.
Apply by 26 February 2016 (including submitting all your supporting documents) to be considered for a scholarship.
We won't consider applications received after this date.
Completing the application form
To apply, complete and submit the Equity Scholarships Scheme application form.
You only need to complete one application form to be considered for all scholarships under the scheme, including:
- Actrua Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- Alex Muir Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- BDO Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- CS Energy Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- Donnachie Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- Dr Cherrell Hirst AO Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- Dr Laurie Cowled Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- Dr Peter and Dr June Ho Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- Graham Family Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- Howes Family Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships
- Joy Forrester Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- Kinder Collis Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- Laurie and Gail Smith Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- Polly Chen Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- Pradella Family Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- QUT Human Resources Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- Rebecca Brown Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- Rosemary Vilgan Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- The Schloman Family Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- Tim Fairfax AC Learning Potential Fund Scholarships
- Tim Fairfax AC Regional and Remote Learning Potential Fund Scholarships
- William Alan Moody Learning Potential Fund Science Scholarship.
- Zonta Pine Rivers Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
You must supply all relevant supporting documents by the closing date for your application to be considered.
All applicants must supply:
- individual bank statements for all bank accounts covering the past two months
- proof of income
- proof of the income of parent(s)/caregiver(s) if financially dependent and/or living at home
- proof of partner's income (if partnered)
- Centrelink Income Statement for Youth Allowance, Austudy, ABSTUDY or other pension or benefit if you haven't completed the Centrelink consent form
- Australian Taxation Office Notice of Assessment for the most recent financial year (please provide us with recent payslips covering at least two months if you are unable to provide this document). If you are financially dependent on your family and/or living at home you must also supply family income documentation.
If you're eligible due to personal hardship, you'll need to indicate on the application form how your personal circumstances, either past or present, have had a negative impact on your life and your capacity to give time and attention to your studies.
You should supply documentation to support your eligibility in any relevant categories.
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
- ensure you have provided your Confirmation of Aboriginality to the Oodgeroo Unit at QUT. If you need help with obtaining your Confirmation of Aboriginality from a community organisation, contact the Oodgeroo Unit.
Regional and rural evidence
You must show evidence of your rural/regional circumstances.
If you are a school leaver:
- provide school reports from your rural/regional high school for Years 11 and 12.
If you are not a school leaver:
- provide any official bill, tax return, document or letter from a local official, which shows your previous address in a rural/regional area for three out of four years prior to commencing your studies at QUT.
Australian South Sea Islanders
- include a letter of verification from an Australian South Sea Island community organisation.
The Smith Family - Learning for Life student
- include a letter of verification (on letterhead) from The Smith Family or your Learning for Life worker.
- show evidence of significant expenses (e.g. rent, mortgage, medical expenses, major debts)
- show other evidence of financial hardship (e.g. letter from counsellor, housing assistance, access to welfare assistance other than Centrelink).
Responsibility for others and personal circumstances
You must provide evidence of the following, if relevant:
- Number and ages of dependents (e.g. Pension Concession Card with names listed).
- Caring for others (e.g. doctor's letter or Carer's Benefit Statement).
- Health and/or disability issues for self or others (e.g. doctor's or relevant professional's letter).
- Personal circumstances (e.g. letter of refugee status, guidance counsellor's report, evidence of disrupted schooling or rural/regional isolation, doctor's letter if not provided elsewhere).
What happens next
We will assess your application and score it against criteria, including your:
- individual financial situation
- personal circumstances.
We allocate scholarships based on need. Students with the greatest need will receive the highest value scholarships. The number of scholarships available will determine the cut-off to receive a scholarship.
When will I know the outcome of my application?
If you apply and submit all your supporting documents by 6 November 2015, we'll let you know whether your application was successful by late December 2015.
If you apply and submit all your supporting documents by 5 February 2016, we'll let you know whether your application was successful by early March 2016.
If you apply and submit all your supporting documents by 26 February 2016, we'll let you know whether your application was successful by early March 2016.