JCU Innovator Scholarship Terms and Conditions

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JCU Innovator Scholarship Terms and Conditions

The Innovator Scholarships are for study of new Science and Engineering degrees at James Cook University that have been designed to position graduates for the careers of the future.

This scholarship is subject to the provisions of James Cook University’s Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy.

Nature of the Scholarship

The value of the scholarship will be $5,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The Innovator Scholarships will be open to competition among candidates who:
    1. Are under 25 years of age at 31 December 2017; and
    2. Have achieved a Queensland Overall Positioning (OP) rank of 1-8 or equivalent Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or other qualifications deemed as equivalent; and
    3. Are domestic students, i.e. Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa; and
    4. Have applied, enrolled or intend to enrol for full time study in Semester 1, 2018 in one of the following courses: Bachelor of Advanced Science (BAS) 115510 or Bachelor of Engineering 116209

Selection Criteria

  1. The Selection Criteria are:
    1. OP rank, ATAR rank or equivalent qualification; and
    2. Interview feedback; and
    3. Any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate.

Application Procedures

  1. Applications must be submitted on the official application form no later than 18 December 2017.
  2. The applicant authorises the Selection Committee to make such enquiries as to the applicant’s good character and suitability to receive the scholarship, which includes authorisation for the Selection Committee to examine the applicant’s academic record, and seek opinions from relevant members of the academic staff of this University or any other academic institution.

Selection Process

  1. The awarding of the scholarship will be made at the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise:
    • Professor Marcus Lane, Dean, College of Science and Engineering (Chair), or nominee
    • Professor Jeremy VanDerWal, College of Science and Engineering, or nominee; and
    • Professor Ronald White, College of Science and Engineering
    • Professor John Ginger, College of Science and Engineering
  2. The Selection Committee reserves the right:
    1. Not to award a Scholarship if, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, there is no candidate of sufficient merit to warrant an award;
  3. The Selection Committee will require applicants to undertake an interview as part of their application.
  4. The Selection Committee will determine all matters relating to the selection of the Scholarship awardee.


  1. Monies payable to the recipient of an award will be paid in two instalments. The first instalment prior to commencement of SP1 or within one week of receipt of their signed contract, and the second instalment after Census Date of SP1.

Conditions of the Scholarship

  1. If the recipient defers their study, the recipient will no longer be eligible for the award.
  2. If the holder of an award fails to comply with any of these provisions, the Selection Committee may terminate the award or withhold any further payments.
  3. A student may lodge a request for review of decision in accordance with the provisions of the Student Complaints Policy and Procedures.
  4. The requirements of the Scholarship shall not make the awarding of the Scholarship conditional upon the recipient providing unremunerated services or products to the donor.
  5. In the event that the recipient suspends their study, the scholarship shall be suspended.
  6. The recipient will be required to return all funds if they withdraw from the course prior to Census Date or after Census Date with an approved remission of fees.

Administration of the Scholarship

  1. The scholarship shall be administered by the Scholarships Office and the College administrators, on behalf of the Selection Committee.
  2. The funds of the scholarship shall be held in an account in the name of the University and shall be administered by the fund's Organisational Unit.
  3. Where there is a fund maintaining the award, the annual value of the award shall be approximately equal to the annual income from the fund.
  4. Income from a fund not expended on the award which it maintains, shall be added to and become part of the fund.
  5. Where an award provides some benefit to the recipient from a body external to the University, or an obligation upon a body external to the University, the University, its servants and agents, shall not be liable for that benefit or obligation.


Unless there appears a contrary intention in these rules:

  • “Academic institution” includes University, Technical and Further Education College, private education provider, secondary school and any other institution that undertakes teaching or research;
  • “Academic record” means the official records of the University, or any other academic institution that details the levels of academic achievement attained by the person whose academic record it is;
  • “Award” means the scholarship;
  • “Awardee” means the recipient of a scholarship; and
  • “Candidate” means the person applying for the scholarship

Scholarships for the purpose of these guidelines exclude scholarships for project and stipend support of research higher degree students.