Commonwealth Scholarships 2018

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Commonwealth Scholarships provide eligible Indigenous higher education students with the general costs of study and support, and for those who have had to move from a regional or remote area in order to study.

Commonwealth scholarships are awarded with the expectation students will achieve academic success and progress in a timely manner to complete their degree.

Available scholarships

Indigenous Education Scholarship

Student type: Undergraduate, honours or post-graduate*
Value: $tba

Indigenous Relocation Scholarship

Student type: Undergraduate, honours or post-graduate*
Value: $tba

Am I eligible?

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you may be eligible.

Indigenous Education Scholarship

  • I am an Australian citizen.
  • I am an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
  • I am in need of financial support.
  • I am not in receipt of a Centrelink Start up Loan.
  • I am or will be enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student in an undergraduate course (including the diploma of higher education), honours or postgraduate course*.
  • I have not already completed a Bachelor degree (unless applying as an honours or post-graduate* and have not previously received a Commonwealth scholarship).
  • I am or will be enrolled full-time.

* For Honours or Postgraduate applications, study must be continuous after completing your Bachelor Course.

Indigenous Relocation Scholarship

  • I am not in receipt of a Centrelink Relocation Scholarship or Residential Costs option through ABSTUDY.
  • If the above list applies and you are also relocating from a regional/remote location to study at Townsville or Cairns campus

If you are unsure please contact either for further assistance.

Application Process

You do not need to apply for these scholarships.

If you meet the eligibility requirements and are studying full time, you will be considered for the Commonwealth Scholarships.

What happens next?

  • Your enrolment is checked to confirm eligibility.
  • You will be sent a Scholarship Offer, which will require you to accept the Conditions and complete your bank details.
  • You will be required to complete and upload a Statuory Declaration (PDF, 18 KB) form to confirm your Aboriginal status.
  • Payment will be made after census date to your nominated Bank Account, providing you enrolled full time.

When are payments made?

If you are successful, payment will be made after Census Date.

Indigenous Education Scholarship

Amount: $tba
Payment date: After Census Date in Study Period 1

Indigenous Relocation Scholarship

Amount: $tba
Payment date: After Census Date in Study Period 1

To receive payment you must meet all the eligibility requirements by Census Date (22 March 2018).

Will my payments continue?

You will be assessed at the end of each semester to determine if you meet the followingEligibility criteria:

  • You are enrolled full time; and
  • You pass all subjects each Semester.

The Selection Committee will determine all matters regarding continuing eligibility of a Commonwealth Scholarship.

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances that have impacted on any of the above criteria you will need to submit a statement explaining your situation to the scholarships office, no later than Census Date of the relevant semester. Please include any supporting documentation that may be relevant.

What are the conditions of the Scholarship?

If I am awarded either of the Indigenous Scholarships then I agree with the following statements:

  • I have not already completed a Bachelor degree (unless applying as an honours or post-graduate and have not previously received a Commonwealth Scholarship).
  • I have not received a Student Start-up Loan, a Student Start-up Scholarship or a Relocation Scholarship or the Residential Costs option of ABSTUDY from Centrelink.
  • If I have received a Student Start-up loan or Relocation Scholarship from Centrelink then I agree to pay this back to Centrelink.
  • If I defer my study at any time during my course my scholarship may be terminated.
  • If I do not meet one or more of the continuing eligibility criteria, my scholarship may be terminated.
  • Where a scholarship is terminated or a recipient becomes ineligible, JCU will recover any outstanding funding from the recipient.
  • JCU will determine if the student has legitimate and genuine reason/s as to why their Indigenous scholarship is terminated (e.g. family responsibilities, illness or bereavement). Under such circumstances, the JCU will determine if a student’s reasons are legitimate and genuine and if so, may waive or reduce the amount to be repaid by the student.
  • I can request a review of my circumstances if I do not meet the continuing eligibility criteria.
  • Where an Indigenous student who is in receipt of a scholarship chooses to transfer to another eligible provider, the student must return all outstanding funding to JCU.
  • If an Indigenous student chooses to change their course of study, or transfer to another eligible provider, it will be at the discretion of the JCU as to whether they provide scholarship support to that student and the terms of that support.
  • I give permission to JCU to provide the Department of Education with my name, date of birth, address and scholarship type to enable the issuing of certificates and letters and monitoring the consumption of Commonwealth Scholarships entitlement, and disclosed by the Department of Education to the Department of Human Services to be used for administering Relocation Scholarships and/or Student Start-up Scholarships/Loans.
  • I may be required to inform any of the following persons or the receipt of the scholarship:
    • An employee of the Human Services Department
    • An employee of the Department administered by the Minister administering the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    • An employee of the Department administered by the Minister administering section 258 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
  • I understand that giving false or misleading information is a serious offence under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Commonwealth).

Termination of a Commonwealth Scholarship

Scholarships will be terminated by the University for any of the following reasons:

  • You have ceased to meet any of the eligibility criteria.
  • You have failed to meet the continuing eligibility criteria and are suspended or excluded from the course of study under the provisions of the Academic Progression Policy.
  • You have committed serious misconduct while studying at the University.
  • You are found to have provided false or misleading information in your original scholarship application or at any other time you were requested to confirm eligibility.

Useful Links

Statutory Declaration Form (PDF, 18 KB)

Centrelink for Students

Payment Finder


Relocation Scholarship

Student Start Up Loan

Study Assist

Living on a Student Budget

Australian Tax Office

ABSTUDY - Residential Costs Option

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