Commonwealth Scholarships 2017

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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: $2,600 per year 
Duration: Up to a maximum of four years
Note: No previous Commonwealth Scholarship funding has been received

Indigenous Relocation Scholarship

Student type: Undergraduate, honours or post-graduate*
Value: $5,200 per year 
Duration: Up to a maximum of four years
Note: No previous Commonwealth Scholarship funding has been received

Opening and closing dates

Round one: 1 November 2016 closes 30 November 2016
Round two: opens 1 December 2016 closes 28 February 2017

Round three: open 1 April 2017 closes 31 July 2017

Am I eligible?

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for:

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 or will be enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student in an undergraduate course (including the diploma of higher education), honours or post-graduate 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 have not previously received Commonwealth funding in the form of a Scholarship.
  • I am or will be enrolled full-time.

* For Honours or Post-graduate applications, study must be within 12 months of completing your Bachelor

Indigenous Relocation Scholarship

  • If the above list applies and you are also relocating from a regional/remote location to study at Townsville or Cairns campus

Use the links on the right to find out more about Centrelink support.

If you are unsure please contact either scholarships@jcu.edu.au for more help.

How do I apply?

Just follow these 5 easy steps to put in an application:

Step 1 Check that you are eligible to apply
Step 2 Read the conditions of the scholarship below and make sure you understand what they mean
Step 3 You will be required to provide some supporting documentation to verify your circumstances - examples of what you might need to provide can be found here.
free scanning apps for your mobile device are an easy way to upload documents
Step 4

If you have your JCU Student ID then apply through eStudent
See eStudent Application instructions for further help

Step 5 If you only have your QTAC reference number you will need to complete an Application Form

If you are eligible your application will be automatically considered for the Indigenous Education Scholarship, the Indigenous Relocation Scholarship and the JCU Access Fund.

When are payments made?

If you are a successful applicant you will receive:

Indigenous Education Scholarship

Amount: $1,300 per Semester
First payment date: After census date - Study Period 1
Second payment date: After census date - Study Period 2

Indigenous Relocation Scholarship

Amount: $2,600 per Semester
First payment date: After census date - Study Period 1
Second payment date: After census date - Study Period 2

To receive payment you must:

  • Meet all the eligibility requirements by the first census date of the semester in order to receive the first scholarship payment.
  • Meet the continuing eligibility requirements to each semester to continue receiving your scholarship payments.

What happens now?

Email acknowledgement You will receive an email within 5 days of submitting your application.
eStudent status is Verified You have provided all the information that is needed.
eStudent status is incomplete You will receive an email asking for the relevant information.
Round Closed After the Round closing date all verified applications are scored and ranked.
Application still incomplete after round closed Update the scholarship office if your circumstances change and send the remaining information you were asked for.  Your application will then be assessed for the next round.
Outcome Successful You will receive an email with the appropriate acceptance forms.
Outcome Unsuccessful You will receive an email with further support information.

Being eligible does not guarantee a scholarship

If you meeting the scholarship eligibility criteria it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be awarded a scholarship. There are a limited number of Scholarships and there are often more applicants than scholarships.

Applicants are ranked against eligibility criteria and then scholarships are awarded to applicants who best meet that eligibility criteria. If you’re unsuccessful it doesn’t mean that you’re not in need; rather, it means that there are other applicants who’ve been assessed as being in greater need.  You may still be eligible to re-apply in the future, or your application may be included in future rounds if it is stated in the rules.

Eligibility for continuing payments

To continue receiving payments each semester, you must meet the following Continuing Eligibility criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time;
  • Pass all subjects each Semester; and
  • Complete and return the continuing eligibility form by the advised deadline.

There will be an opportunity for you to request a review if you do not meet the above continuing eligibility criteria.

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 previously received a Commonwealth Scholarship under the Commonwealth Scholarship Programme from any institution.
  • 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 will be terminated and I will be required to reapply.
  • If I do not meet one or more of the continuing eligibility criteria, my scholarship will be terminated.
  • Failure to complete and return the continuing eligibility form by the advised deadline will mean my scholarship will 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.

Termination of a Commonwealth Scholarship

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

  • the student has ceased to meet any of the eligibility criteria.
  • the maximum scholarship entitlement period has been reached.
  • the student has failed to meet the continuing eligibility criteria and they are suspended or excluded from their course of study under the provisions of the Academic Progression Policy.
  • the student has committed serious misconduct while studying at the University.
  • the student is found to have provided false or misleading information in their original scholarship application or at any other time the student was requested to confirm their eligibility.
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