Commonwealth Scholarships 2018

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Commonwealth Scholarships 2018

Commonwealth Scholarships provide eligible Indigenous higher education students with the general costs of study.

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

Indigenous Education Scholarship

Student type: Undergraduate.
Value: $1,000

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  in an undergraduate course (including the diploma of higher education), as a Commonwealth supported student.
  • I have not already completed a Bachelor degree
  • I have not previously received a Commonwealth scholarship.
  • I am or will be enrolled full-time.

If you are unsure please contact for further assistance.

No Application Required

You do not need to apply for the Commonwealth scholarship.

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

You may be required to provide a statement to support your financial disadvantage status.

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.
  • Payment will be made after census date to your nominated Bank Account, providing you are enrolled full time.

When are payments made?

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

Indigenous Education Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Payment date: After Census Date in Study Period 2

To receive payment you must meet all the eligibility requirements by Census Date (23 August 2018).

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.
  • I have not received a Centrelink Student Start-up Loan.
  • If I have received a Student Start-up loan from Centrelink then I agree to pay this back to Centrelink.
  • If I defer my enrolment my scholarship offer will be rescinded.
  • Where a scholarship is terminated or a recipient becomes ineligible, JCU will recover any outstanding funding from the recipient.
  • I can request a review of my circumstances if I do not meet the eligibility criteria.
  • 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 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 and funds may be recovered 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 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 at any time you were requested to confirm eligibility.

Useful Links

Indigenous Education and Research Centre

Statutory Declaration Form 

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