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Destination Australia Scholarship - International

The Destination Australia scholarship is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment. The aim of the Destination Australia Program is to attract and support international and domestic students to study in regional Australia and receive a high-quality learning experience.

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

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Student TypeNew Students commencing in 2021
Value$15,000 per year
CampusCairns, Mackay, Mt Isa or Townsville
Applications Open1 October 2020
Applications Close5 February 2021

International Students commencing in 2021 applying for any course of two or three year duration may be eligible to apply.

The Destination Australia scholarships for international students will be open to competition among candidates who are:

  • An international student studying on a valid student visa; and
  • A commencing student in 2021 enrolled full time in any course of two or three year duration.

The value of the scholarship will be $15,000 per year for the minimum number of years required to complete the course.

Scholarship payments will be made in 2 equal installments after census date of Study Period 1 (25 March 2021) and Study Period 2 (26 August 2021).

Prior to completing an application, you should carefully read the Scholarship Rules below.

Applications must be received prior to 5 February 2021.

Applicants must submit with the official form:

  1. Written statement of no more than 600 words outlining:
    1. Why you have chosen to study at JCU and in a regional community;
    2. How you plan to contribute to the local community during your studies at JCU; and
    3. Why JCU should choose you to receive the Destination Australia Scholarship. Please include examples (and attach evidence) of how have contributed to your local community.

When applying for a scholarship it is very important that you ensure that you include all relevant documents (including a completed application form) and that your application is submitted before the closing date. If an application is incomplete, it will not be considered.

It is okay to use sentences and dot points. It is important that this is your own writing and not prepared by someone else.

Obligations of Scholarship Recipients

  • Commence study in an eligible program in the semester nominated in their JCU Offer letter.
  • Make the best possible attempt to successfully complete the program of study in the minimum possible time. If changing programs after commencing the degree, eligibility to continue receiving the scholarship in the future will be reassessed.
  • The recipient must maintain a rural residential address as defined by the 2016 Australian Statistical Geography Standard Remoteness Structure from the ABS for the duration of their study.
  • Maintain a student visa for the duration of the scholarship. If changing Australian visa/immigration status after commencing the degree, eligibility to continue receiving the scholarship will be reassessed.
  • Permit JCU to share their name and information with the Department of Education.
  • Do not defer the program or transfer campuses.
  • Provide a testimonial and photograph or video for publication and participate in promotional activities if reasonably requested.

Your application is checked for completeness and eligibility, and you will receive an email confirmation it has been received. After the closing date it will be individually assessed and put forward to a selection committee who will rank your application against others who have applied. Applicants may be required to attend an interview or submit a video submission as part of the selection process.

Introduction

The Destination Australia scholarship is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment. The aim of the Destination Australia Program is to attract and support international and domestic students to study in regional Australia and receive a high-quality learning experience.

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

Value and payment of the scholarship

The value of the scholarship will be $15,000 per year for the duration of the course.

Scholarship payments will be made in 2 instalments after census date of Study Period 1 (25 March 2021) and Study Period 2 (26 August 2021).

Eligibility Criteria

The Destination Australia scholarships for International Students will be open to competition among candidates who are:

  • An International student studying on a valid student visa; and
  • A commencing student in 2021 enrolled full time in any course of two or three year duration.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed on four criteria:

  • Eligibility under the program guidelines
  • Response to Written Submission questions
  • Academic merit (applicable for Master's applicants only)
  • Any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate.

Application Procedures

Applications must be submitted on the official online application form and be received no later than the advertised close date. Applicants must submit with the official form:

Written statement of no more than 600 words outlining:

  • Why you have chosen to study at JCU and in a regional community;
  • How you plan to contribute to the local community during your studies at JCU; and
  • Why JCU should choose you to receive the Destination Australia Scholarship. Please include examples (and attach evidence) of how have contributed to your local community.

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.

Ongoing eligibility

  • The recipient must maintain a full time enrolment in the course for which the scholarship was awarded.
  • The recipient must maintain a course GPA of 4.0 or above for ongoing payments to be made.
  • Where the recipient fails to meet this requirement of ongoing eligibility, evidence of special circumstances contributing to the reduced GPA must be provided to the Selection Committee for consideration.

Conditions of the Scholarship

  • The recipient must maintain a rural residential address as defined by the 2016 Australian Statistical Geography Standard Remoteness Structure from the ABS for the duration of their study.
  • If the recipient defers their study, the recipient will no longer be eligible for the award.
  • If the holder of an award takes an official leave of absence, the award will be terminated.
  • The scholarship is not transferable to another campus.
  • A student may lodge a request for review of decision in accordance with the provisions of the Student Appeals Policy.

Administration of the Scholarship

The scholarship shall be administered by the scholarships office, on behalf of the Selection Committee.

The selection committee will be responsible for shortlisting and/or interviewing of candidates;

The funds of the scholarship shall be held in an account in the name of the University and shall be administered by Scholarships Office.

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. (Only required if restricted fund set up).

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

Please refer to Glossary of Terms.