JCU Scholarships

Applications for 2021 are now open

A scholarship is a great way to make the most of your student experience, meet people to build your professional network, and enjoy greater financial freedom. If you've got the passion and drive, or are just looking for a bit of help, we've got the scholarship to match your circumstances.

With over fifty scholarships available, some up to the value of $45,000, covering everything from study area scholarships to financial help for students who live in regional, rural or remote areas, have a disability, or identify as Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, find a scholarship applicable to you.

Why wait? Apply today and enjoy the academic and financial support that a scholarship brings. Find your perfect scholarship.

"I think you should definitely go for it. You're not losing anything. Why not? Give it a shot, you might win."

Maria Njau
QCoal Scholarship recipient

Featured scholarships

Undergrad and Postgrad

$45,000

Student type

New commencing in 2021

Area of study

Selected courses

In partnership with

Destination Australia Program

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Undergrad

$40,000

Student type

First year         

Area of study

Multiple areas of study

In partnership with

JCU Deans

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Undergrad

$30,000

Student type

First and second year 

Area of study

Science and Geology

In partnership with

QCoal Foundation 

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Undergrad

$24,000

Student type

Completed secondary school in a rural or regional location

Area of study

Any undergraduate course

In partnership with

The George Alexander Foundation

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Postgrad

$16,000

Student type

Masters or PhD

Area of study

Marine Biology

In partnership with

Joyce and George Vaughan

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Undergrad

$15,000

Student type

First year         

Area of study

Marine Science

In partnership with

North Queensland Bulk Ports

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Undergrad and Postgrad

$14,000

Student type

Honours, Postgraduate or Research

Area of study

Biochemistry

In partnership with

Robert Logan Estate

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Postgrad

$10,000

Student type

Research

Area of study

Tropical Health and Medicine

In partnership with

JCU Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

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Take the sting out of uni costs with a JCU Scholarship

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Six tips for scholarship success

All students could do with a little extra money in their pocket; but how do you make your scholarship application standout from the rest? Check out our tips below on how to best approach the application process so you can be in pole position to secure that scholarship.

1. Apply

This may sound obvious, but we can’t stress it enough, you really do have to be in it to win it. Don’t talk yourself out of applying by focusing on others or comparing your achievements or circumstances to your peers – focus on you and why you deserve to win. You have nothing to lose and you might just surprise yourself and win.

JCU currently has over fifty scholarship awards available, so take the time to explore your options and see which scholarships you are eligible to apply for. In fact, why not apply for multiple scholarships? There are no rules limiting the number of scholarships you can apply for and the more applications you submit, the greater your chance of winning.

Application is free and easy and once you have a template for your written statement you can easily tailor it to future applications.

2. Check your eligibility

You don’t want to waste your time writing a standout statement and collating your documentation only to later realise that you don’t meet a scholarship’s eligibility criteria.

To determine your eligibility visit the Scholarships page and use the filter criteria to view all scholarships that match your academic and/or personal situation. From here, click into one of the scholarship(s) you are interested in and scroll down to the ‘Am I eligible’ dropdown; ensure that all the statements in this section describe you and your current situation before you begin the application process.

3. Get organised

There are no extensions for late scholarship applications so don’t miss the deadline date to submit your statement and supporting documentation. Some scholarship applications will require written references, proof of ATAR score, or even statements from the ATO, so aim to have your application(s) submitted well in advance of the closing date to allow time for any unforeseen delays in receiving documentation. If you are applying for multiple scholarships take a note of the closing date for each as they may differ.

4. Put pen to paper

Similar to a job application many scholarships use a written statement (or essay) as part of their selection criteria to short-list the best candidates. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the Scholarship Panel and convince them that you are the ideal candidate for the award, so it’s important that your application stands out.

A few key points to consider when writing your statement:

  • Adhere to the word limit.
  • Tailor your statement for each scholarship application you submit and be sure to address the key criteria / questions as set out on the application page. Do not leave any questions unanswered as this will lose you points when the Panel scores your application.
  • If the scholarship is based on meeting certain criteria (e.g. study area or merit) ensure you touch on how these relate to you, especially if there is not an opportunity to address this anywhere else in your application.
  • Address your current circumstances and outline how winning the scholarship could help you achieve your goals or positively affect your university life.
  • Talk about your achievements both academic and extra-curricular. The Scholarship Panel will read through a lot of similar applications so don’t be afraid to talk yourself up and standout from crowd.
  • Proofread. It is essential that you take the time to proofread your application and check i, spelling and grammar; and ii, that you have addressed all the necessary points succinctly and within the word limit. It often helps to get a friend or family member to look over your application with fresh eyes – they may even think of something to add to your application which you hadn’t thought of.

If English is not your first language or you aren’t confident in writing essays don’t fret, the Scholarship Panel aren’t assessing the composition of your statement, they simply want to know about you and your motivations for applying for this scholarship.

For more tips on writing a good written statement click here.

5. Standout from the crowd

Some scholarships may ask you to take part in an interview so they can get to know you a bit better. If your application is shortlisted you may be invited to meet with a Scholarships Panel and will have the opportunity to discuss with them why you are the ideal scholarship recipient. Think of this as an opportunity to build on the great work you put into your statement and to provide further detail to the Panel.

In advance of your interview you may wish to think about:

  • Learning more about the scholarship; who is company/family behind the scholarship and why was it initially set-up? How can you relate to this?
  • Reflecting back on the initial criteria/questions and the answers you submitted in your statement - be prepared to expand on your answers and provide greater detail.
  • Considering what sets you apart from other candidates.
  • How would winning the scholarship positively impact your life and learning.

6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If you have any questions regarding scholarships or the application process don’t hesitate to contact the scholarships office or book a call.

Remember, all students of all abilities are encouraged to apply for a scholarship – even those students waiting for ATAR results and offers. You don’t need to be top of your class to apply nor do you need to be an expert in writing essays – you simply need to believe in yourself.

Need more inspiration?

Setting sail with a scholarship

Bachelor of Advanced Science student, Samantha Crisp, was the recipient of The George Alexander Foundation Scholarship and, thanks to winning the scholarship, has gone on to realise her dream of studying marine science and studying abroad. Check out Sam’s story and the advice she would give to other students thinking of applying for a scholarship.

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