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UQ's Academic Scholarship program aims to reward the achievements of outstanding school leavers and gap year students.

If you are a high-achieving student and you are completing Year 12 in 2016 (or you completed in 2015 and you’re on a gap year) then you are encouraged to apply.

Up to 165 scholarships are offered each year, including up to 50 Vice Chancellor's Scholarships, 65 Excellence Scholarships and 50 Merit Scholarships.

Offers will be made after release of year 12 results, starting with Vice Chancellor's scholarship offers, which will be made before Christmas this year.

Amy Norman
UQ Vice-Chancellors Scholarship recipient and Bachelor of Engineering student.


There are three categories of Academic Scholarship on offer:

UQ Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships

Awarded before Christmas each year to applicants who achieve at the very top of the OP1 band (or ATAR equivalent).

Award Value: $12,000 per year
Duration: Up to 5 years
Level: Undergraduate and any subsequent related postgraduate study such as Honours.
Total Value: up to $60,000

UQ Excellence Scholarships

OP1 (or equivalent) applicants who have demonstrated outstanding academic, leadership and/or significant community service achievements during years 11-12.

Award Value: $6,000 per year
Duration: Up to 4 years
Level: Undergraduate and any subsequent related postgraduate study such as Honours.
Total Value: up to $24,000

UQ Merit

High achieving students (OP 1-3) who have demonstrated significant academic, leadership and/or community service will be considered.

Award Value: $6,000 
Duration: First year of study
Level: Undergraduate study
  • Eligibility

    Academic scholarships are open to Year 12 and gap year students who:

    • are Australian Citizens or Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders; or
    • are Australian Permanent Residents, New Zealand citizens, or international students who are completing or have completed Years 11 and 12 in Australia;


    • have NOT completed any previous tertiary study other than that undertaken as part of Year 11-12 studies (eg. Enhanced Studies Program); and
    • have applied for a tertiary place through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC); and
    • are intending to enrol as a full-time student in an undergraduate program at The University of Queensland in 2016 (or 2017 if they are deferring their tertiary place); and
    • have UQ listed as their 1st or 2nd QTAC preference.