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Ailsa and Professor Ross Hawker Scholarship

Aspire Scholarship Program

This scholarship is closed.

Enrolment status
Future UQ student
Student type
Study level
Study area
All study areas
Scholarship focus
Financial hardship
Scholarship value
At least $4,500
Scholarship duration
1 year
Number awarded
Applications open
11 January 2024
Applications close
4 February 2024

This scholarship is part of the Aspire Scholarship Program. You only need to submit one application to be considered for all of the scholarships you're eligible for in this program.

See all scholarships in this program.


You’re eligible if you:

  • are a domestic student
  • are enrolling as a commencing student in any bachelor program at UQ in semester 1 in the year of the scholarship
  • have not completed any prior tertiary study at bachelor level or higher.
  • can demonstrate significant financial disadvantage through achieving the maximum points for the ‘Financial Hardship’ category of QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme
  • have been awarded a UQ Link Scholarship
  • have not received another scholarship awarded on the basis of financial hardship at The University of Queensland, with the exception of a UQ Link Scholarship

How to apply

Apply using the online application portal.

You'll need:

Your application form and all supporting documentation must be submitted by 11:59pm on the due date.  We can't consider late applications. 

Use our tips for putting together a great application to help you through this process.

Selection criteria

Preference may be given to (in order of preference):

  • students who are an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • students from a rural, regional or remote background
  • students who are the first in their family to attend university
  • QTAC applicants who have demonstrated other forms of educational disadvantage in their QTAC application.

What happens next

We'll email you to confirm we've received your application.

If you haven’t received your confirmation email within 2 working days of submitting your application contact us at

About this scholarship

Donated by the Hawker Foundation in honour of Ailsa and Professor Ross Hawker. Professor Hawker led the Department of Physiology at The University of Queensland for 25 years, published more than 50 books, and conducted ground-breaking research after joining The University of Queensland as a lecturer in 1950.

His academic and professional career was only possible through a scholarship in 1938 to Hurlstone Agricultural College in New South Wales. Ailsa Hawker was his lifelong closest friend, companion, proof-reader, and partner in all his research, travel, and artistic pursuits. This Scholarship recognises their contributions to the world and hopes to provide the opportunity for another student to make a difference.