Aspire Residential Scholarship


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Undergraduate
Study area All study areas
Scholarship value $10,000 per year, towards accommodation costs
Scholarship duration Up to 3 years
Number awarded Up to 6
Opening date 6 January 2021
Closing date 5 February 2021


This scholarship assists students from a regional or rural background to undertake undergraduate studies at The University of Queensland.

It was established in 2018 through a bequest to the University under the will of John Dugald Adams, a long time donor and a Bachelor of Commerce graduate of this University from 1961, who died in 2017. The scholarship is maintained through an endowment fund and is open to further contributions.


You are eligible for this scholarship if you:

  • apply by the closing date for applications,
  • will be a domestic student in the year of award in accordance with the University’s Fee Policy,
  • intend to enrol as a commencing student in any Bachelor program at UQ in the year of the award,
  • have not completed any prior tertiary study at bachelor level or higher, and

All applicants will be considered for the JD Adams Memorial Scholarship.  In addition to the above, you are eligible for the JD Adams Memorial Scholarship, if you:

  • are from a rural or regional background, and
  • have demonstrated educational disadvantage as a result of financial hardship as determined by QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme.  To meet this eligibility requirement, applicants will be in receipt of a 2021 UQ Link Scholarship.

Approved Accommodation Providers: If you are awarded a scholarship, the University will make all reasonable efforts to place you with one of your preferred accommodation providers.  However, applying for this scholarship does not guarantee a place, and you are strongly encouraged to apply to your preferred approved accommodation provider through their standard process.  Please refer to the approved accommodation provider details in Addendum 2 of the rules (summary below).

Some of the Scholarships may include additional benefits and some of the accommodation providers may also provide a further reduction in fees to scholarship recipients. Please bear these additional benefits and your potential out of pocket expenses in mind when selecting your accommodation provider preferences. You will only be considered for scholarships associated with specific accommodation providers if these providers are in your listed preferences.

Method and timing of payment: Accommodation providers will invoice the University after census date each semester, therefore, you may have to pay a deposit and any other upfront payments required. Payment will be made to the accommodation provider after your enrolment in the semester is confirmed, as well as any other ongoing eligibility requirements specified in the scholarship rules.


Additional Benefits offered

Approximate out of pocket cost for recipient


Nil further to $10,000 benefit provided by a Scholarship.

Approximately $1,500 - $6,000 per year depending on room choice (in shared units).

Durack College

Nil further to $10,000 benefit provided by a Scholarship.

$9,775 - $11,425 per academic year, depending on room type.

Gatton Halls of


Nil further to $10,000 benefit provided by a Scholarship.

From $0 to approximately $5,000 depending on room choice and meals package selected.

Grace College

In addition to the $10,000 provided by a Scholarship, Grace College will further subsidise its full service package for 1 Scholarship recipient at a value of $3,000.

$5,200 for full service package including accommodation, food, activities and student support.

Scape Toowong

In addition to the $10,000 provided by the Scholarship, Scape will further subsidise the cost of accommodation at a value of $3,229 per Scholarship recipient per year.

Room type: room in 8 bedroom apartment.

$1,000 per year for accommodation.

A bond of the equivalent of four weeks rent will be required.

St Leo’s College

Air-conditioned bedrooms, free car parking, UQ Sport Lifestyle package, 39 week contracts.


Urbanest South Bank

In addition to the $10,000 provided by the Scholarship, Urbanest will further subsidise the cost of accommodation at a value of $3,739 per Scholarship recipient per year.

Room type: 5 bedroom apartment – room with ensuite.

$1,000 per year for accommodation.

A bond of the equivalent of four weeks rent will be required.

Women’s College

Nil further to $10,000 benefit provided by a Scholarship.

Approximately $12,000-$14,000 per year depending on room choice.


Applications are closed.

Before you get started

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them.

How to apply

As being in receipt of a 2021 UQ Link Scholarship is a requirement for eligibility for the Aspire Scholarships, Aspire Residential-JD Adams Memorial Scholarships and 33rd UQ Senate Create Change Residential Scholarships, applicants only need to complete and submit one Aspire Scholarships application form to be considered for all or any of the three scholarships. 

  1. The Application Link on this page will take you to Application Portal. You will need to Register if you do not already have a Survey Monkey login.
    • If you've applied for Enhanced Studies Program,  UQ Academic Scholarships or LEAD Scholarships at UQ, you will already have a user profile to use. Please use the same profile/login.
  2. Select the Aspire Scholarships program.
  3. Answer all applicable questions on the Application Form.
  4. Upload supporting documentation in the 'Upload Documents' section (refer to the information below)
  5. When you are ready to finalise your application, having completed the application form and uploaded all supporting documentation, click the ‘SUBMIT’ button. 
    • Please note, the application form cannot be edited once it has been submitted. Up until you are ready to submit, you can 'Save' the form and return to it at any time by selecting the 'Edit' button.

The Online Application Form and all supporting documentation must be submitted by 11:59pm on the due date.  Late applications will NOT be considered.

Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Please contact the Student Fees and Scholarships Office at if you haven’t received your confirmation email within 2 working days of submitting your application. (Please note, these emails may appear in your Junk/Spam folder and not your Inbox)

  • You can exit your application form by using ‘Save and Continue Editing’ and 'Back to Application' in your task box. This will allow you to return directly to the form when you next log in.
  • Once you ‘Mark as Complete’, you can still return to your form, but you will need to choose Edit from the Options icon in the top right hand corner to make additions/changes.  
  • Remember to save whenever you make a change. Use the bottom Next and Previous buttons to navigate through your form.

It is recommended when opening links within the application form to use the 'Open in a new tab' or 'Open in a new window' option, if available, to keep the application form open at the same time.

Supporting Documentation/Evidence

You are required to upload documentation to support your application. All documentation must be uploaded before your application is considered complete – you must upload documentation prior to submitting your application as documentation cannot be added once you have submitted.

Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered. Hard copies of documents are not required at this stage of the process, however verification of documents (originals) may be requested at any future stage.

The University of Queensland complies with Australian and Queensland privacy laws and guidelines. The University of Queensland treats information collected by it as confidential. Information supplied by you will only be used for the purpose of assessing your eligibility for a scholarship and the scholarship selection process.

The University of Queensland will not make available to a third party any personal information supplied by you unless required or permitted by law or  where you have consented to the disclosure. The University may distribute aggregated statistical information for statutory reporting purposes but only in a form that will not identify any person individually. For more information please consult the UQ Privacy Management Policy.

Selection criteria

Applications are closed.

Scholarship rules


Student Fees and Scholarships, Academic Services Division
(07) 3365 7113
Applications are closed.