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Richard Cooper Scholarship

Enrolment status
Future UQ student, Current UQ student
Student type
Study level
Postgraduate coursework, Postgraduate research (HDR)
Study area
Scholarship focus
Academic excellence, Financial hardship
Scholarship value
May vary
Scholarship duration
1 year
Number awarded
May vary
Applications open
1 August 2023
Applications close
16 February 2024


You're eligible if you:

  • are a domestic student
  • are enrolled, or enrolling, full-time in either the Master of Laws or a postgraduate research (HDR) program in Law
  • can demonstrate financial need.

If you're a postgraduate research (HDR) student, you must be researching one of the following areas:

  • maritime law
  • administrative law
  • trade practices
  • native title.

How to apply

Apply using the online application portal.

You'll need:

  • your CV
  • Year 11 and 12 academic reports or official academic transcripts for previous tertiary study
  • evidence of financial hardship such as: Centrelink statements, ATO statements, family income.
  • awards, achievements or prizes you received for academic achievement during your studies
  • any other scholarships/bursaries you have received, including the name of the scholarship/bursary, awarding body, duration and amount.

You’ll be asked to discuss, in writing:

  • why you’re interested in studying law and what you hope to achieve by completing your studies (300 words max)
  • your financial need or hardship (500 words max)
  • your personal qualities (500 words max). This may include: evidence of your leadership potential, details of your responsibility for others, community involvement, cultural or sporting achievements, or any other information which you consider relevant to your application.

You can only upload one file per field. If you have multiple files, combine them into one .doc .docx .pdf or .zip file.

Save your file using the naming format: Lastname-Firstname-Document type (e.g.

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

Selection criteria

We'll consider your:

  • academic achievements 
  • demonstrated financial need 
  • demonstrated interest in the study of law.

What happens next

The selection committee will meet soon after the closing date and notify you of the outcome in writing.  If you're shortlisted, we may contact you to arrange an interview.

About this scholarship

This Scholarship was established in 2006 and is maintained by the Richard Cooper Endowment.