UQ Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships (UQ-ICS)

Summary

Enrolment status New students, Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Undergraduate
Study area All study areas
Scholarship value UQ-ICECS: $1,500 for each semester in which the Scholarship is held for recipients enrolled Full-Time. UQ-ICAS: $2,500 for each semester in which the Scholarship is held for recipients enrolled Full-Time.
Opening date 8 February 2019
Closing date 31 August 2019

Scholarship description

UQ Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships (UQ-ICS) programs facilitate more choice in higher education and to increase higher education participation for Indigenous students.

Awarded to Indigenous students to help with the costs of going to university, particularly those needing to relocate.

There are 2 scholarships being offered:

  • Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (UQ-ICECS): provides assistance with education costs to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students who are enrolled in an Approved Program. A recipient may not concurrently be receiving a Startup Scholarship or Startup Loan from Centrelink or an ICECS from UQ or another institution. The scholarship is valued at $1,500 for each semester in which the Scholarship is held for recipients enrolled Full-Time. The Scholarship will be paid pro-rata where a recipient is enrolled Part-Time.

  • Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (UQ-ICAS): provides assistance with relocation and/or accommodation costs to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. A recipient may not concurrently be receiving a Relocation Scholarship (or any scholarship for the purpose of assisting with accommodation costs) from Centrelink or an ICAS from UQ or another institution. The scholarship is valued at $2,500 for each semester in which the Scholarship is held for recipients enrolled Full-Time. The Scholarship will be paid pro-rata where a recipient is enrolled Part-Time.

The scholarships are tenable for a maximum period of one year.

Eligibility

An applicant is eligible for the award of an Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (UQ-ICECS) in a year, if the applicant—

  1. is an Australian citizen;
  2. is a person of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who identifies as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person and who is accepted as such by the community in which they live or have lived;
  3. provides ‘confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status’ under the common seal of an incorporated community organisation. Other forms of documentation may be considered where exceptional circumstances apply;
  4. is enrolled in an Approved Program in the semester of the award; and
  5. is not concurrently receiving assistance from another Commonwealth source for the same purpose (For example: an ABSTUDY start-up loan or a student start-up loan from Centrelink).

An applicant is eligible for the award of an Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (UQ-ICAS) in a year, if the applicant—

  1. is an Australian citizen;
  2. is a person of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander  descent who identifies as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person and who is accepted as such by the community in which they live or have lived;
  3. is from a Regional or Remote area;
  4. provides ‘confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status’ under the common seal of an incorporated community organisation. Other forms of documentation may be considered where exceptional circumstances apply;
  5. is enrolled in an Approved Program in the semester of the award; and
  6. is not concurrently receiving assistance from another Commonwealth source for the same purpose (For example: a relocation scholarship payment from Centrelink).

Approved Program means any bachelor or associate degree program at The University of Queensland.

Before you apply

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them before applying.

How to apply

Download and complete the application form (you need only complete one form both both awards). Your completed application, including copies of all relevant supporting documentation, must be received by 5pm on the closing date.

Applications for Semester 1 are due by 5pm, 31 March 2019. 

Applications for Semester 2 are due by 5pm, 31 August 2019.

Selection criteria

The UQ-ICECS is awarded on the recommendation of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) to applicants who, in the opinion of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), show the greatest merit as demonstrated by –

  • academic merit;
  • being from a Regional or Remote area;
  • evidence of financial disadvantage;
  • any other matter that the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) considers to be relevant.

The UQ-ICAS is awarded on the recommendation of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) to applicants who, in the opinion of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), show the greatest merit as demonstrated by -

  • being from a Regional or Remote area;
  • academic merit;
  • any other matter that the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) considers to be relevant.

Preference will be given to students with evidence of financial disadvantage.

Financial disadvantage

In order to demonstrate financial disadvantage, applicants must provide documentary evidence of their personal and family circumstances. Examples of supporting documentation include:​

  • current Centrelink statements (e.g. Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY); and/or
  • ATO assessments for yourself, your parents or partner; and/or
  • any other documents relevant to your financial situation.

Contact

ATSIS Unit
(07) 3346 7511

Terms and conditions

In these rules —

Approved Program means any bachelor or associate degree program at The University of Queensland.

Full-time enrolment means that a recipient is enrolled in a minimum of 6 units.

Part-time enrolment means that a recipient is enrolled in a minimum of 4 units, but no more than 5 units.

Regional or Remote means Inner Regional, Outer Regional, Remote or Very Remote areas as defined by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) system. Applicants must demonstrate that they have met one of the following —

  1. completed senior in a high school or college in a Regional or Remote area; or
  2. relocated from their Regional or Remote home residence to complete the whole or majority of their secondary schooling at a high school or college in a major city; or
  3. lived in a Regional or Remote area for —
    1. three years; or
    2. two years if they relocated from the Regional or Remote area to undertake vocational education and training (e.g. TAFE) in the two years immediately preceding the year of the award; or
  4. were required to relocate from a Regional or Remote area to undertake tertiary study and will incur additional expense as a result.