At a glance

Available to: 
Future Student
Current Student
Level of study: 
Year of study: 
1st - 5th year
Australian citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and NZ citizens
Additional requirements: 
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Financial Hardship
  • Rural / regional area

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

Award value:
Various amounts
Applications open: 
17 May 2018
Applications close: 
31 August 2018
  • Eligibility

    An applicant is eligible for the award of a scholarship in a year, if the applicant—

    1. is an Australian citizen;
    2. is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person;
    3. provides a "confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status" under the common seal of an incorporated community organisation;
    4. is enrolled in a bachelor program in the semester of the award; and
    5. is not concurrently receiving assistance from another Commonwealth source for the same purpose (such as an ICECS from UQ, an ABSTUDY start-up loan or a student start-up loan from Centrelink).

    Regional or remote background

    A student meets the regional or remote background criterion if, in the period from 2015 to 2018, they—

    1. Completed senior in a high school or college in a regional or remote area; or

    2. Can demonstrate it was necessary for the student to live away from their regional or remote home to complete the whole or the majority of their secondary schooling at a high school or college in a major city; or

    3. Lived in a regional or remote area of Australia for—

      1. Three years; or

      2. Two years if they relocated from the regional or remote area to undertake vocational education and training (eg TAFE) in 2016 and/or 2017.

    4. They can demonstrate it is necessary for them to move from a regional or remote area to undertake tertiary study and will incur additional expenses as a result.

    Regional or remote areas include Inner Regional, Outer Regional Remote or Very Remote areas as defined in the ASGC  Remoteness Areas classification as described in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2004 publication, ‘Rural, Regional and Remote Health: A Guide to Remoteness Classifications’.

    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


The objective of the UQ Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships (UQ-ICECS and UQ-ICAS) Program is to facilitate choice in higher education and to increase higher education participation for Indigenous students.
Award benefits: