At a glance

Available to: 
Future Student
Current Student
Level of study: 
Year of study: 
1st year
Australian and Permanent Residents or 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: 
24 July 2017
Applications close: 
25 August 2017
  • Eligibility

    The applicants must:

    • be an Australian citizen;

    • be an Indigenous person;

    • be commencing a Bachelor degree at UQ in 2017;

    • enrolled full time in 2017;

    • not already have undertaken tertiary studies at bachelor level or higher (with the execption of enrichment studies undertaken during senior such as the Enhanced Studies Program);

    • be able to demonstrate financial hardship or meet the regional or remote background criteria outlined below.

    Regional or remote background

    A student meets the regional or remote background criterion if —

    1. In the period from 2013 to 2016, they—

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

    3. 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

    4. 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 2015 and/or 2016.

    5. 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 hardship

    In order to demonstrate financial hardship, 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-ICS) Program is to facilitate choice in higher education and to increase higher education participation for Indigenous students.
Award benefits: