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Student Sponsorship Scheme

The Student Sponsorship Scheme is brought to you by your USC Student Senate and is designed to provide opportunities for USC students to access financial support to attend conferences that will enhance their employability and support their professional development.

Applications are open to the pre-approved conferences and are subject to change each year, and open via application for self nominated conferences.

What is sponsored?

UniSC Supported Conferences (listed below)

Sponsorship inclusions vary between conferences, but may include flights, accommodation, registration and transfers.

The University will organise your conference travel on your behalf, and students will be covered by USC’s travel insurance where conditions are met. Students may need to co-contribute to the conference if the allocated funding does not cover the entire cost.

Successful students who travel overseas may be eligible to apply for Income Replacement Bursary if their Government support payments as affected by their travel.

Self Nominated Conference (by application)

Sponsorship will include registration fees only and this may include accommodation if included in the conference package. Flights or other travel costs are not included and at the students costs.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply for funding, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled at USC and remain enrolled for the duration of the conference,
  • UniSC supported conferences are open to undergraduate, honours, postgraduate and HDR students.
  • Self nominated conferences are open to undergraduate and honours students,
  • Have completed at least one semester of study at USC before applying,
  • Have a minimum GPA of 4

Each conference has specific selection criteria - see below for full details.

Participation in the conference must not conflict with a student’s academic studies.

Students are eligible for one Sponsorship allocation per calendar year.


Sponsorship is awarded on a merit basis. Applications do not guarantee funding as they are assessed through a competitive application process.

Applications are blindly reviewed by USC staff members and are given an overall average rank based on how they address the selection criteria on the application form in StudentHub

Students who are presenting at a conference will be highly regarded.

How to apply?

UniSC Approved Conferences
Applications need to be submitted via StudentHub application form by the due date listed below on this page. A separate submission is required for each conference.

Self Nominated Conferences
Applications need to be submitted via StudentHub application form at least four weeks prior to the conference date.

Late applications are not eligible. Students must notify the University of any change to the information provided in their application form. Refer to application dates below for each conference.

Current opportunities

Student Voice Australia National Symposium | 27-28 September 2022, Online

Student Voice Australia National Symposium will bring together staff and students from Australian tertiary institutions to share their experiences of partnering with students for governance and decision-making.

The fully online symposium will this year again offer a range of formats including showcases, panel discussions, interactive group sessions and plenary presentations.

Register Now:

Common Purpose: Global Leadership Forum | 27 October 2022, Online

The Global Leadership Forum, delivered by Common Purpose, will bring together up to 500 students online for three hours to engage with a global network of visionary leaders representing massive international brands as well as unsung heroes who make change happen in their local communities. The Global Leadership Forum gives you a chance to stand up and take ownership of the leadership that will define you, your generation and the impact you will have on the world —and to demonstrate this by earning the embedded Global Leadership micro-credential which can be shared on LinkedIn.

The Student Sponsorship Scheme is sponsoring a selected 30 students from USC to attend this forum.
Apply Here. Applications close midnight 9 October, 2022.

Apply Here.

National Students as Partners Roundtable | 22-23 November 2022, Online

The 2022 Roundtable is being hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSC) and will be held online over two days- 22-23 November, 2022.

This years theme is: Sustainability: Developing pathways to transformative change. The event will consider partnerships exploring four key themes:

  • Partnerships maintained into the future
  • Transformative partnership outcomes
  • Highlighting social impact against the UNSDG’s
  • ‘Leave no one behind’ at the core of partnership

Register Online:

ANZSSA Conference | 6-8 December 2022, Online

The Australia and New Zealand Student Services Association looks at student success and the overall student experience, the conference is aimed at widening perspectives of student success both within and outside of the classroom. The Conference will be held online from 6-8 December, 2022.

The USC Student Senate has a sponsorship opportunity for several student to attend the conference up to the value of $2,500. There will also be the opportunity to zoom in on campus as a group to meet fellow staff and students.

Apply Here. Applications close midnight Sunday 9 October, 2022.

The Green Summit | 13-16 December, 2022, Bangkok

The Green Summit gives young people the tools and knowledge to succeed as champions for a greener world. Delegates will have the opportunity to listen to world-leading experts in sustainable development, learn how to create their own sustainable projects, and network with like-minded individuals committed to the advancement of a healthier planet from all over the world. Delegates will leave empowered to take action and instigate change.

The summit will be happening in Bangkok, December 13 to 16, 2022.

The Student Sponsorship Scheme is sponsoring a selected student from USC to attend this forum.
Apply via the Sponsorship Scheme program first, then successful students will be required to apply directly to Humanitarian Affairs.

Applications close midnight 9 October, 2022.

Apply Here.

3rd Global Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders | 11-13 January, 2023, Bangkok

The Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders gives youth the tools to be a champion of peace. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn from world-leading Peace Activists and network with like-minded individuals in the advancement of a more peaceful, inclusive and sustainable world.

Over three intensive days, delegates will gain the knowledge necessary to become Humanitarian Affairs Peace Ambassadors and lead sustainable peace projects in their own communities.

The Summit will be held in Bangkok - January 11 to 13. 

Applications close midnight 9 October, 2022.

TEQSA Conference | 23-24 November 2022, Melbourne and Online

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency is an independent national agency to regulate the higher education industry and protect the interests of students as well as the reputations of Australian Universities.

The 2022 TEQSA conference will be the sixth annual event. The theme is Fit for the Future: Leadership, Quality, Integrity.

Virtual registration is free for students and includes access to all conference sessions held via the virtual conference platform and virtual networking opportunities with other delegates.

Register here:

Indigenous Higher Education Curriculum Conference | 29-30 November 2022, University of Technology Sydney

The Indigenous Higher Education Curriculum Conference is a forum in which students and other educational stakeholders meet to share knowledge and information and assist to improve educational outcomes for Indigenous Students in tertiary education. The 2021 conference was postponed.

The USC Student Senate has sponsorship opportunities for two Indigenous students to attend the conference up to the total value of $2,150.

Applications close midnight 9 October, 2022.

Apply here.

Upcoming opportunities

CAPA Conference  |  Date to be confirmed for 2022

The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations is a membership-based non-profit organisation that represents 400,000 postgraduate students studying across 28 institutions. CAPA provides a link between postgraduate students and the Federal government and other higher education bodies.

The USC Student Senate has sponsorship opportunities available for two postgraduate students to attend the CAPA Annual Council Meeting as representatives of the University and the Postgraduates Students Association, up to the total value of $2,150. Conference details coming soon.

Student Leader Global Summit  |  Date to be confirmed for 2022

The International Association of Student Affairs and Services hosts an annual Student Leader Global Summit to provide a platform and networking opportunity for intercultural communication between higher education students. The goal of the summit is to discuss student governance, leadership and social justice. Details of the 2021 conference are coming soon.

The USC Student Senate has a sponsorship opportunity for one student to attend the summit up to the value of $3,000.

University Scholars Leadership Symposium  | 2-5 August 2023, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

The University Scholars Leadership Symposium is an annual conference held each year in a developing Asia-Pacific country and attended by more than 500 world-class university institutions. The conference aims to unlock potential as well as confidence, goal-setting capabilities, self-reliance and independence.

The USC Student Senate is unable to support international travel in 2021, but may have a sponsorship opportunity for one student aged between 18 and 30 to attend the symposium up to the value of $3,000 in 2022.

CLOSED opportunities

Global Enterprise Experience | 27 April - 18 May 2022

You are invited to apply to take part in the 2022 Global Enterprise Experience (GEE) contest held online from 27 April-18 May.

This online action-learning experience won a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations award for its impact in 126 countries on growing leaders skilled in cross-cultural management, social entrepreneurship, and global citizenship.

This year, the Student Sponsorship Scheme will sponsor selected USC students the Peer-Leader Plus option. This includes one-on-one personal coaching, webinars, learning materials, interactive group sessions, assessment, accreditation, and entitlement to a referee.

Apply Here. Applications close midnight Monday 11 April, 2022.

AIATSIS Summit | 30 May - 3 June 2022

You are invited to apply to take part in the 2022 AIATSIS Summit held in person at Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Sunshine Coast and online from 30 May to 03 June 2022.

The annual AIATSIS Summit provides a unique forum for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, academics, native title stakeholders, legal experts, community and cultural sectors and government to collaborate in addressing current and future challenges. As well, it offers opportunities to support and strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge and governance.

Applicants must be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students.

Applications for 2022 have closed.

HERDSA Conference  |  28-30 June 2022, Melbourne

The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia is an international association dedicated to the advancement of the higher and tertiary education sector by disseminating research and developing strong academic communities. The annual HERDSA conference is scheduled to be held on 28-30 July at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane.

The USC Student Senate has sponsorship opportunities for several day passes to attend the conference up to the value of $1,900.

STARS Conference  |  4-7 July 2022, Online

The STARS (Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success) Conference is organised by professional staff in the tertiary sector and provides the opportunity to disseminate and discuss current research, good practice, emerging initiatives and leading edge ideas that are aimed at enhancing students’ tertiary learning experiences. Conference discussions are focused around Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success.

The 2022 conference will be held online from 4-7 July.

The USC Student Senate has a sponsorship opportunity for several students to attend this event up to the value of $2,280.

Applications for 2022 will open soon

The Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress | Online 20-24 June 2022, In -Person QUT Brisbane 29 June – 1 July 2022

The Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress SRI2022 unites more than 2000 global sustainability research leaders, government and civil society experts, funders and innovators to inspire action and promote a sustainability transformation. Attendees of the event will learn about the latest sustainability science and innovation, create novel networks and partnerships, explore new ideas, gain visibility, inspire and be inspired, all in a hybrid environment at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane and online.

USC has sponsorship opportunities available for five students (two HDR/honours and three undergraduate) to take part in the Sustainability Research & Innovation (SRI) Congress--the world’s largest transdisciplinary gathering for the global sustainability community.

The registrations include online access to the main SRI2022 conference (20-24 June 2022), and on-site access to the SRI2022Oceania Satellite Event at QUT in Brisbane (29 June – 1 July, 2022). Successful applicants would be expected to attend as much as the conference as they could.

Five successful applicants will be selected based on their responses to the selection criteria on the application form.

What's included?
* Conference registration (online and in person)

Note: students would need to organise and cover their own travel costs to and from QUT Brisbane.

Humanitarian Affairs- Global Citizenship Webinars  |  July 2021, Online

Imagine yourself being part of a Global Community of change-makers to champion social change. And now imagine yourself embracing social responsibility to act for the benefits of all societies, not just your own. The main goal of the 'Lead as a Global Citizen World Series Webinars' is to prepare you for a global career of contribution and collaboration.

The USC Student Senate has 15 positions for USC students to attend. Register here.

Applications for 2021 have closed.

ISANA National Education Conference  |  1-3 December 2021, ONLINE

The ISANA International Education Association Conference provides an opportunity for delegates to explore and discuss the many factors that contribute to the overall student success, both within and outside the classroom. The theme for the 2021  conference in Sydney is ‘Turning point for international education – leading the way through reset and recovery’.

The USC Student Senate has a sponsorship opportunity for one International student to attend up to the value of $2,150.

Applications for 2021 have closed.

USC Student Leadership Symposium | 22 July 2022, USC Moreton Bay

Students from all USC campuses are invited to apply to attend this prestigious event. Participants will develop valuable professional and leadership skills. The 2022 Student Leadership Symposium was themed 'Communication, Collaboration and Compassion'. USC Students are also provided the opportunity to present to their peers at our ‘round table’ session. Students will enhance their leadership skills and develop peer partnerships.

This conference is held annually during Semester 2 Orientation Week.

The USC Student Senate provides the sponsorship opportunity for 80 students to attend the Symposium up to the value of $5,000.

Student Voice Australia Student Summit | 11-12 August 2022, Online

The Student Voice Summit in 2022, was where students will gather again (virtually) to explore how partnership and student voice looks now and into the future.

The Summit will include keynote speakers, facilitated and interactive sessions and opportunities to connect, learn from, and network with one another.

The 2022 Summit is free and welcomes all students from tertiary institutions across Australia, and we extend the invitation to our friends across Aotearoa. Student representatives, student partners, and students interested in the role of student voice in enhancing democracy in higher education are all invited!

Visit our website to view the program, including accessible version.

Australasian Council of Undergraduate Research (ACUR) Conference | 28-30 September 2022, The University of Sydney

Undergraduate students from all disciplines are invited to attend and submit an abstract for the 2022 Australasian Council of Undergraduate Research (ACUR) Conference. The conference will be hosted online by the Australian National University.

Success applicants are invited to apply through the Sponsorship Scheme to seek sponsorship.

Amgen Scholars Program 2023 | 4 January - 24 February 2023

Are you a second year student and have a passion for scientific research?

You are invited to apply to the Amgen Scholars Program from 4 January – 24 February 2023 at The University of Melbourne. Join a community of exceptional scholars from across the globe and experience full-time research in one of our world class laboratories over 8 weeks, fully funded.

Benefits include up to $3600 stipend payment; travel, accommodation, food and excursions also provided.

Applications close 31 August, 2022

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