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Overview

The Student Sponsorship Scheme 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 limited to the pre-approved conferences and are subject to change each year.

What is sponsored?

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

The University can 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.

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,
  • Have completed at least one semester of study at USC before applying,
  • Have a minimum GPA of 4

Each conference may have 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.

Assessment

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?

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

Supporting documentation such as conference acceptance or invitation may be required. Students can apply for sponsorship prior to registration for the conference. Late applications are not eligible. Students must notify the University of any change to information provided in their application form.

Refer to application dates below for each conference.

Note: In response to the COVID-19 virus across Australia and the globe, some 2020 conferences will be cancelled or postponed. This page will be updated accordingly once further information becomes available.

The pre-approved conferences
Current opportunities

USC Student Leadership Symposium  |  17 July 2020, Sunshine CoastStudent Representatives, Leaders and Volunteers from all USC campuses are invited to apply to attend this prestigious event. Participants will develop valuable professional and leadership skills. The 2020 Student Leadership Symposium is themed ‘Wellbeing and Leadership’.  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 on the Friday of Semester 2 Orientation Week, in 2020 it will be held on Friday 17 July 2020.

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

Applications close Monday 1 June, 2020.

Upcoming opportunities
ANZSSA Conference  |  6-9 December 2020, Perth

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 on 6-9 December 2020 in Perth.

The USC Student Senate has a sponsorship opportunity for one student to attend the conference up to the value of $2,500.

APPLICATIONS OPEN SEMESTER 2

APPLICATIONS close 28 September, 2020

CAPA Conference  |  TBC

The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations is a membership based non-profit organisation that represents of 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 2020 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.

APPLICATIONS OPENING SOON

HERDSA Conference  |  7-10 July 2021, Brisbane

The 2020 conference has been postponed.
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 43rd annual HERDSA conference will be held on 7th - 10th July at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane with the theme Research and Development in Higher Education.

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

APPLICATIONS OPEN 2021

Indigenous Higher Education Conference  |  27-28 November 2020, Melbourne

The Indigenous Higher Education 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 2020 conference will be held on the 27-28 November at Trinity College in Melbourne.

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

APPLICATIONS OPENING SOON

ISANA National Education Conference  |  24-27 November 2020, NZ

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 2020 conference is to be held at the Christchurch Town Hall in New Zealand, from 24 to 27 November. The theme for the conference is Managing challenges and nurturing resilience in international education.

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

APPLICATIONS OPEN SEMESTER 2

STARS Conference  |  5-7 July 2021, Brisbane

The 2020 conference has been postponed.

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 focussed around Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success.

The 2021 conference is being held in Brisbane from 5-7 July.

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

APPLICATIONS OPEN 2021.

Students as Partners Roundtable  |  28 August 2020, Melbourne

Students as Partners is an initiative that puts students in the front seat when it comes to decision making around learning, teaching and university decision-making. The 2020 SaP roundtable will be held on 28 August at Deakin University, Melbourne.

The USC Student Senate has sponsorship opportunities available for two students to attend up to the total value of $2,000.

APPLICATIONS OPEN MONDAY 6 APRIL, 2020

APPLICATIONS CLOSE MONDAY 25 MAY, 2020

Student Leader Global Summit  |  TBC, 2020

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 2020 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.

APPLICATIONS OPENING SOON

TEQSA Conference  |  TBC, 2020

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 2020 TEQSA conference will be the fifth annual event. The theme, location and dates for 2020 are yet to be confirmed.

USC has a sponsorship opportunity for one HDR student (from any campus)  or one undergraduate student from USC Gympie, USC Caboolture, USC Moreton Bay, USC Fraser Coast or USC SouthBank to the value of $2,250.

COMING SOON FOR 2020

UN Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders  | TBC, 2021

The Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders is a three-day international conference that aims to engage youth leader delegates as Humanitarian Affairs Peace Ambassadors, who will return to their institutions to encourage others to build inclusive societies and promote sustainable peace around the world. The 2020 Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders was held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand from 5-7 February, 2020.

2021 Conference details to be announced. NB: Applicants need to be accepted by the Conference panel prior to applying for sponsorship.

The USC Student Senate has a sponsorship opportunity for one student to attend the 2021 summit up to the value of $2,500.

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED FOR 2020

University Scholars Leadership Symposium  | 1-7 August 2020, 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 2020 conference is being held from 1-7 August 2020 in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia.

The USC Student Senate has a sponsorship opportunity for one student aged between 18 and 30 to attend the symposium up to the value of $3,000.

APPLICATIONS OPENING SOON

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