USC Asylum Seeker Scholarship - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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USC Asylum Seeker Scholarship

Applications are now open for Semester 1, 2021.

Selections will be held in January/February with all applicants being notified of the outcome of their application by Friday, 26 February 2021.

 

Supporting asylum seeking undergraduate and postgraduate students in financial need with tuition fees and tertiary education costs

Accessing higher education is critical for many people seeking asylum as a means to living a meaningful life and most continue to face barriers in doing so. The USC Asylum Seeker Scholarship aims to support those people seeking asylum in Australia by assisting with the costs of tuition in addition to study support payments, coupled with other supportive measures offered by USC.

The University (USC) will fund two (2) scholarships per annum. Each scholarship will fully cover the international student tuition fees for any undergraduate or postgraduate program that a recipient is eligible to enter at USC plus include a stipend of $4,000 per year (pro-rata for part-time study) plus $1,000 one-off upfront payment in year 1.

Available to students on specific Australian visas and awarded based on financial and personal need, the USC Asylum Seeker Scholarship will depend on the degree duration of each recipient and the program of study undertaken.

Each scholarship will fully cover the international student tuition fees for any undergraduate or postgraduate program that a recipient is eligible to enter at USC plus include a stipend of $4,000 per year (pro-rata for part-time study) plus $1,000 one-off upfront payment in year 1. The stipend component of the scholarship will be paid in eight fortnightly instalments of $250 [A$2,000 per semester] for the normal duration of the program and continued enrolment will be confirmed at census date in each semester.

Study Support Payment Schedule 2021

Semester 1

   

Semester 2

1

26/02/2021  

1

23/07/2021

2

12/03/2021  

2

6/08/2021

3

26/03/2021  

3

20/08/2021

4

9/04/2021  

4

3/09/2021

5

23/04/2021  

5

17/09/2021

6

7/05/2021  

6

1/10/2021

7

21/05/2021  

7

15/10/2021

8

4/06/2021  

8

29/10/2021

Please be aware that by enrolling at University (full-time or part-time), you may lose any government income support you currently receive (depending on your Australian visa type).

Eligibility
  • A commencing undergraduate or postgraduate student undertaking study at USC;
  • Must be a holder of one of the following Australian visas:
    • Bridging Visa E (subclass 050)
    • Temporary Protection Visa (subclass 785)
    • Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (subclass 790)
  • Financial need
Selection criteria
  • Financial need
  • Other equity considerations and circumstances
  • Personal statement
Eligible programs
All undergraduate or postgraduate programs
Number available
2
Value

Tuition fees + A$4,000 per annum + A$1,000 one-off upfront in Year 1

Application
  • HOW TO APPLY: Lodge Semester 1, 2021 application, with all supporting documentation, by 30 November 2020: USC Asylum Seeker Scholarship (PDF 598KB)
  • SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION: Please ensure your application includes evidence of your Australian visa, educational qualifications, Centrelink statement and/or payslips and a written statement of support.