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75% of students who applied for scholarships in semester 2, 2020 received financial support

Our scholarships and bursaries celebrate different types of skills and support people from all kinds of backgrounds, giving you the freedom to focus on your study.

Semester 1, 2021 scholarships are now open and will close on 30 November 2020.

Who is eligible?

Commencing and continuing domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens and Permanent Australian Humanitarian Visa holders) can apply for most USC scholarships and bursaries.

Students may be eligible for a scholarship based on academic performance, sporting achievements or community service, or a combination of all these things. Some scholarships require you to be enrolled in a particular degree or course – you can find this information under the selection criteria.

Some of the scholarships listed here may also be open to international students. Students should refer to the scholarship conditions and selection criteria for more information and to determine whether they may be eligible. In addition, international students should refer to scholarships for international students and check with their home institution or government to find out if other scholarship options are available.

Postgraduate and Research students should refer to how to apply for a Postgraduate Research Scholarship and view the external scholarships and awards.

Cross-institutional students are not eligible to apply for USC scholarships and bursaries and should apply for scholarships and bursaries at their home institution.

Application dates

USC Semester 1, 2021 undergraduate scholarship applications are now open and will close on 30 November 2020. Selections will be held in January/February with all applicants being notified of the outcome of their application in late February 2021.

USC Semester 2, 2021 undergraduate scholarship applications open 1 April 2021 and close on 31 May 2021. Selections will be held in July/August with all applicants being notified of the outcome of their application by the close of business on Friday, 27 August 2021.

Applications lodged after the closing date will not be accepted.

How do I apply?

Click APPLY NOW and submit one online application form to be considered for most undergraduate scholarships USC have on offer or go to How to apply for a USC scholarship for more information.

Refer to the relevant semester's scholarships listing to check which scholarships you can apply for by completing the online application form and which ones need an individual application.

Each semester, USC awards hundreds of scholarships and bursaries to assist students with the costs of university study. They aren’t just for high achievers – scholarships and bursaries are also awarded to students who need financial assistance or who demonstrate other achievements, such as sporting excellence or community activities (like volunteering or community leadership). There are also scholarships for different areas of study or relocation scholarships that support you in your move away from home.

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