General conditions for scholarships for
Scholarships and prizes awarded at The University
of Western Australia are governed by Statute 31. Most University
scholarships and prizes have specific conditions which are
available on this web site. Specific conditions for individual
scholarships are to be read in conjunction with these General
Conditions for Scholarships for Coursework Students.
Note: Scholarships governed
by conditions are marked with an * (asterisk).
In these conditions—
a 'scholarship' is a sum of money awarded to a
student to cover or contribute towards the costs associated with
studying for a degree, diploma or certificate of the
'the Scholarships Committee' is the Scholarships
Committee of the Academic Board;
'the University' is The University of Western
1.(1) The value of the scholarship is normally stated in
the conditions for the individual scholarship.
(2) The minimum value of a
scholarship is not less than the Commonwealth Education Costs
Scholarship (CECS) 1, awarded as part of the
Commonwealth Learning Scholarships Programme (CLS), at the time
of the establishment of the scholarship.
2.(1) The criteria on which a scholarship may be awarded
are one or more of the following:
(b) financial hardship;
(c) equity and diversity
opportunities including, but not limited to educational
disadvantage for example associated with gender;
(d) Indigenous student
(e) demonstration of other
outstanding achievements, abilities, leadership or community
(2) The criteria on which
an individual scholarship is awarded are set out in the
conditions for that scholarship.
(3) Even if a candidate
meets the selection criteria for a scholarship, a scholarship is
awarded only if, in the opinion of the selection committee, there
is a candidate of sufficient merit.
3. Academic achievement is assessed by the selection
committee having regard to the student's academic record or, in
the case of a student enrolling at the University for the first
time, whatever record is considered relevant by the administering
4.(1) For scholarships awarded on the basis of financial
hardship, students must be able to demonstrate financial
(a) through being in
receipt of a means tested Commonwealth income support payment
(such as Youth Allowance, Austudy, AbStudy, disability support
pension, Veteran Entitlements payment or another income-tested
benefit or pension) in the year in which the scholarship is
(b) on the basis of a
comprehensive assessment of financial hardship conducted by a
working party comprising:
(i) the Chair of the
Undergraduate Scholarships Sub-Committee; or nominee; and
(ii) the Manager of
the Scholarships Office.
(2) The Manager of the
Scholarships Office may delegate their responsibilities under
this condition to the Undergraduate Scholarships
Equity and Diversity Opportunities
5. Students who may be considered eligible for a
scholarship that provides equity and diversity opportunities to
disadvantaged students include, but are not limited to—
(a) students demonstrating
financial hardship as defined in 4;
(b) students with a
disability as defined under the Equal Opportunity Act of Western
(c) students from a
non-English speaking background;
(d) students from a rural
background who have relocated from a locality that belongs to one
of the following ASGC Remoteness Areas Classifications:
Inner Regional Australia (IR)
Outer Regional Australia (OR)
Remote Australia (R)
Very Remote Australia (VR)
(e) female students
studying in non-traditional disciplines.
Indigenous Students Status
6. Indigenous student status is demonstrated—
(a) on the basis of
(b) demonstration of one or
more of the following:
(i) confirmation by a
recognised representative of the student's local Indigenous
community of the student's Indigenous status; or
(ii) confirmation from the
School of Indigenous Studies, UWA of the student's Indigenous
Other outstanding achievements, abilities,
leadership or community service
7. (1) Students applying for scholarships under this
criterion must be able to demonstrate that their achievements,
abilities, leadership or community service are outstanding
through provision of whatever is required.
achievement, abilities, leadership or community service are
normally assessed using the Scholarships Office ranking
8.(1) To be eligible to apply for a scholarship a
student must, unless the scholarship conditions state otherwise,
be enrolled or eligible to enrol as a full-time student (defined
as undertaking at least 75 percent of an equivalent full-time
load in a scholarship period) at the University unless otherwise
agreed by the Administering Body.
(2) To be eligible to hold
a scholarship a student must, unless the scholarship conditions
state otherwise, be enrolled as a full time student in the course
for which the scholarship is awarded.
Body Responsible for Selection
9. The selection committee is the Scholarships Committee
unless otherwise approved by the Academic Board and detailed in
the conditions for an individual scholarship.
10.(1) Selection of awardees is a comparative and
(2) Those eligible for
consideration are ranked by the selection committee on the basis
of the extent to which, in the opinion of the selection
committee, they demonstrate that they satisfy the selection
(3) In ranking students,
the selection committee has regard to the application and
supporting material, if any, and may interview candidates.
11. The awarding body is the Scholarships Committee
or such other body as may be approved by the Academic Board.
Method of Payment
12.(1) A scholarship is normally paid in two equal
instalments in each year of award.
(2) One instalment is
normally paid on or following the census date in each of first
and second semesters.
(3) Payment of the second
and subsequent instalments is subject to the recipient making
satisfactory progress in accordance with the rules of the course
in relation to which the scholarship is awarded.
13. A scholarship may be held concurrently with another
external or University award unless the conditions for either
award prohibit this.
Criteria for Continuation of Scholarship
14.(1) Continuation of the scholarship is subject to the
recipient remaining enrolled full-time and meeting all other
conditions of the scholarship.
(2) Students who are
granted a period of approved leave do not normally forfeit their
15. The administering body is normally the Scholarships
Office unless otherwise stated in the conditions for an
Frequency of Offer
16. Unless a testator or donor of the bequest or
donation from which the scholarship is funded has expressly
directed otherwise, a scholarship is offered annually.
Acceptance of Offer
17. All awardees who accept a scholarship are required
to sign and return a copy of the General Conditions and the
specific conditions for the scholarship.
Failure to Claim a Scholarship
18. A scholarship lapses if it is not claimed by the
recipient within 12 months of the offer being made.
Unused Scholarship Amounts
19.(1) Where a scholarship that is funded from the
income on a fund lapses or is not awarded for any reason, the
unused scholarship money is returned to the capital sum.
(2) Where a scholarship
that is funded by an annual donation lapses or is not awarded for
any reasons, the unused scholarship money is returned to the
Provision for Sharing a Scholarship
20. Where two or more candidates tie for a monetary
scholarship the scholarship is shared equally.
Tax Implications of Scholarships
21. It is the responsibility of awardees to check the
implications for income tax liability of accepting a
Implications for Means-tested
22. It is the responsibility of awardees to check the
implications for means-tested benefits of accepting a
23. Any thesis, dissertation or other publication
resulting from research undertaken by the recipient while in
receipt of a scholarship must acknowledge the support of the
scholarship and carry the University by-line.
24. Intellectual property is governed by the
University's Intellectual Property policy available on the
University's web site at