Frequently Asked Questions



CQUniversity offers a range of scholarships and bursaries tailored to meet the diverse needs and circumstances of our students.

Students enrolled in courses that require the purchase of specific equipment, require periods of unpaid compulsory industry/field placements or students studying by distance who are required to travel to attend residential schools are strongly encouraged to apply for a scholarship to assist with these costs.

Scholarships can also assist students to balance their employment/family responsibilities/study loads, taking some pressure off the finances and allowing more time to focus on their studies.

Visit our CQUniversity Scholarship Website to explore all offered scholarships. Each scholarship contains detail on how to apply.

You are encouraged to apply for scholarships at least twice per year – prior to both Term 1 and 2. If previous applications have been unsuccessful, have another go!

Term 1 Scholarships generally begin opening in October of the year prior and close in January.

Term 2 Scholarships have a considerably shorter application period, generally opening in early May and closing in early June.

For future prospective students, closing dates may occur before you have been offered a place of study with CQUniversity. These students can apply online as soon as scholarship applications open using the prospect application form.

Visit our CQUniversity Scholarship Website for all scholarship open and close dates.

To apply for a CQUniversity scholarship, complete the application form online (found in MyCQU or on the Scholarships Website) and include your written submission of no more than 250 words answering the following:

  • How will a CQUniversity Scholarship assist you with your studies?

You only need to complete one application form to apply for all of the available CQUniversity scholarships.

To apply for an external scholarship, follow the instructions on the organisation’s scholarship website.

You are only required to complete one generic online scholarship application form. CQUniversity will assess your eligibility for any CQUniversity scholarships available in the upcoming term.

Students do not need to apply for specific CQUniversity scholarships separately.

A 250-maximum word written submission which addresses how the scholarship will assist you in achieving your educational objectives.

To be considered for Indigenous specific scholarships and bursaries, you will need to provide a Confirmation of Identity (previously known as Confirmation of Aboriginality/Torres Strait Islander) as an additional supporting document to your scholarship application.

A Confirmation of Identity is issued by an Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander organisation that has been signed by the Organisation’s Chairperson and includes the corporate seal. For scholarships and bursaries, the Confirmation of Identity document should be issued to the student in their current legal name where possible. Confirmation of Identity documents issued in the name of a parent or sibling cannot be accepted.

If you are unable to obtain your Confirmation of Identity (Confirmation of Aboriginality), you must provide 2 x Cultural References and a Statutory Declaration.

A Cultural Referee is defined as:

  • A recognised Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community member named or known as a spokesperson, a member, employee or executive of a registered First Nation Australian organisation; or
  • An acknowledged and recognised Elder or Traditional Owner who is a member of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community.

Any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students who would like further information, guidance, or support in obtaining a Confirmation of Identity are encouraged to contact the CQUni Indigenous Student Engagement Team on 07 4930 9250 or by email

It is important that you regularly monitor your student email once you have submitted a scholarship application. If your application has supporting documents missing or contains information that needs to be verified, you will be sent an email requesting further information.

The ‘request for further information’ email includes detail about what is required to complete the application. The email will also include instructions on how to update your scholarship application.

Incomplete applications will not be considered if your application has been submitted in the final days to the deadline. Students are strongly encouraged to attach all supporting documents to the application form in the first instance at the time of submitting the original application.

Any request for further information needs to be responded to and received prior to the closing date of scholarship applications. Late responses will not be considered.

Once your scholarship application is received, it is reviewed by the Scholarships Team to ensure all required supporting documents are attached.

Documents relating to financial income and/or disability are strictly confidential and only used at the initial stage of the assessment process to identify which scholarships you are eligible for.