Dare to Be Deadly Scholarship

The Dare to be Deadly (D2BD) Scholarship assists Indigenous students from regional and remote locations with expenses associated with undergraduate study. The scholarship funds are intended to assist with living expenses and costs such as textbooks, uniforms, technology, internet, course specific equipment and/or travel costs associated with compulsory industry placement.

Scholarship Value: $2,000

Length of Scholarship: Once off

Number Available: 30+

Opening Date: 03 May 2022

Closing Date: 03 June 2022

Study LevelSTEPS; Undergraduate; Postgraduate (Course work)
Year of StudyAny
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen
EthnicityAboriginal; Torres Strait Islander
Study RegionAll
Study ModeAll modes
Study LoadAll loads

To be eligible for a Dare to be Deadly (D2BD) Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be enrolled or intending to enrol at CQUniversity in Term 2, 2022
  • Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person and provide Confirmation of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Identity document OR 2 x Cultural References with a Statutory Declaration
  • Be enrolled in any of the following courses:
    • STEPS
    • Higher Education Diploma
    • Associate Degree
    • Bachelor (with or without Honours)
    • Postgraduate course in an area of National Priority (currently Nursing and Education) or as required for initial registration to practice in the chosen field
  • Be enrolled as at Census Date in Term 2, 2022

Preference is given to students who:

  • are from regional and remote areas of Australia, or
  • are able to demonstrate the need for financial assistance to meet university costs

Students will be ineligible if they:

  • have already completed the requirements of a course of study (with any provider) regarded to be equivalent to or higher than a bachelor's award, unless such award is a prerequisite to your current undergraduate course of study
  • are in receipt of a Centrelink Start-Up Loan

Applicants will be assessed on the application form and a personal statement (3 paragraphs) addressing the following:

  • Describe your study goals and how a scholarship will help
  • Describe your community involvement and/or leadership (can be related to sports, school, cultural activities, employment, volunteering etc)
  • Describe your life experiences (tell us a bit about yourself)

Additional Information

Applicants who are receiving a Services Australia (Centrelink) Student Start Up Loan must declare this at the time of application as it may impact on eligibility.

Eligible applicants may receive both a D2BD Scholarship and D2BD Accommodation Scholarship at the same time where they meet the criteria for both.


Applicants must ensure they have entered current banking details into MyCQU for payment to occur. $500 will be made to successful applicants in Week 1 to assist with textbooks and other start of term costs. The remaining $1500 will be paid in Week 6 after final post Census date eligibility checks. Payments will be credited electronically to the student’s nominated bank account. When payment has been made into the nominated bank account, confirmation will be sent to your official CQUniversity student email address. There is no advance payments of scholarship money.

Applications must include all necessary supporting documents. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Applicants will need to supply the following supporting documentation:

  • Confirmation of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Identity Documents:
    • Provide a letter signed by the Chairperson and with the seal of an Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander organisation in the community in which the student lives or has previously lived;


  • 2 x Cultural References AND a statutory declaration:

    • 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
  • Personal statement addressing the Selection Criteria (see Selection Criteria tab)
  • Documents demonstrating previous academic success or University/TAFE Unofficial Transcript
  • Resume
  • Income documents which generally include payslips or Centrelink Income Statements

To apply for the Dare to be Deadly (D2BD) Scholarship:

Complete a Scholarship Online Application Form, ensuring all supporting documentation is completed and attached as outlined here

  • For Current students (applicants who have already have a Student ID number) apply through MyCQU. You will need to log in with your student details.
  • For Future students (applicants who have applied or are intending to apply to study at CQUniversity but not yet received or accepted an offer) Apply now.

Complete Applications must be received at the Student Scholarships Office by 5 pm AEST on the closing date. Please ensure all supporting documents are attached to the application as incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Student Scholarships Team will assess the D2BD Scholarship applications. Academic progress will be taken into consideration for those applicants who are continuing CQUniversity students. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via their CQUniversity student email as soon as possible after the selection panel meets. Decisions are final.
Commonwealth Government Indigenous Student Success Program

The Indigenous Student Success Scholarship Program is a Commonwealth funded program to help students take on the demands of university and succeed. Dare to be Deadly Scholarships are prioritised towards the support of Indigenous students who are financially disadvantaged and/or from remote and regional areas.