TAFE Queensland Scholarships

Achieve your career goals with the help of a $5,000 TAFE Queensland Scholarship.

There are two types of scholarships available:

Merit scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate that they will do well in the industry in which they apply for the scholarship.

Access and equity scholarships provide equitable access to study at TAFE Queensland. They are awarded to students who can demonstrate a genuine interest in and commitment to their chosen career, and on the basis of specific equity criteria.

Advance Queensland - TAFE Queensland Pathways Scholarships

The Advance Queensland – TAFE Queensland Pathways Scholarships initiative focuses on growing the economy and supporting students to obtain qualifications to pursue their chosen careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries. TAFE Queensland has partnered with the Queensland Government to offer up to 35 Advance Queensland – TAFE Queensland Pathways Scholarships of $5,000 each for disadvantaged students across a wide range of industry areas in eligible Certificate IV to Degree level courses. Click here to see which courses are eligible.

Scholarships
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  • What types of scholarship are available?

    What types of scholarship are available?

    Merit scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate that they will do well in the industry in which they apply for the scholarship.

    Access and equity scholarships provide equitable access to study at TAFE Queensland. They are awarded to students who can demonstrate a genuine interest in and commitment to their chosen career and identify themselves with one or more of the following categories as a person who is:

    • of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
    • has significant caring responsibilities
    • has a disability or long-term medical condition or illness
    • long-term unemployed (for a period greater than 6 months);
    • a sole parent
    • suffering significant financial difficulties or social barriers to study
    • a woman in a non-traditional industry (e.g. automotive, construction)
    • a man in a non-traditional industry (e.g. hairdressing and beauty, health services)
    • a mature age student returning to the workforce (over the age of 21)
    • suffering from another specified disadvantage.
  • In what areas are scholarships awarded?

    In what areas are scholarships awarded?

    TAFE Queensland Scholarships may be awarded in the following industry areas:

    • Agriculture
    • Animal Studies
    • Aviation
    • Automotive
    • Business services
    • Community services
    • Construction
    • Creative Industries
    • Education services (exc. Training and Assessment Cert IV)
    • Electrotechnology
    • Engineering
    • Event management
    • Hairdressing and beauty
    • Health services
    • Horticulture
    • Hospitality
    • Information technology
    • Marine
    • Meat industries
    • Media
    • Tourism

    Advance Queensland – TAFE Queensland Pathway Scholarships may be awarded in eligible TAFE Queensland STEM courses.

    Click here for a list of eligible TAFE Queensland STEM courses.

  • In what qualifications are scholarships awarded?

    In what qualifications are scholarships awarded?

    • Certificate III
    • Certificate IV
    • Diploma
    • Advanced Diploma
    • TAFE Queensland Degree
  • Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?

    Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?

    To be eligible to receive a TAFE Queensland Scholarship you must:

    • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident (passport, birth certificate, visa or citizenship certificate must be provided); and
    • be a Current Student enrolled for the Next Period of Study or a Future student intending to enrol in an approved TAFE Queensland Qualification for the Next Period of Study.

    Employees of TAFE Queensland are not eligible to apply.

    TAFE Queensland Scholarships are not available for TAFE at School qualifications.

    Current Students part way through their current TAFE Queensland Qualification are eligible to apply provided there is one full semester (or no less than three months) of that Qualification remaining on the date the scholarship offer is made.

  • What questions will I have to answer?

    What questions will I have to answer?

    In a maximum of 300 words per question you will be required to answer the following:

    • Please describe your general life experience and life goals.
    • Please describe your career goals, tell us how these relate to your life experience and life goals.
    • Please describe your understanding of your chosen industry, including any current or previous industry experience, either in this industry or another.
    • Tell us about your commitment to your chosen industry.
    • Tell us why you believe that TAFE Queensland will help you to achieve your goals.
    • Tell us how you intend to use the scholarship money if you are successful.
  • What are the selection criteria?

    What are the selection criteria?

    The following selection criteria will be used by the TAFE Queensland Scholarships Selection Committee when assessing your answers to the questions in the section above.

    • Describe your general life experience and life goals
    • Describe your career goals and tell us how these relate to your life experience and life goals
    • Describe your understanding of your chosen industry, including any current or previous industry experience, either in this industry or another
    • Tell us about your commitment to your chosen industry
    • Tell us why you believe that TAFE Queensland will help you to achieve your goals
    • Tell us how you intend to use the scholarship money if you are successful.
  • How do I apply?

    How do I apply?

    To apply for a TAFE Queensland Scholarship, you will need to complete the online application form.

    Before completing the application form, please read the TAFE Queensland – Scholarship Program Terms and Conditions to see if you meet the requirements to apply for a scholarship.

    You will need to complete all relevant sections of the form in one go and can upload a maximum of 10 documents to support your application.

    Check the What information will I need to provide with my application? section to make sure you have all the information you need before you start.

    Applications submitted without the mandatory supporting evidence will not be considered.

    You will receive confirmation via email of your application being successfully submitted. Please check that you have received this email to be sure your application has been received.

    Please note: If you do not receive this confirmation, you may be required to submit your application again.

  • What information will I need to provide with my application?

    What information will I need to provide with my application?

    • You will need to provide copies of key documents as part of your application. The TAFE Queensland Scholarship Selection Committee uses this information to make sure you are eligible to apply and to assess your application.
    • You must attach certified proof that you are an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident. e.g. certified passport, birth certificate, visa or citizenship certificate must be provided.
    • If you are a merit scholarship applicant, you must attach evidence of achievement. This can be demonstrated through previous study, industry experience or a combination of both.
    • If you are an access and equity scholarship applicant, you must identify yourself with one of the access and equity groups listed in the ‘What types of scholarship are available? section and attach evidence to support this.
    • If you are an existing TAFE Queensland student applying for a scholarship part way through your current qualification, you must attach evidence of courses completed, results of past study at TAFE Queensland as well as supporting statements detailing why consideration should be given for a scholarship part way through your qualification.
    • Only complete applications with all documentation will be considered. So before you submit your application, please make sure you have attached all the required information.
    • If you are a school leaver applying for a TAFE Queensland Scholarship straight from school must attach supporting statements from a current teacher or Principal.
  • When are scholarship applications assessed?

    When are scholarship applications assessed?

    Scholarships will be assessed and awarded annually, for start of study in Semester 1.

  • How are scholarship applications assessed?

    How are scholarship applications assessed?

    The TAFE Queensland Scholarship Selection Committee will assess the information you provided in your application against the identified selection criteria listed in the ‘What are the selection criteria?’ section.

  • When will I be notified of the outcome of my application?

    When will I be notified of the outcome of my application?

    Following the selection process, you will receive notification of the outcome of your application, by email.

  • How and when will I receive the scholarship money?

    How and when will I receive the scholarship money?

    Scholarship money will be paid via electronic funds transfer directly into your bank account. The bank account must be in your name.

    The total scholarship payment will be $5000 split into two payments as follows:

    • Payment 1: $3000 will be paid at the commencement of the Qualification on proof of enrolment and attendance in the Next Period of Study following the date of the scholarship offer for the specific Qualification in which the scholarship was awarded; and
    • Payment 2: $2000 will be paid as follows:
      • for Scholarship recipients studying a Bachelor degree with TAFE Queensland – on completion of the first half of the degree; or
      • for all other Scholarship recipients – on evidence of successful completion of the Qualification, provided that the Qualification (or first half of the Bachelor degree) has been completed within two years of commencing and subject to full payment of all course fees.
    • It is the responsibility of the recipient to provide a copy of their Qualification documentation or unofficial transcript for the first half of their Bachelor degree as proof of completion to scholarships@tafe.qld.edu.au.
  • How can I spend the scholarship money?

    How can I spend the scholarship money?

    Scholarship payments can be used by the recipient used to meet costs including:

    • course fees
    • tuition costs
    • cost of books and other study materials
    • uniform/PPE
    • tools or equipment
    • laptop or other electronic devices
    • cost of living expenses
    • cost of childcare
    • living away from home
    • travel costs
  • Can I apply more than once for a TAFE Queensland scholarship?

    Can I apply more than once for a TAFE Queensland scholarship?

    • If you apply and are unsuccessful you may re-apply.
    • If you have applied and been awarded a scholarship, you cannot re-apply for two years.
    • If you are awarded a scholarship and you don’t complete the first semester or equivalent, you become excluded from any future scholarship applications.
  • Can I defer a scholarship offer?

    Can I defer a scholarship offer?

    The award of a scholarship does not guarantee course placement. Scholarships will be awarded for the next available start of study date. No deferment of the scholarship is allowed.

  • Where can I access more information about the scholarship program?

    Where can I access more information about the scholarship program?

    For more information please see our TAFE Queensland – Scholarship Program Terms and Conditions or contact the Scholarships Coordinator at scholarships@tafe.qld.edu.au

About TAFE Queensland Scholarships

There are two types of scholarship available:

Access and equity

Access and equity scholarships provide equitable access to study at TAFE Queensland. They are awarded to students who can demonstrate a genuine interest in and commitment to their chosen career, and on the basis of specific equity criteria.

Merit

Merit scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate that they will do well in the industry in which they apply for the scholarship.

Contributing to TAFE Queensland

Scholarship donations

Any individual, organisation or industry partner is able to contribute to the program through donations or sponsorship.

Donate to the scholarships program

Visa contributions

Employer sponsors can make a contribution to meet Training Benchmark requirements.

Make a visa contribution

Making a difference

My scholarship put me in the position to attend my course and have my child in day care, an opportunity I will be forever grateful for having.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart; it has immensely improved my life & career options.

Ella Parkinson Cheney

Certificate III Aged Care, TAFE Queensland East Coast

TAFE Queensland CAO Jenny Dodd with TAFE Gold Coast Scholarship recipients Perri Elliot and Scott Byrne

This scholarship has given me the opportunity to study the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance while completing my senior studies, which will put me ahead of my peers when I start job hunting next year.
I have a passion for health and I have very clear career goals; I knew that TAFE Queensland could get me to where I wanted to be, so I followed my desire and was lucky enough to receive a scholarship to fund my dream.

Scott Byrne

Diploma of Nursing, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

Receiving this scholarship has definitely been the highlight of my year and really turned my life around. Thanks to TAFE Queensland and your scholarship I now have a great job doing what love and also having time to spend with my family. Now also thanks to this my wife can now pursue her goals in finding a career.

John Drent

Certificate III in Patisserie, TAFE Queensland East Coast

I found TAFE online the best method of study for me – with 5 children in school, and me working 3 days/week at an accounting firm, plus doing the bookwork for our farming enterprise, I could study and work on assignments in my own time (usually late at night after kids were in bed). The tutor I had was incredibly helpful and readily contactable if I needed assistance. Thank-you for the support through the scholarship – it has been invaluable in helping me along my journey.

Regina Burge

Diploma of Accounting, TAFE Queensland Brisbane

I am truly appreciative to have been gifted a scholarship. It has helped my family and I move towards our goals.
It has assisted me with all my TAFE expenses and afforded me the opportunity to study the course I had waited so long for. I will now possess a qualification that will take me and my family forward.

Mark Watego

Diploma of Community Services Work, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

Scholarship recipients Semester 1, 2016

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