Rural & Regional Enterprise Scholarships

This financial support is not administered by the University.


The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships are intended to improve access to and completion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) tertiary education courses for students from a regional or remote area in Australia. The program objectives are to:

  • increase the number of students engaging with STEM disciplines;
  • increase the number of students able to undertake their preferred course of STEM study irrespective of their location; and
  • increase program participants' rate of course completion relative to their peers.

The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships will improve educational attainment and skills development opportunities for regional and remote students. Through studying STEM, Scholarship Recipients will obtain important occupational skills, as well as strengthening their foundational literacies, socio-emotional skills and higher-order cognitive skills. They will be better equipped to adapt to the changing nature of work in a technologically advanced economy.

The Program will support at least 1200 undergraduate, postgraduate and Vocational Education and Training (VET) students to undertake a STEM qualification, including in the fields of health and agricultural science. Scholarships will be administered through two rounds of applications for the 2018 and 2019 academic years, each for at least 600 Scholarships.

Scholarship Recipients have the option to access support for undertaking an internship. Internships give Scholarship Recipients an opportunity to gain experience within a workplace relevant to their study or training and learn about the organisation in which they are placed.

The Department of Education and Training is contracting a third party provider, the Scholarship Support Organisation, to manage the Program. The Scholarships Support Organisation will run the application and selection processes, distribute scholarship funding, monitor continued eligibility and compliance with scholarship conditions, and report to the department at specified intervals.

Field of study

Science , Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


To be eligible for a Scholarship:

  • the Scholarship Applicant must be an Australian citizen, Permanent Resident, holder of a permanent humanitarian visa, or a New Zealand citizen living in Australia;
  • the Scholarship Applicant must not have already commenced their Eligible Course of Study;
  • the Scholarship Applicant's permanent home address must be in a regional or remote area as defined by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) - Scholarship Applicants can check the remoteness classification of their address under the ASGS at DoctorConnect

To be recognised as a STEM course of study, the course must be classified under one of the following Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED), 2001 broad fields of study:

  • Natural and Physical Sciences (includes Mathematical Sciences)
  • Information & Technology
  • Engineering and Related Technologies
  • Agriculture, Environmental and related studies; and
  • Health (except the narrow field of study 0619: Complementary Therapies).


Scholarship Recipients may receive total Scholarship payments up to $18,000, based on course length and type of study or training (refer to the table below). A further $500 is available to Scholarship Recipients to support an Internship.

As an example, a four-year (or more) Scholarship Program includes:

  • up to $18,000 in study assistance; and
  • $500 as an incentive payment to the student for undertaking an Internship.

The tables below outline the different levels of Scholarship payments by mode of study:

Full-time study

Scholarship Length Study Assistance Internship Total Student Payment
6 months $2,250.00 $500.00 $2,750.00

1 year

$4,500.00 $500.00 $5,000.00
2 years $9,000.00 $500.00 $9,500.00
3 years $13,500.00 $500.00 $14,000.00
4 years $18,000.00 $500.00 $18,500.00

Part-time study

Scholarship Length Study Assistance Internship Total Student Payment
1 year $ 2,250.00 $500.00 $ 2,750.00
2 years $ 4,500.00 $500.00 $ 5,000.00
3 years $ 6,750.00 $500.00 $ 7,250.00
4 years $ 9,000.00 $500.00 $ 9,500.00
5 years $11,250.00 $500.00 $11,750.00
6 years $13,500.00 $500.00 $14,000.00
7 years $15,750.00 $500.00 $16,250.00
8 years $18,000.00 $500.00 $18,500.00

How to apply

A complete application must include:

  • a completed application form; and
  • supporting documentation

Applicants must submit the following documentation with their completed application form:

  • evidence of Australian citizenship, permanent residency, holding a permanent humanitarian visa or being a New Zealand citizen living in Australia;
  • proof of residence in a regional or remote area in Australia;
  • evidence of financial need;
  • evidence of eligibility for Other considerations.