Rural & Regional Enterprise Scholarships

This financial support is not administered by the University.


The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships (RRES) Program has been expanded to increase tertiary education opportunities for rural and regional Australians studying any discipline from Certificate IV to PhD level through any mode of study including face-to-face or online/by distance.

The program objectives are to:

  • Increase the number of students engaging in higher education
  • Increase the number of students able to undertake their preferred course of study irrespective of their location; and
  • Increase participants' rate of course completion relative to their peers.

Field of study

Expanded to Any Discipline from Certificate IV to PhD level for Round Three


To be considered for a Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarship, you must meet all the eligibility criteria below:

  • You must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, holder of a permanent humanitarian visa, or a New Zealand citizen living in Australia.
  • You must have commenced or be commencing your Eligible Course of Study in 2019.
  • Your permanent home address must be in a regional or remote area as defined by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).


Your application will be assessed on two main selection criteria:

  • Financial Need - You will need to provide documentary evidence to demonstrate financial need.
  • Capability - You must provide a written response describing:
    • A past educational achievement; and/or
    • A work achievement; and/or
    • Other achievements that help to demonstrate your ability to undertake your Eligible Course of Study.


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.

An Internship Host Organisation receives $500 to assist with the cost of supporting an Internship that is not a requirement of the Scholarship Recipient's Eligible Course of Study.
An organisation supporting an Internship that is a requirement of the Scholarship Recipient's Eligible Course of Study (i.e. work-integrated learning) will not receive the $500.

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

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

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

Full-time study

Scholarship Length Study Assistance Internship

Internship (Internship

Host Organisation)

Total Student Payment
6 months $2,250.00 $500.00 $500.00 $2,750.00

1 year

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

Part-time study

Scholarship Length Study Assistance Internship

Internship (Internship

Host Organisation)

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

How to apply

A complete application must include:

  • a completed application form; and
  • supporting documentation

Only one application per Scholarship Applicant per round is assessed. If more than one application from the same Scholarship Applicant is received by the Scholarship Support Organisation, only the latest application received before the round closes is considered.

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.

You can submit your application and supporting documentation at

Further information

Applications open 8 April 2019
Applications close 5 July 2019
Offers will be made from 22 July 2019

For more information, please visit or call 1800 290 979