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

Certificate IV through to PhD level.


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;
  • have commenced the first year of their Eligible Course of Study in Semester 1, Semester 2 or Trimester 3 of 2021;
  • provide evidence to demonstrate their financial need;
  • have a permanent home address (for example, family home for school leavers) in a regional or remote area as defined by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) 2016.
    • If a Scholarship Applicant relocates to a major city to study, evidence of relocation from their permanent regional home address to study must be provided.
    • The Scholarship Applicant must not have relocated to a major city more than 3 months prior to commencing the chosen course of study.


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

Other consideration would be based on one or more categories such as people from areas of unemployment, people from remote and very remote areas, Aborginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, women studying in fields with low female representation, people with disability and  people affected by Natural disasters


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 click the "Apply Now" button to begin your application process.

You can also refer to the Program Guidelines Document for Round 5 for your reference.

Further information

Applications open 1 March 2021 and will remain open throughout 2021 (until scholarships are fully exhausted)