Our scholarships, as well as those we’ve created in partnership with employers, industry, governments and other organisations, are available to current and future students.
Because each of our scholarships is different it’s important to review the eligibility criteria, open and closing dates and the terms and conditions.
TAFE Queensland Scholarships
Access and equity scholarships
Access and equity scholarships 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:
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
- significant caring responsibilities
- a disability or long-term medical condition or illness
- long-term unemployed (longer than 6 months)
- sole parent
- suffering significant financial difficulties or
- social barriers to study
- another specified disadvantage.
Access and equity scholarships are worth $5,000 with $3,000 paid at commencement and $2,000 later in the course depending on the type of course you are studying. You can use your scholarship to meet costs such as course fees, tuition costs, textbooks or other study materials, uniforms, childcare, travel costs and more.
Our merit scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate outstanding academic merit or demonstrate strong work performance along with the demonstrable desire to secure ongoing employment within the industry to which they applied for the scholarship.
Our Merit scholarships are $5,000 in value, with $3,000 paid at commencement and $2,000 later in the course depending on the type of course you are studying. You can use your scholarship to meet costs such as course fees, tuition costs, textbooks or other study materials, uniforms, childcare, travel costs and more.
Applying for a scholarship
To apply for a scholarship you will need to complete the online application form. When you apply you will have the opportunity to attach documentation to support you application such as a resume, letters of support, certificates etc.
To be eligible to apply for a TAFE Queensland Scholarship you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you will also need to provide evidence of this in your application by attaching your passport, birth certificate, citizenship certificate or applicable visa. The selection committee will use this information to make sure you are eligible and to assess your application.
Assessment process and timelines
Scholarships will be assessed and awarded annually, for start of study in Semester 1 the following year. The selection committee will assess the information you provide in your application, against the identified selection criteria. Following the selection process, you will receive notification of the outcome of your application.
Frequently Asked Questions
To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is either:
- Intending to enrol into a new eligible TAFE Queensland qualification in Semester 1, 2023 or
- a first-year apprentice enrolled with TAFE Queensland at the time of submitting a scholarship application.
With the exception of first year apprentices, current TAFE Queensland students who are part-way through study are not eligible to apply for a scholarship for a qualification that they have already commenced.
Employees of TAFE Queensland are not eligible to apply.
TAFE Queensland Scholarships are not available for qualifications undertaken as part of the TAFE at School program.
TAFE Queensland Scholarships are not currently available to international students.
TAFE Queensland Scholarships are available in two categories:
Merit scholarships are awarded to students who have achieved outstanding academic merit or demonstrate strong work performance along with the demonstrable desire to secure ongoing employment within the industry to which they applied 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 of the following access and equity categories:
- is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
- has significant caring responsibilities
- has a disability or long-term medical condition or illness
- is long-term unemployed (for a period greater than 6 months)
- is a sole parent
- suffers significant financial difficulties or social barriers to study
- suffers from another specified disadvantage.
Please see the terms and conditions for full details on all scholarships available.
- Certificate III
- Certificate IV
- Advanced Diploma
- TAFE Queensland Associate Degree
- TAFE Queensland Bachelor’s Degree
Note: Degree programs offered in in conjunction with partner universities are not eligible for TAFE Queensland Scholarships.
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.
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.
- Demonstrated likelihood to successfully complete the qualification.
- Whether the applicant is either already employed or has a strong chance of being employed in the industry to which they applied for a scholarship.
- An assessment of the applicant’s understanding of their industry and the employment opportunities and pathways.
- An assessment of the applicant’s commitment to promote TAFE Queensland as the leading vocational education and training provider in Queensland.
- An assessment of the applicant’s achievement demonstrated through previous study, industry experience or a combination of both.
- an assessment of the barriers to study experienced by the applicant (applicable only for Access and Equity Scholarship applicants).
- To apply for a scholarship, you will need to complete the online application form.
- Before completing the application form, please read the 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.
- 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 proof that you are an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident. This must be a passport, birth certificate, visa or citizenship certificate.
- If you are a TAFE Queensland Merit Scholarship applicant, you must attach evidence of achievement. This can be demonstrated through previous study, industry experience or a combination of both. Examples of evidence may include, certificates, study results, school reports and/or letters from employers.
- If you are a TAFE Queensland 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?’ and attach evidence to support this. Evidence documents will vary depending on your situation and the access and equity group/s you identify with. Examples:
- Centrelink payment documentation in your name could be used as evidence of financial difficulty, sole parenting, significant caring responsibilities, unemployment etc.
- Letters/reports from a medical professional can be used as evidence of a disability or long-term medical condition or illness.
- Evidence of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent should be provided by Confirmation of Aboriginality documentation. If this is unavailable a Statutory Declaration may be accepted.
Only complete applications with all documentation will be considered. Before you submit your application, please make sure you have attached all the required information.
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.
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 after commencement of study in Semester 1, 2023, on proof of enrolment and attendance.
- 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
- for scholarship recipients who are apprentices– on completion of two years of the apprenticeship, with a ‘J -Competency Achieved’ result for at least half of the units needed for the apprenticeship/completion certificate
- for all other scholarship recipients – on evidence of successful completion of the qualification, provided that the qualification has been completed within two years of the commencement of the scholarship.
Please refer to the terms and conditions for full payment details.
Scholarship cash payments can be used to meet study related costs including:
- course fees
- tuition costs
- cost of books and other study materials
- tools or equipment
- cost of childcare
- living away from home
- travel costs
- If you apply and are unsuccessful you may re-apply.
- If you have been awarded a scholarship, you cannot re-apply for a period of 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.
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.
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Sponsor a TAFE Queensland Scholarship
Sponsors can be individuals, businesses, or community groups that are passionate about joining us to create opportunities for people from all over Queensland to develop their skills and gain a qualification that is in demand in industry.
There are many reasons to sponsor a TAFE Queensland Scholarship:
- Raising the profile of a company, organisation or individual within an industry or in the wider community.
- Recognition as a socially responsible company or organisation through a commitment to education with TAFE Queensland.
- Sponsoring a scholarship can provide industry partners with an early opportunity to select from the students in their field.
- A scholarship may be established to remember or honour a student, family or staff member.
- A sponsor may wish to ‘give something back’ having been involved with TAFE Queensland through either work or study.
To discuss scholarship sponsorship opportunities in more detail, please contact:
Helen Stanley, Foundation Manager, TAFE Queensland
Telephone: 07 3215 1689 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributing to TAFE Queensland Scholarships
Any individual, organisation or industry partner is able to contribute to the program through donations or sponsorship.
External scholarship opportunities
In addition to TAFE Queensland scholarships, there are a range of external grants and scholarships on offer from other organisations that you may be eligible for to assist with study and training costs and other related expenses.
For further information and applications please contact each company or organisation directly.
Financial assistance offered to one student enrolled in a full time, accredited Australian education institution studying a certificate, diploma, degree, or traineeship in any of the medicine, health sciences, healthcare, and/or specialist healthcare.
For more information please visit the Choosi website.
The Queensland Overseas Foundation offers scholarships for recent vocational education and training (VET) sector graduates and tradespeople who want to work overseas, and bursaries to VET trainers and assessors to fund their attendance at recognised international courses, workshops, work placement, events or activities with professional development benefits.
For more information please visit the Queensland Overseas Foundation website.
Financial support for a student pursing a career in the energy and resources sector. You must be enrolled full time in in an accredited Australian Tertiary Education Institution and be studying for a certificate, diploma, degree or traineeship in mining engineering, process engineering, geology, metallurgy, or similar fields.
For more information please visit the Quentin Flannery Resources Scholarships website.
Financial assistance available to one eligible student studying a certificate, diploma, degree or traineeship full time in either business, finance, medicine, healthcare or specialist healthcare, at an accredited Australian tertiary education Institution.
For more information please visit the Real Futures Grant website.
The RSL Queensland Scholarship program aims to empower ex-Defence personnel, partners and their children by supporting them through tertiary study or vocational training. Three scholarship types are available: ex-defence, partner, and veteran dependant.
For more information please visit the RSL Queensland website.
The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program (RRESP) has been introduced to improve access to and completion of tertiary education courses for students from regional and remote areas in Australia in STEM courses.
For more information please visit the RRESP website.
The Pinnacle Foundation provides annual scholarships for LGBTIQ+ Australians who are at least 17 years of age and younger than 27 years of age on the closing date for scholarship applications, who are planning to study full-time education at a public institution of higher education in Australia, for the purpose of gaining an educational or vocational qualification in any profession, trade or the arts.
For more information please visit the Pinnacle Foundation website.
WorldSkills Australia holds a number of competitions on a regional, national and international level over a two-year cycle. They also offer scholarships to participants to help pursue further skills development through study, work and financial support.
For more information please visit the WorldSkills Australia website.
The Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians provides scholarships of up to $13,000 for young Australians from select regions to undertake an eligible certificate III, certificate IV, diploma or advanced diploma course.
For more information please visit the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website: https://www.dese.gov.au/commonwealth-scholarships-program-young-australians
Scott, Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology - Electrical (UEE62111)
TAFE Queensland’s industry–based scholarship program not only helps students meet their career goals, the program also gives industry the opportunity to attract workers and build skills capability.
Scott is currently enrolled as an apprentice, studying a Certificate III in Electrotechnology and has used the TAFE Queensland Scholarship to commence study in an Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology (Electrician).
“Having the scholarship has really helped me a lot. I don’t think I would have done it without it. This scholarship has really meant a lot to me,” he said.
Elsie, Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (HLT43015)
Elsie has always been fascinated by the Health Industry, which is why she is using a TAFE Queensland Scholarship to help her on her pathway to becoming a physiotherapist. Single mother and currently studying a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance, the Scholarship has provided invaluable support to help her realise her dream.
Elsie said the scholarship program was great and that she would recommend a TAFE Queensland Scholarship to anyone.
“There’s a lot of support at TAFE, there’s different departments supporting you with your assignments, teachers are great, everyone is great,” she said.
Wendy is getting qualified thanks to a TAFE Queensland scholarship funded by Community Bank Samford (part of Bendigo Bank)
Kalbar resident Dana Brook is on the path to her dream career in fitness thanks to a TAFE Queensland scholarship funded by CPL Group.
Whether you’re leaving school this year, considering a career change, or looking to upskill to land a job, Queenslanders are encouraged to apply for a TAFE Queensland scholarship with applications now open.
A TAFE Queensland scholarship has handed Pablo Andlovec the fundamentals he needed for the change he was looking for, setting himself on a path to directing his own business in the hairdressing industry.
Chioma Ogbonna made a giant leap to leave her home country of Nigeria to start a new life in Australia, and with that came the challenges of starting her career in construction all over again.