Grants for women

Minister for Women's scholarships

Northern Territory women experiencing economic, social, cultural or geographic disadvantage can apply for a Minister for Women's scholarship to help with the cost of tertiary study. 

There are two scholarships available:

  • the Higher Education Scholarship for Women 
  • the VET Scholarship for Women.

Both scholarships are administered by Charles Darwin University (CDU).

Higher Education Scholarship for Women

This is a $15,000 scholarship to study at CDU, including at the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Education. 

In addition to the scholarship money you will also receive $1200 to buy a laptop.

Who can apply 

To apply you must:

  • identify as female
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • have been a resident of the NT for at least 12 months
  • have not completed an undergraduate degree
  • be enrolled, or intending to enrol, full or part-time in a higher education course at CDU
  • show that you intend to use your qualifications and skills in the NT
  • be able to demonstrate economic, social, cultural or geographic disadvantage

How to apply 

To apply follow these steps.

Step 1. Go to the CDU website and fill in an online application. A new scholarship round opens before every semester.
Step 2. Submit a supporting statement which includes all of the following: 

  • a short biography
  • reasons you are applying for a scholarship
  • why you have chosen the area of study
  • your future plans and ambitions.

How your scholarship will be paid

Your scholarship will be paid into your nominated bank account at a rate of $2500 per semester for six semesters or when one of the following happens:

  • the maximum value of your scholarship has been paid
  • you complete your course
  • you no longer meet the ongoing eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility

To keep your scholarship you will need to pass more than 50 per cent of your enrolled load each semester and not fail the same unit two or more times.

If you withdraw from your course after the start of your first semester of study your scholarship will end.

If you breach any conditions of your scholarship or CDU finds you guilty of serious misconduct your scholarship will be taken away.

VET Scholarships for Women

This is a $2000 scholarship to help women pay for their study at CDU or the Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE).

Who can apply

To apply you must:

  • identify as female
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • have been a resident of the NT for at least 12 months
  • be enrolled to study full or part-time at CDU or the BIITE for a Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • show that you intend to use your qualifications and skills in the NT
  • be able to demonstrate economic, social, cultural or geographic disadvantage.

How to apply 

To apply follow these steps.

Step 1. Go to the CDU website and fill in an online application. A new scholarship round opens before every semester.
Step 2. You also need to submit a supporting statement that includes all of the following: 

  • a short biography
  • reasons you are applying for a scholarship
  • why you have chosen the area of study
  • your future plans and ambitions.

How your scholarship will be paid

Your scholarship will be paid into your nominated bank account at a rate of $1000 per semester for two semesters or when one of the following happens:

  • the maximum value of your scholarship has been paid
  • you complete your course
  • you no longer meet the ongoing eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility

To keep your scholarship you will need to pass more than 50 per cent of your enrolled load each semester and not fail the same unit two or more times.

If you withdraw from your course after the start of your first semester of study your scholarship will end.

If you breach any conditions of your scholarship or CDU finds you guilty of serious misconduct your scholarship will be taken away.

More about Minister for Women's Scholarships

Contact CDU by emailing scholarships@cdu.edu.au or phone 1800 061 963.

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Last updated: 18 September 2017