Higher education scholarships

You may be eligible for a higher education scholarship of $5,000 per year if you are:

  • a recent year 12 graduate in the Northern Territory (NT)
  • enrolled in your first degree.

Applications for 2022 scholarships are now closed.

You can apply for an NT higher education scholarship if you:

  • finished year 12 in 2020 or 2021
  • completed the NT Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) or equivalent and received an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) / IB
  • scored 85 or above in your ATAR / IB*
  • are an NT resident and are enrolled to study your first undergraduate degree in the NT**
  • are enrolled to study full-time of four units per semester or equivalent
  • are an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • are not working full-time.

*Your IB score is based on the South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC) conversion scale.

**Scholarships may be eligible for study interstate if your course isn't available in any form in the NT.

Examples include:

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science
  • Bachelor of Surgery
  • Bachelor of Geoscience.

You can't apply for a higher education scholarship if you:

  • work for an Australian, state or territory government
  • plan to work full-time during your studies
  • are completing a traineeship or apprenticeship
  • have enrolled to study interstate when the course you wish to study is offered in the NT. This includes double degrees that are available separately in the NT.
  • receive a scholarship, bursary, stipend or funding from another source, excluding:
    • Australian Government Youth Allowance and Abstudy
    • one-off merit scholarships paid in one year or less
    • access and equity grants
    • subsidies and grants not paid to you directly, like an accommodation scholarship or textbook bursary.

Applications for 2022 scholarships are now closed.

You will be sent a confirmation email on receipt of your application. If your application meets the eligibility criteria, it will be submitted to the panel for assessment.

You will be contacted if further documentation is required to progress your application to the assessment stage.

Eligible applications will be ranked based on ATAR scores. Up to 20 scholarships will be awarded.

Assessments will be completed by the end of April.

You will be notified by email about the outcome of your application.

If your application is successful, you will need to sign a deed of agreement confirming you will continue to meet the scholarship criteria and terms. This is a legally binding agreement.

Students need to provide an email address to receive notifications and attachments on their application.

Your scholarship can only be used for the approved course and institution shown on the deed.

Students may be requested to assist with media promotion of the scholarship scheme throughout the term.

You may be invited to complete a survey within 12 months on completion of your studies.

How your scholarship is paid

Your scholarship is paid for the minimum time it takes to complete your course at the full-time study load of four units per semester or equivalent.

If you have chosen to do a double degree it will be paid at the minimum time it will take to complete one qualification of full-time study.

The scholarship is paid in two instalments of $2,500 at the beginning of each semester.

Payments will be made by electronic transfer to your nominated bank account.

Your responsibilities

At the end of each semester, you must provide the scholarships administrator with:

  • proof of an academic transcript of your results
  • confirmation of enrolment in the next semester showing the units enrolled in and the study load.

These documents need to have the name of the university, your name and the degree name on them.

You won't receive any payments unless you do this within 30 days after receiving your results.

You must provide the scholarships administrator with a copy of your results at the end of your final semester to acquit the scholarship.

Academic progress, study load and conduct

To continue to receive your scholarship, you must:

  • be enrolled as a full-time student at all times during the academic year
  • attend classes that align with your course requirements
  • meet your institution's requirements regarding academic progress and conduct
  • complete four units per semester or equivalent - your scholarship will end if you fail four or more units during the course
  • follow reasonable directions given by your institution's staff members and officials
  • not accept any other ongoing scholarship
  • notify the scholarships administrator if your address, telephone, email or bank details change.

Changing your course or enrolment

You must tell the scholarships administrator in writing before you make any changes to your course or enrolment.

The scholarships administrator will determine if you are still eligible for the scholarship and if it should be continued, suspended or ceased.

If your change meets the terms and conditions of the scholarship, you must do the following:

  • send in a copy of the previous semester's results
  • forward a copy of the enrolment confirmation
  • provide written confirmation of any credit transfers you will receive to the new course.

Changing your course can affect the duration of the scholarship.

Deferring your studies

This scholarship can't be deferred.


During the semester you may work part-time if it does not interfere with studies. You can work full-time or part-time during university vacations.

This scholarship does not guarantee employment by the Northern Territory Government during university vacations or on completion of the course.

On graduation, you may apply for a government job. Your application will be subject to normal recruitment practices.

If you did not receive a scholarship and believe your application should be reviewed, you may apply to the executive director of Business and Workforce within seven days of receiving the decision.

You must make a written application for a review and include any supporting information.

The executive director will review the decision and may uphold, amend or overturn it. The decision made following the review is final and cannot be further reviewed.


For more information, contact the Business and Workforce scholarships administrator by calling 08 8935 7707 or emailing scholarships@nt.gov.au.

All correspondence and notifications about your application will be sent via email.

Last updated: 21 June 2022

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