Higher education scholarships

The higher education scholarship program is under review. The criteria and terms may change for 2018 applicants.

When you can apply

Applications for 2017 higher education scholarships have now closed.

Who can apply

You can apply for a higher education scholarship if you:

  • are an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • live in the NT and are enrolled to study your first undergraduate degree
  • finished secondary school in the NT and Year 12 in 2015 or 2016
  • completed the NT Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) and received an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) / IB
  • are not working full-time.

Who can't apply

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
  • receive a scholarship, bursary, stipend or funding from another source, excluding:
    • Australian Government Youth Allowance and Abstudy
    • one-off merit scholarships of one year or less 
    • access and equity grants
    • subsidies and grants not paid to you directly, like an accommodation scholarship or textbook bursary
    • have enrolled to study interstate when the core program you wish to study is offered in the NT.

How to apply

Applications for 2017 higher education scholarships have now closed.

How your application is assessed

To be considered for a scholarship you must meet all the following criteria:

  • the requirements listed above under Who can apply
  • you are enrolled to study full-time - ie four units per semester
  • you have an ATAR/IB of 80 or above - IB is based on the SATAC conversion scale
  • if you are studying interstate, you must provide written evidence that the core program of study is not available in the NT.

If your application is successful

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

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

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.

The $5,000 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. 

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

  • proof of enrolment for the next semester
  • and an academic transcript of your results.

You won't receive any payments unless you do this within 21 days after receiving your results. 

You must provide the scholarships administrator with a copy of your results at the end of the 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
  • make satisfactory progress in your course - your scholarship will end if you fail four or more units during the course
  • complete four units per semester or equivalent
  • follow reasonable directions given by your institution's staff members and officials
  • 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 your scholarship, you must forward a copy of the confirmation for your new enrolment as soon as you receive it from your institution. 

Deferring your studies

This scholarship cannot 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 vacations.

This scholarship does not guarantee employment by the Northern Territory Government on completion of the course. On graduation, you may apply for vacancies in the Northern Territory Public Sector. Your application will be subject to normal recruitment practices.

If your application is not successful

If you did not receive a scholarship and believe your application should be reviewed, you may apply to the executive director of Employment and Skilling NT within 14 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.

Contact the scholarships administrator

For more information, contact the scholarships administrator.

Scholarships Administrator
Employment and Skilling NT
Department of Trade, Business and Innovation
GPO Box 3200
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: (08) 8935 7706

Last updated: 27 June 2017