Funded by the University, industry, individuals and non-profit organisations, scholarships are available to prospective and current students. While the selection criteria vary for each scholarship, community involvement and leadership roles, as well as academic performance and financial hardship, are considered as part of the application process.

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New Scholarships for 2023 commencing students!

New Opportunity and Merit scholarships worth up to $20,000 available for students commencing undergraduate and postgraduate programs in 2023. There are 20 scholarships available, which will be awarded on the basis of equity or merit.

  • The Notre Dame Merit Scholarship
  • The Notre Dame Postgraduate Merit Scholarship
  • The Notre Dame Opportunity Scholarship
  • The Notre Dame Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarship

Every student’s story is different and scholarships are often a life-changing financial contribution that enables them to commence or continue their studies, without the added stress presented by the day to day costs of living. This could mean buying food, paying rent, transport and household bills, bringing up children as single parents, being a family on one income, becoming unemployed or caring for a sick loved one.

Our scholarships also reward students who have demonstrated academic brilliance and aim to encourage them to always strive for success.

Scholarships change lives by providing essential assistance when it is needed the most. The University wishes to recognise the support of our most generous donors, thank them for placing their trust in our students and acknowledge their ongoing commitment to Notre Dame by sharing their stories.

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Prospective Students Office


Who is considered a rural student?

To be considered a rural student you have to demonstrate that you have lived or studied for at least five years (consecutive or cumulative) after commencing primary school in a place classified by the Australian Standard Geographic Classification – Remote Areas (ASGC-RA) system as level 2-5.

Can I apply for a scholarship if I am not an Australian citizen?

Notre Dame offers scholarships to students who are Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and international students.

What do I write in my Personal Statement?

In your Personal Statement you will need to address the Selection Criteria of the scholarship you are applying for. Use each of the selection criteria as headings. Some common examples of selection criteria include:

  • Financial need
  • Personal circumstances which warrant special consideration
  • Personal qualities and motivation
  • Community service
  • Academic merit

It is essential to respond to each criterion, writing at least one to two paragraphs explaining how you have demonstrated the particular skill, quality, or need. If relevant, provide examples from your work, study or community roles. Be clear and to the point. If a word limit is set, ensure you adhere to it, and edit your responses for grammar, spelling and punctuation.

What academic merit details do I need to include in my scholarship application?

You must include a copy of your academic transcript and specifically:

  • If you are a current student, include a copy of your current academic transcript from Notre Dame downloadable from MyND Portal.
  • If you are a commencing student, include a copy of your academic transcript from previous studies, such as your ATAR examination results if you are a school leaver or an academic transcript from previous tertiary studies where applicable.

Most academic transcripts will include your Grade Point Average (GPA) and your Weighted Average Mark (WAM). Please ensure these are in your transcript, if they are not you will need to contact the Student Administration of your respective educational institution and request the missing results.

How do I download my current academic transcript from MyND Portal?

For instructions on how to download an unofficial academic transcript for your scholarship application, please see the Academic transcript webpage or contact the Student Administration and Fees Office.

What should the reference letters include?

With your scholarship application form you will need to include two written reference letters. Ideally, the two letters will consist of an educational/professional reference, and a character reference.

Your referees can include a current or previous employer; a representative of an organisation you are volunteering or have volunteered for; or one of your lecturers. We suggest you provide your referee with a copy of the scholarship conditions so that the reference can be written with a particular focus.

Letters from spouses, partners, and family members, neighbours or personal friends will not be considered.

What Centrelink details do I need to include in my scholarship application?

Where you are asked to provide details of your current financial situation and you receive Centrelink benefits, you must include a full copy of a current Centrelink Income Statement, dated within the last three months. A Centrelink Income Statement can be obtained by phoning Centrelink on 13 24 90. Please allow 4-5 working days from the date you request the Income Statement and factor this into the timeline in respect of the closing date for scholarship applications. Alternatively you can go into a Centrelink office and request an Income Statement over the counter.

Which additional supporting documents can I submit with my application?

Additional supporting documents will depend on your personal and financial situation, and what you are able to provide at the time of your application. These can include proof of Centrelink income, a medical certificate, previous academic records, or a copy of your passport if you are an international student.

Will I be told if I have been unsuccessful?

If you have been unsuccessful you will be notified via email.

Who do I contact for information about scholarships?

For any queries related to scholarships, contact

How do I establish a scholarship?

If you wish to become a donor and establish a scholarship, please visit the Scholarships Fund.