Frequently Asked Questions

  • When are scholarships advertised?

    Scholarships are advertised on the Notre Dame website in September each year. Closing dates for applications are between January and February of the following year unless otherwise stated. See Fremantle, Broome and Sydney scholarships for more details.

  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

    Scholarship application forms are available under Fremantle, Broome, or Sydney scholarships. You will need to fill in the relevant application form for the scholarship(s) you are applying for, enclose any supporting documents and submit to the Office of University Relations by the closing date.

  • Who do I contact for information about scholarships?

    For any queries related to Fremantle and Broome scholarships, contact:

    Stefania Demurtas, Scholarship Program Manager by phone on (08) 9433 0692 or via email at

    For any queries related to Sydney scholarships, contact:

    Joshua Kim, Development Manager by phone (02) 8204 4652 or via email at

  • Are there any scholarships available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students?

    Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are available in Fremantle, Broome, and Sydney.

  • 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.

  • How many scholarships can I apply for?

    You can apply for as many scholarships as you wish providing you meet the eligibility criteria.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • What is the duration of each scholarship?

    The duration of each scholarship varies. A scholarship can be awarded for one year or for the duration of the course you are enrolled in at the time of your application.

  • 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.

  • How will my scholarship be paid?

    Scholarship funds will be paid in two installments, in Semester 1 and Semester 2. The second installment will be paid upon confirmation of the recipient's Satisfactory Academic Progress by the School they are enrolled in.

  • What are my duties as a scholarship recipient?

    Scholarship recipients are required to submit mid-year and end of year progress reports to the scholarship donor. Reports should include academic results, an update on other selection criteria, and other relevant feedback.

  • Will I be told if I have been unsuccessful?

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

  • How do I establish a scholarship?

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

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

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

    You must include a copy of your academic transcript, whether this be of your current enrolled study, previous completed degrees, or high school transcripts. Most academic transcripts will include your Grade Point Average (GPA) and your Weighted Average Mark (WAM). Please ensure these are included in your transcript, if they are not you will need to contact the Student Administration of your respective educational institution and request the missing score. For school leaver applicants, your ATAR is also required in your application.