Frequently Asked Questions
When are scholarships advertised and awarded?
Scholarships are advertised on the Notre Dame website in July each year, closing dates for applications are in November of the same year, and recipients are announced 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?
How many scholarships can I apply for?
You can apply for as many scholarships as you wish providing you meet the eligibility criteria.
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.
Are there any scholarships available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students?
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 is a Curriculum Vitae (CV)?
A Curriculum Vitae (often shortened to CV) is a detailed document highlighting your professional and academic history. CVs typically include information such as work and volunteer experience, achievements and awards, scholarships or grants you have earned, coursework, research projects and publications of your work.
If you need help determining how to write one, there are plenty of easy-to-follow example templates online.
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?
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?
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.
How can I combine my files into one PDF document?
You can combine JPEGs and multiple documents into one PDF using your phone or your computer. Step by step guides are available online for both Apple or Android devices
How will my scholarship be paid?
Scholarship funds will be paid in two instalments, in Semester 1 and Semester 2. The second instalment will be paid upon confirmation of your Satisfactory Academic Progress by the School you are enrolled in.
What are my duties as a scholarship recipient?
As a scholarship recipient you 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For any queries related to Sydney scholarships, contact:
Joshua Kim, Development Manager by phone (02) 8204 4652 or via email at email@example.com
How do I establish a scholarship?
If you wish to become a donor and establish a scholarship, please visit the Futures Scholarship Fund.