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Scholarship details

2019-20 Summer Physics and Astronomy Scholarship

Status: Closed

Applications open: 3/09/2019
Applications close: 8/11/2019

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About this scholarship

The Summer Physics and Astronomy Scholarship has been developed by Curtin University to encourage and support students who have chosen to study one of the Physics Streams: Astrophysics, Applied Physics, Materials Science and Theoretical/Mathematical Physics at Curtin University.

  • Current Students
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
  • Undergraduate
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student
  • Merit Based

The Summer Physics and Astronomy Scholarship will provide the following support:

  • Total value of up to $3,000 paid as a cash stipend of $1,000 per fortnight for 6 weeks. The amount can be used at the recipient’s discretion to contribute towards educational related expenses
  • Opportunity to learn about your field of interest
  • Possible involvement in research projects

Scholarship Details

  • Bachelor of Science (Physics) as a single major, or double-degree

  • Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, the holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • Enrolled in an eligible course at Curtin University for 2019/2020
  • Minimum course weighted average (CWA) of 65
  • Good academic performance in preceding physics units
  • Willingness to provide a 10 minute seminar upon completion of vacation program

Application process

Step 1: Apply

  • Application form can be accessed via the ‘Apply Online’ button on the top right-hand side of this page
  • The link will take you through to your OASIS account log-in for online application

Step 2: Complete

  • Complete the application form online
  • Application form can be saved at any point of the process
  • Tips on how to complete your application can be found under the ‘Application Advice’ tab on the scholarships website

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date listed at top of page and within scholarships channel on OASIS
  • Incomplete applications will be assessed as ineligible
  • Once submitted, application status will change to submitted


If you are applying for multiple current student scholarships concurrently using the online system, where the other scholarship closing dates are later than the Summer Physics and Astronomy Scholarship (SPAS) closing date, you will need to submit your entire application by the SPAS closing date in order for your SPAS application to be considered.

Step 4: Receipt

  • Application receipt will be sent to student email once application has been submitted

Step 5: Assessment

  • Applications will be assessed by using the following criteria:
    • Academic merit
    • Responses to questions in application form

Step 6: Outcome

  • Outcome sent via Scholarships Channel within 4-6 weeks of the scholarship closing date
  • All unsuccessful and successful applicants notified

Step 7: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants must accept the terms and conditions via the Scholarship Channel (Student OASIS) by the deadline

Please note:

  • Scholarship will be awarded if there are applicants of sufficient merit
  • Deferral of this scholarship is not permitted
  • Scholarship is not transferrable to another major, course or university


Enrolment Requirements

  • Attendance at the physics and astronomy summer vacation program over the 2019-2020 summer university break;
  • Achieve a satisfactory standard of academic progress as determined by the principal supervisor; and
  • Students will need to give a 10 minute seminar upon completion of their vacation program.

Changes to Enrolment

If a recipient intends to do any of the following they must also apply in writing to the Scholarships Office ( for approval BEFORE the change. The Scholarships Office will advise how the change will affect their scholarship.

  • Change from full time enrolment
  • Change of course

Leave of Absence is not permitted.

Withdrawal or Terminated from units or course: A recipient who withdraws from their units or course of study, or has been terminated from studies will become ineligible for continuation of the scholarship, will not receive any further payments and will be required to repay to Curtin University the stipend awarded for that study period if applicable.


Scholarships Office


Telephone: (08) 9266 2992

Frequently Asked questions:

Further Information


For advice on your Centrelink payments and how your scholarship could affect your payment please see  or contact a Centrelink Office.  If you require a letter about your scholarship for Centrelink, please contact the Scholarships Office. 


Generally scholarship money paid to full-time students is not treated as taxable income, however if your study load is less than 75 credits (part-time) your scholarship money is not tax exempt. Other than the full-time study requirement, the general rule is that scholarships are exempt from taxation unless:

  • It is a condition of the scholarship that a recipient is required to undertake activities that are of use, help or benefit to the scholarship provider - then the student is rendering a service by agreeing to undertake those activities;
  • An award is received by a student where the scholarship is not provided principally for educational purposes.
  • During or upon completion of the degree for which the scholarship is awarded a recipient is required to become, or shall continue to be, an employee of the funding body; or

The Australian Tax Office has a tool to help you determine if your scholarship is taxable.  For expert advice please contact the Australian Taxation Office or your accountant when completing your annual Tax Return.  If a letter regarding your scholarship is required for taxation purposes, please contact the Scholarships Office.

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