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Scholarship details

2020 - Trimester 3 - Women in MBA Scholarship

Status: Closed

Applications open: 1/06/2020
Applications close: 13/08/2020

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About this scholarship

The Women in MBA Scholarship has been developed by Curtin Graduate School of Business (CGSB) to encourage and support female students who have chosen to study a Master of Business Administration (MBA) either as a full-time or part-time student at CGSB and to establish the employer sponsorship.

This application round is open to domestic female students who wish to commence their study in the trimester for which this scholarship is offered.

To see the scholarship recipient testimonial, please click here.


  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Postgraduate coursework
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • Merit Based

The Women in MBA Scholarship will provide the following support to be awarded as follows:

  • Curtin University provides 40% of the student tuition fees of the MBA course for up to a maximum of 4 years
  • In addition, an employer sponsorship provides at least 20% of the student tuition fees of the MBA course for up to a maximum of 4 years

The fee component of the scholarship will be paid directly to the student fee account prior to the census date relevant to each enrolled trimester.


Scholarship Details

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Curtin Graduate School of Business

Please note:

The MBA (Global) course is an ineligible course for this scholarship


Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the Women in MBA Scholarship:

  • Be a commencing student in the trimester for which this scholarship is offered for
  • Female who is one of the following:
    • Australian citizen
    • Australian permanent resident
    • Australian permanent humanitarian or
    • New Zealand citizen
  • Have applied for the scholarship before enrolling as a student in the MBA at CGSB
    • Applicants who have entered the MBA Program through the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma program pathway are eligible for this scholarship (on pro-rata basis)
  • Be able to demonstrate significant merit for all criteria listed in the scholarship application form
  • Be a full-time or part-time student
  • Be in full-time or part-time employment
  • Sponsored by their employers for the scholarship
  • Provide a satisfactory letter of support from the applicant’s employer regarding an employer sponsorship (see Employer Sponsorship requirements below)
  • Must hold a Bachelor degree or be enrolled via the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Business pathway
  • Must not be in receipt of credit from recognised learning (CRL)
    • Exemption will apply for the students entering the MBA program through the Graduate Certificate (up to 100 credits) or Graduate Diploma in Business pathway (up to 200 credits)
  • Must not be in receipt of any other scholarship, fee discount or sponsorship

Please note:

  • Due to conflict of interest, applicants in self-employment, freelance employment, partnerships, CEO positions or co-CEO positions, family business' or organisations operating as trusts are not eligible to be considered
  • Deferral of this scholarship is not permitted. Recipients who are unable to commence their course of study for the period which this scholarship is offered for will need to re-apply for the scholarship in the relevant study period which they wish to commence their course.


Employer Sponsorship

In addition to the above, the applicant's employer must provide a letter of support which addresses the following requirements:

1. Letter of support:
There are 2 financial support options which employers can elect:

A. Financial (Normal circumstances) A minimum employer contribution of 20% of the student tuition fees of the MBA each trimester for up to 4 years. Employer may contribute additional financial support at any time at their discretion. Contributions are made in accordance with the student's (applicant) enrolment in their relevant trimester of study. This commitment is formalised in a signed Sponsorship Agreement which is administered by the Fees Centre Curtin University. The Fees Centre will send the invoice to the employer in accordance with the student's enrolment load after the Payment Due Date each trimester.

B. Financial (Exceptional circumstances) There may be employer polices where the student is required to pay the Curtin University the required tuition fees in advance and seek reimbursement from their employer upon successful completion of the unit for 20% of the student tuition fees of the MBA each trimester for up to 4 years. This commitment is formalised in a signed letter of support which is co-signed by the student and her employer and provided to the Scholarships Office.

2. On the ground
Provide practical support to enable the applicant to attend class, undertake additional study and group work and complete assignments.

3. Guidance and advice
Nominate a senior industry based student mentor to provide support and advice throughout the applicant’s MBA studies, and also in helping the applicant to develop a post MBA career pathway.

Please note:
If the employer cannot provide all of the support above, the student is deemed ineligible for the Women in MBA Scholarship.

Application process

Step 1: Download

  • Apply for a course admission for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Curtin University first
  • Download the scholarship application form and the employer letter of support template from right hand side of this page

Step 2: Complete

  • Important information such as formatting requirements are detailed in the application
  • Tips on how to complete your application can be found under the Applying for scholarships link on the scholarships website

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date listed at top of page and on application form
  • Late or incomplete applications will be assessed as ineligible
  • Submission instructions:
    • Each supporting document in your application should be labelled clearly e.g. Document A, Document B, Document C
    • Application form and all supporting documentation must be combined and saved as one PDF file.
    • File format: Last name, First name Student ID - Women in MBA Scholarship Application - 2020 Trimester 3 (e.g. Curtin, Jane 12345678 - Women in MBA Scholarship Application - 2020 Trimester 3) 

Step 4: Receipt

  • Application receipt sent to student email within 5 business days of receiving application

Step 5: Assessment

  • Applications will be assessed by an assessment panel using the following criteria:
    • Exceptional female employee with senior management potential
    • Enrollment in the MBA either as a full-time or part-time student
    • Academic achievement
    • Responses to the scholarship criteria listed in the application form
    • Evaluation of the required employer support

Step 6: Outcome

  • Outcome sent via email supplied in the scholarship application within approximately 2 weeks of the scholarship closing date
  • All unsuccessful and successful applicants will be notified

Step 7: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants must return acceptance documents by deadline listed in their offer email
  • Deferral of this scholarship is not permitted

Please note:

  • Scholarships will be awarded only if there are applicants of sufficient merit
  • Scholarship will commence from the trimester for which this scholarship is offered for
  • Scholarship is not transferrable to another major, course or university


Enrolment Requirements

Recipients must meet ALL of the following:

  • Remain enrolled in the MBA course at Curtin Faculty of Business & Law
  • Maintain a study load of at least 25 credit points each trimester
  • Pass all units attempted each trimester
  • Successfully complete the MBA course within 4 years, unless a Leave of Absence is granted
  • Have all the required ongoing employer support

Scholarship continuity is subject to meeting satisfactory academic progress and meeting all the terms and conditions of the scholarship. Progress will be assessed at the end of each study period. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, a recipient with unsatisfactory progress or who breaches the scholarship conditions shall be ineligible to retain the scholarship and may be required to repay the stipends already received for the scholarship. Exceptional circumstances must be forwarded to and shall be at the discretion of the Scholarships Office in consultation with a representative of Curtin Faculty of Business & Law.


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 of enrolment 
  • Change of course is not permitted
  • Leave of Absence is not permitted, unless exceptional circumstances are approved

Withdrawal or Terminated from units or course: A recipient who ceases study at Curtin, either voluntarily (e.g. by withdrawing from course or units) or involuntarily (e.g. termination from course due to unsatisfactory course progress or suspension, termination or expulsion due to misconduct) without approved exceptional circumstances, will become ineligible for continuation of this scholarship. The scholarship will cease immediately and no further payments will be made.

Recipients may be required to repay the scholarship if the recipient withdraws from the MBA program before completion or does not complete the MBA program within the specified 4 years.

Cancellation of Scholarship: Notwithstanding any provision above, Curtin reserves the rights, at its sole discretion, to cancel the award of, or continuity of, the scholarship where the sponsor ceases to fund the scholarship.


Women in MBA Scholarship Queries

Scholarships Office


T: (08) 9266 2992

Frequently Asked questions: 


MBA Program Queries

Curtin Business & Law


T: 1300 222 888


Further Information

Application Advice

Tips on how to complete your application can be found under the Applying for scholarships link on the scholarships website.

Students may apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible for, and if successful, will be awarded the highest value scholarship. If students are successful in receiving an offer for more than one scholarship valued the same, they will have the opportunity to select their preferred scholarship. 

For further information about holding more than one scholarship contact the Scholarships Office.


For advice on your Centrelink payments and how your scholarship could affect your payment please see the Department of Human Services 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.