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Scholarship details

2022 - Chris Lewis Scholarship

Status: Open

Applications open: 27/05/2021
Applications close: 26/11/2021

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About this scholarship

The Chris Lewis Scholarship has been developed by Curtin University to support an Indigenous Australian student who can demonstrate academic potential and commitment to the Indigenous community.

Chris Lewis has been an inspiration to both young and mature people with his courage in adversity, wonderful sporting skills and community service with young Indigenous people. He espouses great family values and has worked for the betterment of life in the community. In 2000, Chris Lewis received the John Curtin medal for his role as an Indigenous leader and his community work.

  • Future Students
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
    • Engineering courses
    • Western Australian School of Mines (WASM)
  • Undergraduate
  • Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Students
  • Australian Citizen
  • Merit Based

The Chris Lewis Scholarship will provide the following support for the expected remaining duration of the offered undergraduate degree (based on a full-time study load of 200 credits per year):

A total value of up to:

  • $15,000 for a 3 year degree
  • $17,500 for a 3.5 year degree
  • $20,000 for a 4 year degree
  • $25,000 for a 5 year degree
  • $27,500 for a 5.5 year degree
  • $30,000 for a 6 year degree

Paid as a cash stipend of $2,500 per study period. The amount can be used at the recipient's discretion to contribute towards educational related expenses.

Scholarship Details

All undergraduate degrees 

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the Chris Lewis Scholarship:

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Selected Curtin University as a first or second preference through TISC or applied for admission to Curtin directly to undertake an undergraduate degree in 2022
  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to the Indigenous community
  • Receive a course offer in main round offers into the first preference course that was listed on TISC or direct entry
  • Will enrol full-time (a minimum 75 credits per study period) at Curtin University

This scholarship is deferrable for up to one year.

Application process

Step 1: Access online application form

  • Applications are to be submitted using the online application form. Access the form by clicking on the ‘Apply Online’ button on the top right-hand side of this page

Step 2: Complete

  • Complete the application form online
  • Application form can be saved at any point of the process
  • Multiple scholarships can be applied for at one time
  • 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 is listed at the top of the page
  • Incomplete applications will not be assessed
  • Once submitted, application status will change to submitted

Step 4: Receipt

  • Application receipt will be sent to the email address provided when you created your Curtin account, once your application has been submitted

Step 5: Assessment

  • Applications will be assessed by an assessment panel using the following criteria:
    • Receipt of an offer of a place into an undergraduate degree at Curtin University in 2022
    • Responses to questions in application form
    • Demonstrated academic potential
    • Demonstrated commitment to the Indigenous community

Step 6: Outcome

  • Outcome will be sent via the email address listed through TISC or your Curtin directly entry application after main round offers (all successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified)

Step 7: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants (including those who wish to defer their studies) must return acceptance documents by the deadline stipulated in the terms and conditions
  • Deferral of this scholarship is permitted (details included in scholarship terms and conditions)

Please note:

  • Scholarship will be awarded if there are applicants of sufficient merit
  • Scholarship will commence from first semester of study
  • Scholarship is not transferable to another university

Enrolment Requirements

Recipients must meet all of the following:

  • Maintain a full-time study load of at least 75 credit points each study period at Curtin University
  • Maintain a course weighted average (CWA) of at least 50 each study period
  • Fail no more than one unit each study period

Changes to Enrolment

If a recipient intends to change their enrolment, 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.

Withdrawal or Terminated from units or course: A recipient who withdraws from their units or course of study, or has been terminated from their studies will become ineligible for the 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.

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.


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Further Information

For advice on how to complete your application, please download the Application Guide.

For further information about holding more than one scholarship contact


For advice on your Centrelink payments and how your scholarship could affect your payment please see 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.

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