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Prestigious scholarships

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Prestigious scholarships are within a group of awards that share a common theme, which is to provide opportunities for outstanding individuals to live up to their potential as Australian and global citizens. The scholarships are aimed at individuals who can demonstrate academic excellence, leadership qualities and commitment to contributing to a better future for society and the community. A selection of the major awards is given below.

Curtin University is part of a WA Alliance to support students in pursuing prestigious scholarship opportunities. For information about how the alliance can help you visit the PRISM Alliance website.

Success in obtaining these scholarships relies on a number of factors including developing a portfolio of achievement. See the Application preparation and Portfolio section for suggestions about the types of activity and qualities that can support an application.

Information sessions about these scholarships are held in the months before the open. For more information on the next session, please see our latest news page.

Intention: To recognise recipient's achievements and contributions to one or more of the following fields: leadership, community service, sports, arts/culture or entrepreneurship.

Level: Undergraduate

Where: Curtin Bentley Campus

Duration: This scholarship covers recipients for the duration of their undergraduate course

Citizenship: Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian permanent humanitarian visa, New Zealand citizen and International students

  • Applications for nomination normally close late October the year before award


Intention: To lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia and strengthen our people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and work placement undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region.

Level: Undergraduate

Where: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam

Duration: Up to 6 months

Citizenship: Applicants must be Australian citizens


Intention: To develop outstanding leaders who would be motivated to fight "the world's fight" and to "esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim", and to promote international understanding and peace.

Level: Postgraduate

Where: University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: Normally two years, discretionary third year

Citizenship: Applicants must meet the citizenship and residency requirements of the Rhodes constituency for which they are applying

Did you know: Curtin’s Robert Ferritto has been named the 2018 Rhodes Scholar for Western Australia.

Curtin's Professor John Phillimore, a Rhodes Scholar, is the Curtin Rhodes Advisor for Curtin applicants, and is available for advice and counselling on how to apply. Professor Phillimore’s contact details are as follows:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 9266 2849
  • Mobile: 0414 276 104

Information for West Australian applicants applying in 2018 for 2019 is also available.

  • Rhodes Scholarship Australia website
  • Applications normally open 1 June in the year previous to taking up the scholarship and close 1 September. This link will open closer to the date.


Intention: To enable individuals to make a leadership contribution to their fields of endeavour and to the Australian and global community in their subsequent careers.

Level: Postgraduate

Where: Any non-Australian university considered to be amongst the global leaders in your chosen field of study

Duration: Up to three years

Citizenship: Applicants must be Australian citizens


The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships encompass merit-based scholarships for both international to come to study in Australia and for Australian citizens to study abroad.

This section focuses on the scholarships for Australian citizens.


  • Develop on-going educational, research and professional linkages between individuals, organisations and countries
  • Provide opportunities for high achieving individuals from Australia and overseas to increase their skills and enhance their global awareness
  • Contribute to Australia's position as a high quality education and training provider, and a leader in research and innovation
  • Increase the productivity of Australians through an international study, research or professional development experience.

Level: Postgraduate

Where: Depends on specific award

Duration: Depends on specific award

Citizenship: Australian citizenship required for outgoing applications

If you are unsure of which scholarship or fellowship you wish to apply for, Endeavour have developed a flow diagram to make it easy for you:

Endeavour Australia Application Flow diagram

Intention: To further mutual understanding between the people of Australia and the United States through educational and cultural exchange.

This is primarily achieved through the administration of Fulbright Scholarships to support students and scholars – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – to research and study in each other's countries, exchange ideas and develop bilateral relations and connections to address common issues.

Level: Postgraduate

Where: United States of America

Duration: Up to 12 months

Citizenship: Australian citizens by birth or naturalisation (note: dual US/Australian citizenship holders are ineligible).


Intention: The Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship program provides funding for students from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to conduct graduate study at Harvard University. Frank Knox Memorial Fellows are selected on the basis of outstanding academic excellence, strength of character, and potential for leadership in their fields.

Level: Postgraduate

Where: Harvard University, USA

Duration: Normally up to two years of study (in degree programs requiring more than one year of study, renewals after the second year considered on a case-by-case basis).

Citizenship: Applicants must meet the academic, citizenship and residency requirements of the Knox Fellowship awards.