Academically talented students who are on their way to becoming tomorrow’s future leaders are able to tap into a support network at Curtin which will assist them with mentoring and advice in the lead up to applying to study at internationally renowned universities such as Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard.
Winning a scholarship such as the Rhodes, Fulbright or John Monash is an unequivocal way for students to cement their presence in academia and access resources that will boost their career.
Success in obtaining these scholarships relies on many factors including developing a portfolio of achievements and being able to demonstrate commitment to a cause. See the building your portfolio page for advice.
Information sessions about prestigious scholarships are held in the months before they open for application. For details about the next session, see the important dates page.
Curtin University is part of a WA Alliance to support students in pursuing prestigious scholarship opportunities. The Alliance also runs periodic events and workshops to help students prepare their portfolio and application. For information about how the PRISM Alliance can help you visit the PRISM Alliance website.
Undergraduate prestigious scholarships
The Don Watts High Achiever Scholarship encourages, and supports, academically outstanding students who have demonstrated excellence in the fields of leadership, community service, sport, arts/culture or entrepreneurship. The scholarship is for study at Curtin Bentley Campus and is tenable for the remainder of the recipient’s degree.
The New Colombo Plan is an Australian Government initiative which aims 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. The NCP Scholarship provides support for up to six months for study in select countries.
Postgraduate prestigious scholarships
Established in 1903 under the will of Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes is the oldest, and perhaps the most prestigious, international graduate scholarship program in the world. Tenable for two and a half years with a discretionary third year, the scholarship supports exceptional, all-round students to undertake postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford (UK) – one of the world’s leading universities. Through the scholarship, Rhodes Scholars are provided with transformative opportunities, encouraging them to ‘fight the world’s fight’ throughout their lives, and contribute to international understanding.
The John Monash Scholarships recognise excellence and leadership and celebrate one of Australia’s finest leaders: General Sir John Monash. Each year the scholarships are awarded to outstanding Australian graduates to enable them to study for a Masters or Doctoral degree at the world’s best universities, with funding for up to three years. Successful applicants have shown excellence in their field, demonstrated leadership skills, and have a vision for how they can contribute to a better Australia.
Cambridge Australia provides a range of scholarships for outstanding Australian graduates to undertake masters and PhD studies at the University of Cambridge, UK. Scholarship funding source depends on which Australian state students graduated from their undergraduate degree. The Cambridge Australia Frank Downing Scholarship are available to Western Australian applicants, and covers half of the cost associated with Masters by coursework degrees (except MBA).
Davis McCaughey Cambridge Australia Scholarships and Cambridge Australia A P Platt Scholarships are available to students from all states.
Fulbright Scholarships are available to Australian citizens across all career stages to engage in 8 – 12 months of research or study at a US institution.
The Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships were established at Harvard University in honour of the late Frank Knox, who served as Secretary of the U.S. Navy in the 1940s and who believed that strong ties between the United States and the British Commonwealth were essential to international peace. The Fellowship supports students who wish to conduct graduate study at one of Harvard University’s ten graduate or professional schools, and provides support for up to two years.
The aim of the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship is to support Australia’s future visionaries, reformers and innovators; individuals who will shape Australia’s future. Scholars study a postgraduate course at a partner university in Australia while undertaking a collaborative Leadership Development Program, tenable for 2-3 years.
Preparing the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is an intensive, geopolitical program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities. Scholars undertake a one year master’s degree in Global Affairs, which incorporates leadership development and builds their knowledge of China and its role in global affairs.
In memory of Dr Charlie Perkins, leader and activist who was also the first Aboriginal man to graduate from university, the Charlie Perkins Scholarships support talented Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians to undertake postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge in the UK.
In 1984, Roberta Sykes graduated from Harvard University, becoming the first black Australian to graduate from an American university. Upon returning to Australia, Roberta advocated for Indigenous people to pursue higher education.
The Roberta Sykes Education Foundation offers a number of programs that support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians to undertake postgraduate studies at recognised overseas universities.
Roberta Sykes Scholarships – provide supplementary financial assistance to study a postgraduate coursework or research degree overseas.
Roberta Sykes Harvard Club Scholarships – supports postgraduate students to study at Harvard University in the US.
Roberta Sykes Fellowship – provides partial funding for postgraduate students enrolled at Australian universities to undertake research overseas as part of their Australian degree.
Roberta Sykes Bursaries – provides partial funding to undertake short executive courses at recognised institutions overseas.
Roberta Sykes Chief Executive Women Scholarship – along with Chief Executive Women, supports women managers to undertake leadership and development short courses at the Harvard Kennedy School or INSEAD Singapore.
The Aurora Study Tour provides high achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate and postgraduate students to attend a five week academic tour of leading universities in the US and UK, such as Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, Cambridge and Oxford universities. Students gain an insight into the realities of undertaking postgraduate study at these institutions by meeting with key academics and administrators, as well as current students.