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Scholarship details

2019 - ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholarship for Women in Engineering

Status: Closed

Applications open: 31/10/2018
Applications close: 8/03/2019

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About this scholarship

The ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholarship has been developed by ConocoPhillips in conjunction with Curtin University to encourage and support female students who have chosen to study Engineering at Curtin University.

ConocoPhillips Australia is an independent energy exploration and production company, with assets and exploration activities in the Timor Sea, Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland. The company recognises the importance of fostering innovative ideas and using the latest technology to successfully seek out challenges and opportunities whilst responsibly delivering energy to the world.

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

The ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholarship will provide the following support for one year (based on a full-time study load of 100 credits per semester):

  • A total value of up to $5,000 paid as a cash stipend of $2,500 per semester. The amount can be used at the recipient’s discretion to contribute towards educational related expenses
  • Where operationally appropriate to do so and at ConocoPhillips' sole discretion, ConocoPhillips may offer a site visit to one of ConocoPhillips' operational centres during the mid-year or year-end university break. ConocoPhillips will pay for flights, accommodation and reasonable living expenses for the visit and will coordinate arrangements directly with the recipient.
  • Mentoring by a ConocoPhillips engineer may be available to the recipient for the duration of the Scholarship, however it is not compulsory for the recipient to accept this offer.

Payments occur post census date each semester approximately mid-late May and mid-September, depending on receipt of payment from ConocoPhillips.


Scholarship Details


Students must be in their second year, in one of the below listed degrees:

  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for apply for a ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholarship:

  • Australian or New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder
  • Female identifying
  • Enrolled full-time (100 credits) in an eligible degree at Curtin University
  • Enrolled in the second year of an eligible undergraduate degree 
  • Enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place 
  • Minimum course weighted average (CWA) of 65
  • Not currently hold a non-Curtin sponsored scholarship

Application process

Step 1: Apply
  • Application form can be accessed via the ‘My Studies’ tab in OASIS or the ‘Apply Online’ button at 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 ‘Application Advice’ tab on the scholarships website

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date is listed at the top of this page and within the Scholarships Channel on OASIS
  • Incomplete applications will not be assessed
  • Once submitted, application status will change to submitted

Step 4: Receipt

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

Step 5: Assessment

  • Applications will be assessed by an assessment panel using the following criteria:
    • Responses to questions in application form
    • Academic merit
    • Interview performance (for shortlisted applicants)

Step 6: Shortlist for Interview

  • Shortlisted applicants will be sent their interview date and time via student email within 4-6 weeks of the scholarship closing date
  • Shortlisted applicants must be available for designated interview time
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be sent notification via the Scholarship Channel (Student OASIS)

Step 7: Outcome

  • Successful and unsuccessful interview applicants will be notified of the outcome via the Scholarhsip Channel (Student OASIS) within approximately 2 weeks of the interview

Step 8: Acceptance

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

Please note

  • Scholarship will be awarded if there are applicants of sufficient merit
  • Scholarship will commence from the semester of study for which the scholarship was awarded
  • Scholarship is not transferrable to another major, course or university

Enrolment Requirements

Recipients must meet all of the following:

  • Remain enrolled in initial course of study
  • Maintain a full time study load of at least 100 credit points each semester at Curtin University in the course that they received the offer of the scholarship
  • Maintain a course weighted average (CWA) of at least 65 each semester
  • Pass all units attempted each semester
  • Not apply for or receive any other non-Curtin sponsored scholarship whilst receiving the ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholarship for Women in Engineering

Scholarship continuity is subject to meeting satisfactory academic progress as outlined above. 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. Exceptional circumstances must be forwarded to and shall be at the discretion of the Scholarships Office in consultation with a representative of ConocoPhillips.

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

Holding more than one industry scholarship:

Students that do not currently hold an industry funded scholarship may apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible to apply for however, students cannot hold more than one conflicting industry funded scholarship.

If students are successful for more than one industry funded scholarship in the same award period, they will be given the opportunity to select their preferred scholarship.

For further information about holding more than one scholarship contact

For advice on how to complete your application refer to the scholarships application guidelines.

How do I prepare for an interview?


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