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Scholarship details

2023 - Chris Lewis Scholarship

Status: Open

Applications open: 4/07/2022
Applications close: 18/11/2022

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About this scholarship

The Chris Lewis Scholarship has been developed by Curtin University to support an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student who can demonstrate academic potential and commitment to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait 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 duration of the undergraduate degree (based on a full-time study load of 200 credits per year):

  • A cash stipend of $2,500 per semester. 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 considered for the Chris Lewis Scholarship:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Selected Curtin University as a first or second preference through TISC 
  • 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

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
  • Please note that this link will direct you to the general "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship Program" application form. Once you submit your application, you will then be considered for all scholarships that you are eligible for in this round.

Step 2: Complete

  • Complete the application form online
  • Application form can be saved at any point of the process
  • 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 2023
  • Responses to questions in application form
  • Demonstrated academic potential
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

Step 6: Outcome

  • Outcome will be sent via the email address listed through TISC after main round course 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 specified 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 need

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 75 credit points each study period at Curtin University
  • Maintain a course weighted average (CWA) of at least 70 each study period
  • Pass all units attempted each study period
  • Not be in receipt of any other scholarship from the same funding source

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 further information about applying for scholarships including important dates and tips for preparing your application, utilise the resources available on the Applying for Scholarships webpage.

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