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2018 - Curtin Excellence Scholarship - Closed

2018 - Curtin Excellence Scholarship is now closed.

Status: Closed
Applications open: CLOSED
Applications close: CLOSED

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

The Curtin Excellence Scholarship has been developed to reward and assist students who have demonstrated academic excellence through their ATAR in 2017 and want to pursue study at Curtin University.

Application forms are not required, students apply by selecting an eligible Curtin degree through TISC as their first preference.

Students who receive the StepUp bonus and therefore achieve the required ATAR will be eligible for this scholarship.

Student type
  • Future Students
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Science & Engineering
Course type
  • Undergraduate
Specifically for
  • Year twelve students

Non-gender specific

  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • Australian Citizen
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based

The Curtin Excellence Scholarship will provide the following support:

For students who receive an ATAR between 96 - 96.99:

A total value of $5,000 paid as a cash stipend of $2,500 per semester for up to one year.

For students who receive an ATAR of 97 or above:

A total value of $15,000 paid as a cash stipend of $2,500 per semester for up to three years.

The amount can be used at the recipient's discretion to contribute towards educational related expenses.

Payments will be made approximately early-March and early-August each year.

Eligible courses

All undergraduate degrees, excluding the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must meet ALL of the following criteria to be considered for a Curtin Excellence Scholarship:

  • Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian permanent humanitarian or New Zealand citizen
  • Selected Curtin University as a first preference through TISC to undertake an eligible undergraduate degree in 2018 by the scholarship closing date
  • Receive a course offer in main round offers into the first preference course that was listed on TISC at the scholarship closing date
  • Accept the course offer made in main round offers by the main round course offer lapse date
  • Undertaking year 12 WACE in 2017
  • Receive an ATAR between 96 - 96.99 for the one year scholarship or above 97 for the three year scholarship**

**Students who receive the StepUp bonus and therefore achieve the required ATAR will be eligible for this scholarship.

This scholarship is deferrable for up to one year

Conditions that need to be met to keep your scholarship

Recipients must meet ALL of the following:

  • Remain enrolled in an eligible undergraduate degree
  • Maintain a full time study load of 100 credit points each semester at Curtin University
  • Maintain a course weighted average (CWA) of at least 75 each semester
  • Pass all units attempted each semester

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.

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: Students must complete at least one semester of study before applying for a leave of absence from their scholarship. If approved, the maximum period of leave is 12 months. Please note that leave of absence is separate from deferral.

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.

How to apply

Application process

Application form not required - please follow the steps below.

Eligibility and Assessment

Step 1: TISC

  • Select eligible degree through TISC as a first preference for main round offers
  • Preference must be selected by scholarship closing date (listed at top of page)
  • Eligible degrees listed in ‘Eligible Courses’

Step 2: Course Offer

  • Receive an offer of a place into their first preference course listed on TISC in main round offers
  • Successful candidates must accept their course offer which was made to them in main round offers before the course offer lapse date 

Step 3: Outcome

  • Scholarship(s) will be awarded to all eligible students 
  • Successful candidate(s) sent notification and scholarship offer pack via email listed through TISC in mid-January

Step 4: Acceptance

  • Successful candidate(s) (including those who wish to defer their studies) must return acceptance documents by early-February 2018
  • Deferral of this scholarship is permitted (details included in scholarship terms and conditions)

Please note:

  • Scholarship will commence from first semester of study
  • Scholarship is not transferrable to another university

Need more information?


Scholarships Office


T: (08) 9266 2992

Frequently Asked questions:

Further information

Students may apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible for, and if successful, will be awarded the highest value scholarship. If students are successful in receiving an offer for more than one scholarship valued the same, they will have the opportunity to select their preferred scholarship. 

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  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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