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2018 - Curtin Humanitarian Fund (International Students)

Status: Open
Applications open: 06/08/2017
Applications close: 17/11/2017

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

The Curtin Humanitarian Fund has been developed by Curtin University to support Curtin undergraduate and postgraduate students from a refugee-like background who are experiencing financial difficulty in meeting the costs of pursuing higher education.

The fund is in accordance with Curtin’s long-standing, formal commitment to Ethics and Social Justice.

Student type
  • Future Students
Faculty
  • Humanities
  • Health Sciences
  • Curtin Business School
  • Science & Engineering
Course type
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate Coursework
Gender

Non-gender specific

Nationality
  • International students
Scholarship base
  • Need Based
Value

The Curtin Humanitarian Fund will provide a range of awards to support educational costs. The award amount will be dependant on the circumstances of the individual recipient.

Eligible courses
  • All undergraduate degrees
  • Postgraduate degrees in masters by coursework only
Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for a Curtin Humanitarian Fund Scholarship:

  • Holder of one of the following classes of visas:
    • Bridging Visa E holder in Australia
    • Temporary Protection Visa (subclass 785)
    • Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (subclass 790) 
  • Currently residing within Australia
  • Received a full offer* of admission into:
    • An undergraduate degree at Curtin University in semester 1, 2018 or
    • A postgraduate (masters by coursework) degree at Curtin University in semester 1 or trimester 1, 2018
  • Be from a refugee-like background, or the relative of such a person, who experienced forced migration and may have entered Australia in a number of ways including:
    • Off-shore approved refugee or humanitarian entrant
    • Onshore, community based Asylum Seeker or refugee
    • Temporary Protection Visa holder
    • Family reunion
  • Able to provide details of refugee background
  • Financial hardship

 

* Full offer of admission

Applicants must have received a full offer of admission into their intended course by the time the scholarship is awarded (mid-January 2018).

Conditions that need to be met to keep your scholarship

Recipients must meet ALL of the following:

  • Remain enrolled in initial course of study
  • Maintain enrolment each semester at Curtin University
  • Maintain a course weighted average (CWA) of at least 50 each semester
  • Fail no more than one unit 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 (scholarships@curtin.edu.au) for approval BEFORE the change. The Scholarships Office will advise how the change will affect their scholarship.

  • 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

Step 1: Download

  • Application form and guide available to download from right hand side of this page when scholarship is open for application

Step 2: Complete

  • Important information such as formatting and documentation requirements are detailed in the application guide

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date listed at top of page and on application form
  • Late or incomplete applications will be assessed as unsuccessful

Step 4: Receipt

  • Application receipt will be sent to the email listed on application form within 10 working days of receiving application

Step 5: Assessment

  • Applications will be assessed by an assessment panel using the following criteria:
    • Responses to questions in application form
    • Demonstrated financial hardship
    • Evidence of refugee status/background

Step 6: Outcome

  • Outcome sent via email listed in application form in mid-January 2018 (all successful and unsuccesful applicants notified)

Step 7: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants must return acceptance documents by end-January 2018
  • Deferral of this scholarship is not permitted

Please note:

  • Scholarship will be awarded if there are applicants of sufficient need
  • Scholarship will commence from first semester of study
  • Scholarship is not transferrable to another university

 

Applications must be submitted in one of the following ways:

In Person:
Curtin University
Scholarships Office
Building 101, level 1
Kent Street
BENTLEY WA

Post:
Curtin University
Scholarships Office
Building 101, level 1
GPO Box U1987
PERTH WA 6845

Fax:
08 9266 3279
Please attach a front cover page containing
1. Student name
2. Curriculum Council/TISC number
3. Number of pages faxed

Please note: All applications must be signed.

Need more information?

Enquiries

Scholarships Office

E: scholarships@curtin.edu.au

T: (08) 9266 2992

Frequently Asked questions: https://askcurtin.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/scholarship

Further information

For more information about what scholarships you can apply for please visit our application profiles.

For advice on how to complete your application, please download the Application Guide.

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 scholarships@curtin.edu.au

Centrelink

For advice on your Centrelink payments and how your scholarship could affect your payment please see http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/income  or contact a Centrelink Office.  If you require a letter about your scholarship for Centrelink, please contact the Scholarships Office. 

Taxation

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.

Need help?

There is plenty of useful information on the Application Guidelines page. Some other useful tools are:

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