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2018 - BHP Women in Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship - Closed

2018 - BHP Women in Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship is now closed.

Status: Closed
Applications open: CLOSED
Applications close: CLOSED

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

The BHP Women in Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship has been developed by BHP in conjunction with Curtin University to encourage and support academically talented female students (currently undertaking year 12) who are experiencing financial hardship and/or from a low socio-economic background, and have chosen to study Engineering at Curtin University. 

The scholarship recognises BHP’s commitment to growing female participation in the resources industry. 

Female Indigenous Australians are encouraged to apply.

*Please note the closing date for this scholarship has been extended


Student type
  • Future Students
  • Engineering
  • WASM
Course type
  • Undergraduate
Specifically for
  • Year twelve students

Female identifying

  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Australian Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • Australian Permanent Resident
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based
  • Need Based
Maximum number awarded



The BHP Women in Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship will provide the following support (based on a full-time study load of 100 credits per semester):

A total fixed value of up to $26,000 which will be distributed over the period of the original course as follows:

  • 3 year course (600 credits) students will receive $4,333.33 per semester
  • 4 year course (800 credits) students will receive $3,250 per semester
  • 5 year course (1000 credits) students will receive $2,600 per semester
  • 5.5 year course (1100 credits) students will receive $2,363.63 per semester

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

Payments occur post census date each semester.  Payments will be made approximately mid-end April and September each year.

Eligible courses

All undergraduate engineering degrees

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the BHP Women in Engineering Undergraduate 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 engineering degree in 2018
  • Undertaking year 12 in 2017
  • Receive an ATAR of 85 or above in 2017
  • Female identifying
  • Financial hardship and/or low socio-economic background

This scholarship is not deferrable.

Conditions that need to be met to keep your scholarship

Recipients must meet ALL of the following:

  • Remain enrolled in an eligible degree
  • Maintain a full-time study load of at least 100 credit points each semester at Curtin University
  • Maintain a course weighted average (CWA) of at least 65 each semester
  • Pass all enrolled units each semester
  • Not apply of or receive any other industry sponsored scholarships whilst in receipt of the BHP scholarship

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 from BHP.

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 before applying for a leave of absence from their scholarship. If approved the maximum period of leave is 12 months.

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 sent to email listed through TISC within 10 working days of receiving application

Step 5: Assessment

  • Applications will be assessed by an assessment panel using the following criteria:
    • Demonstrated financial hardship and/or socio-economic status
    • Academic merit
    • 2017 ATAR results
    • Responses to questions in application
    • Proactive demonstration of BHP's charter values of sustainability, integrity, respect, performance, simplicity and accountability
    • Interview performace (for shortlisted applicants)
    • Receipt of an offer of a place into an eligible degree at Curtin University in 2018

Step 6: Shortlist for Interview

  • Shortlisted students sent interview date and time via email listed through TISC in early-January 2018
  • Interviews will be held early-mid January 2018
  • Shortlisted applicants must be available for designated interview time

Step 7: Outcome

  • Outcome sent via email listed through TISC in mid-January (all successful and unsuccessful applicants notified)

Step 8: Acceptance

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

Please note:

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

Applications must be submitted in one of the following ways:

In Person:
Curtin University
Scholarships Office
Building 101, level 1
GPO Box U1987
Perth WA 6845

Curtin University
Scholarships Office
Building 101, level 1
GPO Box U1987
Perth WA 6845

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

Please note: All applications must be signed.

Need more information?


Scholarships Office


Telephone: (08) 9266 2992

Frequently Asked questions:

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


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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