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Curtin University

2018 - Trimester 2 - Women in MBA Scholarship

Status: Open
Applications open: 13/03/2018
Applications close: 06/04/2018

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

The Women in MBA Scholarship has been developed by Curtin Graduate School of Business (CGSB) to encourage and support female students who have chosen to study a Master of Business Administration (MBA) either as a full-time or part-time student at CGSB and to establish the employer sponsorship.

This application round is open to domestic female students who wish to commence their study in the trimester for which this scholarship is offered for.

To see the scholarship recipient testimonial, please click here.

Student type
  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Business and Law
Course type
  • Postgraduate Coursework

Female identifying

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

The Women in MBA Scholarship will provide the following support to be awarded as follows:

  • Up to a maximum of $20,000 paid towards their students fees at the rate of $1,667 per 25 credit point unit enrolment for up to a maximum of 4 years
  • In addition, the employer will offer a sponsorship of a minimum of $10,000 as a contribution towards the student's fees

The fee component of the scholarship will be paid directly to the student fee account prior to the census date relevant to each enrolled trimester.

Eligible courses
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Curtin Graduate School of Business

Please note: the MBA (Global) course is an ineligible course for this scholarship

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the Women in MBA Scholarship:

  • Be a commencing student in the trimester for which this scholarship is offered for
    • Deferral of this scholarship is not permitted. Recipients who are unable to commence their course of study for the period which this scholarship is offered for will need to re-apply for the scholarship in the relevant study period which they wish to commence their course.
  • Female who is a Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian permanent humanitarian or New Zealand citizen
  • Have applied to study the MBA as a full-time or part time student at Curtin Faculty of Business & Law Curtin University by the closing date of the scholarship application
  • Be able to demonstrate significant merit for all criteria listed in the scholarship application form
  • Be in full-time or part-time employment 
  • Sponsored by their employers for the scholarship 
  • Provide a satisfactory letter of support from the applicant’s employer regarding an employer sponsorship (See requirements below)
  • Must hold a Bachelor degree
  • Must not be in receipt of credit from recognised learning (CRL)
  • Must not be in receipt of any other scholarship, fee discount or sponsorship

Please note:

  • Due to conflict of interest, applicants in self-employment, freelance employment, family business' or organisations operating as trusts are not eligible to be considered
  • Candidates who have entered the MBA program via a Grad Cert ot Grad Dip are not eligible for this scholarship


In addition to the above, the applicant's employer must provide a letter of support which addresses the following requirements:

1. Letter of support:
There are 2 financial support options which employers can elect to go with:

  • A. Financial (Normal circumstances) A minimum of $10,000 of employer contribution in addition to the Curtin Scholarship of $20,000. Employers may contribute additional financial support at any time at their discretion. Contributions can be made either in one lump sum or on a pro-rata basis at the rate of $833 per 25 credit point enrolment prior to commencement of the relevant trimester of study. This commitment is formalised in a signed Sponsorship Agreement which is administered by the Fees Centre Curtin University.
  • B. Financial (Exceptional circumstances)As part of the $10,000 employer cash contribution, there may be employer policies where the student is required to pay to Curtin University the required tuition fee in advance and seek reimbursement from its employer upon successful completion of the unit at the rate of $833 per 25 credit points. This commitment is formalised in a signed letter of support which is co-signed by the student and her employer and provided to the Scholarships Office.

2. On the ground
Provide practical support to enable the applicant to attend class, undertake additional study and group work and complete assignments.

3. Guidance and advice
Nominate a senior industry based student mentor to provide support and advice throughout the applicant’s MBA studies, and also in helping the applicant to develop a post MBA career pathway.

Please note:
If the employer cannot provide all of the support above, the student is deemed ineligible for the Women in MBA Scholarship. The student herself cannot sign off the letter of support (e.g. self-employment, freelance or CEO, etc.)

Conditions that need to be met to keep your scholarship

Recipients must meet ALL of the following:

  • Remain enrolled in the MBA course at Curtin Faculty of Business & Law
  • Maintain a study load of at least 25 credit points each trimester for the entire duration of the course
  • Pass all units attempted each trimester
  • Successfully complete the MBA course within 4 years
  • Have all the required ongoing employer support

Scholarship continuity is subject to meeting satisfactory academic progress and meeting all the terms and conditions of the scholarship. 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 and may be required to repay the stipends already received for the scholarship. Exceptional circumstances must be forwarded to and shall be at the discretion of the Scholarships Office in consultation with a representative of Business & Law.

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 of enrolment
  • Change of course is not permitted
  • Leave of Absence is not permitted

Withdrawal or Terminated from units or course: A recipient who ceases study at Curtin, either voluntarily (e.g. by withdrawing from course or units) or involuntarily (e.g. termination from course due to unsatisfactory course progress or suspension, termination or expulsion due to misconduct) without approved exceptional circumstances, will become ineligible for continuation of this scholarship. The scholarship will cease immediately and no further payments will be made.

Recipients may be required to repay the scholarship if the recipient withdraws from the MBA program before completion or does not complete the MBA program within the specified 4 years.

How to apply

Application process

Step 1: Download

  • Download application form and the employer letter of support template from right hand side of this page

Step 2: Complete

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

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date listed at top of page and on application form
  • Late or incomplete applications will be assessed as ineligible
  • Submission instructions:
    • Each document in your application should be labelled clearly ie Document A, Document B, Document C
    • All supporting documents in the application should be converted to PDF and merged into a single PDF and have the file-name in the format "Surname, First Name - Student ID"
    • PDF should be emailed to with the subject title "2018 - Trimester 2 - WiMBA Scholarship - Surname, First Name - Student ID (if known)"
    • Submission PDF should include, in the following order within the PDF:
      • Application Form (pages 1-8)
      • Document A - Confirmation of Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander descent (if applicable)
      • Document B - Employer Letter of Support (ELS)
      • Document C - Reference(s)
      • Document D - Achievements List
      • Document E - Personal Statement
      • Document F - CV
      • Document G - Academic Transcript

Step 4: Receipt

  • Application receipt sent to student email within 5 business days of receiving application

Step 5: Assessment

  • Applications will be assessed by an assessment panel using the following criteria:
    • Exceptional female employee with senior management potential
    • Enrolment in the MBA either as a full-time or part-time student
    • Academic achievement
    • Responses to the scholarship criteria listed in the application form
    • Evaluation of the required employer support

Step 6: Outcome

  • Outcome sent via email supplied in the scholarship application within approximately 2 weeks of the scholarship closing date
  • All unsuccessful and successful applicants will be notified

Step 7: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants must return acceptance documents by deadline listed in their offer email

Please note:

  • Scholarship will commence from the trimester for which this scholarship is offered for
  • Successful recipients who are unable to commence their studies in the trimester for which the scholarship is offered for will need to re-apply for the scholarship again in the relevant round which they are commencing their studies 
  • Scholarship is not transferrable to another major, course or university
  • Scholarships will be awarded only if there are applicants of sufficient merit
  • Incomplete applications may not be considered

Need more information?


Scholarships Office


T: (08) 9266 2992

Frequently Asked questions:


Further information


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.

Need help?

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

Application form



2018.T2 - Letter of Employer Support - Option 1 (Employer Fee Sponsorship)_v1.docx



2018.T2 - Letter of Employer Support - Option 2 (Employer Reimburse)_v1.docx



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