Winning a scholarship can be an effective way of helping to pay for your education.

Schools, universities and other educational institutions offer scholarships based on various criteria. These may be merit-based or related to the cultural or social background of student's.

External institutions and benefactors also fund scholarships for various reasons, including needs-based or career specific.

Disadvantaged young people

You can search for grants available to young people living in South Australia on the GRANTassist website.

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program provides support to eligible Indigenous higher education students with the general costs of study and support where they have had to move from a rural or remote area in order to study.

Government schools

Some government schools offer scholarships or awards that are usually sponsored by an organisation to help cover the cost of specific educational activities. In most cases it is for students already attending the school. Talk to the principal to find out more.

In addition the STEM scholarship for high school students is available for students to pursue mathematics and science subjects

International students

International students studying or planning to study in Australia on a student visa can apply for a scholarship offered by Australian-based organisations, institutions and government bodies.

Rural and regional students

The Commonwealth Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships (RRES) program helps Australians in regional and remote areas to access higher education. It supports people studying from Certificate IV through to PhD level.

Study in regional locations

The Commonwealth Destination Australia scholarship program supports both Australian and international students to study in regional Australia. Scholarships are offered to support the study and living expenses associated with studying a Certificate IV to Doctorate level qualification at a regional campus of an eligible tertiary education provider.


Visit the websites of South Australia's three universities to find out about their range of scholarships:

Scholarship programs offered by other universities in Australia can be found at Study Assist website.

Vocational education and training (VET)

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians provides scholarships for young Australians from select regions to undertake an eligible VET qualification.

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