CDU Scholarships

CDU scholarships are sponsored by individuals, businesses, government, community groups and the University, to assist students with the financial burden of studying.

We offer scholarships in many categories. A number of scholarships give the opportunity to participate in paid work experience during semester breaks.


Congratulations to all our 2016 High Achiever Award recipients (PDF32KB) and our Semester 1, 2016 Scholarship recipients (PDF38KB).


Semester 2 applications are now open.   Applications will close at 3pm on Friday 5 August 2016.

No further scholarships will be offered in Semester 2, however applications for Semester 1 2017 scholarships will open in October 2016.

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A full list of available scholarships can be found under Scholarship Categories

Review all categories to identify which scholarships you may be eligible to apply for and submit a separate application for each one.

You can apply for multiple scholarships as long as you meet the eligibility criteria.

'Eligibility and Selection Criteria' for each scholarship can be found in the Terms and Conditions in the Scholarship Categories.

Scholarships with a green 'Open' button are currently accepting applications. 


To apply for a scholarship you need to complete the online Scholarship Application Form.

Part of your online application will require you to complete a supporting statement and instructions for completing your statement are included in the form.  The Scholarships Guide will also give you advice on information to include in your statement.

Hints for completing your supporting statement

  • ensure you address all the selection criteria paying particular attention to the first criteria as this is often the most important to the panel
  • remember to tell the panel something extra about yourself, for example your career goals;  how being awarded this scholarship will affect you or any special circumstances for the panel's consideration
  • if you are completing multiple applications, copy and save your supporting statement in a separate document, to allow you to copy and paste relevant information into your other applications.  It is very important to ensure you address all of the selection criteria in each scholarship application - don't just copy and paste the same information into each application.
  • DO NOT attach your supporting statement to your application.  Your statement is limited to 1000 words and must be written in the free type box.

Additional Supporting Material

  • You can only upload one file which must be less than 2MB.
  • Past and present CDU students do not need to upload academic transcripts
  • New CDU students can provide transcripts of most recent grades from university or high school.

After Submission

  • You will immediately receive an automated reply acknowledging receipt of your application.
  • Within 2-3 days you will receive a confirmation email from the Scholarships office.  If you are required to submit further documentation you will be advised in this email.

Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships

To apply for a scholarship you will need to complete the online Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship Application Form.  The one application will assess you for each type of scholarship available.

Please note: Please visit Research or International scholarships for information on these categories and information on how to apply.

There are a number of questions that we hope to answer in advance on our frequently asked questions page. Please contact us if you need further assistance.

High Achievers' Awards Ceremony
Wednesday 2 March at 5pm
Mal Nairn Auditorium (Building Red 7)

Scholarships Ceremony
Thursday 12 May at 5pm
Mal Nairn Auditorium (Building Red 7)

Participants will be emailed invitations prior to the ceremonies.

We understand that studying at university can be financially challenging, we have put together some advice on financial and other assistance for you.

CDU Scholarships are sponsored by individuals, businesses, government, community groups and the University, to assist students with the financial burden of studying. If you want to donate towards Charles Darwin University, please visit the online pledge page for further information.

Contact us

T: 08 8946 6442
F: 08 8946 6642

Scholarships Office
Student Central
Casuarina campus
CDU, Darwin 0909