Equity scholarships

What are equity scholarships?

UOW Equity Scholarships support a wide variety of students and is one way that we demonstrate our commitment to recognition, excellence, equity and diversity. These scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students experiencing financial hardship and other educational disadvantages.

Who can apply?

You can apply for a UOW Equity Scholarship if:

  • You are completing your first undergraduate degree (students undertaking postgraduate studies are not eligible to apply).
  • You are an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, or the holder of an Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa.
  • You can demonstrate financial need by:
    • Receiving Centrelink income support payments such as ABSTUDY, Austudy, Youth Allowance, Newstart Allowance, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment (Single) or the Carer Payment.
    • Living with family who are receiving Centrelink income support payments
  • You may have also experienced one or more of the following educational disadvantages:
    • Carer responsibilities
    • A non-English speaking background
    • Indigenous Australian
    • Long-term medical condition/disability or ongoing effects of abuse
    • Refugee status
    • Relocating from a regional or remote area
    • Sole parent responsibilities

How are applications assessed?

UOW makes offers to applicants demonstrating the greatest level of need in a competitive application process. Meeting eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will be awarded a scholarship. There are more applicants than available scholarships. As part of a competitive application process, you are ranked against the eligibility criteria according to need, and UOW awards scholarships to applicants who demonstrates the greatest need.

Key dates

Future student's 2023

ActivityDecember roundJanuary round 1January round 2February round
Applications open: October 2022 December 2022 January 2023 January 2023
Applications close: 09 December 2022 30 December 2022 12 January 2023 3 February 2023
Outcomes released: 23 December 2022 13 January 2023 26 January 2023 17 February 2023

Autumn session

Applications open: November 2022
Applications close: 03 February 2023
Outcomes released: 10 March 2023

Scholarship details

Future students (commencing)

Value: Up to $5000
Duration: One (1) year
Level of enrolment: Undergraduate degree

Current students (continuing)

Value: Up to $3000
Duration: One (1) year
Level of enrolment: Undergraduate degree

How to apply

Submit your application through UAC Equity.

If you are unsuccessful it does not mean that you are not in need; rather, it means that there are other applicants who have been assessed as being in greater need.

Note: students may only hold one (1) equity scholarship each year.


If you have a question that is not on this page, or you need further information contact Fees and Scholarships

Email: scholarships@uow.edu.au

Phone: (02) 4252 8959 

If you have an application issue with UAC Equity please contact the Universities Admissions Centre

Phone: 1300 ASK UAC (1300 275 822)

Enquiry Form: Contact UAC


Apply for an equity scholarship