Applications for the 2020 UQ Young Scholars Program will open late May 2020.

We welcome applications for the UQ Young Scholars Program from Current Year 11 students. To ensure diversity in the program and to allow each student to make their special contribution, the selection panel will choose nominees from a wide range of schools, backgrounds and interest areas. To be eligible for selection, applicants must be:

  • enrolled in Year 11;
  • OP/ATAR eligible or undertaking the International Baccalaureate (IB), and;
  • intending to pursue university studies on completion of Year 12.

Selection will be based on:

  • academic excellence; 
  • leadership achievements; and
  • the significant contribution students have made to their school or community.

Applicants are required to complete an online application form and submit appropriate supporting documentation, including:

  • a personal statement (up to 300 words) including information regarding academic awards, leadership roles, community service based work and interest in future studies at UQ (please note, this statement must be written by the applicant, not the school or parent/guardian). 
  • a scanned copy of Semester 1, Year 11 Report Card 
  • a scanned copy of a statement from the school supporting student nomination. This should be written by an appropriate representative from the school (for example: Principal, Guidance Officer, Year 11 Coordinator). This must include their signature

Students from educationally disadvantaged or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Fee waiver and travel bursaries are available to assist students who otherwise would not be able to participate in the program. If you wish to be considered for a fee waiver and/or travel bursary on the basis of financial hardship, you will be asked to include: 

  • a supporting statement (up to 200 words) outlining how financial hardship has impacted your secondary school studies. 
  • documentation in support of your application. Supporting documentation may include:
    • current Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY, or other Centrelink statement/s; and/or
    • parents' most recent Australian Tax Office (ATO) assessments; and/or
    • a supporting statement from an appropriate referee (e.g. school principal, school counsellor or, religious leader), indicating his or her working knowledge of the extent of your financial hardship; and/or 
    • other documentation that supports your claim of financial hardship.

Fee waiver and travel bursary applications will be assessed by the Selection Committee in accordance with the financial hardship criteria. If successful for the Program, students will then be notified of the outcome of their fee waiver and/or travel bursary application. Students should expect this via a separate email to the email sent regarding the outcome of their application for the Program.

For further information or assistance, please don't hesitate to contact the Young Scholars Program Coordinator:
Phone:   07 3365 2835