Q: How can I confirm if my course is an Approved Program of Study in one of the priority industries or streams?
A: There is no definitive list of approved programs of study in the priority industries or streams. Applicants will need to demonstrate in their responses to the selection criteria how their proposed program of study provides a pathway to employment in one or more of South Australia’s priority industries.
Please refer to sections 4.2 and 6 of the Program Guidelines for further information.
Q: What level of study or qualification will be eligible for a scholarship?
A: Please refer to section 4.2 of the Program Guidelines.
Scholars must be studying an approved program of study that leads to the achievement of a qualification or award at one of the following Australian Quality Framework (AQF) levels:
- Level 3 – Certificate III
- Level 4 – Certificate IV
- Level 5 – Diploma
- Level 6 – Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree
- Level 7 – Bachelor Degree
- Level 8 – Bachelor Honours Degree or Graduate Diploma
- Level 9 – Master Degree
- Level 10 – Doctoral Degree (PhD)
Q: If I am in my 2nd or 3rd year of study am I still eligible to apply for a scholarship?
A: Please refer to section 4.1 of the Program Guidelines.
While the scholarships are aimed at new students commencing an Approved Program of Study, consideration will be given to applicants currently undertaking their first year of study or training.
Q: I have not been accepted into my course as yet. Can I still apply for a scholarship?
A: Yes. Your application will still be considered, however you will need to provide proof of your application into your intended program of study. Students currently studying in Year 12 will need to provide a copy of their application showing their preferred courses of study.
Q: If I am completing my study online via distance learning can I still be considered for a scholarship?
A: Please refer to section 4.3 of the Program Guidelines.
The primary mode of study must be face-to-face and must be completed in South Australia.
Applications for study via distance learning will be considered by the Department of Education and Training on a case by case basis. The scholar must reside in South Australia when undertaking study via distance learning.
Q: Are apprentices and trainees eligible to apply for the Scholarship Program?
A: Yes. Apprentices and trainees are eligible to apply for the program provided that they meet the eligibility criteria under section 4.1 of the Program Guidelines. Those applicants newly commencing their apprenticeship or traineeship and applicants currently undertaking the first year of their apprenticeship or traineeship will be eligible to apply for the program.
Q: If I am already receiving financial support from another source am I still eligible to receive a scholarship?
A: Please refer to section 4.5 of the Program Guidelines.
Generally, Scholars are permitted to receive support or financial assistance from other sources while participating in the program. This may include, but is not limited to, income from employers, assistance from other Government or South Australian initiatives and scholarships from education and training providers.
The exception to this is that Scholars of the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia cannot also be in receipt of scholarship funds from the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program (except as follows) – if there is a demonstrated need, for example severe financial hardship, a Scholar may apply to receive funds from both programs and decisions will be made on a case by case basis.
Q: If my course of study already includes a mandatory work placement do I still need to complete an internship for the Scholarship Program?
A: Please refer to section 5.1 of the Program Guidelines.
No. If an approved program of study already includes a mandatory work placement (e.g. apprenticeships or clinical work placement), the scholar will not be required to participate in an internship. When this is the case, the scholar will be eligible to receive a one-off payment of $3000 (gross) in lieu of participating in an internship.
Q: What can study assistance be used for?
A: Please refer to section 5.1 of the Program Guidelines.
Study assistance can only be used to pay for education and training related expenses. For example:
- Tuition fees – including repayments on debts under loan schemes such as HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP, VET Student Loans, Trade Support Loans, etc.
- Technical instruments, equipment and tools
- Stationery and office equipment such as a computer, internet, desk, chair, lamp, bookshelf, calculator etc.
- Textbooks, professional and trade journals
- Student Services and amenities fees
- Accommodation and meals, if the course requires you to be away from home for one or more nights
- Running expenses, if you have an area (i.e. an office or study) set aside for self-education purposes – such as the cost of heating, cooling and lighting that room while you are studying in it
- Any transport costs associated with travel to your place of study or internship
- To contribute** to living and relocation expenses for Scholars who relocate to South Australia for study (in the first year of the Scholarship only)
** Scholars relocating to or within South Australia for study may use up to 60% of their first year study assistance to contribute to the cost of living and relocation expenses.
Scholars will be required to sign a statutory declaration to Scope Global annually confirming they spent the funds on education and training related expenses (refer to section 8.2 of the Program Guidelines).
Q: What is the maximum scholarship period?
A: Please refer to section 3 of the Program Guidelines.
The maximum defined scholarship period is 3 years. If a scholar is undertaking study over a longer period, scholarship funding is strictly available for a maximum of 3 years only. At the end of the scholar’s agreed scholarship period the scholarship agreement will end.
Q: Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship if I am currently residing outside of South Australia during the time of application?
A: Please refer to section 4.6 of the Program Guidelines.
Scholars must reside in South Australia and be undertaking an approved program of study in South Australia to be eligible to receive a scholarship.
Applicants who are currently residing outside of South Australia at the time of application are permitted to apply. However, where an applicant relocates to South Australia for the purposes of study, they may only be eligible to receive a scholarship while they are residing in South Australia.
Q: Which occupations are eligible for a scholarship under Stream 3?
A: Qualifications relating to employment in occupations listed in the Australian Government Department of Employment’s Skills Shortage List for South Australia (pages 2 and 3) are eligible. Occupations assessed at the National Level, listed on pages 4 and 5, are not eligible.
Q: If I take a gap year in 2018, can I still apply for a scholarship now for study that would commence in 2019?
A: No. Only students who commenced their first year of study or training in 2017 or are commencing study or training in 2018 are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
Q: If I choose to undertake an Honours Degree at the end of my Bachelor’s Degree, and my proposed education provider classifies it as a separate 1 year qualification, am I eligible to apply?
A: Provided students are enrolled/enrolling to study their Honours Degree as a separate qualification in 2018, they will be eligible to apply for a scholarship.
If a student is undertaking a 4 year Honours Degree, they are eligible to apply for a scholarship if they are commencing or in their first year of study – noting the maximum scholarship period of 3 years.
Q: Can I apply in Round Two if I have already applied in Round One?
A: Applicants are only eligible for one scholarships offer, however those applicants who were not offered a scholarship after submitting a Round One application are welcome to revise their application and resubmit it for Round Two.
Q: What are some of the reasons applicants were unsuccessful?
A: Please read this list of common reasons applicants were not successful (PDF).