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Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships (RRES)

The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships (RRES) program was announced in 2016 to help Australians in regional and remote areas to access higher education. It supports people studying from Certificate IV through to PhD level.

Scholarships support flexible study arrangements, and are available to eligible students:

  • commencing a new course of study in 2021
  • studying on campus, online or via distance education
  • studying from six months full-time up to eight years part-time

Eligible students may receive up to $18,000 each (e.g. for a full-time, four-year qualification). Shorter, part-time qualifications are paid on a pro rata basis. An extra $500 is also available to support an internship.

Creative Arts Scholarships

The Creative Arts Scholarships help eligible students in regional and remote areas of Australia access a Bachelor level degree in creative arts. The scholarships also give students, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, more opportunities towards a career in Australia’s vibrant creative arts industry.

Scholarships support flexible study arrangements, and are available to eligible students:

  • commencing a new creative arts course of study in 2021
  • studying on campus, online or via distance education
  • studying a Bachelor degree full-time or part-time

Eligible students may receive up to $18,000 each (e.g. for a full-time, four-year undergraduate qualification). Part-time qualifications are paid on a pro rata basis. An extra $500 is also available to support an internship.

Benefits

The Scholarship payments will assist the Recipient with the financial costs of attending their institution and undertaking their Eligible Course of Study and Internship.

The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program can provide:

  • Funding up to $18,000, based on course length and type of study or training.
  • A further $500 to support an internship.

Eligibility

To be considered for a Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarship or a Creative Arts Scholarship, you must meet all the eligibility criteria below:

  • You must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, holder of a permanent humanitarian visa, or a New Zealand citizen living in Australia.
  • Have commenced the first year of your Eligible Course of Study in Semester 1, Semester 2 or Trimester 3 of 2021.
  • Your permanent home address must be in a regional or remote area as defined by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).
  • Applicants must not have relocated to a major city more than 3 months prior to commencing their chosen course of study.

Selection

Your application will be assessed on two main selection criteria:

1. Financial Need: You will need to provide documentary evidence to demonstrate financial need.

2. Capability: You must provide a written response describing:

  • A past educational achievement; AND/OR
  • A work achievement; AND/OR
  • Other achievements that help to demonstrate your ability to undertake your Eligible Course of Study.

If you are applying for the Creative Arts Scholarships stream, you will also need to meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Have commenced a course of study which falls within the Creative Arts Field of Education (Category 10). Please refer to the Australian Bureau of Statistics website for further information. 
  • Studying on campus, online or via distance education
  • Studying a Bachelor degree or Bachelor Honours degree full time or part time

Eligible students for the Creative Arts Scholarships may receive up to $18,000 each. Part-time qualifications are paid on a pro rata basis. An extra $500 is also available to support an internship.

More Information

If you have any questions about the Regional Scholarships, call us on 1800 290 979 or email us.

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