Regional Journalism Scholarships Program

  • Session 1 Applications closed at 11:59pm 24 Mar 2019
  • Outcome Notice Date:
    1 Apr 2019
  • Available to:
    Commencing Students; Continuing Students
  • Value: up to $40,000
  • Duration: Three years (full time)

Commonwealth Scholarship
The Regional Journalism Scholarship Program is administered by Charles Sturt University (CSU) on behalf of the Australian Government. The scholarship is designed to assist regional first year students studying journalism degrees to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to operate effectively as journalists in the contemporary news media industry, and be job-ready at the completion of their studies. This scholarship is based on the level of academic or educational achievement, as well as the financial need, of the applicant.

To be eligible for this Scholarship in 2019:

Essential Criteria

You must be:

  1. A first year student enrolled in either a:
    • Bachelor of Communication (Journalism); or
    • Bachelor of Communication (Journalism and International Studies).
  2. Enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student.
  3. Enrolled on a full-time basis undertaking study in Australia.
  4. An Australian citizen, Permanent Resident, holder of a permanent humanitarian visa, or a New Zealand Citizen living in Australia.
  5. A resident in a Regional or Remote Area (ABS Classifications RA2-RA5) for a total of three out of the last five years; or completed your final two years of schooling in a high school in a regional or remote area.
  6. Not be in receipt of scholarship funds for your eligible course of study from the Commonwealth or a State or Territory government or other body.
  7. Not be studying either of the above eligible courses in conjunction with another course of study.

Desirable Criteria

Applicants will be competitively ranked on the basis of the following criteria.

  1. Be able to demonstrate financial need by either:
    • Being in receipt of an eligible means tested Centrelink Benefit; or
    • Being able to demonstrate financial hardship by completing the Supporting Financial Declaration.
  2. Be able to demonstrate academic, industry or community leadership and involvement.
  3. Be able to demonstrate you have an ATAR score of 65 or above (inclusive of the Regional Location Adjustment).

This activity received grant funding from the Australian Government.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have another scholarship/grant?

If you are receiving any other scholarship or grant for the purpose of relocating or accommodation you may not be eligible for this scholarship.

Can I submit a late application?

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered

Can I save my application and then finish it at a later date?

Yes you can, as long as you log back in and submit your application before the closing date. 

What if I didn't receive the email receipt?

It might take up to 24 hours for your email receipt to come through.
Have you checked your spam or junk mail folder?
Did you provide the correct email address?

If you still haven't received the receipt after 24 hours, send an email to quoting the application number, your name and student ID.

When will I find out if I was successful?

An email notification will be sent by the outcome notice date, as advertised on the website.

If I am successful when and how do I get paid?

Payments will be made be EFT to your nominated bank account or in some cases onto your student account or by voucher.

How do I register my bank details with CSU?

Register your bank details with CSU via online administration.

What if my circumstances have changed from what I put on my application form?

You must notify the CSU Scholarship Office immediately by emailing Upon receipt of details regarding a change in circumstances, CSU may reassess your eligibility.

Will I receive a scholarship/grant if I meet all of the eligibility criteria?

CSU receives a high volume of applications for scholarships and Grants, meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee applicants a scholarship offer.

How to Apply

Session 1 APPLICATIONS CLOSED at 11:59pm 24 Mar 2019

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