International Student Merit Stipend 2020

  • Applications closed
  • The International Student Merit Stipend 2020 was fully allocated on 11:59pm 31 May 2020
  • Available to:
    Commencing Students
  • Value: AUD$500 Per month during study period

Receive $500 AUD per month during study period to help you cover part of your living costs. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit. We will assess applicants with outstanding records in academics, arts, sports or any other field. The award is ongoing and will continue over the course of study, as long as student maintains satisfactory progression in the course. (see all conditions below) The awardee will be committed to support the international marketing team in activities to promote the Charles Sturt University brand across online and printed media as a brand ambassador. See Eligibility.


Available to:

NEW Full-time International Students


Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Port Macquarie, Orange and Wagga Wagga.

The scholarship is not available for continuing or transferring students.


Applications closed for all intakes now.


Applicant must be an international applicant for July intake 2020 on a regional campus.
Applicants for courses delivered at the Charles Sturt University Study Centres in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane are not eligible.

Provide evidence of:

  • Academic, athletic or artistic merit, in addition to special interests in a 500 word essay
  • Applicant must hold an unconditional offer for a Charles Sturt University course.

When will applications close?

Applications are closed for all 2020 intakes, and will remain closed until further advice.


Who can apply

Any new international student classified as an international student in Australia, with an application to an eligible course on an eligible campus.

ELIGIBLE CAMPUSES: Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga

ELIGIBLE COURSES: all the on-campus courses at a bachelors and master degree level

Who cannot apply

  • International students studying via online from their home country
  • International students studying via Charles Sturt University’s international partners in their home country
  • International students at a Charles Sturt University Study Centre
  • International exchange students
  • Continuing students – only new students will be made a scholarship offer at the time of admission.
  • Students awarded another scholarship would typically not be eligible.

What should I include in my essay?

Here are some tips for students on what to write:

Personal statement (250 words) - Who you are, what is your background, why you want to study in Australia and your preferred course, etc.

Qualities of merit (250 words) – Why you should be awarded this scholarship, what are your achievements. Tell us if you have had an outstanding record in academics, sports or arts.

Will I be notified that my application has been received?

Yes. You will be notified by email when your application has been successfully submitted.

Can I be awarded more than one scholarship?

Students awarded this scholarship may not be eligible for other scholarships.

How are applications assessed?

Applicants must read scholarship criteria carefully before applying as scholarships are awarded based on the criteria for each scholarship.

Successful applicants are selected after a series of shortlisting processes, including a review by Charles Sturt staff.

From the final shortlist of strong applicants, it is up to a panel to determine the scholarship recipient(s). There will be no appeals process.

Conditions of scholarship

Scholarship is conditional on the student maintaining satisfactory progression in the course (pass average). Students who transfer out of their regional location will not continue to be awarded the scholarship.

Recipients will become active members of the student body and accept to provide information, testimonials and be featured in Charles Sturt Promotional materials as well as to develop student generated content, and become a real advocate for the student experience in our regional locations.

When will my Scholarship be paid?

Each month, during study period. 1st payment after census date each period.

Can I defer my scholarship offer?

This scholarship cannot be deferred. The student must commence study in the session for which they were awarded the scholarship.

Can my scholarship be suspended or terminated?

Yes, if you fail to meet the criteria for your scholarship.

Termination of a scholarship will occur if the recipient is excluded from their course, if the recipient withdraws or cancels their enrolment or if the recipient fails to maintain satisfactory grades over a prolonged period. Scholarships will also be terminated if the recipient transfers to another university or place of study.
Termination of the scholarship can occur if the student doesn’t participate in any marketing support activities.

Can I apply for an Approved Leave of Absence (ALA)?

For this particular scholarship, an Approved Leave of Absence will cause the scholarship’s termination. Should the student not return to study within 12 months, the recipient may be liable for the scholarship amount. Please check with your International Student Liaison Officer for more information.


When will I be notified of my applications outcome?

Applications may be assessed competitively if there are more applications than scholarships.
The university will endeavour to provide the outcome at the earliest date possible.

How many scholarships are on offer?

The University will award 10 scholarships over 2020.

Will I be considered as a commencing student if I am transferring from another CSU course or I am applying with advanced standing?

Typically, no. Please contact us at for confirmation.

Tips on applying for a scholarship:

  1. Keep a copy of everything you submit
  2. See the guidelines section for what to include in your 500 word essay.

For more read the information provided on the How to Apply tab for each scholarship.

What are my responsibilities if awarded a scholarship?

You may be required to participate in a number of activities/tasks to promote the University to the wider community:

  • Provide photographs of your experience to Charles Sturt International team for use in promotional and marketing items
  • Submit an article about your experience with internal and external media groups
  • Speak to internal and external media for interview purposes
  • Post photos and/or updates through various Charles Sturt International social media pages

You will also be required to sign a media release allowing your photos and images of you to be used for promotional and marketing purposes.

Where can I get help?

If your question isn’t answered in the information provided on the website, please feel free to contact us at for more information.

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