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Financial support to help you achieve extraordinary things. 

TAFE Queensland Scholarship Program

Since its launch in 2015, the TAFE Queensland Scholarship Program has awarded over $3.05 million to help hundreds of Queenslanders pursue their career goals. Each year 100 x $5,000 scholarships are awarded to people looking to change their lives and build lifelong careers. Scholarships can be used to pay for study-related costs such as course fees, travel expenses, childcare, uniforms, tools, books and other study materials.

There are three main types of scholarships available: 

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Access and equity scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate a genuine interest and commitment to their chosen career and identify with one of the following cohorts:  

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander  
  • significant caring responsibilities 
  • people with disability, long-term medical conditions or illnesses 
  • long-term unemployed (longer than 6 months) 
  • sole parent 
  • experiencing significant financial difficulties or social barriers to study 
  • another specified disadvantage. 
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Merit scholarships

Merit scholarships are aimed at supporting people who have demonstrated strong levels of achievement to advance their careers. 

These scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate:  

  • outstanding academic merit or strong work performance in their field of study AND 
  • a clear desire to secure ongoing employment in their chosen industry. 
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Athlete - Merit scholarships

Athlete - Merit scholarships are available under the Merit category to support athletes across a variety of disciplines to gain a qualification with TAFE Queensland without forfeiting their sporting opportunities.

Eligibility criteria

Scholarship applications open in July and close towards the end of September with scholarships awarded for study in Semester 1 of the following calendar year.   

To be eligible to apply for a TAFE Queensland scholarship, you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident and either:  

  • a current first-year apprentice OR 
  • planning to enrol in any certificate III or higher-level qualification in Semester 1 the following year. 

Current students who meet the above criteria are eligible to apply.

How to apply

You can quickly and easily apply for a TAFE Queensland scholarship by completing the online application form. 

You'll need to verify your identity by supplying a copy of your ID such as your passport or birth certificate. You may also be required to attach supporting documentation such as your resume or letter of support, so make sure you have all the required documentation before you begin.  

TAFE Queensland Scholarships are proudly sponsored by:

Frequently asked questions

To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is either:

  • Intending to enrol into a new eligible TAFE Queensland qualification in Semester 1, 2025 or
  • a first-year apprentice enrolled with TAFE Queensland at the time of submitting a scholarship application.

With the exception of first year apprentices, current TAFE Queensland students who are part-way through study are not eligible to apply for a scholarship for a qualification that they have already commenced.

Employees of TAFE Queensland are not eligible to apply.

TAFE Queensland Scholarships are not available for qualifications undertaken as part of the TAFE at School program.

TAFE Queensland Scholarships are not currently available to international students.

TAFE Queensland Scholarships are available in three categories:

Merit scholarships are awarded to students who have achieved outstanding academic merit or demonstrate strong work performance along with the demonstrable desire to secure ongoing employment within the industry to which they applied for the scholarship.

Access and equity scholarships provide equitable access to study at TAFE Queensland. They are awarded to students who can demonstrate a genuine interest in and commitment to their chosen career and identify themselves with one of the following access and equity categories:

  • is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • has significant caring responsibilities
  • has a disability or long-term medical condition or illness
  • is long-term unemployed (for a period greater than 6 months)
  • is a sole parent
  • suffers significant financial difficulties or social barriers to study
  • suffers from another specified disadvantage.

Please see the terms and conditions for full details on all scholarships available.

Athlete - Merit scholarships are available under the Merit category to support athletes across a variety of disciplines to gain a qualification with TAFE Queensland without forfeiting their sporting opportunities.

Applicants in this category must identify which sporting associations they are affiliated with, and must be competing in a sport that is either:

Scholarships are available for any certificate III or higher-level course across all study areas. 

  • Certificate III
  • Certificate IV
  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • TAFE Queensland Associate Degree
  • TAFE Queensland Bachelor’s Degree

Note: Degree programs offered in in conjunction with partner universities are not eligible for TAFE Queensland Scholarships.

In a maximum of 300 words per question you will be required to answer the following:

  • Tell us a little about yourself and why you are applying for a scholarship?
  • What do you know about your chosen study area, and why have you selected this course?
  • Do you have any study/work experience related to the course or an understanding of the job opportunities?
  • How do you think TAFE Queensland can help you achieve your goals?
  • If you are successful in receiving a scholarship, how will you spend the money?

The following selection criteria will be used by the TAFE Queensland Scholarships Selection Committee when assessing your answers to the questions in the section above.

An assessment of the applicant's:

  • alignment to the scholarship categories available.
  • understanding of their chosen area of study.
  • relevant study/work experience to date, and/or their understanding of the potential pathways and job opportunities in their chosen field.
  • knowledge of, and potential to promote TAFE Queensland as the leading vocational education and training provider in Queensland.
  • intention to use the scholarship funds for the defined study support costs.

  • To apply for a scholarship, you will need to complete the online application form.
  • Before completing the application form, please read the terms and conditions to see if you meet the requirements to apply for a scholarship.
  • You will need to complete all relevant sections of the form in one go and can upload a maximum of 10 documents to support your application.
  • Check the What information will I need to provide with my application? section to make sure you have all the information you need before you start.
  • Applications submitted without the mandatory supporting evidence will not be considered.
  • You will receive confirmation via email of your application being successfully submitted. Please check that you have received this email to be sure your application has been received.

  • You will need to provide copies of key documents as part of your application. The TAFE Queensland Scholarship Selection Committee uses this information to make sure you are eligible to apply and to assess your application.
  • You must attach proof that you are an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident. This must be a passport, birth certificate, visa or citizenship certificate.
  • If you are a TAFE Queensland Merit scholarship applicant, you must attach evidence of achievement. This can be demonstrated through previous study, industry experience or a combination of both. Examples of evidence may include, certificates, study results, school reports and/or letters from employers.
  • If you are a TAFE Queensland Access and Equity scholarship applicant, you must identify yourself with one of the access and equity categories and where required, attach evidence to support this. Evidence documents will vary depending on your situation and the access and equity group/s you identify with, for examples Centrelink payment documentation in your name could be used as evidence of financial difficulty, sole parenting, significant caring responsibilities, unemployment.
  • If you are a TAFE Queensland Athlete - Merit scholarship applicant, you must attach evidence of achievement. This can be demonstrated through previous study, industry experience or a combination of both (as above). Applicants in this category should also include details of sporting achievements to date.

Only complete applications with all documentation will be considered. Before you submit your application, please make sure you have attached all the required information.

The TAFE Queensland Scholarship Selection Committee will assess the information you provided in your application against the identified selection criteria listed in the ‘‘What are the selection criteria?’ section.


Scholarship money will be paid via electronic funds transfer directly into your bank account. The bank account must be in your name.

The total scholarship payment will be $5000 split into two payments as follows: 

- Payment 1: $3000 will be paid after commencement of study in Semester 1, 2025, on proof of enrolment and attendance.

- Payment 2: $2000 will be paid as follows:

  • for scholarship recipients studying a Bachelors degree with TAFE Queensland - on completion of a minimum of 10 units (with graded outcome of pass, credit, distinction or high distinction) within two years of the date of the scholarship was awarded.
  • for scholarship recipients who are apprentices– on completion of two years of the apprenticeship, with a ‘J -Competency Achieved’ result for at least half of the units needed for the apprenticeship/completion certificate
  • for all other scholarship recipients – on evidence of successful completion of the qualification, provided that the qualification has been completed within two years of the commencement of the scholarship.

Please refer to the terms and conditions for full payment details.


Scholarship cash payments can be used to meet study related costs including:

  • course fees
  • tuition costs
  • cost of books and other study materials
  • uniform/PPE
  • tools or equipment
  • cost of childcare
  • living away from home
  • travel costs

  • If you apply and are unsuccessful you may re-apply.
  • If you have been awarded a scholarship, you cannot re-apply for a period of two years.
  • If you are awarded a scholarship and you don’t complete the first semester or equivalent, you become excluded from any future scholarship applications.

The award of a scholarship does not guarantee course placement. Scholarships will be awarded for the next available start of study date. No deferment of the scholarship is allowed.

For more information please see our terms and conditions or contact us by email at


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Sponsor a TAFE Queensland Scholarship

Any individual, organisation or industry partner is able to contribute to the TAFE Queensland Scholarship Program through donations or sponsorship.

There are many reasons to sponsor a TAFE Queensland Scholarship:

  • raising the profile of a company, organisation or individual within an industry or in the wider community
  • recognition as a socially responsible company or organisation through a commitment to education with TAFE Queensland
  • sponsoring a scholarship can provide industry partners with an early opportunity to select from the students in their field
  • a scholarship may be established to remember or honour a student, family or staff member
  • a sponsor may wish to ‘give something back’ having been involved with TAFE Queensland through either work or study.

To get involved you can donate now, or to discuss scholarship sponsorship opportunities in more detail, please contact the TAFE Queensland Foundation Manager at

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External scholarship opportunities

In addition to TAFE Queensland scholarships, there are a range of external grants and scholarships on offer from other organisations that you may be eligible for to assist with study and training costs and other related expenses.

For further information and applications please contact each company or organisation directly.

The Lighthouse Club Australia is committed to providing educational bursaries to young people for construction related educational courses.

In partnership with TAFE Queensland, they are offering a bursary to the value of $2500 to assist selected construction apprentices who are experiencing financial hardship to continue with their studies.


The Lighthouse Club Australia bursary is open to all second year Certificate III construction apprentices who are experiencing financial hardship*. To be eligible second year apprentices must be Australian citizens and enrolled in one of the following courses:

  • CPC33020 Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying
  • CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry
  • CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
  • CPC30820 Certificate III in Roof Tiling
  • CPC31020 Certificate III in Solid Plastering
  • CPC31220 Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Liner (Plasterer)
  • CPC31320 Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling
  • CPC31420 Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing
  • CPC30120 Certificate III in Shopfitting
  • CPC31920 Certificate III in Joinery
  • CPC32320 Certificate III in Stonemasonry (Monumental/Installation/Fabrication)
  • CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing
  • CPC32620 Certificate III in Roof Plumbing
  • CPC32720 Certificate III in Gas Fitting
  • MSF30422 Certificate III in Glass and Glazing
  • MSF30822 Certificate III in Flooring Technology
  • MSF30322 Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology
  • MSF30122 Certificate III in Furniture Finishing

To apply, please the nomination form and submit your application. Applications close 5pm Friday 26 July 2024.

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Financial assistance offered to one student enrolled in a full time, accredited Australian education institution studying a certificate, diploma, degree, or traineeship in any of the medicine, health sciences, healthcare, and/or specialist healthcare.


For more information please visit the Choosi website.

The Queensland Overseas Foundation offers scholarships for recent vocational education and training (VET) sector graduates and tradespeople who want to work overseas, and bursaries to VET trainers and assessors to fund their attendance at recognised international courses, workshops, work placement, events or activities with professional development benefits.


For more information please visit the Queensland Overseas Foundation website.

Financial support for a student pursing a career in the energy and resources sector. You must be enrolled full time in in an accredited Australian Tertiary Education Institution and be studying for a certificate, diploma, degree or traineeship in mining engineering, process engineering, geology, metallurgy, or similar fields.


For more information please visit the Quentin Flannery Resources Scholarships website.

Financial assistance available to one eligible student studying a certificate, diploma, degree or traineeship full time in either business, finance, medicine, healthcare or specialist healthcare, at an accredited Australian tertiary education Institution.


For more information please visit the Real Futures Grant website.

The RSL Queensland Scholarship program aims to empower ex-Defence personnel, partners and their children by supporting them through tertiary study or vocational training. Three scholarship types are available: ex-defence, partner, and veteran dependant.


For more information please visit the RSL Queensland website.

The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program (RRESP) has been introduced to improve access to and completion of tertiary education courses for students from regional and remote areas in Australia in STEM courses.


For more information please visit the RRESP website.

The Pinnacle Foundation provides annual scholarships for LGBTIQ+ Australians who are at least 17 years of age and younger than 27 years of age on the closing date for scholarship applications, who are planning to study full-time education at a public institution of higher education in Australia, for the purpose of gaining an educational or vocational qualification in any profession, trade or the arts.


For more information please visit the Pinnacle Foundation website.

WorldSkills Australia holds a number of competitions on a regional, national and international level over a two-year cycle. They also offer scholarships to participants to help pursue further skills development through study, work and financial support.


For more information please visit the WorldSkills Australia website.

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians provides scholarships of up to $13,000 for young Australians from select regions to undertake an eligible certificate III, certificate IV, diploma or advanced diploma course.

For more information please visit the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website:


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The Settlement Services International (SSI) Allianz scholarships support people from refugee backgrounds to achieve independence. The scholarships are designed to minimise the financial barriers experienced by refugees as they participate in the education system. 

For more information, please visit the SSI website.

There are a number other Queensland Government related scholarships accessible for First Nations people. 

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The Public Education Foundation’s VET in Schools Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship that aims to support students who are interested in pursuing vocational studies through their schools. Up to six scholarships may be awarded, with each scholarship providing up to $1,500 per year for up to three years. Students will be required to provide evidence of their ongoing enrolment in VET studies each year to remain eligible for their scholarship.

For more information please visit the Public Education Foundation website.

AMR Hair & Beauty offers scholarships for aspiring hairdressing students who are passionate about the hair and beauty industry and are looking to further their education and career goals.

For more information please visit the AMR website.

Advance Plants is a local, family-owned business providing indoor plant hire and landscape maintenance services to South-East Queensland since 1982. They are committed to helping two outstanding environmental science, horticulture, or landscaping students each year with a $1,500 AUD grant towards their study and an offer of two weeks of work experience.

For more information on the Environmental Science Indigenous Scholarship please visit the Advance Plants website.

For more information on the Horticultural Scholarship please visit the Advance Plants website. 

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