Type of Funding
Western Sydney University is inviting asylum seekers who have been living in Australia for a minimum of 1 year and who have not undertaken any previous tertiary education in Australia and are suffering social and financial disadvantage, to apply for the Scholarships for Asylum Seekers. The scholarships are for studies commencing AY 2020.
Any undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University or diploma (including Extended Diploma or Foundation Studies) at Western Sydney University The College is eligible for the scholarships.
The scholarship may include 1 or more of the following:
- relevant course tuition fees, which are not less than the minimum international tuition fees for an undergraduate course;
- the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF); and
- a bursary amount of up to $2,000 for books and other mandatory course materials.
The scholarship will cover the duration of the student’s degree unless the visa status changes, requiring a review in the scholarship benefits.
Applicants must be new students who were born in a country other than Australia, but who have resided in Australia for at least 1 year. They must be holding either a temporary protection visa or a Bridging Visa E with study rights. They must not hold a qualification from an Australian university and are not already enrolled at an Australian university.
Applicants must have completed the NSW Higher School Certificate or its equivalent and have studied English as a Second Language (2 units) to attain a NSW Higher School Certificate (if applicable). They need to show prior work experience and or education qualifications, if they are non-current school leavers. They should have received a full offer of admission into a Western Sydney University (or Western Sydney University The College) by the time the scholarship application is considered, which is 25 January 2020.
If they are housed in a facility, they must have permission to attend the University and be able to complete the course during the period remaining on their visa. They need to be proficient in English (minimum IELTS of 6.5) or agree to undertake the Western Sydney University The College’s Academic English for Tertiary Studies course, or a TAFE Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes, or an English course offered by another provider who will meet the cost of the course.
Only those experiencing financial hardship will be considered. They have to be able to demonstrate social or other disadvantage and able to provide details of asylum seeker or refugee background. They have to provide a personal statement that covers their commitment to learning and study, demonstrated academic ability and good citizenship, and state what they would like to achieve through studies at Western Sydney University and by receiving a scholarship.
Applicants who are non-current school leavers will be considered on the basis of work experience and/or educational qualifications.
Applications are to be done online by 12 January 2020.