$1.4 million to support students studying in regional Australia

3 MARCH 2023

$1.4 million to support students studying in regional Australia

Scholarships of $15,000 are available per student per year for up to four years

  • Charles Sturt is offering nearly $1.4 million in scholarships for students to study in regional locations through the Australian Government’s Destination Australia program
  • Scholarships of $15,000 are available per student per year for up to four years
  • There are a total of 26 scholarships available for domestic and international students

Students commencing a new course of full-time study at Charles Sturt University major campuses in 2023 now have additional scope for financial support as the University has been awarded nearly $1.4 million in scholarship funding under the Australian Government’s Destination Australia program.

This is the third year Charles Sturt has been successful in receiving funding support under the program, having received a total of 26 scholarships for students in 2023, with 14 scholarships available for domestic students and 12 scholarships available for international students.

The 2023 program offers scholarship funding of up to $15,000 per student per year for up to four years, for students commencing full-time courses at any of the Charles Sturt campuses in Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Albury-Wodonga, or Port Macquarie. 

Students can pursue eligible courses which fall within the areas of nursing, business, IT, teaching, allied health, paramedicine, pharmacy, agriculture, social work and others. The complete list of eligible courses students can study at Charles Sturt University while being eligible for the Destination Australia program is here.

Charles Sturt University Vice-Chancellor Professor Renée Leon said the scholarships would prioritise students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“Charles Sturt University encourages all students eligible under the grant guidelines to apply, particularly domestic students from low socio-economic backgrounds, those who are first in their family to attend university, those with disability, and First Nations students,” Professor Leon said.

Professor Leon said the University was the perfect choice for students to pursue their higher education while maximising the financial support available to study and live in regional Australia.

“Charles Sturt is Australia’s leading regional university and ranked first for graduate employment among all Australian universities in the recently released 2022 Graduates Outcome Survey,” Professor Leon said.

“Charles Sturt University graduates have the skills and knowledge to thrive in their chosen careers as soon as they enter the workforce.

“Destination Australia scholarships will help to reduce the cost pressures of living expenses incurred while pursuing a university education.”

Scholarships are available to both domestic and international students commencing a course in the 2023 academic year and applications are open.

Senator the Hon. Anthony Chisholm Assistant Minister for Education said the scholarships would help attract students to the regions, and help meet skills needs by prioritising students studying courses aligned with the Australian Government’s National Skills Priority List.

“The program will provide more opportunities for domestic and international students to enrol in areas of identified skills shortage, meaning more teachers, nurses and engineers where we need them most,” Senator Chisholm said.

Funding for each scholarship will be paid in two equal instalments of $7,500 in session one and another $7,500 in session two each year for the duration of the course.

Applications for international students close on Wednesday 8 March with applications for domestic students closing on Friday 17 March 2023.

Click here for further information or to apply.


Media Note:

To arrange interviews with a Charles Sturt University spokesperson contact Trease Clarke at Charles Sturt Media on 0409 741 789 or news@csu.edu.au

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