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Diversity Access Scholarship (Institution Equity Scholarship)


Various ($400 - $6,000) 

One Session to 1 Year 





UTS offers the Diversity Access Scholarship program to assist students from low socio-economic backgrounds who may also be experiencing other forms of educational disadvantage which make it difficult to achieve their educational goals.This scholarship is available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students.Please read the Conditions of Award for full details of the Scholarship.

Who is eligible?

Applicants Must:

  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or the holder of an Australian permanent resident visa or permanent humanitarian visa; or
  • The holder of a Temporary Protection Visa*; and
  • In the session of award be enrolled at UTS in:
    • an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree, or
    • the Jumbunna UNISTART program, or
    • a postgraduate research degree; and

NOTE: Students that are awarded the Diversity Access Scholarship on the basis of financial disadvantage only are required to be enrolled full-time (minimum 18 cp) in the session of award, unless they are able to demonstrate exceptional circumstances** or unless they are in the final session of study with a status of Potentially Complete.

  • Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for an Equity Scholarship and therein demonstrate financial disadvantage:
  • Through receiving a means-tested Commonwealth income support payment (such as Parenting Payment Single, Disability Support Pension, Carers Allowance, Austudy, ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance), or by providing comprehensive information demonstrating exceptional financial hardship.

NOTE: Students have the option to make an appointment for an alternative financial assessment with the UTS Financial Assistance Service in the Student Services Unit in order to evidence financial disadvantage. This is only available in cases when an applicant has been deemed ineligible for an Equity Scholarship on the basis of not meeting the financial hardship criteria as specified above and as outlined in the UAC application.


*Applicants that are holders of a Temporary Protection Visa should identify themselves to the UTS Equity & Diversity Unit at the time they make their application for an Equity Scholarship.

**Exceptional circumstances may include, but are not limited to, severe disruptions, disability, ongoing illness, carer’s responsibilities and other education barriers, and are considered by the Scholarships Office on a case-by-case basis.

Selection process

Selection is determined on a relative needs basis, prioritising applicants who are able to demonstrate one or more educational disadvantages in addition to financial hardship via the UAC Equity Scholarship application. The criteria include the following educational disadvantages:

  • Regional or remote background
  • Sole parent responsibilities
  • Carer responsibilities
  • Long-term medical condition / disability or ongoing effect of abuse
  • Indigenous Australian
  • Refugee status

How to apply

Applications must be submitted via the University Admissions Centre