Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) Scholarships

Experiencing economic, social or geographic disadvantage can make it difficult to succeed in your study.

DUSA recognises that it's not always possible to afford the costs associated with being a student. The DUSA Scholarship allows you to get the resources you need to be successful in your studies.

Important dates

Applications for Trimester 1 2021 open 31 August 2020.

Applications for Trimester 1 2021 close 11 January 2021 at 5pm.


This scholarship is available for 1 year.

  • DUSA Gold membership 2021

Your choice of items up to the value of $3000

  • Laptop
  • Travel assistance (Annual general parking permit/public transport/Myki/ fuel voucher)
  • Deakin Card top up which can be used for services such as printing, photocopying, binding, purchase of text books supplied through the DUSA Bookshop or food purchases.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • be a currently enrolled (continuing) student, enrolled full time in an undergraduate bachelor or postgraduate master by coursework degree in a Commonwealth supported place
  • be able to demonstrate a combination of financial and social or geographical disadvantage
  • have a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 50.


If you are successful you will be required to provide a written statement in Trimester 1 2021 highlighting the impact receiving this support has had on you personally and the potential benefit on your studies during the year for a case study and/or reporting purposes.

Your application

Supporting documents

As part of the application process, you will also be required to upload current supporting documentation.

When you apply for this scholarship, you'll need to supply evidence of your hardship.

The supporting documentation required includes:

  • evidence of any hardship you are experiencing
  • details of your living arrangements and employment (must include your annual income)
  • details of assets and savings (bank accounts etc.)
  • evidence of Centrelink income
  • confirmation of enrolment from Deakin University.

Make sure you choose the correct document type when you upload your documents as it will make a difference. If your documents are uploaded into the incorrect type they will not be considered when assessing your application. Remember it is quality, not quantity, which you need to provide. Aim to provide documents which are current, relevant and concise.

Read more about supporting documentation

Application tips

Applying for a scholarship isn’t just about meeting the eligibility criteria.

It’s a good idea to think about why you want a scholarship, how it will help you and what you have to offer the Deakin community.

Read our 5 top tips on applying for a scholarship

How to apply

You can apply for this scholarship directly through our Scholarship Application Portal.

Visit our application portal

What happens next?

Your application will be assessed and ranked based on the details you provide and your supporting documentation.

You'll find out if you were successful usually within six weeks of the application closing date. You can see the status of your application via your Scholarship Application Portal account.