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Closing date

13 August 2021

Scholarship details


University of Newcastle has a proud history of supporting motivated and talented students to both gain entry to university and to thrive in their field of study, regardless of their background and individual circumstances.

The Equity Scholarship Scheme University of Newcastle (ESSUN) provides assistance to students who are experiencing financial hardship and other personal circumstances impacting study, including:

  • Carer responsibilities
  • English language difficulty
  • Financial hardship
  • Long term medical condition/ disability or ongoing effects of abuse
  • Regional or remote disadvantage
  • Sole parent responsibilities
  • Additional attributes such as Indigenous Australian or having Refugee status.

Definitions of types of disadvantage and documents required to demonstrate these are available on the UAC ES web page here.

The ESSUN Midyear Scholarship is open to students commencing study in our midyear admissions intake and is for one semester only. Recipients should also register interest/apply for the annual version of the scholarship for the following year.

For more information on this scholarship, please review the full Terms and Conditions.

These scholarships were approved for funding in 2015 for students who were not eligible for ESSUN on the basis of financial criteria, however did have some financial disadvantage and also relocated from a regional or rural area to study.


To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be commencing in any enabling or undergraduate program with University of Newcastle in midyear intake (semester 2).
  • Be experiencing financial hardship. This may mean that you receive (or expect to receive) a centrelink means-tested income support payment this year, or that you are able to demonstrate financial hardship on the basis of a comprehensive assessment.
  • May be experiencing other types of educational disadvantage as assessed as part of your scholarship application.
  • Be an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen.
  • Not hold a current ESSUN, Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship, or Indigenous Education Scholarship.
  • Not have previously received an ongoing equity scholarship for the standard duration of your degree program with UON.

Required Documentation

If documentation is not provided your application will not be processed. Please have all required documents available for upload as PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, or JPG files prior to completing the online application process.

  • You may be required to provide documents to support your educational disadvantage claims. These will be identified when you apply based on your individual application responses.


The scholarship is awarded for Semester 2 only and provides:

  • A payment after census date of $2000 for full time study (30 units or more), or $1250 for part-timestudy (20 units or less). Please allow 14-21 days for this to be processed.
  • Placement Grant: An additional lump sum between $500 and $750 may be approved for students undertaking compulsory placement within the academic year. You would need to apply for this additional amount in writing to and provide evidence showing the length and location of your placement. The amount paid will be determined in consultation with Student Support.

The ESSUN Midyear Scholarship is tenable for one semester only and must be taken up at the time of award. You are encouraged to reapply for the full ESSUN Scholarship for the following year.


Selection is based on the information provided in the University of Newcastle Scholarship application and the assessment conducted by UAC. During scholarship offer rounds, University of Newcastle will rank applications based on financial hardship and prioritize award of scholarships to students who experience severe and/or additional educational disadvantages and who are commencing their studies in semester 2. University of Newcastle may consider the number, duration and severity of disadvantages, previous scholarships received, and your academic progress when awarding scholarships.

Meeting the scholarship criteria does not guarantee an offer as the number of applicants often exceeds available scholarships. If you do not receive an offer, it does not mean that you are not considered as meeting requirements, only that there were students considered to have a greater need of support at that time. Please do not let this deter you from applying for other opportunities or reapplying in subsequent offer years.


Contact Details

Student Services Centre
University of Newcastle
University Drive

Phone: +61 2 4921 5000
Fax: +61 2 4921 5759

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