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Scientia Scholarship


High School Leaver
Indigenous Australians
Minimum Value
available for Duration of program (minimum)
No residency requirements
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For commencement Term 2 2024

The UNSW Scientia Scholarship has been established to encourage students who achieve a raw ATAR* score (or equivalent) of 99.90 or above in an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate, or equivalent qualification, to undertake full-time undergraduate study at UNSW.

The Scientia Scholars program offers a flexible and rewarding opportunity for students who enter UNSW under this prestigious scholarship. Additional benefits of the Scholarship include:

  • Academic Mentors who are appointed to each Scientia scholar to provide advice and to support their academic progress.
  • Invitations to a range of special events over the course of their studies such as Scientia Scholars Welcome, research seminars.
  • Some Scientia Scholars are invited to be Student Ambassadors, who represent their Faculty at various events including Open Day, Information Day, School Visits and Parent and Student Evenings.
  • Scientia Scholars are encouraged to apply to their Faculty to be considered for research assistant positions.

A student who accepts a UNSW Co-op Program Scholarship and is eligible for a Scientia Scholarship may accept both. However, they will receive a $5,000 once-off Scientia bonus payment in first year only. These students will remain eligible for all the other non-monetary benefits of the Scientia Scholarship.

The Scientia Scholarship may be deferred, if the offer of admission is officially deferred and no other tertiary education is undertaken in the meantime.

The Scientia scholarship cannot be held in conjunction with an Academic Achievement Award (AAA).

Payment of the scholarship is made on the condition that students are enrolled full-time in an eligible undergraduate degree program at UNSW, as at Census date in the year of award.

*Raw ATAR excluding adjustment factor points.


To be eligible, applicants must meet all the following criteria:

  • Be commencing an eligible UNSW undergraduate degree program
    • The scholarship is available to students in most undergraduate degree programs, except for the BMed MD program. Only a very limited number of scholarships may be available to students enrolling in the BMed MD program.
  • Must have achieved a raw ATAR score (or equivalent) of 99.90 or above (not including adjustment factors) in an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate in the year prior to commencement of study at UNSW
    • International applicants undertaking this qualification must be residing in Australia and attending an Australian High School to be considered.
    • Australian Citizens undertaking an assessable international senior secondary qualification with an equivalent ATAR of 99.90 or above are also considered.
    • Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) must achieve a score of 45 to be considered eligible.
  • Must have submitted a UAC Undergraduate Admission application and listed UNSW as one of their preferences by the December Round 2 offer round (15 December 2023).


Eligible candidates will be identified through their UAC application. The Scientia Scholarship is automatically awarded by UNSW to students who meet the Eligibility Criteria and are commencing undergraduate studies at UNSW in Term 1, 2024.

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University of New South Wales




May 13, 2024

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June 12, 2024

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UNSW Sydney  is a world leading university across research, teaching and innovation. Established in 1949, our diverse community includes 64,000 students from over 130 countries and a global alumni community of over 300,000. 

Our pioneering research, global industry connections and commitment to hands-on learning means you’ll graduate ready for successful, international careers with real impact in the world.  

At UNSW, we know that now, more than ever, the world needs leaders and thinkers. People who will stand up and take action on the world’s problems. We give you, as a student, the tools to pursue your passions and make positive, long-lasting impact through your career.  

That’s why, UNSW is a name that stands out to employers - we rank third in Australia and 27th in the world for graduate employability. Our 8,000 strong research community is one that takes action on the issues that matter for the future. We’re world leaders in solar power, sustainable materials and quantum computing and are internationally renowned in many other fields.

UNSW is a founding member of the prestigious Group of Eight (Australia) and PLuS Alliance. We are a member of Universitas 21, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities and were the only Australian university invited to join the Global Alliance of Technological Universities.

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