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University of Queensland UQ Ramsay Undergraduate Scholarship, Australia for 2023

Application is now open for the UQ Ramsay Undergraduate Scholarship at the University of Queensland. Interested applicants are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About the University of Queensland and Scholarship

The University of Queensland was the first university in the state and was formally established on April 16, 1910, with the gazettal of nominations to the first UQ Senate. It was established by a 1909 Act of the State Parliament. In Brisbane’s Old Government House on George Street, education began in 1911. In the first year, there were 83 students (60 males and 23 women), and three faculties (Arts, Science, and Engineering).

Following the First World War, the University quickly outgrown its inner-city position. A second location in Victoria Park (where the Medical School is presently located) was obtained in 1922. Dr. James O’Neil Mayne and his sister, Miss Mary Emelia Mayne, donated money four years later to purchase the St. Lucia property where the university’s main campus is presently situated. The first structure, subsequently known as the Forgan Smith structure in honor of the then-Premier, was finished in 1939 after construction on the St. Lucia site began. It served as the cutting-edge command center for the Allied Land Forces in the South West Pacific during World War II.


The University and the Queensland Agricultural College joined in 1990 at (now Gatton), 80 kilometers west of Brisbane, uniting the two oldest institutions of higher learning in the State and significantly increasing enrollments. First students were admitted to the old Queensland Agricultural College in 1897, and the two institutions have long collaborated on teaching and research projects.

In 1999, UQ constructed a significant campus in Ipswich, the provincial capital, using the space formerly occupied by the Challinor Centre mental health hospital. To help certain students finish their degrees, UQ continued to teach at the USQ Ipswich site until 2016. However, this campus was transferred to the University of Southern Queensland in January 2015. The third campus of UQ, which was established in 2010, is the main clinical health and research teaching facility in Herston.

The Ramsay Centre for Western Civilization provided funding for the establishment of this scholarship in 2019. The scholarships are designed for students with excellent academic records who want to change the world. They are intended for students who appreciate conversation, debate, and the chance to learn from others. They should be innovative, intellectually curious, and have the critical thinking abilities to question the status quo and cross borders. Students that are motivated by compassion, a desire to improve the lives of all community members, and a strong sense of ethics are what the university is searching for.

Details about the UQ Ramsay Undergraduate Scholarship at the University of Queensland:

Scholarship Sponsor: Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation/University of Queensland, Australia

Scholarship Value: $32,000 per year

Number of awards: Several

Study level: Undergraduate

Host Institution(s): University of Queensland, Australia

UQ Ramsay Undergraduate Scholarship – Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are advised to meet the following conditions to be eligible for the UQ Ramsay Undergraduate Scholarship at the University of Queensland:

  • Are you a citizen or permanent resident of Australia 
  • Will have either finished their 12th year or will have done so the year before they submit their application.
  • Intend to enroll full-time in either the joint Bachelor of Humanities (Western Civilization)/Bachelor of Laws (Honors) or the Bachelor of Advanced Humanities (Western Civilization) (Honors) program. 
  • Expect to be admitted to the dual Bachelor of Humanities (Western Civilization)/Bachelor of Laws (Honors) program or the Bachelor of Advanced Humanities (Western Civilization) (Honors) program based on your predicted senior results, any applicable adjustment factors, or special entry pathways.
  • Not been enrolled in any tertiary education while pursuing a Bachelor’s degree or higher in the past.
  • Will be accessible to take part in a selection committee interview at a time and date chosen by the university.

Selection Criteria

The institution will consider:

  • your capacity for academic study as evidenced by your prior grades and honors
  • each of the following, as indicated by their written applications and interview performances:
  1. a fascination with the issues and concepts that have shaped the world.
  2. a track record of community service, inventiveness, and critical thinking abilities that push limits
  3. attributes of compassion, empathy, and ethical behavior; the capacity to participate successfully in discussions and debates; 
  4. the desire and capacity to improve others’ lives and make a difference in the world
  5. the importance of the scholarship opportunity to your future growth
  • your entire interview performance.

Note: Applicants who can prove, as part of their application, that they have suffered a disadvantage or are from an underrepresented background, may be granted preference.

Application Process for UQ Ramsay Undergraduate Scholarship

Interested applicants seeking to be awarded the UQ Ramsay Undergraduate Scholarship are expected to fill out the scholarship application. You must submit:

  • a one to two-page CV that highlights academic achievements
  • two sources
  • an explanation of the application form’s selection criterion You must reply to three questions (each with a character limit of 1500) that assess your academic prowess, volunteerism, and suitability for the program of study
  • a statement addressing any drawbacks (if any), together with the necessary evidence

To learn more about how to apply, go to the Western Civilization scholarship advice page


UQ Ramsay Undergraduate Scholarship Rules (PDF, 138.46 KB)

2024 Ramsay Scholarships booklet Online.pdf (PDF, 1.7 MB)

What Next?

The school will email you when you apply to confirm receipt. Send an email to if two days after applying, you have not received a response.

The Application Deadline is: 30 July 2023

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