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University of Queensland Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship, Australia for 2023

Application is now open for the Westpac Future Leaders 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

On December 10, 1909, the State Parliament passed a bill creating the University of Queensland in honor of the 50th anniversary of Queensland’s separation from the province of New South Wales. The Act authorized the establishment of a senate of 20 men to oversee the university, and Sir William MacGregor—the new Governor—was chosen to serve as the institution’s first chancellor. RH Roe was chosen to serve as vice-chancellor. After the governor moved to the Bardon home, Fernberg, space in Old Government House [formerly Government House] in George Street was set aside for the university, igniting the initial discussions regarding the ideal location for the institution.

The first academic institutions for instruction were founded in 1910. Engineering, the ancient world, math, and chemistry were among them. The Senate selected the first four professors in December of the same year: BD Steele in chemistry, JL Michie in classics, H. Priestley in mathematics, and A Gibson in engineering. The first students enrolled in 1911.


In 1911, the university’s inaugural sessions were held in the Government House with 83 new students, and Sir William MacGregor served as the institution’s first chancellor (with RH Roe serving as vice-chancellor). In 1914, the University of Queensland awarded degrees to its first class of graduates.

The University of Queensland’s governing body, the Senate, is made up of 22 students and representatives of the local community. The chancellor and deputy chancellor are in charge of the senate and are chosen by the senate. The University of Queensland Act of 1998 gives the Senate broad authority to employ personnel, administer and govern university operations and property, and oversee financial matters to further the goals of the institution.

One of Australia’s most effective development awards is the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship. Along with providing you with up to $120,000 over two to three years for your postgraduate education, the Scholarship will help you develop your leadership abilities and provide you with the knowledge, motivation, and insights you need to leave your impact on the world.

Details about the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship at the University of Queensland:

Scholarship Sponsor: University of Queensland, Australia

Scholarship Value: Up to $120,000

Number of awards: Varies

Study level: Postgraduate

Host Institution(s): University of Queensland, Australia

Enrolment Status: Future UQ student, Current UQ student

Eligibility Criteria for Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship

Applicants are advised to meet the following conditions to be eligible for the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship at the University of Queensland:

  • Possess the following qualifications: 
  • Are an Australian citizen or permanent resident; 
  • Have finished your first undergraduate degree after September 1, 2017, OR will finish by December 31, 2023; 
  • Have shown academic achievement; 
  • And are keen to start a full-time Master’s or PhD program.

Further information on requirements can be found at the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship Website

Selection Criteria

Your submission will be evaluated based on:

  • your enthusiasm for encouraging constructive social change, advancing technology and innovation, or enhancing Australia’s relations with Asia
  • who can express this goal and how postgraduate education will help it become a reality and who has a strong vision to contribute to the development and prosperity of Australia?
  • ambition and capacity for leadership
  • a desire to network, interact across fields, and be inspired by others
  • willingness to take on difficulties
  • a willingness to participate in and make a contribution to the Westpac 100 Scholars Network.

Application Procedure for Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship

Log in or register for Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship here.


Westpac Future Leaders Criteria

Application Timeline

  • 6 September 2023 – Applications close
  • 26 September – 13 October 2023 – University shortlisting
  • 5-6 December 2023 – National Assessment Centre in Sydney
  • 13 December 2023 – Notification of outcome

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