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The University of Queensland Women in Computing Scholarship, Australia 2023

Application is now open for the Women in Computing Scholarship at the University of Queensland. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About the University of Queensland and Scholarship

In Queensland, plans for a university first surfaced in the 1870s. A royal commission led by Sir Charles Lilley in 1874 suggested that a university be founded right away. Those opposed to universities believed that in an economy dominated by primary industries, technical education was more significant than intellectual education. In response to this resistance, those who supported the institution distanced themselves from Oxford and Cambridge and suggested a different paradigm that was based on the mid-western states of the United States.

In 1891, a second Royal Commission advised that a new university have five faculties: arts, law, medicine, science, and applied science. Since funding for education has traditionally been a low priority and the colony had a reading rate of 57% in 1861, basic education takes precedence over secondary and vocational education in Queensland. Despite the recommendations of the Royal Commission, the government declined to fund the creation of a university.


A group of private persons started the Queensland University Extension Movement in 1893 intending to gain support from the larger community for a university in Queensland. They organized public lecture courses in adult education. The extension sessions had 245 pupils registered in 1894, and the lectures were thought to be practical and helpful. 

The University Congress was organized by the University Extension Movement in 1906 as a venue for interested delegates to advocate for the concept of a university. A draft Bill for a Queensland University was developed, and interest in the idea was sparked. The relevance of university education for Queensland’s economy and its practical components were emphasized. Premier Kidston of Queensland received the Congress’s proceedings. Sixty acres of Victoria Park were gazetted for university uses in October 1906.

The Women in Computing Scholarship was started in 2022, and Entain Australia donates annually to keep it going.

Details about the Women in Computing Scholarship at the University of Queensland:

Scholarship Sponsor: University of Queensland, Australia

Scholarship Value: $10,000 p.a

Number of awards: 1

Study level: Undergraduate

Host Institution(s): University of Queensland, Australia

Enrolment Status: Current UQ student

Women in Computing Scholarship – Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are advised to meet the following prerequisites to be qualified for the Women in Computing Scholarship at the University of Queensland:

  • are a domestic student
  • are female
  • can display financial need
  • are registered full-time in the first year of either:
    • Bachelor of Information Technology or associated dual program; or
    • Bachelor of Computer Science or associated dual program; or
    • the Bachelor of Science (in a computer science discipline) or associated dual program.
  • hold no other scholarship that the Associate Dean deems to be comparable.

Selection Criteria

The institution will take into account: 

  • Your ability to show financial difficulty; 
  • Your academic achievements; 
  • Your traits, such as your capacity for leadership; 
  • Your involvement in the community; 
  • Any other factors the selection committee deems important to your future success in the engineering field.

Application Procedure for Women in Computing Scholarship

Interested applicants should fill out the scholarship application form and attach the below documents:

  • copy of your most current studies report from mySI-net
  • proof of financial hardship such as Centrelink statements, ATO statements, family income, etc.
  • a cover letter
  • your resume
  • a copy of the applicant’s Year 12 report (or equivalent)

Use these tips for putting together a great application to help you through this process. 

Please Note: If your application is shortlisted, the admissions office may get in touch with you to set up an interview. Additionally, they will email you the results of your application.


Women in Computing Scholarship rules (PDF, 197.25 KB)

The Submission Deadline is: 10 September 2023

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