Frequently asked questions
How do the scholarships work?
The scholarships that are managed by AVCAT are valued between $3000 and $5000 per year and are paid to students in monthly instalments.
When can I apply for a scholarship?
For students applying to receive a scholarship in 2017, applications will open on August 18 2016 and close on October 31 2016. If you are interested in applying, please fill out the “Contact Us” form and we will add you to our 2017 Expressions of Interest Register. An application form will be emailed or posted to you.
What documents do I need for my application?
It is advisable to start preparing your documents before applications open as this can take a lot of time. Some of the documents that you can prepare in advance include:
- A copy of your full birth certificate
- A copy of an official document showing the veterans’ operational service and/or the period of continuous full-time service as a member of the Australian Navy, Army or Airforce (eg. Discharge certificate, Certificate of Service)
- A copy of your academic results for the last 18 months. For current Year 12 students – this will be your school report and results. For current tertiary students – this will be a transcript or results.
- An up-to-date resume
- References/prizes/award certificates (no more than 4 documents and less than 2 years old)
Do all applicants receive a bursary?
No. There are eligibility rules and selection criteria that applicants must meet. AVCAT has only a limited amount of bursaries available each year. Approximately one in every six applicants is successful.
AVCAT uses a National Selection Committee of professional educationalists. Additionally, the Committee has three veteran members. The Committee considers each year’s applications and makes selections. The Committee’s decision is final. There is no appeal process.
What do the selectors look for?
Our committee of selectors consists of educationalists and veteran members. Our selectors look for three things when deciding who to select each year. These things are:
- Which of our candidates have the academic ability and drive to complete their course?
- Which of our candidates are most limited by their financial circumstances?
- How do candidates’ personal circumstances impact on their studies?
When will I be notified of the outcome of my application?
Applicants for 2017 scholarships will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of February 2017. If there are any changes to this deadline, applicants will be notified via email.
I am a new scholarship recipient. How do I receive my first scholarship payment?
Successful applicants will receive a written confirmation and Offer and Acceptance and Personal Detail Forms. These forms request your written acceptance about the offer, information about the course you have enrolled in, your personal details and proof of your continuing eligibility.
These forms must be completed and returned to us with supporting documentation by the due date for your scholarship payments to commence. If you fail to return the forms by the deadline, your payments will not commence and your scholarship may be offered to another applicant on our reserve list.
Each year during May to July, the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs organises an Award presentation ceremony in each capital city for the new recipients. Invitations are sent to new recipients who, along with their families, are expected to attend.
What are the terms and conditions of my scholarship?
Please see the Scholarship Terms and Conditions page.
Are you a child or grandchild of an Australian ex-serviceman or woman? Do you need financial support for your tertiary education? Complete our Expression of Interest form to receive an application form.