UNSW is committed to providing education that supports and stimulates gifted students regardless of their ability to afford these programs wherever possible.

To support the learning of all students, we offer scholarships to students with special financial needs. Students must meet the selection criteria and scholarships are limited. Some students also seek sponsorship through their school or local businesses and community organisations. 

Scholarship Selection Criteria

  • Applicants’ parents will have socioeconomic hardship as demonstrated by Centrelink documentation (‘Part B’ of their tax statement)
  • Applicants will provide a written statement outlining why they would like to attend the Junior Scientia or Scientia Challenge Program
  • Applicants are to provide a recommendation letter of support from a school or community leader
  • Applicants must provide written evidence of meeting the academic selection criteria for the programs (e.g. test results or Opportunity Class placement)

Additionally, special consideration may be given to scholarship applicants who are:

  • Rural and remote students
  • Twice-exceptional (Gifted students with disability)
  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • English language learners


Equity Advanced Placement

Families who are not experiencing financial hardship, but can demonstrate equity criteria as above, can apply for advanced placement: an opportunity to register before the main round opens. 

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