2024 Scholarships

Applications closed

Each year, the Centre for Social Impact awards various scholarships to students studying our social impact courses at one of our four collaborating universities, The University of New South Wales (UNSW) , Swinburne University of Technology , The University of Western Australia (UWA) and for the first time, Flinders University .

This year more than $160,000 worth of scholarship funding is available. This wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations from our wonderful supporters.

Applications have now closed.

What scholarships are available?

There are a number of scholarships available in 2024 for the following programs offered by the Centre for Social Impact:

  • Graduate Certificate in Social Impact (GCSI)
  • Graduate Diploma in Social Impact (GDCSI)
  • Master of Social Impact / MBA (Social Impact)

CSI Social Impact Scholarship Funding:

Thanks to our generous supporters, we have scholarship funds available at each of our partner universities:

  • Flinders University: $50,000
  • Swinburne University of Technology: $30,000
  • University of New South Wales: $25,000
  • University of Western Australia: $25,000

Each university can distribute these funds as they see fit. A minimum of two scholarships will be awarded by each university. All you need to do is select your preferred university and course when you apply.

For example, if there's $25,000 available it can be split in various ways, such as:

  • 5x $5,000 scholarships
  • 2x $10,000 and 1x $5,000 scholarships
  • 1x $10,000 and 3x $5,000 scholarships
  • 1x $15,000 and 1x $10,000 scholarships

CSI National Board Scholarship:

Everyone who applies will also have the opportunity to be considered for the $10,000 CSI Board scholarship. This is available for any CSI degree program at Flinders, Swinburne, UNSW and UWA. The good news is, you won’t need to complete a separate application form to be in the running for this.

Additional Scholarships at UNSW:

Students studying at UNSW can also apply for two additional scholarships;

  1. Indigenous Female Social Impact Scholarship (UNSW): 1x $15,000 for either the GCSI, GDCSI or MBAx (Social Impact) at UNSW
  2. Robin Crawford Memorial Scholarship (UNSW): 1x $6,500 for either the GCSI, GDCSI or MBAx (Social Impact) at UNSW

Eligibility criteria

We are looking for enthusiastic social impact students who:

  • Demonstrate ongoing commitment, engagement and leadership in supporting, developing and contributing to better social outcomes in the business, public and/or social purpose sectors
  • Demonstrate the capacity to apply their studies and contribute to creating positive social change

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be commencing or continuing in an eligible CSI program at one of our participating universities*
  • Be intending to complete the program of study within the allocated time frame (full-time/part equivalent)
  • Are a Domestic student which includes Australian or New Zealand Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Are not in a receipt of another scholarship towards your program of study (Students receiving a commonwealth supported place are still eligible)
  • Successful scholarship recipients must start using their awarded funds in 2024

*Please note, if you are a continuing student, you must have more than 50% of your current course remaining to complete

    How do I apply?

    Applications have now closed.

    As part of your application, you will also need to submit:

    1. A CV no longer than two pages
    2. A letter of support from a social impact organisation or employer which outlines your suitability and commitment to undertaking the program, along with their endorsement for you to receive a CSI Scholarship

    For further information please email csinational@unsw.edu.au

    Meet a 2023 scholarship recipient

    Starting out as a Civil Engineer, Ben knew something was missing from the career that he wanted to build for himself. Dipping his toes into various volunteering roles while working his normal 9-5, Ben eventually landed himself a casual job as a food-rescue delivery driver for OzHarvest to support his transition away from engineering and into a life with more purpose...