University of Newcastle

Scholarships and financial assistance

The University of Newcastle’s equity programs aim to make tertiary education accessible to all eligible students, regardless of their background.


You might be bursting with new ideas, passion, and potential. But without support, attending university can sometimes seem impossible.

Through our scholarship program, we are able to open up a world of possibility for those who might have all the talent in the world, but sometimes lack the opportunity to develop and explore it.

There are hundreds of scholarships on offer, including:

  • scholarships for academic achievement
  • support for individuals with financial hardship and educational disadvantage
  • support for Indigenous students
  • opportunities to travel, perform, play sport, relocate, or gain global experience.

Many of our scholarships have been created as a result of generous philanthropic donations to the University of Newcastle, from individuals and organisations who share our belief that everyone with talent and dedication deserves the chance to pursue their dreams.


The Ma & Morley Scholarship Program aims to inspire, educate and cultivate the next generation of globally aware and socially conscious Australian leaders – and help them change the world.

The Program was established through a generous $26 million commitment by Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma, in honour of his life-long friendship with respected Novocastrian Ken Morley.

There is a total of 20 scholarships available for new students in the categories of Indigenous, Educational Disadvantage and Academic Excellence and 10 immersion experiences available for continuing students per year under the Ma & Morley Scholarship Program.


The Shaping Futures Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 with the aim of helping those students who are most in need.

To be eligible for a Shaping Futures Scholarship, students need to be academically capable but also facing educational disadvantage such as financial hardship, relocation from a regional or remote area, a long term or recurrent medical condition or illness, carer or sole parenting responsibilities, an asylum seeker recently completing a University of Newcastle enabling program, or a combination of these factors. It is hoped that the Shaping Futures Scholarships will provide much needed support for students to continue to overcome disadvantage and maintain their achievements.

These scholarships are funded entirely by generous donations from alumni, donors, staff, businesses and the community, and funds are continually sought via the Shaping Futures Appeal.


The Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Scholarships were established through contributions from the university, industry donors, community organisations and the annual Reconciliation Scholarship Dinner Dance.

These scholarships aim to provide Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students financial support to enable them to complete their studies.


Financial assistance


Student loans are available to assist students experiencing financial difficulty with costs associated with education needs. To find out more, visit the website.


For details on Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY, visit the Department of Human Services website.