Are you a STEM student in rural or regional Australia? Here’s your chance to land $18k!


At Charles Sturt University (CSU), we’re proud of where we come from.

We’re from the regions – and we’re for the regions.

That’s why, when we’re given the opportunity to give our regional and remote students a hand, we jump at it. So if you’re thinking about studying with CSU next year AND you’ve got your heart set on a STEM (science, tech, engineering and maths) degree – keep reading.

Things are about to get interesting.

About the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarship Program

The Australian Government has introduced the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarship Program (RRESP) to help students in rural and regional areas in Australia access and complete STEM degrees.

The aim of the RRESP game is to:

  • increase the number of students engaging with STEM disciplines
  • increase the number of students studying a STEM degree – regardless of their location
  • raise the level of course completion.

What’s in it for me?

If you’re selected for a scholarship, you’ll receive financial support to help with the costs of studying at uni. That could mean your tuition fees, textbooks, accommodation, general living expenses – even internships and overseas study opportunities.

Depending on the length of your course, you could be in the running for $18,000! And if you undertake an internship, you may also be eligible for an extra $500.

Am I eligible?

To be considered for the RRESP, you need to:

  • study a STEM, health or agriculture degree
  • commence study of a bachelor’s degree, Honours degree, graduate certificate or graduate diploma, master’s degree or a doctoral degree in 2019
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, holder of a permanent humanitarian visa or a New Zealand citizen living in Australia
  • have not yet have started your degree, i.e. you’re planning to study in 2019
  • have your home address in a regional or remote area.

How to apply

Your application will be assessed on two main components.

  1. Financial need – you’ll need to provide documentation that shows financial need.
  2. Capability – you’ll need to draft a written response or essay.

Remember, you don’t need to be the best essay writer or world’s best student to be awarded a scholarship. But you do need to apply. So many scholarships get left on the table each year simply because people assume they won’t get one. So go for it!

And if you need some inspiration, check out our scholarship application tips.

To submit your application and supporting documents, head to the scholarship website. Simply create an account and begin your application!

Interested in STEM, but not sure which course is right for you?

Find out more information about STEM degrees on the CSU courses page. You can explore a range of STEM-related career areas there. Plus, you can always contact us and we can go through your options with you.