|Frequently Asked Questions|
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will scholarships be given out every year?
Yes. This is an annual program. There are several closing dates throughout the year as scholarships become available, so bookmark the ASF website to check every so often.
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2. Is there an application fee?
No, we do not charge individuals or organisations to apply for a scholarship.
3. Who is eligible?
Applicants must be either Australian citizens or permanent residents. This is a requirement of the Australian Tax Office in compliance with our DGR Status (see below). Applicants must also be directors, staff or volunteers of charitable not-for-profit organisations.
4. Why must the applicant be an Australian citizen or permanent resident?
The ASF is recognised as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). The Australian Income Tax Act, requires that funds donated to a DGR for scholarships can only be used for scholarships awarded to Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents. The Income Tax Act does not provide for any exceptions to this requirement.
5. I'm a New Zealand citizen but living and working in Australia - do I qualify for a scholarship?
Applicants with New Zealand citizenship are not eligible for ASF scholarships unless they have obtained Australian permanent resident status. New Zealanders are allowed to stay and work in Australia as they are automatically given a "Special Category Visa" (SCV) when they arrive. People who hold SCVs are "Temporary Residents".
6. Which organisations qualify as Not-for-Profit in Australia?
Applicants must be from an Australian not-for-profit organisation that, in the opinion of ASF, generally fits one or more of the following criteria:
7. Are there any organisations that are ineligible for a Scholarship?
ASF will generally exclude applicants from:
8. Why don't you expand the eligibility criteria?
The Council determines the eligibility criteria on the basis of government requirements – because we are a charity we can only make awards to Australian citizens or permanent residents – and on the nature of the awards themselves – it would be inappropriate to award a scholarship to undertake a program of studies, say, to someone not eligible to enrol in the program.
9. I live outside Australia. Can I apply?
These scholarships are only for Australian citizens and permanent residents of Australia who are employed by (or volunteering for) Australian charitable not-for-profit organisations. Australian citizens and permanent residents who live outside Australia who are employed by (or volunteering for) Australian charitable not-for-profit organisations are eligible as long as they meet the basic eligibility requirements and are able to meet any attendance requirements of the scholarship.
10. Where can I get an application form?
For ASF supported scholarships we utilise an online application system. The link to each online form can be accessed via the Scholarships section of this site.
For all other scholarships, simply follow the links to a separate application form on each scholarship provider's website.
11. What is involved in the application process?
All ASF supported scholarships will require you to create an online ASF profile before starting your application. You will be asked to detail basic information about your work history and education, which will assist the scholarship assessors in the decision-making process. It shouldn't take longer than 10-15 minutes to complete, however you'll only be required to do this once. You can download instructions for creating a profile and completing an application here.
Along with an application form, most ASF supported scholarships require you to upload an endorsement letter written by your not-for-profit employer, i.e. the CEO (or member of the Board if you are the CEO of your organisation). Your employer needs to clearly state their support for you to undertake the study and what benefit it will be to the organisation, as well as any other information they believe may help the success of your application. Endorsement letters should be approx. an A4 page in length and include the employer's contact details. Applications without an accompanying endorsement letter will not be considered.
12. I didn't receive a confirmation email when I created my ASF profile. What should I do?
13. How do I log into my ASF profile after completing an application?
You may want to access to your ASF profile even after you've applied for a scholarship in order to update or edit personal details, review past applications and/or apply for another scholarship. You can gain access via this link: app/scholarships.org.au/asfprofiler/
Simply log in using the email address and password you entered when you first created your account. If you have forgotten your password or can't get access, try resetting your password.
14. What's the deadline for applying?
Your application must be received by the closing date shown for the scholarship concerned, which you can find in the Scholarships section of this site. Unless otherwise stated, most applications are due by 5pm AEST on the closing date. You will not be able to submit your application after this time, however you can submit your application before then if it’s ready.
15. I missed the deadline - can I still apply?
No. Unfortunately, late applications can not be accepted.
16. Can I apply again next year if I miss out this time around?
You may apply for a scholarship as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. If you applied previously for a scholarship and were unsuccessful, and you remain eligible; you can apply again.
17. How much money is given to each individual?
The scholarships are offered by arrangement between the training organisation or university and ASF - any payments that may be required are made directly from ASF to the training organisation or university. ASF does not make payments to scholarship holders.
18. What are the criteria for selecting scholars?
The criteria differ for each scholarship, and are set out fully on the webpage for the scholarship concerned. The criteria do not include race, religion, gender, age, or sexual orientation. An applicant is asked to provide their date of birth only to help ASF distinguish between two applicants with the same name.
19. How are scholars selected?
ASF convenes special panels that comprise ASF Council members and may include volunteers from Rotary. These panels review applications and make recommendations for consideration by the entire Council. All decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
20. Must I plan to be a full-time student?
No. All the scholarships supported by ASF are for part-time study so that you can continue to work in your current job and contribute to your organisation.
21. What will be required of me if I am selected to receive a scholarship?
You will receive full information about how to take up your scholarship when it is awarded.
22. Where do I find details of the actual courses and programs for which scholarships are offered?
Check this site for the links to the university or training provider in each case.
23. Where do the scholarships come from?
ASF donors include companies, educational and training organisations, universities and philanthropic foundations. All are publicly acknowledged on the ASF website.
24. How and when will I be notified if I receive a scholarship?
Depending on the scholarship, it takes about 3-6 weeks to conclude the process of seeking referees reports, considering applications and making the awards. ASF will notify you by email of the result of your application for a scholarship.
25. How can I get on ASF's mailing list?
26. I have some questions about how to fill out the form - whom do I ask?
Click here to download instructions for completing an online application.