2024 Pre-Masters Scholarship

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If you’re an outstanding new international student to UNSW College and demonstrate your commitment to cultural advancement, sporting achievements, or community leadership, the 2024 Pre-Masters Scholarship may be for you.

This is a merit-based scholarship that rewards your talents and offers up to AU$5,000 towards your tuition fees.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to win a 2024 Pre-Masters Scholarship, apply now.


Scholarships ranging from AU$2,500 - AU$5,000 will be made available to students from each of the following countries or regions*:

  • Mainland China
  • South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka)
  • North Asia (Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan)
  • Mekong (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam)
  • Indonesia
  • South-East Asia (Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore)
  • Middle East, Pakistan & Africa
  • Australia and New Zealand

* Based on the residential address from which a student submits an application.

To be eligible to apply for the 2024 Pre-Masters Scholarship, students must:

  • Be from one of the above regions.
  • Hold an unconditional offer or an offer packaged with a UNSW College English program for the Pre-Masters Program May 2024 intake and submit their scholarship application no later than 18 March 2024. 


  • Hold an unconditional offer or an offer packaged with a UNSW College English program for the Pre-Masters Program August 2024 intake and submit their scholarship application no later than 8 July 2024.

Students who have already accepted their offer for the Pre-Masters Program are eligible to apply, but if they are awarded the 2024 Pre-Masters Scholarship, they must rescind any other UNSW College scholarship (other than the International Student Award).

The 2024 Pre-Masters Scholarship cannot be combined with any other bursary, discount or scholarship provided by UNSW Sydney or UNSW College, other than the UNSW International Student Award.  

Selection criteria

Applicants must:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements as outlined above.
  • Nominate the country or region in which they are applying for the scholarship.
  • Provide a scholarship application statement of no more than 500 words, outlining:
    • Reasons for applying for the Pre-Masters Program.
    • Why they have chosen to study their preferred degree at UNSW.
    • Their participation in extra-curricular activities, including participation in cultural, sporting and leadership activities.

If there are two candidates of equal standing, then they may be invited to attend an interview to determine their suitability. A panel consisting of the respective Regional Manager, Head of Student Recruitment and Head of Admissions and Student Systems (or their delegates) will determine which student will receive the scholarship in accordance with the eligibility criteria outlined above. The panel’s decision will be final.

Scholarship conditions

Scholarship recipients will automatically become UNSW College student ambassadors and will be required to participate in the College's promotional activities, including, but not limited to:

  • Providing written, verbal and recorded (audio and/or video) testimonials;
  • Joining webinars with prospective students and/or agents;
  • Attending events, face-to-face and online;
  • Other College activities as required and directed by the UNSW College team.

To retain the scholarship, successful candidates must remain enrolled past the census date of their respective program of study.

The scholarship will be awarded in the form of tuition fee remission. It will not be redeemable for cash or credit.

Once awarded, the 2024 Pre-Masters Scholarship may not be deferred to another intake. In the event that a candidate is unable to accept the offer, it may be awarded to another candidate of the panel’s choosing.

Application timeline

The 2024 Pre-Masters Scholarship applications will open on 19 February 2024 and close on 18 March 2024 for the May 2024 intake or 8 July 2024 for the August 2024 intake.

The scholarship awards will be announced by 25 March 2024 for the May 2024 intake and by 15 July 2024 for the August 2024 intake.

Scholarship details will be outlined in your offer letter.