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Scholarships & Bursaries

For over 50 years, the New College Communities have continued to build character in each individual who becomes part of the College community.

We encourage residents to strive for academic excellence, serve one another and make contributions to the wider community. To assist residents to fulfil these outcomes, the New College Communities have developed several equity-based scholarships and bursaries to support residents with specific needs or disadvantages. Applications are assessed by the Master and Dean each year, and scholarships and bursary assistance are generally only awarded after the commencement of the academic year and finalisation of College membership.

To be considered, applicants must have been accepted into membership of New College or New College Postgraduate Village, and have typically experienced some form of educational, economic, and/or social disadvantage. The contributing circumstances could include:

  • Financial hardship
  • Difficult home/family circumstances
  • Rural/remote isolation
  • Language difficulties
  • Excessive family responsibilities
  • Disrupted schooling
  • Physical or mental disability
  • Serious family illness
  • Prolonged illness or condition

The scholarships and bursaries offered by New College Communities are presently only available to Australian and New Zealand Residents.

How to Apply

Download the application form

  1. Complete a successful application for residency at New College or New College Postgraduate Village, including interview with the Dean of Residents.
  2. Complete this form and return an electronic copy to dean@newcollege.unsw.edu.au
  3. If applying for the Stuart Barton Babbage Fellowship or the Bible Society Young Scholars Program, complete the additional application requirements (see below).
  4. Your application will be assesed and, if successful, the scholarship or bursary will generally be awarded after the commencement of the academic year.

Scholarships & Bursaries Application Deadlines

Commencing residency in term 3 2020 (bursaries only)

  • 7 September 2020

Commencing residency in Term 1 2021

  • 7 September 2020 (Round 1)
  • 1 February 2021 (Round 2)

Commencing residency in Term 2 2021 (bursaries only)

  • 3 May 2021

Commencing residency in Term 3 2021 (bursaries only)

  • 6 September 2021

Stuart Barton Babbage Fellowship

Available for: NCV residents (and postgraduate New College residents)

Value: by consultation

This scholarship honours the Rev Dr Canon Stuart Barton Babbage AM, the second Master of New College, by supporting the growth and development of an outstanding student pursuing postgraduate research at UNSW. The Fellowship is only open to residents undertaking a doctorate, postdoctoral work or, in some cases, a research masters from any UNSW discipline. The Fellowship is only awarded when a suitable applicant is available. Application for this scholarship must be accompanied by a letter with supporting documentation.

A successful candidate must be able to:

  • Provide academic benefit to the College
  • Contribute to the life of the College
  • Strengthen the academic culture of the College through their own work & support of/involvement with younger residents
  • Enrich the the College community in accordance with its stated mission
  • Demonstrate collegiality, academic excellence, and service to society

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Reside at College for at least 48 weeks
  • Play an active role in the academic and social life of the College
  • Exercise leadership at the College, including speaking at College functions and leading events for postgraduate students
  • Make formal reports to the Dean of Residents several times a year detailing their contribution to the College and the broader community
  1. Apply for residency at New College or NCV.
  2. Apply for and enrol in a research program at UNSW.
  3. Submit a scholarship application form; a cover letter that addresses the selection criteria, and outlines your academic research and how it will serve the wider society; your CV; your academic record; and a list of any publications you have. Address your application to the Dean of the relevant College, and email dean@newcollege.unsw.edu.au.
  4. Short-listed candidates may be invited for a face-to-face or phone interview, depending on circumstances.
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New College Access Accommodation Scholarship

Available for: New College residents

Value: up to $6000

This residential scholarship is only available to incoming residents. It is awarded based on financial and other hardship. Each Access Scholarship is subject to an annual review and typically only runs for two years.


Founders' Bursary

Available for: New College residents

Value: up to $6000

This bursary was instituted in 2002 by the New College Board to honour the founders of the College. Open to new or returning residents, each Founders' Bursary typically continues for up to two years, subject to annual review. Recipients must maintain a distinction average or higher.


Alumni Scholarship

Available for: New College residents

Value: up to $4000

This scholarship is offered thanks to the generosity of New College alumni. The value of this scholarship is dependent on available support. The purpose of the Alumni Scholarship is to enable new or returning students to come to College, who, for financial reasons, may not otherwise be able to do so and, as a consequence, may be unable to attend university. Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need, academic merit, leadership qualities, community participation, and potential to contribute to community life at New College.


Indigenous Scholarships

Available for: New College and NCV residents

Value: up to $6000

New College Indigenous Scholarships are to support indigenous students whose financial means are insufficient to meet the costs of living within the College and who do not already have another funding source, such as an external accommodation scholarship, or the Residential Cost Option provided by the Australian Government. Applicants must also demonstrate academic merit, leadership qualities, and potential to contribute to community life at New College. Indigenous Scholarships are available to new or returning residents and are subject to an annual review.


Bible Society Young Scholars

Available for: New College and New College Postgraduate Village residents

Value: $2000-$5000

This program promotes Christian scholarship amongst those living at New College and New College Postgraduate Village while they study at UNSW. Each scholarship is awarded for one year, however scholarships may be extended subject to performance and available funding. Applications for this scholarship must be accompanied by a letter addressing the specific criteria.

Essential
  • An offer of admission of residency at New College or NCV
  • Acceptance and enrolment in a full-time program at UNSW
  • Demonstrated Christian engagement and commitment to service
  • Demonstrated biblical literacy and Christian understanding
  • A supporting reference from their church pastor or equivalent
  • Potential to contribute to community life
Desirable
  • Demonstrated community participation outside of church activities
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Demonstrated ability to create original Christian works
General expectations

There will be an expectation that Bible Society Young Scholars participate in the life of New College and NCV. While they will be free to participate in any activity of the College, it is expected that, for their development, Bible Society Young Scholars will:

  1. Attend and participate in College Services
  2. Participate in Christian Fellowship activities
  3. Join a New College or NCV Bible Study
  4. Become a member of a local church of their own choice
  5. Attend the New College Lectures, CASE Conferences and Seminars
  6. Attend the Bible Society Masterclasses as an ambassador promoting New College
Primary expectation

The primary expectation of the Young Scholar is to research a topical issue over the course of the year and produce one substantial or two shorter works of Christian scholarship. The topic must be approved by New College and the Bible Society. The editorial staff of Eternity and pastoral and editorial staff at New College will provide editorial guidance to the Young Scholar with the aim of helping them produce content suitable for the online or print publications of New College and Bible Society. Depending on the skills of the scholarship holder, they might provide this content as an article, blog post, video, audio or some other creative format. The scope of this project may vary according to the Young Scholar's age and experience.

  1. Apply for residency at New College or NCV.
  2. Apply for and enrol in a full-time program at UNSW.
  3. Submit a written application with any supporting documentation to New College UNSW, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia or to dean@newcollege.unsw.edu.au.
  4. Applications should comprise no more than 2 pages. The candidate must address how they meet the selection criteria and suggest potential areas of Christian scholarship for their involvement in the program.
  5. Please attach a reference from your church pastor, school chaplain or other nominated mentor.
  6. Short-listed candidates may be invited for a face-to-face or phone interview, depending on circumstances.
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Jared Pritchard Memorial Scholarship

Available for: New College residents

Value: up to $6000

This scholarship is named in memory of Jared Pritchard, a very talented and creative young man who lived at New College for four years but sadly passed away in December 2010. It is awarded based on the applicant’s ability to contribute to the creative and performing arts within the College community. Academic performance and financial hardship will also be considered. Available to new or returning residents. This scholarship may be awarded to more than one candidate in a given year.


New College Rural & Regional Faculty-Based Undergraduate Scholarships

Available for: New College residents

Value: $2000 per scholarship

New College offers a suite of scholarships to assist students based on faculty enrolment with the University of New South Wales. Each year there is one New College scholarship available for each UNSW faculty. Applicants from rural and regional Australia enrolling at UNSW in the following faculties are welcome to apply:

  • Art & Design
  • Arts & Social Sciences
  • Built Environment
  • Business School
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Science

The scholarship is available to new or returning residents. The student’s home address must be in rural or regional Australia. Each scholarship is subject to an annual review.


New College, UNSW Regional NSW Scholarships

Available for: New College residents

Value: $2000 per scholarship

New College offers a suite of regional scholarships to assist students from each region of New South Wales to be able to afford to live at New College while they study at the University of New South Wales. In 2021, there will be up to three Regional Scholarships available for each of the nine NSW regions (outside of metropolitan Sydney). Applicants from regional NSW are encouraged to apply based on the following regional zones:

  • New College University Accommodation Regional Scholarship (Central West & Orana)
  • New College University Accommodation Regional Scholarship (Far West)
  • New College University Accommodation Regional Scholarship (Newcastle & Hunter)
  • New College University Accommodation Regional Scholarship (Central Coast)
  • New College University Accommodation Regional Scholarship (Illawarra-Shoalhaven)
  • New College University Accommodation Regional Scholarship (New England & North West)
  • New College University Accommodation Regional Scholarship (North Coast)
  • New College University Accommodation Regional Scholarship (Riverina Murray)
  • New College University Accommodation Regional Scholarship (South East & Tablelands)

For the purpose of these scholarships, NSW regions are defined by the NSW Government map at: https://transportnsw.info/regions#/. Please note that while these scholarships are not open to UNSW students from Greater Metropolitan Sydney, the Illawarra-Shoalhaven and Central Coast regions are both shown within the Sydney & surrounds regional area on this map.

The scholarship is available to new residents only. The student’s home address must be within the relevant regional area of New South Wales. Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial hardship, including loss of income due to drought and the impacts of coronavirus.


Bursary Assistance

Available for: New College and NCV residents

Value: $500-$3000

A limited amount of Bursary assistance is available, awarded annually depending on need and volume of applicants each year. It also takes into consideration the College's capacity, as a not-for-profit organisation, to provide support in any given year. The assistance is offered to new and returning residents based primarily on financial need, with academic merit and other special needs also being considered.