Frequently Asked Questions about our Future of Energy Engineering Scholarships.

I do not have permanent residency. Can I apply for an internship/student placement?

No, you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

I am in my first year of studies, can I apply for a scholarship?

No. Eligibility is open to students who have completed their first year of engineering and are enrolled in their 2nd or subsequent year of study.

What degree is required to be eligible for the Electrical Engineering Scholarship?

To be considered for an Electrical Engineering Scholarship you will need to be currently studying an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline at a Queensland university.

Priority will be given to electrical engineering students and those that choose power engineering electives. Due to the diverse work we undertake, students studying other engineering disciplines may also be considered for a scholarship. Additional disciplines we may consider include:

  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering.

Also, students studying a double degree in Electrical Engineering will be viewed favourably.

Read our eligibility criteria for more information.

If I do not get a scholarship, can I still do vacation work?

Yes, there may be further opportunities to gain vacation work. Our Future of Energy Engineering Scholarship holders will be given first preference to do paid vacation work with us.

We offer paid vacation work to a range of degree types including:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Internet of Things
  • Mathematics
  • ICT/Digital
  • Data Science
  • Analytics.

Degree majors that are highly sought include:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computational Science
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic Systems & Internet of Things
  • Civil/Structural Engineering
  • Machine Learning
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Software Information Systems
  • Statistics & Data Analytics.

For more information visit our Vacation work webpage.

If I get a scholarship, do I have to do work placements in my breaks?

Yes, it is a condition of maintaining the scholarship that you undertake a work placement with us at least once per year. The timing and duration is flexible.

We consider real life practical vacation work vital to support the development of scholarship holders.

If there are extenuating circumstances that could impact your ability to complete work placements, these will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Is the scholarship just a one-off payment?

No, provided that you comply with the conditions of your scholarship, scholarship payments are made each year until you graduate. This is subject to you maintaining full-time study and passing your subjects. You need to maintain at least a Credit (5) average GPA.

Where can I find information about your graduate program?

Our Graduate Program is run in numerous locations across Queensland. You will find more information on our Graduate Program webpage.

Am I eligible for the scholarship if I am doing a dual degree, an integrated degree, or CoOp degree?

Yes, absolutely! One of the degrees must be engineering and you must have done at least 1 year of your engineering subjects.

In addition, we welcome:

  • Students enrolled in the University of Queensland (UQ) Integrated Bachelor and Masters Degree (5 year) or the
  • Central Queensland University (CQU) Bachelor of Engineering (honours) and Diploma of Professional Practice (co-op engineering) (4.5 year) degree.

I have completed my undergraduate studies and I am completing my masters/ honours, am I eligible for a scholarship?

Unfortunately, no. Eligibility is open only to undergraduate university students between their 2nd year and final year of study of a bachelors degree.

If I get a scholarship, and then fail my subjects can I keep my scholarship?

Unfortunately no. To continue to receive the scholarship payment, you must pass all your subjects and complete your degree in the shortest possible timeframe. If you do not pass all your subjects, and / or do not maintain a minimum average GPA of a Credit (5), you will not be eligible to continue to receive further scholarship payments. This may also put the vacation work and a graduate position at risk.

We will take into account any mitigating circumstances and evidence of hardship.

My degree is 4 years. How many Scholarship payments would I receive?

If you are awarded one of the scholarships, you would continue to receive the scholarship payments until you graduate, as long as you continue to maintain a Credit GPA, study full-time and complete vacation work placements with us.

If your degree is 4 years and you were awarded a scholarship in your 2nd year of study, you would go on to receive a $20,000 scholarship in your 3rd and 4th years of study too.

Can I drop to part-time uni and keep receiving the scholarship?

No, to continue receiving scholarship payments you must maintain studying full-time.

We have designed the scholarship program in a way that provides both financial assistance and work experience with a pathway to full time employment. It is designed for full time study to help you complete your degree in the shortest possible time frame.

Can I undertake a student exchange as a scholarship holder?

Yes, as long as you are still enrolled in full time studies with a Queensland university you can participate in student exchange programs.

Why are you splitting the scholarships 50/50 between regional Queensland and South East Queensland?

Our operations are spread across our great state of Queensland. We have major offices in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, and Brisbane. It’s important that we spread the opportunities across the communities in which we service and operate.

In principle we are aiming for a 50/50 split. However, this is not a fixed percentage split and will be determined by the quality of applicants and the final selection will be based on merit to ensure the best applicants receive the scholarships.

What is considered Regional Queensland for the scholarship?

Our intention is to spread the scholarships evenly across regional Queensland and South East Queensland.

We are targeting the seven Queensland universities with engineering faculties. For this scholarship, these universities have been classified as regional or South East Queensland:

Regional Queensland Locations

James Cook University (JCU) (Townsville / Cairns)
Central Queensland University (CQU) (Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton)
University of Southern Queensland (USQ) (Toowoomba/ Springfield)

South East Queensland Locations University of Sunshine Coast (Moreton Bay Campus - Petrie)
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) (Gardens Point)
University of Queensland (UQ) (St Lucia)
Griffith University (Nathan / Gold Coast)

I grew up in regional Queensland and completed my year 12 certificate there. But I went to South East Queensland to study at university. I would like to move back to my regional community when I graduate if I can. Am I considered regional for the purpose of the Scholarship?

Yes, we would recognise you as a regional applicant if you grew up in regional Queensland and completed your schooling there. We acknowledge that students from regional Queensland will get accepted and may wish to pursue studies at universities in South East Queensland.

We will also consider students whose family live on remote farming properties and due to this attended boarding school and / or university within South East Queensland.

With our operations being geographically spread across Queensland we will explore opportunities with you to gain employment in your local community, where possible.

I have already received a scholarship from another organisation, am I able to retain my existing scholarship and also receive the Future of Energy Engineering Scholarship from Energy Queensland?

It is a condition of receiving Energy Queensland’s Future of Energy Engineering Scholarship that you are not receiving another scholarship or bursary payment.

If you have been granted another scholarship or bursary from another organisation and you wish to receive the Energy Queensland’s Future of Energy Engineering Scholarship, you would need to forfeit your current scholarship and provide corresponding evidence to us.

Will the Scholarship payment impact any payments I receive from Services Australia such as my study assistance (Youth Allowance/ Austudy/ ABSTUDY) and rent assistance?

Income you get from scholarships can count in your income test. It might affect your payments from Services Australia, and you would need to inform them. Information can be found on their website: Income from scholarships for students and apprentices - Services Australia.

What tax implications would the scholarship payment have on me?

The scholarship is not considered exempt income, so you need to include it as income in your tax return. We recommend scholarship applicants obtain advice on any impacts as a result of receiving scholarship payments.

For more information on Scholarship payments visit the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website.

If I am awarded the scholarship, but then don’t meet the ongoing criteria (such as not passing my courses), do I need to pay back the money?

No, you will not be required to pay back any scholarship money that you have already received.