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Thinking about your future?

Submissions deadline: 5:00pm AEDT, 10th January 2021

The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association Education Fund provides a financial grant to LGBTIQ+ individuals for the purpose of undertaking a course of study in a business or commerce-related discipline.

The course of study should meaningfully, substantially and demonstrably benefit their life or, through them, the lives of other people within the Australian community.

In 2021 there are two different types of scholarship opportunities available:

The SGLBA Education Fund Scholarship

The SGLBA QBE Foundation Scholarship

Both of these scholarships are intended to be sizable grants that will support you throughout the course of your studies and so may be broken down into payments made over a number of years depending on the course chosen. 

Additional smaller grants and prizes may also be awarded depending on the number of applications received and level of funding available.

Successful applicants will also be granted an SGLBA Student membership.

The eligibility criteria for applicants is covered below for both scholarships

The SGLBA Education Fund Scholarship

To be eligible for consideration for an SGLBA Education Fund scholarship you must meet every one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • self-identify as LGBTIQ
  • be over the age of 30 years as at the date of application
  • be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident; and
  • reside within New South Wales

The SGLBA Education Fund QBE Foundation Scholarship

To be eligible for the SGLBA Education Fund QBE Foundation Scholarship you must provide information on how COVID-19 has affected your current personal circumstances or current study pattern and how the scholarship will either assist you to retrain, or continue or fast track your current studies.

Applicants must also met the following criteria:

  • self-identify as LGBTIQ
  • be over the age of 30 years as at the date of application
  • be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident; and
  • reside within New South Wales

Selection Criteria for Grant Applicants.

Eligible applicants will be assessed for a Scholarship by the Selection Committee on the following selection criteria.

  • Are clear about where your studies may take your career and how it many benefit your life or through you, the lives of other people in the Australian Community
  • Have chosen a course of study (a tertiary degree or vocational training) in a Business or Commerce-related discipline (broadly conceived) from a university, TAFE or Registered Training Organisation
  • Are eligible to be admitted (or already admitted) to such a course
  • Can demonstrate sufficient motivation and commitment to completing your studies and have some understanding of the rigours of academic life
  • Are not in receipt of an employer contribution or a government training program that fully funds their study program.

Your supporting documentation

  • Proof of Australian citizenship or permanent residency
  • Prior academic results (if any)
  • Letters from two referees in support of your application
  • Current curriculum vitae

Timeline

  • 19 November 2020

    Applications open

  • 10 January 2021

    Applications close

    Applications must be received no later than 5:00 pm AEDT

  • January 2021

    Applications assessed

  • January 2021

    Successful candidates advised

  • February 2021

    Scholarships commence/announced

The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association Incorporated (SGLBA) ABN 30 660 775 528 is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.  

The SGLBA Education Fund, an initiative of the SGLBA, is a registered deductible gift recipient and all donations to the Fund are tax deductible.