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Chancellor's Award

An undergraduate scholarship
$10,000 scholarship awarded to school-leavers with an outstanding performance in the NSW Higher School Certificate Examination (ATAR 99.90) or equivalent.


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  • Australian citizen or permanent resident or a citizen of New Zealand
  • High academic achiever
  • Current school leavers



How to apply

No application is required. These scholarships are awarded automatically following the release of ATAR results.


This scholarship is valued at $10,000 per annum for the duration of an undergraduate degree (including combined undergraduate degrees). It can be deferred for up to two years.

Recipients will also receive priority access to accommodation near campus and leadership programs.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have achieved an ATAR (or equivalent) of 99.90 or above
  • be a current school leaver
  • have a University of Sydney course on your UAC application preferences
  • be a domestic student (including citizens of New Zealand who are applying through UAC).
  • not be in receipt of Sydney Scholars

Note: All recipients of this scholarship are expected to maintain an excellent academic record, with a Distinction Level Semester Average Mark (75).

1. Eligibility

a. The University of Sydney Chancellor's Awards are awarded to school-leavers with an outstanding performance in the NSW Higher School Certificate Examination (ATAR 99.90) or equivalent who:

I. are applying for a University of Sydney undergraduate degree through the UAC in the year they undertake the NSW ATAR or equivalent; and

II. will enrol in an undergraduate degree or combined undergraduate degree immediately following the completion of HSC or equivalent (subject to deferral in section 2); and

III. will enrol as a domestic student

IV. is not in receipt of Sydney Scholars Award

2. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $10,000 and is tenable for the normal full-time duration of the recipient’s undergraduate degree or combined undergraduate degree (agreed program).

b. The Scholarship does not cover appended Honours or any Masters level courses in a double degree. The Scholarship is also not payable for any postgraduate studies, such as a Master of Nursing or Doctor of Medicine, undertaken as part of a double degree.

c. The Scholarship annual value will be paid in two equal instalments after the census date of each semester.

d. Commencement of the Scholarship can be deferred for up to two years. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without prior permission of the Scholarships Office.

e. The Scholarship is transferable to another undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney. Funding will only be provided for the original approved study duration less the period of studies already undertaken. Approval for the scholarship transfer must be sought from the Scholarships Office.

f. The scholarship recipient must enrol full-time in the agreed program during the tenure of their scholarship. Recipients may hold the scholarship part-time due to extenuating circumstances such as a medical condition which limits the student's capacity to undertake full-time study. An application for a part-time scholarship must be submitted to the Scholarships Office for consideration. If a part-time scholarship is approved, payment will be 50% of the amount of the normal semester payment.

g. The scholarship may be suspended under extenuating circumstances. Approval for suspension is on a case-by-case basis upon application to the Scholarships Office.

h. The Scholarship may also be suspended for the duration in which the student holds an Industry Placement Scholarship. The Scholarship will resume once the industry placement has ended.

i. No other amount is payable.

3. Ongoing eligibility

a. To continue receipt of the Scholarship, the recipient must maintain a minimum Semester Average Mark (SAM) of 75 each semester.

b. Recipients undertaking an exchange during the tenure of this Scholarship are required to have achieved a Satisfied Requirements grade (SR) to receive their next payment.

4. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

I. withdraws from an eligible course or fails to enrol,

II. commences study at another Higher Education provider prior to accepting this scholarship,

III. commences part-time study without prior approval,

IV. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance as stated in Clause 3.

V. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, having provided false or misleading information as part of their Scholarship application,

VI. is awarded an alternative primary scholarship scholarship valued at $8,000 per annum or more that provides a living allowance. In such circumstances this scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative scholarship for the same purpose where the alternative scholarship is of higher value,

VII. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave,

VIII. is found to not meet the eligibility criteria, or

IX. any other provision as indicated in these terms that would lead to termination.

b. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or withdraws from the relevant course, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed.suspended under extenuating circumstances. Approval for suspension is on a case-by-case basis upon application to the Scholarships Office.

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