The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships (RRES) program was announced in 2016 as part of the Australian Government’s election commitment to improve access, educational opportunities and attainment for regional and remote Australians by supporting undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational education and training students from Certificate IV to PhD level.

The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships (RRES) program was announced in 2016 to help Australians in regional and remote areas to access higher education. It supports people studying from Certificate IV through to PhD level.

Scholarships support flexible study arrangements, and are available to eligible students:

  • commencing a new course of study in 2021
  • studying on campus, online or via distance education
  • studying from six months full-time up to eight years part-time

Eligible students may receive up to $18,000 each (e.g. for a full-time, four-year qualification). Shorter, part-time qualifications are paid on a pro rata basis. An extra $500 is also available to support an internship.

These scholarships will be run alongside the Creative Arts Scholarships in 2021.

Apply for a scholarship

Applications for Round 5 of the RRES program are now open. Apply through the scholarship support organisation, the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Read the RRES Program Guidelines for Round 5

Scholarship support organisation

Contact QTAC at: 

Phone: 1800 290 97

Email: scholarships@qtac.edu.au

Future rounds

Round 6 of the RRES program for students commencing study in 2022 will open in early 2022. More information on Round 6 will be available in late 2021.

Note: If you are a school leaver relocating from an outer regional or remote area to study, you may also be eligible for the Tertiary Access Payment.

More information on scholarships for regional students


Creative Arts Scholarships

Tertiary Access Payment

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