Dreaming of a career in law?
Studying with us is more accessible than you may think

If you dream of a career in law and have experienced difficult circumstances during your schooling you can apply for help to make your dream come true.

The Leadership, Excellence and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship supports students who have experienced educational, social and/or financial disadvantage.
We want to give bright students who have faced significant hurdles a chance to achieve their full potential. 

For students commencing in 2020, up to 17 LEAD scholarships are available.

The LEAD scholarship provides

$8000 per year for up to five years
to help with living and study expenses

A dedicated academic mentor

A support network through
non-residential membership
of a UQ college


LEAD eligibility criteria

 To be eligible for the LEAD scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or hold a Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • currently be completing your senior schooling in Australia
  • have demonstrated educational, social and/or financial disadvantage – there is no exhaustive list of what we will consider. We encourage you to apply if you:
    • live or have lived in a rural or remote area
    • come from a low-income family
    • will be the first in your family to attend university
    • have had recent health issues
    • have experienced other setbacks that have disrupted your schooling.
      ​We particularly encourage applications from those who have a refugee background or identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.
  • expect to gain admission to an Approved Program in the year of the award on the basis of predicted senior results and any applicable adjustment factors or on the basis of special entry pathways
  • have not completed any prior tertiary study at bachelor level or higher (this does not include enrichment programs), and
  • be available to participate in a formal interview on 30 November/1 December 2019 either in person or via video-conference.

How to apply

Applications for 2020 LEAD scholarships have now closed.
Applications for 2021 scholarships will re-open in 2020.



Being given the opportunity to be part of this amazing program has allowed me to excel regardless of where I have come from and what has happened throughout my life.

-  2017 LEAD Scholarship recipient