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Message from the Tuckwell Scholarship Program - 11AM, Tuesday, 9 June 2020


SUBJECT: Application Process & Timeline Update – Stage 2

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and in recognition of the unprecedented challenges facing school students and teaching staff, the Tuckwell Scholarship has made several changes to the application timeline and process for students to commence study at ANU on a Tuckwell Scholarship in Semester 1, 2021.


The timeline below supersedes that which was published on March 19, 2020 and should be used by all candidates and referees.


2020 Dates for Tuckwell Scholarship Applications


Friday, 3 July

  • Stage 1 - Outcomes Announced. Candidates will receive an email.

  • Stage 2 - Principal Reference Open. Principals of candidates who are short-listed for Stage 2 will receive an email.

3PM AEST, Sunday 12 July      

  • Stage 2 - Video Interview. Short-listed candidates who progress to Stage 2 will participate in an online video interview. A practice interview will be available to these candidates from early July.

3PM AEST, Wednesday, 15 July

  • Stage 2 - Principal Reference Due. Principal references for short-listed candidates who progress to Stage 2 are due.

Monday, 27 July

  • Stage 2 - Outcomes Announced. Up to 75 short-listed candidates will advance to Stage 3 and shall receive an offer for the ANU All-Rounder Scholarship.

Monday, 10 August

  • ANU Offers. Academic, Scholarship and Accommodation Offers for students commencing study at ANU in Semester 1, 2021 will be sent. Candidates who are short-listed to advance to Stage 3 will receive offers for the ANU All-Rounder Scholarship OR an offer for another prestigious ANU scholarship.  Applicants will be offered the most beneficial scholarship package. 

2020/2021 Summer       

  • Stage 3 – Interviews. Short-listed candidates who progress to Stage 3 and accept ANU offers will be invited to attend interviews. Interview details will be confirmed closer to the time. Flexible arrangements to accommodate travel constraints for interview candidates will be made on a case-by-case basis.

  • Up to 25 Tuckwell Scholarships will be awarded. If accepted, a Tuckwell Scholarship will replace prior ANU scholarship offers.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and may introduce additional changes to this year's Tuckwell Scholarship application process in response to directives from the relevant authorities.


We will continue to advise applicants of any changes that are made to the application process or timelines via email and our website.

Best wishes
Tuckwell Scholarship Team
The Australian National University

Applying for a Tuckwell Scholarship occurs in three stages and requires references from up to three staff members from the applicant’s school, including the principal:

We realise everyone is dealt a different hand in life – some into privilege and others into hardship. In our view, it is not the hand you are dealt that counts but what you do with it.

In our search for Scholars, we are looking for people who have done the best with what was available to them and have a clear sense of what their future should look like. We wish to select a diverse cohort, comprising students of all different backgrounds, personalities and interests, who will actively engage with life at Scholars House.

All eligible applicants are considered against four criteria:

  1. Academic potential and achievements;
  2. Other significant achievements of any type;
  3. Demonstration of the Tuckwell Attributes; and
  4. Connection and commitment to Australia.

Before commencing an application, we encourage eligible applicants to:

  1. Read the Application Guide
  2. Review the Conditions of Award
  3. Discuss their interest, suitability and eligibility for the Scholarship with a teacher, principal, Head of Year or careers counsellor.
In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, applications to commence study at ANU on a Tuckwell Scholarship in 2021 will now close at 3PM AEST Monday 25 May 2020. Other changes to the application process have also been made. Find out more.