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We’re looking for diverse, talented and motivated people who possess the Tuckwell attributes and are deeply connected and committed to Australia.

How to apply

Message from the Tuckwell Scholarship Program - 1PM, Thursday 19 March 2020


SUBJECT: COVID-19 – Changes to Tuckwell Scholarship Applications

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and in recognition of the unprecedented challenges facing school students and teaching staff, the due date for Tuckwell Scholarship applications has been extended by 7 weeks. Also, the Stage 3 in-person interviews will not take place in Canberra in July 2020.


New Dates for Tuckwell Scholarship Applications


Candidate Stage 1 Application Due - 3PM AEST Monday 25 May 2020


Teacher & Head of Year References Due – 3PM AEST 1 June 2020


Notification of Stage 1 outcomes – July 2020


Short-listed candidates who progress to Stage 2 will be invited to participate in a video interview in July 2020. The principal references will also be due in July 2020. The exact Stage 2 dates will be confirmed in due course.


Conditional offers for study at ANU (Degree, Scholarship & Accommodation) will be made by ANU on 10 August 2020.


Up to 75 short-listed candidates from Stage 2 will receive conditional ANU All-Rounder Scholarship offers on 10 August 2020.


If it is possible at the time, we will conduct the Stage 3 in-person interviews over the 2020/2021 summer after which up to 25 of the 75 short-listed candidates will be offered a Tuckwell Scholarship to commence study at ANU in Semester 1, 2021. Flexible arrangements will be made to accommodate the travel constraints for interview candidates on a case-by-case basis. 


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 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.

Start your ANU Direct Application

After you register on the ANU Direct Application system and indicate that you wish to apply for a Tuckwell Scholarship, you will receive an email that provides access to the Stage 1 Application Form.

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.