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In conjunction with our Bursary partners, bursaries are awarded annually across a wide range of criteria.

Make a Bursary Enquiry

If you would like to discuss bursaries with us, please send our an enquiry.

About the Bursary Program

NCWQ Bursary Recipients demonstrate qualities of leadership; community service; perseverance; and determination, often despite life’s obstacles, to follow their personal and professional passions.


The timeline for 2021 is:

This year marks a move to a predominantly an online application process. As such any COVID restrictions will not affect the bursary program.

For further queries, please contact:

Kathy Cavanagh
Bursary Program Manager

NCWQ holds an annual bursary fund-raising morning tea and fashion parade to help raise funds for the NCWQ-sponsored bursaries.

Bursary FAQs

NCWQ Bursaries are awarded to the successful Queensland female student applicants for one of the range of bursaries on offer each year. The Bursary Listing details the specific criteria for each bursary on offer.

Since the Bursary Program commenced in 2009, over 200 bursaries have been offered

The timeline for the 2021 Bursary Program is:

  • Monday 12 April 2021 – Applications open.
  • Wednesday 2 June 2021 – Applications close. Applications submitted or post-marked after that date will not be considered.
  • Monday 12 July 2021 – All applicants will be advised of the selection panel’s decision after 12 July 2021. Please note that no correspondence will be entered into for feedback to unsuccessful applicants.
  • Tuesday 3 August 2021 (proposed) The Presentation of the bursaries is in Brisbane. (In accordance with any Coronavirus restrictions at that time.)  We welcome the attendance of the successful recipient of each bursary to this function, where there will be the opportunity to accept the bursary from the sponsor. See here for updates
  • Thursday 21 October 2021 Bursary Fundraising Morning Tea.

Each bursary has its own criteria. To find out more about the specific criteria, contact the Bursary Program Coordinator, Kathy Cavanagh, on 0407 117 378 or

Full details of each of the bursaries on offer in 2021 will be available on this website12 April 2021.

We always welcome bursary partners. Please contact our Bursaries Manager, Kathy Cavanagh Ph: 0407 117 378 or Email:

What Previous Bursary Award Recipients Say...

"Being a bursary recipient has not only given me financial support but also provided me a great networking opportunity and allowed me to return my confident, self-esteem to continue my journey."
Farhana Sharmin
2018 NCWQ Senator Claire Moore bursary
"I am most grateful to have received, in 2017, the Elements Living Bursary, sponsored by Chiou See Anderson, and the Forum Communicators bursary in 2018"
Madison Birthchnell
2018 Forum Communicators Bursary
"Being a bursary recipient has given me the confidence to extend myself further. It has not only supported my academic studies, but it helped my work as performing artist."
Leah Lever
2018 NCWQ Ipswich City Council bursary

Connecting women since 1905

The National Council of Women of Qld. Inc., which has been working for women in Queensland since 1905, is part of NCWA Inc. which was recognised by the Australian Government as one of three peak Women’s organisations in 2000.

Interested in our Bursary Program?

We welcome enquiries from potential bursary partners and bursary applicants. Please contact the NCWQ Bursary Program Coordinator.

NCWQ Bursary Program Coordinator.