Supporting High Achieving Students

We understand the importance of supporting your students' significant academic accomplishments, which is why we offer a range of programs and scholarships for high achievers.


The Headstart program is for current high school students looking to get a head start on university studies:

  • Study at university while still in Year 12
  • It is a scholarship program - students are exempt from tuition costs and the Student Services and Amenities Fee
  • University course(s) can count towards their SACE and ATAR
  • A chance to find out what university is like before finishing school
  • Course(s) may count as credit towards a University of Adelaide degree

Headstart website

Advanced degrees

Our Advanced Degrees are designed for high achieving students who wish to delve deeper into the contemporary issues of their field. These degrees have a greater emphasis on research and offer exciting opportunities to work with university researchers on current real world problems.

The University of Adelaide offers the following Advanced Degrees:

Karnkanthi Indigenous education program

Karnkanthi is a pathway, education and development program aimed at high-achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait students in Year 11 and 12. The program includes:

  • Student Development Scholarship
  • Tutoring provided through Wirltu Yarlu’s Tutorial Program
  • Success kit
  • Academic skills training
  • Personal skills development

Karnkanthi website


The hard work students put into Year 12 does not go unnoticed. We offer a range of different scholarships for students who excel academically and provide valuable contributions to their school community.

Browse full range of scholarships