Scholarships and Bursaries

​Brisbane Grammar School has a long and proud tradition of offering scholarships and needs-based bursaries to boys who have demonstrated they have the potential to derive great benefit from a BGS education.

Online registration for the 2020 ACER Cooperative Scholarship Testing Program (CSTP) has now CLOSED (for Year 7 2021 and Year 10 2021 Entry). Please note that registrations open in early September 2020 for the 2021 ACER Cooperative Scholarship Testing Program (CSTP) Examination.


Trustees' Scholarships

Trustees' Scholarships are available to both day and boarding students wanting to commence Year 7 or Year 10. These scholarships are offered on the basis of: 

  1. performance in the annual ACER Scholarship Examination;

  2. willingness to actively participate in and contribute to school life; and 

  3. a successful interview with the Headmaster or his delegate.

Trustees' Scholarships offer either full or partial remission of tuition fees for day and boarding students in Years 7 to 9 or Years 10 to 12.

A student who is awarded a Trustees' Scholarship for Years 7 to 9 may apply for continued assistance in the form of a bursary for Years 10 to 12.

A Trustees' Scholarship is a significant award earned by only a small number of students each year.  Boys already accepted for entry retain their enrolment place if they sit the scholarship exam and are not successful.
Registration for the ACER Scholarship Examination is only available online.

General Excellence Scholarships (day or boarding)

General Excellence Scholarships are offered annually to day or boarding students who have demonstrated distinction in one or more disciplines and can make a significant contribution in the academic, musical, artistic, cultural and/or sporting arenas of the School. A student applying for a General Excellence Scholarship is willing to become a constructive and involved member of the Grammar community, participating fully in all aspects of school life.

General Excellence applicants should be making sound academic progress in their schooling. To provide independent evidence of this, they may, where applicable, sit the ACER Scholarship Examination (available for Year 7 and Year 10 entry only).

General Excellence Scholarships are granted following an interview with the Headmaster or his delegate.


Needs-based Bursaries

A bursary is a special category of entry designed to ensure that a Brisbane Grammar School education remains accessible and that the School continues to fulfil its commitment to diversity.

A bursary is an offer of enrolment awarded to a boy who would derive great benefit from a BGS education but who, without financial assistance, would be otherwise unable to attend.

While preference is given to boys commencing Year 7, applicants wishing to enter the secondary school at other year levels will also be considered.

BGS/Isolated Children and Parents' Association Bursary

The BGS/ICPA Bursary is offered to a rural or remote student entering Years 10 or 11. The bursary covers full or partial tuition and/or boarding fees for Years 10 to 12.

The BGS/ICPA Bursary will be offered to a talented all-rounder with a significant contribution to make in the academic, musical, artistic, cultural or sporting arenas of the School. They should be willing to become constructive and involved members of the Grammar community and currently making sound academic progress in their schooling.

Application and Review Process

For further information or an application form for either the General Excellence Scholarship or a Bursary, please contact the Director of Enrolments, Mr Jamie Smith, on (07) 3834 5200 or by email

Families wishing to be considered for the General Excellence Scholarship or a needs-based bursary for their son must be prepared to complete the application forms. Applications:

  1. will require disclosure, in strict confidence, of the family's financial situation;

  2. will be subject to annual review of the student's all-round performance; and

  3. are dependent on the student's active involvement in school life and demonstration of good character.

Please note: The decision to award a scholarship or bursary and the level of assistance granted is entirely at the discretion of the Headmaster. No correspondence will be entered into with regard to such decisions.