Scholarships

There are University scholarships for many situations, including specific scholarships for Indigenous students.

Some scholarships are awarded to you when you get your offer and others you need to apply for as an enrolled student. Scholarships are also managed by the colleges, and companies and organisations outside of the University.

You will need to complete your SEAS form through VTAC to be eligible for all commencing student scholarships.

First Year Scholarships

The Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship

The Chancellor’s Scholarship is an exciting opportunity for very high-achieving students from Australia and overseas.

Automatic Consideration when you complete SEAS through VTAC.

Living allowance for up to three years with a value of:

  • $5,000 per year for students who studied in Victoria
  • $10,000 per year for students who studied outside Victoria

Access Melbourne

Automatic Consideration when you complete SEAS through VTAC

An allowance of $5,000 per year (paid in half-yearly instalments) for up to three years.

Indigenous Education Cost and Indigenous Accommodation Cost Scholarship

No application necessary, applicants will be contacted by scholarships once enrolled.

  • The Indigenous Education Cost (ICECS) scholarship provides an allowance of $3,000 per year for up to four years
  • The Indigenous Accommodation Cost Scholarship (ICAS) provides an allowance of either:

$2,000 per year for up to four years for students who will relocate to Melbourne from within Victoria

$4,000 per year for up to four years for student who will relocate to Melbourne from outside Victoria

Once you’ve enrolled

Residential College Scholarships

Most Colleges have scholarships which range between $500-$20,000 and many have scholarships specifically for Indigenous students. You are able to apply College scholarships within your college application.

Murrup Barak Fee Contribution Scholarship

Murrup Barak provides residential fee scholarships to support Indigenous students who are ineligible for government accommodation funding like Abstudy. Some Colleges will match this financial support and offer students a further fee contribution scholarship which can significantly reduce your total residential fees.

External Scholarships:

The Aurora Foundation has a portal where you can search for all scholarships funded by universities, foundations and companies.

General Scholarships and Bursaries

There are over 800 Scholarships at the University of Melbourne, and many specifically for Indigenous Students.

Have a look to check what you might be eligible for. Many scholarships you will be automatically considered for based on your degree/year level. Others you many need to apply for.

Important

  • Scholarship packages might seem like a lot of money, but they are meant to last you the entire year. You may need to cover things like travelling back home mid-semester and study supplies such as laptop repairs
  • Scholarships might affect your Abstudy payment. You can receive up $8,223 per year from an equity or merit-based scholarship and it won’t affect your payment.
  • Keep an eye on your emails: you will get notified by the scholarships team if you have been selected for a scholarship and you many need to complete an online declaration or a form to receive the money. If you don’t complete the declaration or form on time, you may miss out on your payment.

Example Scholarship Packages:

Sarah moved from Darwin straight after Year 12 and is ABSTUDY eligible and Residential Cost Option (RCO) eligible and will be studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts

  • She receives the Melbourne Access Scholarship $5,000
  • She receives the ICES scholarship $3,000 but not the ICAS scholarship as she has opted to use the RCO
  • She receives $500 a month stipend from her College
  • And a $1,800 bursary from the University.

Sam is from the outer suburbs of Melbourne and is not ABSTUDY eligible and will be studying the Bachelor of Science Extended

  • He receives the Melbourne Access Scholarship $5,000
  • He receives the ICES scholarship $3,000 and the ICAS scholarship $2,000 per year for up to four years for students who will relocate to Melbourne from within Victoria
  • He receives a $10,000 Murrup Barak Fee Contribution Scholarship paid directly to his college fees and $10,000 from the College paid directly to cover his college fees.
  • He receives a $2,000 a year Indigenous Science Scholarship