Scholarships

Some scholarships are awarded to you with your University of Melbourne offer. Others you need to apply for once you have accepted your offer and you have enrolled.

University Central Scholarship Website

There are 800+ scholarships at the University of Melbourne, and many specifically for Indigenous Students. Visit the Universities Scholarship Website to see what you might be eligible for.

Eligibility: Commencing Student Scholarships

You will need to complete a Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) form through VTAC to be eligible for all commencing student scholarships, these scholarships are awarded to you with your University of Melbourne offer.

First Year: Commencing Student Scholarships

Awarded to you with your University of Melbourne offer:

The Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship

The Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship is an exciting opportunity for Indigenous students who achieve an ATAR of 90+ and includes;

  • HECS Student Contribution exemption for the full duration of a Commonwealth Supported Place in
    • an undergraduate degree,
    • a concurrent diploma, and
    • up to 25 credit points of single subject enrolments
  • 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
  • The duration of the allowance will be extended by one year if you enrol in a bachelor (extended) course and/or a concurrent diploma at the same time as your bachelors degree at the University of Melbourne.

  • Melbourne Global Scholars Award of up to $2,500 for an approved period of overseas study as an Exchange or Study Abroad student
  • Guaranteed Commonwealth Supported Place in one of the professional master degrees for students who meet the prerequisite course and entry requirements for the master degree

Automatic Consideration when you complete SEAS through VTAC.

Melbourne Access Scholarships

Every Indigenous student who receives an offer for an undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne will be considered for a Melbourne Access Scholarship valued at $5 000 per year for the standard duration of their undergraduate degree.

Automatic Consideration when you complete SEAS through VTAC.

Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships

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

Students who are eligible to receive an Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship will be considered for:

  • An Indigenous Education Cost (ICECS) scholarship valued at $3 000 per year for up to four years, and
  • An Indigenous Accommodation Cost Scholarship (ICAS) valued at:
    • $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

To be eligible for an Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship, you must not be in receipt of other Commonwealth assistance given for the same purpose. Where the number of eligible students exceeds the number of scholarship available, preference is given to students from remote or regional areas and student who are financially disadvantaged.

Residential College Scholarships

Most University Residential Colleges have scholarships which range from $500 - $20,000 and many have scholarships specifically for Indigenous students. Once you have enrolled at the University you can apply to live at a College, you can apply for College scholarships within your college application.

Indigenous accommodation grant

The scholarship provides a contribution of  $10,000 for a maximum duration of one year if you live at the Melbourne Accommodation or Residential College for a full year, or $5,000 for half a year if you live at the Melbourne Accommodation or Residential College for half a year. and will be paid directly to the accommodation provider.

External Scholarships:

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

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

Next: ABSTUDY

We've created a quick overview of the types of ABSTUDY available to students throughout their undergraduate and graduate journey.

ABSTUDY