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Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The University College Scholarship Program provides support to those students hoping to join the UC community.

“We would like to thank Reg and Norma for their generosity in establishing the Binding Scholarship. The Scholarship has had a massive impact on our families and our ability to be at College and to have access to the right resources to be able to achieve in our academic endeavours.”
Oliver Humphris and Tom Cottrell, Science Students

The UC Scholarship Program recognises academic excellence and supports students who will require, or would benefit from, financial assistance. To be eligible for a scholarship, University College should be placed as your college of first preference on your residential college application. All matters regarding applications are treated with strict confidentiality.

Current opportunities

UC Scholarship Program

Applications for the 2020 UC Scholarship Program are now open. At UC, there is only one central application form you need to complete, which allows you to be considered for all eligible scholarships, rather than applying for individual opportunities. The 2020 UC Scholarship Program rounds and closing dates are:

Round 1: Saturday 30 November @ 11:59pm – 2020 returning students to the College – the UC Scholarships Committee will meet in early December to allocate the first round of scholarships to 2020 returning students

Round 2: Tuesday 31 December @ 11:59pm – 2020 first year/commencing students to the College – the UC Scholarships Committee will meet in early January to allocate the second round of scholarships to 2020 first year students

Round 3: Friday 31 January @ 11:59pm – all students applying to the UC Scholarship Program who did not receive a scholarship in Rounds 1 and 2 – the UC Scholarships Committee will meet in early February to allocate the third round of scholarships to all students in 2020

Round 4: Tuesday 30 June @ 11:59pm – all students applying to the UC Scholarship Program for semester 2, 2020 – the UC Scholarships Committee will meet in early July to allocate the fourth round of scholarships to all students in semester 2, 2020

If you have any questions or concerns at any stage, please do not hesitate to contact the Advancement Manager on +61 3 9349 9113 or AdvancementManager@unicol.unimelb.edu.au

UC offers a wide range of scholarships, all of which are listed below. The level of financial support varies, starting from around $1,500 per year (provided as a reduction to the College fees in first semester and second semester) to potentially over half of your yearly accommodation cost to stay at our residential college. In the past, there have been special circumstances whereby several scholarships have been combined and awarded to students that require extra support. Scholarships are awarded based on all kinds of criteria, including financial support, academic performance, location, particular area of study and more.

ScholarshipOpen toCriteria
Ann Miller Indigenous ScholarshipIndigenous, female studentsAwarded to up to two indigenous, female students undertaking studies at the University of Melbourne
Download the Ann Miller Indigenous Scholarship expression of interest form.
Barbara and Max Murray ScholarshipAll studentsAwarded to a student from a regional location who will value financial support, ongoing for up to three years. Preference may be given to students who are first in their family to attend university
Binding ScholarshipReturning studentsAwarded to up to two students from regional Victoria undertaking studies in STEM related fields who will value financial support
Botha Family ScholarshipAll studentsAwarded to a student who will value financial support
Broughton Scholarship1st year studentsAwarded to a student who is first in their family to attend university
Chambers Family ScholarshipAll studentsAwarded to a student undertaking studies at the University of Melbourne from regional Victoria who will value financial support
Connellan Airways Trust Scholarship
Returning and Graduate studentsAwarded to up to two students (one female and one male) from outback Australia who will value financial support. Students need to maintain at least a credit average to receive the Scholarship
Corbett Family ScholarshipAll studentsAwarded to a student from the Hepburn Shire region who will value financial support
Cox Family ScholarshipAll studentsAwarded to a student from Tasmania who will value financial support
David Syme Charitable Foundation ScholarshipAll studentsAwarded to a student from a regional location who will value financial support
David Syme Charitable Foundation Media ScholarshipAll studentsAwarded to a student undertaking studies in Media who will value financial support
Deborah Seifert ScholarshipReturning studentsAwarded to a student from regional Australia based on academic results
DMW Industries Doyle Family Scholarship1st year studentsAwarded to a student from a regional location who will value financial support
Dr Angela Milne ScholarshipAll studentsAwarded to a student who will, in collaboration with the College, host the UC Leadership Dinner addressing global women’s issues in 2020
Dr Anne G Jabara ScholarshipAll studentsAwarded to a student undertaking studies in Science, where preference may be given to students focusing on biological or biomedical science
Dr Elizabeth Shaw Graduate Medicine ScholarshipGraduate studentsAwarded to a student studying Biomedical Science and based on academic results and a personal statement
Dr Paul Lee ScholarshipAll undergraduate studentsIn memory of Dr Paul Lee (UC 1996), set up by his friends, in honour of his achievements in Medicine. Paul entered University and College with a perfect IB score and was a high achieving Medical student. Prior to his passing, he made a significant contribution to research in endocrinology.
Awarded to an undergraduate Science, Medicine or pre-Medicine student who has demonstrated:
1) Exceptional academic achievement;
2) A strong sense of community and contribution to College life; and
3) An interest in pursuing a career in science or medicine research.
Gates-Buchanan Scholarship1st year studentsAwarded to a student who will value financial support
GradReady GAMSAT ScholarshipStudents wishing to undertake MedicineGradReady are offering UC students and alumni wishing to undertake the GAMSAT with the opportunity undertake the GAMSAT Preperation Course free of charge upon successful application. Please follow the three steps at: https://gradready.com.au/gamsat-preparation-courses/principal_scholarship
Greta Hort-Dannebrog Foundation ScholarshipReturning studentsIn memory of Dr Greta Hort, the first appointed principal of University Women’s College. Awarded to up to two students studying at the University of Melbourne (one Arts and one Arts or other) for exchange to Aarhus University, Denmark
Hughes Family ScholarshipAll students Awarded to a student from regional Victoria who will value financial support
Hurrell Family ScholarshipAll female studentsAwarded to a female student from Victoria pursuing a career in STEM related fields via studies at the University of Melbourne
Jill Eastwood ScholarshipReturning studentsIn memory of Jill Eastwood. Awarded to a student on the basis of academic results as well as making a significant contribution to College life
Jill Williams Scholarship1st year studentsAwarded to a student from regional Victoria who will value financial support
Jill Williams ScholarshipReturning studentsAwarded to a student from regional Victoria who will value financial support
Kathy Skelton ScholarshipAll studentsIn memory of former senior student of University Women’s College, Kathy Skelton (UWC 1964). Awarded to a student from a regional location based on academic results who will value financial support
Lady Boston ScholarshipReturning, female studentsIn memory of Lady Margaret Joyce Boston of Faversham (UWC 1947). Awarded to a female student based on their contribution to the life of the College
Lena McEwan-Soroptimist International Scholarship1st year, female studentsIn memory of Dr Lena McEwan, Australia’s first female plastic surgeon and former Deputy Principal of University Women’s College. Awarded to a female student who will value financial support
Margaret Garson Medicine Scholarship1st year studentsAwarded to a Biomedicine or Science student from regional Victoria based on academic results and supported by a 300 word personal statement about what drives them to become a doctor upon completion of their studies. The statement should demonstrate the personal benefits this scholarship will bring and highlight past academic achievements
McGregor Family Fund Scholarship1st year studentsAwarded to a student from a regional location who will value financial support
McGregor Family Fund ScholarshipReturning studentsAwarded to a student from a regional location who will value financial support
McGregor Family Fund ScholarshipGraduate studentsAwarded to a student from a regional location who will value financial support
Meredith McComas ScholarshipReturning studentsIn memory of Meredith McComas (UWC 1939), Past-President of the College Council. Awarded to a student based on academic results
Myra Roper ScholarshipGraduate studentsIn memory of Miss Myra Roper AO, former Head of College. Awarded to a graduate student from China based on background and personal statement. The statement should demonstrate the personal benefits this scholarship will bring and highlight recent academic achievements
Nelson Alexander Foundation ScholarshipAll studentsAwarded to a student who will value financial support
QLS Group Wimmera Mallee ScholarshipAll studentsAwarded to a student from the Wimmera Mallee region of Victoria undertaking studies at the University of Melbourne with financial need, ongoing for a maximum of three years
Ros Terry ScholarshipReturning studentsAwarded to a student who will value financial support
Stewardson Walpole ScholarshipReturning studentsAwarded to a student who will value financial support
The Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundation Scholarship1st year studentsAwarded to a student from the Western District of Victoria who will value financial support
Triggs ScholarshipAll studentsAwarded to a student based on their contribution to the life of the College and academic results. Preference may be given to female students who attended a Government High School
Tweddle Family ScholarshipAll studentsAwarded to a student who will value financial support
UC Frappe Fort Leadership Scholarships3rd year studentsAwarded to up to two, 3rd year students (one female and one male) on the successful development and presentation of a project to be delivered during the course of their 3rd year in College. A project brief should be submitted no longer than one page and include Project Title, Aim, Method and Budget.
UC ScholarshipsAll studentsAwarded to students who will value financial support
UC Leadership ScholarshipReturning studentsAwarded to a student on the basis of contribution to College life and leadership
UC Staff ScholarshipReturning studentsAwarded to a student who will value financial support and who can demonstrate exceptional contribution to College life
UniLodge Scholarships“UC Swanny” residentsAwarded to one female and one male student for up to two years (2019 and 2020) who resided at “UC Swanny” campus (UniLodge, 746 Swanston Street) with financial need
University College ScholarshipReturning studentsAwarded to a student from regional Australia who will value financial support
Ursula Hoff ScholarshipAll studentsIn memory of Dr Ursula Hoff, former Curator of the National Gallery of Victoria and Secretary of the University Women’s College Council. Awarded to a student studying Art History, Curatorship, or Creative Arts and based on a 300 word personal statement. The statement should highlight a commitment to the study of one of these fields
Wheeler ScholarshipReturning studentsIn memory of P J Wheeler and Dr Mary Wheeler, former Deputy Head of University Women’s College. Awarded to a student who will value financial support
YMF Kathy Avdiev Memorial ScholarshipAll studentsIn memory of Kathy Avdiev and proudly supported by the Youth Music Foundation of Australia. Awarded to a student studying music, on the basis of an audition

Scholarship FAQs

Who is eligible?

The UC Scholarship Program is open to all new and returning undergraduate and graduate students of University College.

How much financial assistance will I receive?

The level of financial assistance is determined by a means-tested assessment of each family and an individual student’s capacity to pay College fees. You must submit documentation to support your application to be considered for a scholarship. This may include tax returns, proof of income and Centrelink statements. Assistance is offered on the condition that all other means of financial support have been explored and exhausted. Scholarships currently range from a few hundred dollars up to covering the majority of your yearly college accommodation fees.

Who decides if I am granted a scholarship?

The UC Scholarships Committee is the sub-committee of the University College Council. This Committee is responsible for the distribution of University College scholarships. All applications are vetted in advance by our Advancement Manager. The decision of the committee is final.

When will I find out if I have received a scholarship?

We try and allocate all scholarship as soon as possible after applications close at the end of January. So you should know early February what level of support you have received.

What if I miss out on receiving a scholarship?

We currently offer 75 scholarships here at UC, and while you have a good chance of getting one, you may miss out, or the financial support might not be enough to assist with fully funding the financial gap. Some students are able to combine current financial assistance from the government, family or friends, with a small scholarship and a paid job on site at the college to cover their fees.

Do you have scholarships available in semester two?

Not usually. All scholarships are allocated in semester one, and only generally become available in semester two if the current recipient relocates or goes on exchange.

What if I miss the application deadline?

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept any applications received after midnight on the application closing date – 31st of January.

How do I apply?

The 2019 UC Scholarship Program is now closed.

The 2020 UC Scholarship Program opened on Sunday 18 August, 2019 and closes on Friday 31 January, 2020.

If you wish to apply for the Ann Miller Indigenous Scholarship, please complete the Ann Miller Indigenous Scholarship expression of interest form and submit to the Advancement Manager via email or return to the College via post.

How do I find out more information?

For further information on the UC Scholarship Program, please contact our Advancement Manager at AdvancementManager@unicol.unimelb.edu.au or phone +61 3 9349 9113.

To submit applications via post, please address to:

Advancement Manager
University College
40 College Crescent
PARKVILLE VIC   3052
Australia

Other external opportunities

The below scholarship opportunities are offered by external organisations and universities and are not covered by an application to the UC Scholarship Program. You will need to apply separately for each of the below external opportunities if further financial assistance is required throughout your studies.

AgriFutures Australia Horizon Scholarship
AgriFutures Australia is a new beginning for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC). We are an organisation that proudly focuses on the future of Australian agriculture. We live and work in the regions and represent the interests and aspirations of farmers and rural communities.

Australian Catholic University (ACU)
ACU students have access to a range of financial support services to help with the cost of uni. Scholarships range in value from $1,000 to $20,000, and are offered for a variety of reasons.

Australian Government – Department of Education and Training Scholarships
Find government information about scholarships and loans to assist with your education.

Australian Government – Department of Human Services Relocation Scholarship
A once a year payment if you get ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance or Energy Supplement. You must also need to move to or from a regional or remote area for higher education study.

Boston Consulting Group
At BCG, we have a long history of offering annual scholarships to penultimate year university students in Australia or New Zealand who demonstrate exceptional academic performance, leadership, critical thinking and communication.

Charles Darwin University – Melbourne Campus
Scholarships are sponsored by individuals, businesses, government, community groups and the University to assist students with the financial burden of studying. We offer scholarships in many categories. 

Dafydd Lewis Trust
The Dafydd Lewis Trust provides equity and merit-based scholarships of $10,000 a year for three years to young men who might not have otherwise received a University education due to the limited financial resources of their parents. Multiple scholarships are awarded every year for full-time undergraduate degrees in most courses at any university in Victoria.  

Equity Trustees – Scholarships
Many generous Australians have established charitable trusts to provide scholarships, fellowships and awards. Equity Trustees is honoured to manage many trusts that provide a wide variety of scholarships and awards.

Faculty of Arts (The University of Melbourne)
The Faculty of Arts offers a unique range of scholarships to provide scholars with opportunities for development and research in the humanities, social sciences and languages.

Faculty of Business and Economics (The University of Melbourne)
Scholarships are available to Undergraduate, Honours, Graduate and Research students.

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music – Victorian College of the Arts – VCA (The University of Melbourne)
The Victorian College of the Arts, within the Faculty of VCA and MCM at the University of Melbourne, is committed to providing a deep and transformative learning experience in pursuit of artistic excellence, innovation and an absorbing education.

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (The University of Melbourne)
The Faculty offers an extensive range of scholarships and bursaries to Undergraduate and Postgraduate coursework students.

Faculty of Science (The University of Melbourne)
The Faculty of Science supports excellence and potential with a range of scholarships, awards and prizes for our students.

Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences (The University of Melbourne)
These awards are made possible by generous donations and bequests to support Faculty initiatives or areas of study. These give recipients the best educational experience possible and allow specific areas of academia to be advanced.

William Buckland Foundation Residential Scholarship Program (The University of Melbourne)
If you are from rural or regional Victoria, the William Buckland Residential Scholarship will support you to study Agriculture at the University of Melbourne. These scholarships help you with the cost of living on campus and allow you to focus completely on your study.
The scholarship will provide you with over $40,000 of financial support for the duration of your Agriculture degree. For more information, please email:
fvas-scholarships@unimelb.edu.au

Francis Gregory Foundation
The Francis Gregory Foundation provides scholarships for the duration of an undergraduate degree, to a student undertaking University study. The student must currently be in Year 12 and be from a farming family, whose main income is derived from primary production.

Gardiner Foundation – Tertiary Scholarships Program
The Gardiner Dairy Foundation vision is to invest in emerging leaders and practices to help develop a long term future for the dairy industry.

Graduate Women Victoria
The goal of Graduate Women Victoria is to serve and empower women through education and advocacy locally, nationally and internationally.

Indigenous Scholarships Portal
At the Indigenous Scholarships Portal you will find a list of scholarships available for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students of, or currently studying at, universities, TAFEs or registered training organisations (RTO’s).

Layne Beachley Foundation
The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation was created to nurture talented young women through mentoring and financial support.

Melbourne Business School (The University of Melbourne)
Home to Australia’s first MBA and executive education programs, Melbourne Business School was a pioneer in the development of business education in Australia.

Melbourne Graduate School of Education (The University of Melbourne)
Melbourne Graduate School of Education are at the cutting edge of teaching and research, and are number one in Australia for education and top five in the world.

Melbourne Law School (The University of Melbourne)
Melbourne Law School is a leader and innovator in legal education, and a vibrant place of learning that values ideas, excellence and intellectual exchange.

Melbourne Medical School (The University of Melbourne)
Melbourne Medical School is the oldest medical school in Australia and internationally renowned for global leadership in teaching and training, health research, policy and practice.

Melbourne School of Design – Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (The University of Melbourne)
The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning is a vibrant community of staff and students whose interest and expertise focuses on the built environment.

Melbourne School of Engineering (The University of Melbourne)
The Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE) is the leading provider of engineering and IT education in Australia.

Monash University Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmacuetical Sciences – Parkville Campus
As Australia’s leading faculty of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, Monash University Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmacuetical Sciences are at the forefront of both research and education in our field.

Motorhome Republic Scholarship
Motorhome Republic is the world’s largest online motorhome and RV rental agency, inspiring and enabling travellers to step into the unknown. Motorhome Republic was built on a foundation of innovation and fresh ideas, which naturally led to the company offering a scholarship designed to support new talent and those with a passion for the travel industry to forge their own path. The Motorhome Republic Scholarship includes $2500 to cover tuition and fees at the successful applicant’s institution in Australia.

Pharmacy Guild of Australia
The Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme is one of the suite of programs under the Rural Pharmacy Workforce Programs which are designed to strengthen and support the rural pharmacy workforce, in turn to provide increased access to quality pharmacy services for consumers residing in rural and remote regions of Australia.

RMIT University
RMIT is committed to enriching and transforming the futures of our students and annually awards more than 2000 scholarships worth millions of dollars.

South West Community Foundation
One of the South West Community Foundation’s key aims is to build a substantial, permanent trust fund, which supports projects that strengthen communities throughout South West Victoria. We believe in helping communities grow ‘from the ground up’ through community incentives, and generate funds for incentive programs through donations, endowments and bequests.

Southern Cross University – Melbourne Campus
Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students, international students as well as Equity scholarships. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student.

Study Melbourne
Study Melbourne is the largest online international student community in Australia, and reaches a global audience of 500,000+ users via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WeChat and LinkedIn.

The Aspiration Initiative
The Indigenous Scholarships Portal lists scholarship opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians.

The University of Melbourne
Coming from different places with different passions and ambitions is the reason why the University of Melbourne offers such a huge variety of scholarships.

Torrens University – Melbourne Campus
Torrens University Australia brings a fresh, modern, careers-focused and global perspective to higher education.

Upskilled Education Scholarship
The Upskilled Education Scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who provides the most inspiring and well-researched application. We are looking for someone who shows enthusiasm for learning. To apply, students must tell us in 750 – 1000 words why they deserve to win the Upskilled Education Scholarship and what they will use it for. Submit their entry as a Word document or PDF only, without any web links. For more information, please contact: scholarships@upskilled.edu.au

Victoria University
At Victoria University, we understand how important education is to achieving your potential, and that access to a scholarship can help make that happen.

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute is Australia’s oldest medical research institute. The vision was for an institute that ‘will be the birthplace of discoveries rendering signal service to mankind in the prevention and removal of disease and the mitigation of suffering’.