Tips for scholarship applicants
Use the 6 tips below to increase your chances of obtaining funding.
1. Thoroughly explore course and research options
Most scholarship applications ask applicants to specify the course and/or department in which they would like to enrol with the support of a scholarship. If a scholarship is awarded, the offer will usually be conditional on the applicant enrolling in the course and/or department noted on the scholarship application form.
Before submitting an application for scholarship:
- identify a course and/or research topic that you would genuinely like to pursue. If you are seeking a scholarship to support graduate research degree studies, contact the department in which you would like to undertake your studies. It is vital that the department is able to provide supervision and other resources that suit your research interests. Applications for the scholarships for graduate research degree studies at the University will only be considered by the Graduate Research Scholarships Committee (GRSC) for scholarship if the department supports the application for both scholarship and candidature.
- check that you satisfy the admission requirements for the course that you wish to undertake.
2. Read all information and seek clarification if unsure
Carefully read all information provided by Melbourne Scholarships on our website and in any correspondence sent. If you are unsure of anything, seek clarification from Melbourne Scholarships.
The most accurate and up to date information on the Melbourne Scholarships Program is provided by Melbourne Scholarships.
3. Check scholarship eligibility requirements
Check that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements for the scholarship/s for which you wish to be considered. If you do not satisfy all of the eligibility requirements do not submit an application and explore other funding options.
Scholarships cannot be awarded to ineligible applicants.
4. Submit a complete application well before the closing date
Most scholarship applications take some time to complete and will entail the collection of supporting documents (eg. birth certificate, statements from referees, etc.) To avoid a last minute rush or missing the application closing date, prepare (and submit) your scholarship applications as soon as possible.
We are unable to consider late or incomplete applications for scholarship.
5. Provide all of the required documents
Make sure that you provide by the closing date all of the documents that are specified on the application form. As noted above, we are unable to consider incomplete or late applications for scholarships.
Local students applying for the scholarships for study at the University should refer to the document checklist.
International students should have already submitted the necessary documents along with their Application for Admission to Graduate Research Degree and Scholarship. The only exception is:
- international applicants for the Human Rights Scholarship must also complete the 2012 International HRS Application Form (PDF: 50kb);
Forward to Melbourne Scholarships as soon as possible any additional information that is relevant to your scholarship application that was unavailable when you submitted your application (eg. results for studies that you are currently undertaking, information about articles recently accepted for publication in refereed journals that are of a national or international standing, etc.)
6. Investigate other funding opportunities
The award of scholarships is highly competitive and, as a result, not all applicants will be successful. To increase your chances of being awarded a scholarship, we encourage you to actively investigate other funding options. Excellent starting places are: