Support for awardees

We hope all awardees have a positive experience while on scholarship. However unforeseeable events may prevent an awardee from progressing as planned, or present challenges.

Support Services/Scholarship Support

The university offers a range of services to support you during your studies and time in Australia. This includes academic support, counselling, health and chaplaincy.

For more information please refer to the Services Finder.


Suspending your scholarship

Awardees may experience health, family or other personal issues where they need to take time out of their scholarship.

The maximum total scholarship suspension period is 12 months. The scholarship suspension must be supported by appropriate documentation.

If a scholarship suspension is approved, the awardee must return to their home country (with their family if accompanied) for the period of suspension. While on suspension the awardee is not paid stipend and their OSHC is suspended. Awardees should keep in contact with the Australia Awards office in their home country, and continue to monitor their University email account.


Pregnancy

If you fall pregnant while on scholarship you are encouraged to email aus-awards@unimelb.edu.au to discuss your options with the AAS team.

DFAT recommends awardees suspend their scholarship and return home to give birth.

If an awardee decides to give birth while on scholarship, the scholarship provider (DFAT) is unable to provide any additional funding for the awardees or their baby. The awardee will be responsible for covering additional costs including OSHC, and for organising a birth certificate, passport and dependent visa for their child.

For further information, see DFAT’s Scholarship Pregnancy Fact Sheet.


Academic Progress

Coursework students

You are encouraged to contact the AAS team to discuss support if you have concerns about your academic progress, especially during your first semester.

The University is required to report awardees’ academic results to the scholarship provider and maintain an up-to-date record of their academic progress.

If an awardee fails a subject, we also report on their proposed strategy for improved academic progress. This should address the reasons for failure and set out a plan to complete the course within the minimum time frame. The scholarship provider reviews and considers this. We understand that it can be a stressful time, and work closely with awardees throughout the process.

Research students

The AAS team will contact you each semester to request you complete a research progress report in consultation with your supervisor.

The report should indicate the progress of your research and any problems that may affect your progress.