To be eligible for one of these scholarships, you must:
- be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen
- have completed at least four years of tertiary education studies at a high level of achievement. For example:
- a four-year undergraduate degree
- a three-year degree and an honours year
- a three-year degree and one year of a higher degree
- a three-year course and one year of a masters preliminary or other qualifying program
- or a three-year degree and a postgraduate diploma
- be undertaking a masters by research or doctoral research degree
- enrol as a full-time student (part-time awards may be available for compelling social or medical reasons)
- have had your enrolment into the proposed degree approved by the institution.
You are not eligible for one of these scholarships if you are receiving another equivalent award, scholarship or salary to undertake the proposed program (“equivalent” stipend is regarded as more than $17,000 per annum).
VU Diversity Scholarship
To be eligible for a VU Diversity Scholarship you must meet one of two criteria:
- be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island heritage
- have experienced hardship that has disrupted or adversely affected your studies.
If you are applying on grounds of hardship, you must provide evidence of one of the following:
- traumatic events beyond your control
- significant illness and/or disability
- socioeconomic and/or family circumstances.
In addition to providing supporting evidence, you must submit a confidential statement of no more than one page, outlining how your circumstances have adversely affected your studies and academic career.
Applicants may also apply for the VU Diversity Postgraduate Research Scholarship under the category of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. If you are a prospective Indigenous Australian applicant, you are encouraged to submit a VU Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ASTI) Profile Information form in conjunction with your scholarship application.
VU recognises that indigenous Australians are under-represented in graduate research studies and encourages qualified indigenous applicants to undertake their research studies at VU.
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Applicants
Within the Moondani Balluk Academic Unit, VU Research offers a range of research scholarships, including:
- Lisa Bellear Indigenous Research Scholarship
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Scholarships
- Foley Collection Scholarship
Read more about the Moondani Balluk Research Scholarships.
Vice Chancellor's Graduate Research Award
To be eligible for the Vice Chancellor's Graduate Research Award you must also demonstrate academic excellence and conduct research that is strategically aligned with the University’s research focus.