Alma Hansen Scholarship

This scholarship assists graduate students who are in financial need with travel to pursue study and research overseas.

Application dates

Applications are currently closed

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $20,000

Applicable study areas

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies; Language, literature and cultural studies

Number of scholarships awarded

At least 1

  • Caroline Chong
    "The opportunity to study in North America, aided by The Alma Hansen Scholarship, has widened my professional network, and consequently may enhance the chances of receiving a job or postdoctoral fellowship outside of Australia."
    - Caroline Chong
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Melbourne;
    • demonstrate financial disadvantage; and,
    • wish to pursue relevant study and research at an overseas venue.

    Selection criteria

    Preference is given to graduate students in the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne, and due consideration is given to financial needs, including access to other financial sources (APA, GRATS, GRATS Top-Up, PORES, School/department funds).

    Several awards will be offered. The value of the scholarship will be determined after considering the successful applicant's proposed program of study, access to other financial resources and estimate of travel and living expenses.

  • Application process

    Submit an online application including:

    • details of your proposed program of study overseas including an indicative budget;
    • a 300-500 word statement describing how you would use this scholarship and how it would positively impact your academic work;
    • the University of Melbourne Student Financial Assessment form with attached evidence of submission in your application form;
    • two academic references;
    • current statement of results; and,
    • any other information to support the application that may assist the committee in making its decision.
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email.

  • About the donor

    Alma Hansen

    Alma Philippina Hansen, also known as Alma Hands, undertook a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in the early 1910s where she received a number of scholarships and prizes including the Shakespeare Scholarship. In 1914, Mrs Hands received a government research scholarship in literature and an Orient Steamship Company Scholarship. Deeply interested in Shakespeare, sources he used to create his plays and the life and times of Shakespeare’s London, Mrs Hands utilized her awards to travel to England. Living at Somerville College, Oxford, she gained her Master of Arts in 1917. Still in the UK at the time of her death, Mrs Hands left a gift in her will to the University to support a travelling scholarship for graduate students of the Faculty of Arts.

What are the benefits?

Up to $14,000. Several awards will be offered from this amount.

Recipients are required to:

  • accept the award online within 21 days; and,
  • submit a final report.


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