Alma Hansen Scholarship

This scholarship, worth approximately $14,000, assists graduate students with travel to pursue study and research overseas.

Applications open

6 Jan 2020

Applications closed

8 Mar 2020

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 $14,000

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 need to:

    • be currently enrolled in a postgraduate program at the University of Melbourne
    • wish to pursue relevant study and research at an overseas venue

    • Recipients are required to:

    • Accept award online within 21 days
    • Submit a final report

    Selection criteria

    Preference is given to Graduates in the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne and due consideration 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

    1. The University of Melbourne Financial Aid Assessment. Please attach evidence of submission. If you have previously completed a financial aid form this will appear when you log in. You must update your details and resubmit.
    2. the online application form which includes a 300-500 word statement outlining how the scholarship would impact your life and assist with your studies.
    3. details of your proposed program of study overseas
    4. current statement of results
    5. two academic references
    6. any other information to support 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 within 8-10 weeks after the closing date.

  • About the donor

    Alma Hansen

    Alma Philippina Hands (formerly Hansen) late of Derby in England, who died on 29 July 1965 bequethed to the University, funds to support a postgraduate travelling scholarship. Mrs Hands studied Arts at the University where she won a number of scholarships and prizes including the Shakespeare Scholarship in 1911. In 1914, with the award of a government research scholarship in literature for the purpose of making an enquiry into the sources of some Shakespearean plays, and an Orient Steamship Company Scholarship for her study on Shakespeare’s London, she travelled to England and lived at Somerville College Oxford where she gained her MA in 1917.

    The Alma Hansen Scholarship will be awarded to assist with travel to pursue studies overseas.

What are the benefits?

Approximately $14,000

Several awards will be offered from this amount.


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