Arno Herpe Bursary

This bursary was established with a donation from Arno Herpe and is offered to students who are descendants from people indigenous to the South Pacific, including New Zealand and Australia.

Applications open

1 Jan 2020

Applications closed

8 Mar 2020

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Bi-annual payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $4,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 4

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent, identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and be accepted as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander by the community in which they live, or formerly lived.
    • be enrolled in a course at the University of Melbourne
    • have met the conditions of any Indigenous Bursaries awarded to you previously (such as submission of scholarship reports)

    The status of indigenous Australians must be confirmed by the Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development.

    Selection criteria

    Eligible students are selected on the basis of financial need, academic merit and other scholarships awarded to the applicant. Preference is given to students enrolled in the faculty of Engineering.


    • You must be enrolled in a course at the University of Melbourne.
    • This scholarship cannot be deferred.
    • You may be eligible to receive this scholarship while enrolled as a part-time student.
    • You must provide a Scholarship report by 31 July of each year that you receive the scholarship. The report may be made available to the donor of the Scholarship.
    • You must acknowledge the support of the Scholarship in any publication, advertisement, lecture, seminar, workshop, performance or exhibition issuing from the scholarship.
  • Application process

    Submit an online Student Financial Assessment form by the closing date. With this application you will be considered for all Indigenous Bursaries.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    All applicants are notified of the outcome within 6 weeks of the relevant closing date.

  • Variations of this award
  • About the donor

    Arno Herpe

    Arno Herpe emigrated to Australia in 1939 and graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Engineering. He served the last two years of the second world war in Papua New Guinea where 'he gained an immense respect for the indigenous population of the country who on occasion saved his life.' Arno bequeathed a sum to the university to be applied for the assistance and encouragement of students 'who are descendant from indigenous natives of the South Pacific area, including Australia and New Zealand. Preference is to be given to students enrolled in Melbounre School of Engineering.'

    Read more about Arno Herpe

What are the benefits?

The scholarship provides an annual allowance of approximately $4,000 (exact amount determined when award is offered) for up to the full-time duration of your course. The annual allowance is paid in two instalments usually in April and September. The duration will be reduced by any study completed towards your course prior to receiving this scholarship.

The information listed here is subject to change without notice. Where we have listed information about jointly run scholarships programs, please also see our partners' websites. Information describing the number and value of scholarships awarded is indicative.