Ben Cowen Scholarship

The Ben Cowen Scholarship supports commencing Bachelor of Arts students from a non-English speaking background, and refugee and/or migrant backgrounds. The Scholarship provides a stipend for the duration of a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Application type

No application is required. You will be automatically considered for this award.

Benefit type

Bi-annual payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $30,000

Applicable study areas

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

Number of scholarships awarded

At least 1

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • have applied for a University of Melbourne Bachelor of Arts degree via VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) for commencement in the year following completion of Year 12 or International Baccalaureate;
    • be from a non-English speaking background; and/or,
    • be from a refugee and/or migrant background.

    Selection criteria

    Eligible recipients will be assessed by a selection committee, with scholarships awarded to the student most disadvantaged in their academic work by financial need.

  • About the donor

    Ben Cowen Scholarship Donors

    The Ben Cowen Scholarship stems from a generous gift from Matthew and Elizabeth Goldberg, in partnership with the Lumina Foundation, and a group of donors including Cowen family members, in memory of their cherished friend, brother and son, Ben Cowen. Ben was a graduate of the University of Melbourne, the co-founder of Anaconda, and the youngest child of Sir Zelman Cowen, also a graduate of the University.

What are the benefits?

Offers up to $30,000.

Recipients are required to:

  • accept online within 21 days; and,
  • submit annual reports on academic life and benefits provided by the scholarship.


For complete listings of faculty-specific scholarships, please see individual faculty websites.

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.