Dawson Bursary

This scholarship is awarded to a Faculty of Science student undertaking graduate research in the discipline of biological sciences, on the basis of financial need, with preference given to children of returned soldiers.

Applications open

1 Jan 2023

Applications closed

8 Mar 2023

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 $4,000

Applicable study areas

Sciences and mathematics

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • Provide evidence of supervisor endorsement,
    • Be enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy Science, or Master of Philosophy Science at the University of Melbourne,
    • Be confirmed prior to the closing of this application,
    • Demonstrate Financial Need by completing the online Student Financial Assessment Form by no later than the 8th of March 2023,
    • Be undertaking a substantial Faculty of Science research project that is significantly aligned to one of the below disciplines:
      • Anatomy,
      • Bacteriology,
      • Biochemistry,
      • Botany,
      • Genetics,
      • Paleontology,
      • Pathology,
      • Physiology,
      • Zoology.


    • Preference will be given to applicants who have a parent who is a returned soldier,
    • Students undertaking purely clinical research in Medicine are not eligible to apply.

    Selection criteria

    Eligible candidates will be ranked based on:

    • The strength of the research and its alignment to the discipline of biological science,
    • Level of disadvantage based on financial need,
    • Evidence of parental returned soldier status.

    Please take note of the below Student Financial Assessment Form deadlines:

    • Applications open on the 1st of January 2023
    • Applications close on the 8th of March 2023

    Applicants who do not adhere to these deadlines will not be considered for this scholarship.

  • Application process

    Complete the Student Financial Assessment Form form by no later than 5pm the 8th of March 2023.

    Submit the Dawson Bursary application form by the due date.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be notified by May.

What are the benefits?

This scholarship provides a bursary of up to $3700 to students pursuing graduate research in the biological sciences in the Faculty of Science.

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