Faculty of Arts Graduate Coursework Conference Grants

The Faculty of Arts offers a limited number of conference grants to graduate coursework students in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSHSS). Up to $500 is awarded for local conferences, up to $1000 for interstate conferences, and up to $2000 for overseas conferences.

Applications open

1 Jan 2023

Last day for applications

31 Dec 2023
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Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

$500 - $2,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

At least 1

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • have been invited to attend the conference (this should be in the form of an invitation to all students in a University of Melbourne degree program by the organisation convening a conference) and/or will be presenting at the conference (confirmation must be provided)
    • demonstrate that the conference content is relevant to the student’s current program of graduate coursework study (to be determined by the Course Coordinator)
    • agree to report (in writing or in person) to your academic school on content relevant to the conference upon your return
    • have completed at least 37.5 points and a semester of study at the University of Melbourne in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences towards the degree to which the conference is relevant
    • agree to provide a copy of your receipts for the relevant approved expenditure (conference registration, air fares, accommodation)
  • Application process

    You may apply once you have been invited to attend and/or present at the conference. The following documents must be submitted to the Faculty of Arts in the event that your grant is approved:

    • Paid receipts for conference registration
    • Paid receipts for economy fare return flights or equivalent overland transport fares to and from the conference destination. Where travel to and from a conference destination is framed by personal travel, only a percentage of travel costs will be considered associated with the internship. Please do not submit receipts for everyday travel
    • Paid receipts for accommodation costs associated with the duration of the conference. Costs for accommodation outside of the timeframe of the conference as specified in conference materials will not be considered associated with the conference
    • Confirmation in writing (eg email) from your course coordinator specifying that the conference is relevant to your current degree program
    • Confirmation in writing (eg email) from conference organisers specifying that students in your degree program have been invited to attend or to present at the conference for which you are applying for funding

    Only applications containing the aforementioned documentation will be considered. Applications are evaluated four times a year. Applications must be submitted by the close of business on the following dates:

    Round 1 application deadline: 31 January 2023
    Round 2 application deadline: 30 April 2023
    Round 3 application deadline: 31 August 2023
    Round 4 application deadline: 30 November 2023

    No late applications will be accepted for consideration until the next round. Retrospective applications will be accepted, for travel in the same year of the application.

    • Application is via the online form
    • You must complete all sections of the form
    • You must provide all requested documents


    1. Applicants are only eligible to receive the grant once during their course
    2. Winning applicants please note: The University of Melbourne reserves the right to publish the name of the winning applicant on its websites and other University of Melbourne publications
    3. No late applications will be accepted for consideration until the next round. Retrospective applications will be accepted, for conferences attended in the twelve months preceding application
    4. It is assumed that the relevant EHS and Risk Assessment forms have/will be managed by the student
    5. Approval of travel will be contingent upon the current Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) advice in respect to level of safety of overseas destination, available at the Smart Traveller website. Applications for Special Circumstances approval will be referred to the Academic Registrar, who must be provided with documentation of the grounds for this special consideration

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  • When will I know the outcome?

    Please allow at least four to six working weeks from submission of your application to formal notification of the outcome by email.

What are the benefits?

Up to $500 is awarded for local conferences, up to $1000 for interstate conferences, and up to $2000 for overseas conferences. The amount awarded will correspond to a percentage of the documented conference registration, travel and accommodation costs.


Email: arts-studentprograms@unimelb.edu.au

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