Fay Marles Scholarship

This scholarship is named after former Chancellor Ms Fay Marles in recognition of her strong commitment to social justice and human rights, and offered to research students from Australian Indigenous descent or students who are experiencing compassionate or compelling circumstances.

Applications open

1 Apr 2020

Applications closed

29 Nov 2020

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

$60,000 - $100,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 20

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen
    • be of Indigenous Australia descent and/or be experiencing compassionate or compelling circumstances (e.g. illness, a disability, carers responsibilities or personal hardship);
    • either:
      • have applied for and meet the entry requirements for a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne, or
      • be currently enrolled in a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne
    • not have already completed a research qualification at the same or higher level as the course for which a scholarship is sought,
    • not have previously received a graduate research scholarship with equivalent benefits

    Selection criteria

    Eligible candidates are selected based on the level of disadvantage experienced by the applicant, academic merit, the strength of the supporting documentation, and their research potential in their field of study. Preference is given to new students and current students who have at least 12 months (full-time equivalent) of candidature remaining.


    This scholarship is subject to the Graduate Research Terms & Conditions (as amended).

  • Application process

    You must submit an online Fay Marles Scholarship application.

    Applications usually open in April.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    All applicants are notified of the outcome of their application by February of each year.

  • Variations of this scholarship

    Students who have applied for the Fay Marles Scholarship will be automatically considered for the Frederick Blake Shepherd Scholarship, and up to nine Research Training Program Scholarships for students from Indigenous Australian descent.

What are the benefits?

  • Living allowance of $31,200 per year pro rata (2020 full-time study rate) for up to 2 years for students undertaking a Master by research degree or up to 3.5 years for students undertaking a Doctoral degree. The living allowance may be indexed annually and includes limited paid sick, maternity and parenting leave.
  • Relocation grant of $2,000 for students moving from States or Territories other than Victoria or $3,000 for students moving from outside Australia.

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