H. B. Higgins Scholarship for the Study of Poetry

This scholarship, worth approximately $4523, is awarded for the study of poetry in any language during the tenure of the Scholarship. Advanced studies may be undertaken internationally or in Australia. (Australia only in 2021).

Applications open

22 Feb 2021

Applications closed

12 Apr 2021

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 $4,523

Applicable study areas

Language, literature and cultural studies

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Kiara Lindsay
    "Aside from significant funding for this project, this scholarship also gave me a new sense of confidence. Since receiving the scholarship, I have gone on to be published in Rabbit Journal Issue 26, Marrickville Pause Issue 5 and Voiceworks’ upcoming Issue 113. I was also invited to take part in ACCA’s workshop Writing in the Expanded Field. Receiving the H.B. Higgins Scholarship was the push I needed to continue working as a poet."
    - Kiara Lindsay
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be an honours, graduate coursework or graduate research student undertaking studies in poetry at the University of Melbourne

    The holder must undertake advanced studies of poetry during the tenure of the Scholarship. Such advanced studies may be taken in Australia or in other countries (Australia only in 2021).

    Recipients are required to:

    • Accept award online within 21 days
    • Submit a final report
  • Application process

    Eligible applicants must complete the online application form, which requires a 500 word proposal and the documents uploaded as outlined below:

    • Current academic record from the University of Melbourne
    • Academic transcripts of all tertiary education to date
    • Two academic references
    • Any other documents or information which may assist the faculty in making its decision
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 6-8 weeks after the closing date.

  • About the donor

    Henry Bournes Higgins, KC

    The H B Higgins Scholarship is awarded for the purpose of enhancing the study of poetry in any language.

    The donor, the Honourable Henry Bournes Higgins, KC (master of Arts and bachelor of Laws and a member of the Council of the University) on 25 October 1904, presented to the University £1000 of Victorian Government Stock for the purpose of founding in the University a scholarship for the study of poetry.

What are the benefits?

Approximately $4523



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