Hansen Scholarship

The Hansen Scholarship is a flagship scholarship program at The University of Melbourne. From 2020, The Hansen Scholarship will be awarded to talented undergraduate students whose financial circumstances present a challenge to accessing a first-class education. Recipients will be awarded accommodation, an allowance, and financial and personal support.

Applications open

6 Feb 2021

Applications closed

11 Mar 2021

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Rental assistance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $108,000

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, and be enrolled in an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate in Australia; or
      • have applied for or be the holder of an Australian temporary or permanent protection visa, and be enrolled in an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate in Australia; or
      • be an Australian citizen and be enrolled in an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate outside Australia.
      • be aged between 16 and 20 years of age in the year of application
      • be on track to achieve a minimum Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 90 (or the IB equivalent)
      • experience financial circumstances that present a challenge to attending The University of Melbourne. (e.g. you or your family receive Centrelink benefits)

    Selection criteria

      • Track record of academic excellence and a commitment to academic success in university studies
      • Demonstrated ability to achieve success in the face of adversity and overcome obstacles
      • Demonstrated ability to apply skills and strengths towards activities which benefit others
      • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team and lead those around you
      • Likelihood of thriving as a Hansen Scholar and actively contributing to the Hansen Scholarship Program

    Applicants will undergo a preliminary screening stage which may involve written materials, references, video or other creative products, and such other methods to produce a short-list of suitable applicants. The final selection process will involve face-to-face interviews with short-listed candidates.


    • You must have received an offer from The University of Melbourne for commencement of your undergraduate course in the year following completion of Australian Year 12 or IB
    • You must have achieved a minimum indicative ATAR of 90.00
    • You must not have previously undertaken any tertiary studies (excluding extension studies completed as part of a Year 12 program) before commencing at The University of Melbourne
    • The scholarship can be deferred to the following year if there are compassionate or compelling circumstances that prevent the student from commencing their course in the year for which the scholarship was offered

    Ongoing eligibility

    • You must maintain satisfactory academic progress by achieving a minimum average result of 60 in each semester of enrolment
    • You must reside at Little Hall for the duration of the undergraduate degree, and commit to participation in a program of scholarship and enrichment activities as determined by the scholar and the Director of the Hansen Scholarship
  • Application process


    The application form for students completing Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate in 2021 is available via our online application portal in SmartyGrants.

    Completed application forms will be due 11 March 2021.  When an application form is submitted, the nominated academic referee will be invited to respond to referee questions via our online portal,  academic referee responses due 18 March 2021 All applicants will be notified of results of the written application by May 2021.


    Applicants invited to the next stage will be asked to submit responses to a video interview in May 2021.


    Finalists will be invited to interview with the selection panel in July 2021. Application results will be announced in August 2021. Final offers will be dependent on achieving a 90+ Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score and acceptance into the course of choice at The University of Melbourne.

    Be sure to check out the Hansen Scholarship program page for answers to FAQs, information about the program patron, and current Hansen Scholar profiles.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Results of the applications will be released in August 2021. Final offers will be dependent on ATAR achieved and acceptance into the course of choice at the University of Melbourne.

  • About the donor

    Hansen Little Foundation

    Advancing the future of Australia through access to excellence in tertiary education is one of the Hansen Little Foundation’s core beliefs.

    Jane Hansen and Paul Little believe that an individual’s life trajectory should be guided by their determination to achieve their ambitions, regardless of any limiting social or economic barriers.

    It is important to us to ensure that you have every chance at success, and we are looking forward to seeing you flourish at the University of Melbourne.

    Read more about Hansen Little Foundation

What are the benefits?

  • a standard room for 48 weeks each year, at no charge, for the standard full-time, three year undergraduate degree at Little Hall residence in Lincoln Square South;
  • an allowance of $4000 per year for general living expenses for the standard full-time duration of the undergraduate degree;
  • full fee remission for asylum seekers who would otherwise have to pay international fees;
  • a one-time grant of up to $4000 to support an approved activity for the Scholar’s development such as an international exchange, an international subject, an internship or similar role;
  • access to a mentoring program, pastoral care, and development programs available to all students at Little Hall as well as a tailored program of mentoring and support exclusively for Hansen Scholars;
  • priority access to graduate accommodation at Little Hall should the Hansen Scholar wish to pursue graduate studies at Melbourne after completing their undergraduate degree; and
  • next steps funding after completion of the scholar's undergraduate degree (competitive process to apply for up to $10,000 for a short-term activity or up to $20,000 for further study)

Be sure to check out the Hansen Scholarship program page for answers to FAQs, information about the program patron, and current Hansen Scholar profiles. Please reach out to the Hansen Scholarship program team directly with further questions at hansen-scholarship(at)unimelb.edu.au

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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.