Hansen Scholarship

The Hansen Scholarship is the flagship scholarship program of the University of Melbourne. From 2020, it will pave the way for students who may otherwise struggle to access a high-quality university education. Recipients will be awarded accommodation, an allowance, and significant financial and personal support.

Applications open

1 Feb 2019

Applications close

30 Mar 2019

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Rental assistance
Fee remission
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

$84,000 - $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:

    • either:
      • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or the holder of a temporary Australian humanitarian 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 16-20 years in the year of application;
    • be predicted by your school to achieve an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 90 or higher (or IB equivalent).
    • Intend to apply for a University of Melbourne undergraduate course.

    Please note, you can apply before you receive your ATAR, if your school predicts you will achieve an ATAR of 90 or higher (or IB equivalent).

    Selection criteria

    • Track record of academic excellence and a commitment to academic success in university studies.
    • A strong sense of determination to overcome any obstacles, challenges or adversity in the pursuit of personal success.
    • Demonstrated capacity to apply your unique strengths and skills, particularly in activities which afford benefits to others.
    • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a team and exercise leadership skills.
    • Likelihood of thriving in the Hansen scholarship program and actively contributing to it.
    • Demonstrated financial need


    • You must have applied for and receive an offer of place for a University of Melbourne undergraduate course for commencement in the year following completion of their final year of high school studies.
    • You must have achieved an ATAR of at least 90
    • You  must not have previously undertaken any tertiary studies (excluding extension studies completed as part of a Year 12 program) before commencing their 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 remain eligible and intend to live at Little Hall for the duration of the Bachelor degree course, and commit to participation in a program of scholarship and support activities as determined between the scholar and the Director of Scholarships.
    • You must maintain satisfactory academic progress by achieving an average result of at least 60 in each semester of enrolment
  • Application process

    Application will be through a combination of written submissions and personal interviews. Further details will be made available closer to the date of the scholarship's first intake. Please note application open and close dates are subject to change.

    If you wish to apply for this scholarship in 2020, please register your interest by clicking 'Register Now' below.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Successful applicants will be notified before the commencement of the 2020 academic year

  • Variations of this scholarship

    Full fee remission is available to any Hansen scholar who is the holder of an Australian temporary protection visa and would otherwise have to pay international student fees.

  • 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?

  • accommodation for 48 weeks each year at Little Hall in Lincoln Square South, including mentoring, pastoral care, and enrichment programs, worth approximately $20,000 per annum
  • an allowance of $4,000 per year
  • full fee remission if you hold an Australian temporary protection visa and would otherwise have to pay international student fees;
  • a one-time grant of up to $4,000 to support an approved activity such as an international exchange, an international subject, an internship or a voluntary vacation role
  • a tailored program of mentoring and support exclusively offered to Hansen scholars
  • priority access to graduate accommodation at Little Hall should you wish to pursue graduate studies at Melbourne
  • the opportunity to apply for up to $10,000 for a short-term activity or up to $20,000 for further study in the year after your Bachelor degree
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For complete listings of faculty-specific scholarships, please see individual faculty websites.

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.