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 Mar 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
International 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:

      • be one of the following:
        • 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 protection visa, and be enrolled in an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate in Australia; or
        • 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 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 for commencement in the year following completion of Year 12 or International Baccalaureate.

    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 his / her 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 and actively contributing to the Hansen Scholarship program.
      • Demonstrated financial need

      Eligible candidates are scored and ranked based on personal statements (in written form or as video), reference reports, performance at interviews and the degree of identified 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 of the outcome in August 2019.

  • 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, free of charge, for the standard full-time duration of the Bachelor degree course at a new hall of residence, Little Hall in Lincoln Square South
  • an allowance of $4,000 per year for the standard full-time duration of the Bachelor degree course towards the cost of general living expenses
  • full fee remission if the Hansen Scholar is the holder of 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 for the Scholar’s development such as an international exchange, an international subject, an internship or voluntary vacation role;
  • access to a mentoring program, pastoral care, and enrichment programs available to all students at Little Hall as well as a tailored program of mentoring and support exclusively for the Hansen Scholars;
  • priority access to graduate accommodation at Little Hall should the Hansen Scholar wish to pursue graduate studies at Melbourne after completing their Bachelor degree course; and
  • next steps funding to enable them to take up a further opportunity in the year after they finish the Bachelor degree course (up to $10,000 for a short-term activity or up to $20,000 for further study)
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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.