Italian Australian Foundation Bursary

The Italian Australian Foundation Bursary supports third and fourth year students of Italian descent studying Italian language, history and/or culture who are in financial need.

Applications open

2 Oct 2023

Applications closed

3 Dec 2023

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $20,000

Applicable study areas

Language, literature and cultural studies

Number of scholarships awarded

At least 1

  • Justin Rousis
    "My trip to Trieste last year has benefited my academic development in many ways, allowing me to refine and develop my language skills. The immersive experience equipped me with an understanding of the Italian language and culture, which I have always wanted to achieve."
    - Justin Rousis
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be enrolled or enrolling in fourth year (Honours) in Italian Studies; or,
    • be enrolled or enrolling in third year in Italian Studies;
    • demonstrate financial disadvantage;
    • be of Italian descent; and,
    • be an Australian permanent resident or citizen.

    Selection criteria

    Eligible applicants will be assessed by a selection committee, with scholarships awarded to the student most disadvantaged in their academic work by financial need.

  • Application process

    Submit an online application, including

    • a 300-500 word statement describing how you would use this scholarship and how it would positively impact your personal and/or academic life;
    • the University of Melbourne Student Financial Assessment form by 3 December 2023 with attached evidence of submission in your application form;
    • at least one academic reference;
    • current statement of results;
    • copy of Australian residency or citizenship;
    • proof of Italian descent (please supply a copy of your parent's or grandparent's Passport, Birth Certificate, Citizenship Certificate or Death Certificate - this does not need to be an original certified copy but the committee reserve the right to request the original at a later date if required); and,
    • any other information to support your application that may assist the committee in making its decision.
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 8 to 10 weeks after the closing date.

  • About the donor

    Italian Australian Foundation

    The Italian  Australian Foundation endeavours to improve the life opportunities for persons of Italian origin and descent through the delivery of services to the frail and elderly and by providing opportunities for students and practitioners to undertake professional development. In keeping with a key objective of the Italian Australian Foundation to “provide services for disadvantaged persons of Italian descent resident in Australia who would not otherwise have access to those services,” the Italian Australian Foundation has commenced a broad program of fellowships and bursaries designed to provide opportunities to students and practitioners to undertake further studies, skills specialisation and vocational training.

What are the benefits?

Up to $20,000. Several awards may be offered from this amount.

Recipients are required to:

  • accept award online within 21 days; and,
  • submit a final report.


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.