Jennifer Duggan Leaper Scholarship

NOTE: this scholarship is next available in 2024. This scholarship supports domestic, high achieving students who have completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne and are commencing a Master of Teaching program with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Applications open

1 Oct 2023

Last day for applications

7 Dec 2023
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Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $20,000

Applicable study areas

Education, teaching and training

Number of scholarships awarded

At least 1

  • Anastasia Betts, Student, Master of Teaching
    "As a young person at university, the demands of my caring role meant that I greatly missed out on a fair few leadership and volunteering opportunities that I was passionate about. Now, and with the financial support of the Jennifer Duggan Leaper Scholarship, I can take advantage of these opportunities."
    Read Anastasia's story
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
    • be commencing a Master of Teaching at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in 2024
    • have completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne

    Selection criteria

    Eligible applicants will be assessed on academic merit and financial hardship.

  • Application process

    Submit an application online.  The link will be available here once the round opens on 1 October, 2023.

    For any questions regarding this scholarship, please email:

    Submit a course application

  • When will I know the outcome?

    The offer will be made in by February at the latest.

  • About the donor

    Jennifer Duggan Leaper

    At primary school, Jenny decided she wanted to be a teacher so she “could write on the chalk board”. As a recipient of a Commonwealth Scholarship, she studied for a Bachelor of Arts in 1967 and completed a Diploma of Education in 1970.

    Jenny gained her Master of Education in 1981. Her career includes teaching in Victorian state and private schools, both city and country; secondary schools in  Perth; a junior high School in North Carolina, USA, and a boarding school in Bournemouth, UK.

    Throughout her career, Jenny was inspired by her students and fellow teachers, and she developed a particular energy for teaching young adolescents.

    She wants to share her passion with those who will have a major positive influence on the lives of others – through the education of the whole person and the encouragement of life-long learning.

    Jenny is a passionate advocate for education and established the Jennifer Duggan Leaper Scholarship to support a high-achieving Bachelor of Arts student in the Master of Teaching.

    Through the generosity of the Leaper Foundation, the Early Childhood Education and Care Research Hub was established in 2019.

What are the benefits?

Up to $20,000 in total with up to $10,000 paid per year for the duration of the Master of Teaching (two years maximum).

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