John Monash Foundation Scholarships

The John Monash Scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding Australian graduates to support them with postgraduate study at the world’s best universities. The scholarships are not limited by age, gender, academic field of study or choice of university, with successful applicants having demonstrated excellence in their field, leadership potential and a vision for how they can contribute to a better Australia. The John Monash Scholarships are proudly supported by the Australian Government, private sector organisations, universities and individuals.

Applications open

1 May 2021

Applications closed

14 Jul 2021

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

$70,000 - $210,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 20

  • "There is no way to overstate the impact that the John Monash Scholarship had on my life. It permitted me to undertake my Master of Fine Arts studies at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Interdisciplinary Studio program. During my time there I have had the opportunity to study with some of the leading visual artists practicing today including Mary Kelly, Barbara Kruger and Andrea Fraser. Being part of the community at UCLA has also enabled me to create incredible networks with peers and visiting professors that has inordinately furthered my career in the field of art, make the transition from lawyer to artist, and contribute to the growing field of legal aesthetics."
    Read Shevaun Wright's story
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • ­Be an Australian citizen
    • Have completed or be about to complete a full degree from an Australian university
    • Be planning to undertake postgraduate study at an overseas university commencing in the calendar year following the year of application and selection (it is not necessary to have already been accepted to the institution at the time of applying),

    The scholarship supports any postgraduate degree, however the applicant must be able to argue the merits of the chosen course and institution.

    Selection criteria

    In awarding John Monash Scholarships, factors considered include:

    • Excellence in the candidate’s field of expertise – Usually a university degree obtained with outstanding results, but can also be demonstrated through prizes, awards, publications, performance, exhibitions and professional endeavours.
    • Leadership – Candidates should demonstrate leadership experience or potential in the field of study, professional environment and/or the community.
    • Research project or study program – Specific, well-developed case for support for the candidate’s study at the best overseas university in their field. It is not necessary to have been accepted at the institution at the time of applying for the Scholarship.
    • Proposed career pathway – Candidates must present a credible pathway, addressing an issue the applicant is passionate about, and which will be of benefit to Australia.
    • 3 references: outlining the applicants abilities and endorsing the proposed course of study - these may be any combination of academic, personal and professional.
  • Application process
  • When will I know the outcome?

    All applicants should expect to hear if they are being progressed to the state interview round on (approximately) the 15th of August. This notification will be by email.

What are the benefits?

  • A stipend of AU$70,000 per year for a maximum of 3 years.
  • The following world class universities offer partial fee waivers to John Monash Scholars: Kings College London (UK), Cranfield University (UK), and IE University Madrid (ES)
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