Melbourne Access Bachelor of Arts Scholarship

The Melbourne Access Bachelor of Arts Scholarship is for enrolling undergraduate domestic students who intend to undertake the Bachelor of Arts and are experiencing disadvantaged circumstances.

Application type

No application is required. You will be automatically considered for this award.

Benefit type

Bi-annual payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $30,000

Applicable study areas

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies; Language, literature and cultural studies

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 4

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • have completed Year 12 or International Baccalaureate in Australia;
    • not have completed any subjects undertaken as part of a tertiary course;
    • have applied for the University of Melbourne Bachelor of Arts via VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) for commencement in the year following completion of Year 12 or International Baccalaureate; and,
    • meet the Access Melbourne entry requirements for the University of Melbourne course nominated in their VTAC application.

    Students who have applied for admission to the University via VTAC SEAS will be automatically considered for this scholarship.

    Selection criteria

    Eligible Access Melbourne applicants for the University of Melbourne Bachelor of Arts under the VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) criteria of disadvantaged financial background and/or resident of a rural or isolated area will be considered.


    This scholarship is subject to the Coursework Scholarships Terms & Conditions and can be deferred to the following academic year.  In addition, recipients must enrol in a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Recipients must agree to give permission for the University to provide their name and course details to the donor of the scholarship and to provide a brief report on the benefits of the scholarship when requested.

  • Application process

    Students who have applied for Access Melbourne using the VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) will be automatically considered for this scholarship.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Scholarship offers are made a few days after the Victorian Year 12 ATAR are released in December. Further offers are made in January and February to students who have completed IB or Year Twelve at a school outside Victoria.

  • About the donor

    Melbourne Humanities Foundation Board

    The Faculty of Arts garnered support from the Melbourne Humanities Foundation Board, with a founding donation from the Chancellor and other Board members, to jointly offer scholarships to undergraduate students to ensure that an Arts degree can be accessible to all students, no matter their background.

    The Melbourne Humanities Foundation was established in 2012 by the Faculty of Arts in partnership with the Melbourne Humanities Foundation Board. The Melbourne Humanities Foundation supports those fields of teaching and research that sit at the heart of a university - the humanities disciplines. The role of the Foundation is to assist the Faculty of Arts to develop support for humanities programs, which have experienced decreases in government funding. In particular, the Foundation seeks benefaction in key areas such as classics, history, literature, languages, art history and philosophy.

    Read more about the Melbourne Humanities Foundation.

What are the benefits?

An allowance of $10,000 per year for the duration of a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Further information

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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.