Melbourne Access Scholarships

These scholarships are available to commencing undergraduate students who gained admission to the University while having experienced difficult circumstances that impacted on their Year 12 result.

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 $15,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 200

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen
    • have completed Year Twelve or International Baccalaureate in Australia
    • not have been awarded results for subjects undertaken as part of a degree course at a tertiary institution in Australia
    • have applied for a University of Melbourne undergraduate degree under Access Melbourne for commencement in the year following completion of Year 12 or IB,  and include in your VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application evidence that you:
      • have a disadvantaged financial background,
      • are from a rural or regional area,
      • experienced difficult circumstances,
      • have a disability or medical condition, or
      • are of indigenous Australian descent

    The status of indigenous Australians must be confirmed by the Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development.

    Selection criteria

    Eligible candidates are selected on the basis of the information provided in their VTAC SEAS application, their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and the specific purpose of each scholarship.


    The Melbourne Access Scholarships are subject to the Coursework Scholarships Terms & Conditions and can be deferred to the following academic year.

  • Application process

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

  • When will I know the outcome?

    The first 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 an school outside Victoria.

  • Variations of this scholarship

    Eligible students are also considered to the following access scholarships:

    Alexander and Bridget Jones Memorial Scholarship

    Established by the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and the University of Melbourne and available to students from rural or regional areas.

    Mildura Alumni Scholarship

    Established by from a number of Mildura Campus alumni and available to students who have attended school and resided within a 250 km radius of the General Post Office at Mildura for not less than 12 months preceding their application for admission to the University.

    Ray and Violet Marshman Scholarship

    Established in 2015 with a donation from Ian and Ken Marshman and available to students from rural or regional areas. Preference is given to students from Victoria or who are first in their family to undertake higher Education, teaching and training.

    Alice Glover Scholarship

    Established in 2016 with a donation from Dr Alice Glover and available to student who have undertaken Year 12 at an under-represented school.

    Sir Samuel Wadham Rural Students Scholarship

    Established in 2010 with a donation from an anonymous donor and available to students in financial need relocating from a rural area to study at the University of Melbourne.

    Jennifer Taplin Scholarship

    Established in 2018 by a bequest from Jennifer Taplin and available to female students in financial need who have lived and studied in a regional area.

    Wodetzki Family Scholarship

    Established in 2018 with a donation from the Wodetzki Family Trust and available to students in financial need.

    Fletcher Scholarships in Engineering

    Established in 2018 with a donation from the Angus Fletcher Trust and available to students seeking to become professionally qualified engineers who have applied for a Graduate Degree Package for the Master of Engineering.

What are the benefits?

An allowance of $5,000 per year (paid in half-yearly instalments) for up to three years.

Ten high-achieving students will also receive a HECS Student Contribution exemption for the duration of their undergraduate degree course (excluding Honours degrees).

The duration these scholarship will be extended with one year if you enrol in a Bachelor (Extended) course and/or a concurrent diploma at the same time as their Bachelor degree course at the University of Melbourne.

Accommodation Close to Campus

If you live in rural or regional Victoria or outside Victoria, then you are eligible for priority placement in the Melbourne Accommodation Program. To support your transition to Melbourne, the University can accommodate you in one of our residential halls or partner-provided facilities close to the Parkville Campus. The offer does not include the cost of the accommodation. Places are limited so apply early to avoid disappointment.

To register and for more details, refer to the Melbourne Accommodation Program website

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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.