Melbourne Climate Action Scholarship

The Melbourne Climate Action Scholarship is offered to international students from Pacific Small Island Developing States who are enrolling in graduate coursework or graduate research course in the fields that address the effects of climate change in the Pacific. The scholarship was established by the University of Melbourne as part of a joint initiative with the University of Cambridge, University of Toronto, University of Montreal, and McMaster University which received the endorsement from HRH Prince of Wales, a life-long supporter of sustainable causes and climate-change action.

Applications open

1 Aug 2023

Applications closed

31 Oct 2023

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Fee remission
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

International student

Total value

$120,000 - $210,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 2

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • Be a citizen of a Pacific Small Island Developing State*
    • Have applied for and received an offer for a masters by coursework, a masters by research, a Master of Philosophy or a Doctor of Philosophy
    • Intend to undertake study or research that is relevant to the field of climate change and its effect on Pacific Small Island Developing States.
    • Agree to reside in Australia for the duration of your course (besides approved fieldwork, and holidays outside the teaching period)

    *Pacific Small Island Developing States include Cook Islands, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Republic of Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

    Selection criteria

    The scholarship will be offered to one or more eligible candidates based on their prior academic performance and the quality of their application addressing their experience in and future commitment to the field of climate change.

  • Application process

    Applications usually open in July.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Outcomes will be available within 4 weeks of the closing date.

What are the benefits?

  • Full fee offset (fee remission) for the duration of the course.
  • Living allowance of $34,400 per year (2023 full-time rate) for the duration of the course or 3.5 years for students undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy. The living allowance may be indexed annually and includes limited paid sick, maternity and parenting leave for students undertaking a research degree. The allowance is paid in quarterly instalments for students enrolling in a coursework degree and as a fortnightly stipend for students enrolling in a research degree.
  • Relocation allowance of $2,000 for students moving from States or Territories other than Victoria or $3,000 for students moving from outside Australia.
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Single Membership for international students who require a student visa to study in Australia
  • At the University's discretion, funding for an approved English language test pre-arrival, and/or pre-course English language training in Australia, for candidates with conditional course offers.
  • Flights between Melbourne and the home country, at the beginning and end of the scholarship period (single economy class airfare, via the most direct and economical route).
  • Compulsory pre-departure briefing, and five-week Introductory Academic Program on arrival.

Online information session

Join Professor Jon Barrett and Student Support Staff online to learn about studying and applying for this scholarship.

Date: Wednesday, 13 September
Time: 11:00 AM AEST

Register here

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.