Science Access Scholarship

The Science Access Scholarship is awarded to domestic undergraduate students who are experiencing disadvantaged circumstances and intend to undertake the Bachelor of Science with a major in the areas of Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

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

Sciences and mathematics

Number of scholarships awarded


  • 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 not previously undertaken any tertiary studies (excluding extension studies completed as part of a Year 12 program)
    • Have applied for the Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne via VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) for commencement in the year following completion of Year 12 or International Baccalaureate in Australia
    • Meet the Access Melbourne entry requirements for the University of Melbourne course nominated in your VTAC application

    Selection criteria

    This scholarship is offered to eligible candidates who have the highest overall level of disadvantage based on the information provided in their VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application and their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).


    During tenure, recipient’s major should be aligned to the School of Physics, School of Chemistry or School of Mathematics and Statistics, or their successors.

  • Application process

    Students who meet the eligibility criteria will be automatically considered.

    There is no separate application process.

  • 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 an school outside Victoria.

What are the benefits?

The Science Access Scholarship provides $5,000 per year over three years for students who are experiencing disadvantaged circumstances. It is paid in two instalments per year, in April and September after census date.

Further Information

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