Jessie Webb Scholarship

This scholarship, worth approximately $14,100, allows a postgraduate student to spend a season in Greece under the direction of the British School at Athens or another similar school in Greece.

Applications open

24 Feb 2020

Applications closed

4 May 2020

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $14,100

Applicable study areas

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Kellie Youngs
    "The Jessie Webb scholarship made my visit to Greece and access to the British School at Athens (BSA) possible. Making professional connections with scholars at BSA, and examining museum objects and archaeological sites, enhanced my research understandings leading to new avenues of investigation in my PhD project and created links for future collaborative research projects."
    - Kellie Youngs
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be enrolled in a postgraduate course at the University of Melbourne in Ancient History or Classical Studies in the School of Historical Studies.

    The successful applicant will be required to spend a season (3-6 months) in Greece under the direction of the British School at Athens or any other similar school in Greece.

    Recipients are required to:

    • accept online within 21 days
    • submit a final report

    Selection criteria

    Eligible applicants will be assessed on their academic record and proposed program of study in Greece.

  • Application process

    Complete the online application form including details of your proposed study overseas, budget details and upload the following supporting documents:

    • evidence of initial contact or approval of residency at the British School at Athens or any other similar school in Greece
    • current academic record
    • two academic references
    • any other information which may assist the Committee in making its decision
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 8-10 weeks after the closing date.

  • About the donor

    Jessie Stobo Watson Webb

    The late Jessie Stobo Watson Webb, senior lecturer in the school of History, created a fund to enable the University 'to send a student to spend a season in Greece under the direction of the British School of Archaeology at Athens or any other similar school'.

    Jessie Webb (1880-1944) completed a University of Melbourne Bachelor of Arts (1902) and Master of Arts (1904). She joined the History Department staff in 1908 and was promoted to the position of senior lecturer in 1923, which was as far as women academics were able to progress at that time. However, she was acting professor on three occasions in the absence of the professor. She developed a renowned reputation for her teaching, which was mainly in the area of ancient (especially Greek) history. She died while an acting professor in 1944. The History Department library is named in her honour; between the windows is the 'Dancing Girl' bought by subscription after her death.

What are the benefits?

$14100. Two scholarships of this amount will be awarded.


The Faculty of Arts will continue the application and awarding process for scholarships in 2020. Travel scholarship recipients will be granted extended travel dates. Find out how the University is responding to the COVID-19 situation.


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