Undergraduate 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.

Applications open

3 Aug 2017

Applications closed

6 Oct 2017

Application type

Application required
How to apply

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 in the year prior to commencing your course at the University
    • not have been awarded results for subjects undertaken as part of a degree course at a tertiary institution in Australia
    • have applied for Access Melbourne, the University’s special entry access scheme, using the VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) and included evidence that you:
      • have a disadvantaged financial background; or
      • are from a rural area or under-represented school; or
      • experienced difficult circumstances; or
      • have a disability or medical condition; or
      • are from a non-English speaking background; or
      • are an indigenous Australian

    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.

  • Application process

    You must apply for Access Melbourne, the University’s special entry access scheme, using the VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS).

  • 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 outside Victoria.

  • Variations of this scholarship

    Ten high-achieving students will also receive a tuition fee exemption for their Commonwealth Supported Place valued up to $30,500.

    Melbourne Access Scholarship - Established by the University of Melbourne, this scholarship is available to students who are experiencing difficult circumstances.

    Alexander and Bridget Jones Memorial Scholarship - Established by the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and the University of Melbourne, this scholarship is available to student from rural or regional areas.

    Mildura Alumni Scholarship - Established by from a number of Mildura Campus alumni, this scholarship is 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, this scholarship is 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, this scholarship is available to student who have undertaken Year 12 at an under-represented school.

What are the benefits?

An allowance of $5,000 per year (paid in half-yearly instalments) for the normal, full-time duration of the recipients course.

These scholarships may be extended with another year for students who enrol in a concurrent diploma at the same time as their Bachelor degree course at the University of Melbourne.

Students who live in rural or regional Victoria or outside Victoria are eligible for New to Melbourne Accommodation. To support your transition to Melbourne, the University will reserve a place in a residential facility close to the Parkville Campus for the first year of your studies. The offer does not include the cost of the accommodation. Places are limited so apply early to avoid disappointment.

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