W T Mollison Scholarship in Modern Languages

This scholarship, worth approximately $11,000, supports undergraduate and honours students in the study and knowledge of modern languages. Candidates must travel overseas (from Australia) and engage in appropriate work on their nominated language at an international institution for a minimum of 3 months.

Applications open

17 Aug 2020

Applications closed

26 Oct 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 $11,000

Applicable study areas

Language, literature and cultural studies

Number of scholarships awarded

At least 1

  • Deborah Zhang
    "The W. T. Mollison Scholarship has relieved a significant financial burden and enabled me to study abroad in Beijing, China. Learning Mandarin at one of China's top universities, whilst concurrently working in Australia-China relations and developing my 'Asia literacy' has granted me with an increasingly global perspective of education, and emphasised the importance of modern languages in facilitating open and effective communication."
    - Deborah Zhang
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • have completed honours in Modern Languages at the University of Melbourne up to two years prior to your application; OR
    • be currently completing honours in Modern Languages at the University of Melbourne; OR
    • have completed or are completing a third year of study in Modern Languages at the University of Melbourne and have enrolled in honours or intend to enrol in honours AND
    • intend to travel overseas (from Australia) to the country of the language in which you hold the scholarship and engage in appropriate work on the language at an overseas institution for a minimum of 3 months


    • travel must begin within 12 months of being awarded the scholarship or the recipient must request an extension in writing to the committee (due to COVID travel scholarship recipients will be granted extended travel dates)
    • any changes to the initial proposal must have committee approval
    • recipients will be required to submit a scholarship report for the committee within two months of returning from their travel

    Selection criteria

    • preference may be given to students who have completed honours at the University of Melbourne and intend to return to the University to pursue graduate studies in modern languages or cognate fields
    • the proposals will be reviewed by a committee and the scholarship will be awarded to the candidate/s who will best achieve the donor’s purpose: ‘to encourage in young persons, the study and knowledge of modern languages’
    • academic achievement will also be considered
  • Application process

    Submit an application online an which includes the following:

    • a proposal which outlines your intended overseas institution, course of study, and proposed activities (no more than 500 words)
    • proposed itinerary
    • budget
    • attach 1 academic reference
    • attach your statement of results from UoM
  • When will I know the outcome?

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

  • About the donor

    William Thomas Mollison

    The W T Mollison Scholarship was established in 1884, bequeathed by William Thomas Mollison for the purposes of encouraging in young persons the study and knowledge of modern languages.

What are the benefits?

Approximately $11,000


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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