W T Mollison Scholarship in Modern Languages

This scholarship supports undergraduate and honours students in the study and knowledge of modern languages. Candidates must travel overseas and engage in appropriate work on their nominated language at an international institution.

Applications open

1 Aug 2022

Applications closed

12 Sep 2022

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 $12,000

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 must:

    • be currently completing honours in a modern language at the Faculty of the Arts; or,
    • have completed or are completing a third year of study in a modern language at the Faculty of the Arts and have enrolled in honours or intend to enrol in honours; or,
    • have completed Honours in a modern language at the Faculty of the Arts up to two years prior to your application; and,
    • intend to travel overseas to the country of the language in which you are studying and engage in appropriate work on the language at an overseas institution.

    Selection criteria

    Preference may be given to students who intend to pursue graduate studies in modern languages or cognate fields.

    The selection committee will consider proposals and the applicants' academic achievement 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’.

  • Application process

    Applicants are required to submit an application online which includes the following:

    • a proposal that outlines your intended overseas institution, course of study, a proposed itinerary and proposed activities (no more than 500 words);
    • a budget proposal;
    • an academic reference;
    • a statement of results from the University of Melbourne; and,
    • any other information to support your application that may assist the committee in making its decision.
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome 8 to 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?

Up to $12,000. More than one award may be granted from this total amount.

Recipients of the scholarship will be required to:

  • accept the award online within 21 days; and,
  • submit a scholarship report within two months of returning from their travel.




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