The Hansen Scholarship Program

Twenty exceptional students from around Australia will be chosen for our most generous scholarship to date, starting their undergraduate studies at Melbourne in 2022.

The program brings together an unrivaled package of benefits for high-achieving students who may otherwise struggle financially to access higher education.

It offers free accommodation, living allowances, funds for an international exchange, internship or voluntary opportunity, plus a tailored development program including academic orientation, study skills, mentoring and cultural activities.

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2020 Hansen Scholars
Hansen Scholarship Program Patron Jane Hansen and Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell welcome the inaugural Hansen Scholarship recipients.

2020 Hansen Scholars

We’re delighted to welcome our first intake of Hansen Scholars, recipients of the University’s most generous and broad-based undergraduate scholarship, the Hansen Scholarship Program!

A video celebrating the evening can be viewed here.

Meet the 2020 Hansen Scholars

Key dates

The 2022 Hansen Scholarship application will open on 6 February 2021.

View the key dates

A foundation to unleash ambition

Advancing the future of Australia through access to excellence in tertiary education is one of the Hansen Little Foundation’s core beliefs.

Jane Hansen AO and Paul Little AO believe that an individual’s life trajectory should be guided by their determination to achieve their ambitions, regardless of any limiting social or economic barriers.

It is important to us to ensure that you have every chance at success, and we are looking forward to seeing you flourish at the University of Melbourne.

General frequently asked questions

  • How do I apply for the Hansen Scholarship?

    You can apply for the Hansen Scholarship by completing the application form via SmartyGrants, our online application portal. The link to the application form will be available via this page when the application period is open.

    When applying it is essential that you complete all required questions and attach all of the necessary documents to ensure that your application can be processed in a timely manner.

    Unfortunately, the Scholarships and Bursaries Office is unable to consider incomplete applications.

  • I’m an international student. Can I apply for the Hansen Scholarship?

    Only Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or holders of an Australian temporary Humanitarian visa may apply.

    Applicants with New Zealand citizenship are not eligible for the Hansen Scholarship unless they have obtained Australian permanent resident status. New Zealanders are automatically given a "Special Category Visa" (SCV) when they arrive and are "Temporary Residents".

  • What do you mean by “demonstrated financial need” or “financial circumstances presenting a challenge"?

    You're eligible if:

    • you or your parents are in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink benefit (such as Family Tax Benefit A, ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance etc), or
    • you are able to otherwise demonstrate financial need (supporting documentation will be required, usually the most recent Notice of Assessment from the Australian Tax Office for every person who contributes to your household income).

    Applicants will be asked to upload documentation (e.g. Centrelink statement of benefits) as part of their application.

  • Can I apply to stay at other residential colleges or arrange for my own alternative accommodation?

    Accommodation at Little Hall is the only residential option covered by the scholarship.

  • How are the scholarships assessed, and when will I find out the outcome of my scholarship application?

    Applications are assessed using the information included in your application, supporting documents, and interviews.

    You will be notified by the Hansen Scholarship team within three weeks of the first stage application's closing date if you will be proceeding to the next stage.

  • Do I still need to maintain eligibility after I've been offered a scholarship?

    All Hansen Scholars are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress by achieving a minimum average result of 60 in each semester of enrolment. In addition, Hansen Scholars commit to participation in a program of scholarship and enrichment activities in conjunction with the Director of the Hansen Scholarship.

  • Can I defer or suspend my scholarship?

    Approval to defer a scholarship will normally only be given where there are exceptional circumstances preventing a student from studying in a semester (evidence will be required). Please check the conditions of your scholarship for further information or contact

  • What do I do if my referee tells me that they can't write a reference?

    Please send an email to the Hansen Scholarship Team at with the details of a replacement referee.

  • How do I choose my referee?

    Your academic referee must be a teacher or administrator at your current school. They should be someone who can provide detailed information about your academic record and ability, and who ideally has known you for at least 12 months.

FAQs for referees

  • What is the Hansen Scholarship Program?

    Details of the program can be found here.

  • I don't know the applicant well, what should I do?

    Academic referees must be a teacher at the applicant's current school. They are asked to assess the applicant's academic ability and likely success in year 12 and at university.

    Referees should know the applicant for a minimum of 12 months. If you feel that you don't know the applicant well enough to provide this assessment, please tell the applicant and ask them to contact the Hansen Scholarship team.

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For complete listings of faculty-specific scholarships, please see individual faculty websites.