Melbourne Scholarships

Undergraduate Access Scholarships

The University of Melbourne awards a range of scholarships to support commencing undergraduate students who gained admission to the University while having experienced difficult circumstances that impacted on their Year Twelve result.

Melbourne Access Scholarship
Established by the University of Melbourne, this scholarship is available to students who are experiencing difficult circumstances. The University usually awards around 170 scholarships per year.

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. The University usually awards up to eight scholarships per year.

Mildura Alumni Scholarship
Established by donations 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. The University usually awards one scholarship per year.

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. The University usually awards one scholarship every three to four years.

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. The University usually awards one scholarship every three to four years.


The Undergraduate Access Scholarships provide an allowance of $5,000 per year (paid in half-yearly instalments) for the normal, full-time duration of the recipients course. Ten high-achieving students will also receive a tuition fee exemption for their Commonwealth Supported Place valued up to $30,500.

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.


To be considered for an Undergraduate Access Scholarship, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen; and
  • have completed Year Twelve or International Baccalaureate in Australia in the year prior to commencing your course at the University; and
  • not have been awarded results for subjects undertaken as part of a degree course at a tertiary institution in Australia; and
  • 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.


You do not need to submit an application for these scholarships. Eligible students who have applied for admission to the University using the VTAC Special Entry Admission Scheme (SEAS) will be automatically considered.


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.


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. 

More information

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us or submit an enquiry.

Current round

Opens: 3 August 2016
Closes: 6 October 2016

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