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There are many scholarship options available to students undertaking overseas study.

University of Melbourne scholarships

The University of Melbourne offers a wide range of scholarships to students undertaking an overseas study opportunity. Scholarships are awarded based on varying eligibility requirements and criteria, including financial need, academic merit, destination and study discipline.

Melbourne Mobility Awards

Melbourne Mobility Awards (MMA) are a range of scholarships which provide assistance to students undertaking overseas study. MMA includes the below scholarships, but this is not an exhaustive list. Please see the Melbourne Mobility Awards page for information on eligibility, selection credit and how to apply.

ScholarshipSemester/Year-long Open to
Merit Scholarships
Melbourne Global Scholars Award $2,500
$1,000 for Short-term programs
All
Access Scholarships
Melbourne Global Financial Assistance Grants $1,000 – $5,000 Students experiencing financial hardships.
Lin Martin Melbourne Global Scholarship $1,000 – $6,000 Undergraduate students enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) who are experiencing social, medical or financial disadvantage.
University House Travel ScholarshipUp to $5,000Students experiencing financial hardships.

Students applying for a Short-term program during the 2018 winter break, or approved for Exchange in Semester 2, 2018, will be automatically considered for a Melbourne Mobility Award (Melbourne Global Scholars Award) with no separate application necessary.

Other scholarships

In addition to the above, the University of Melbourne offers a wide range of travelling scholarships which may suit your circumstances. The below table is an example of some of these scholarships – please see the University of Melbourne Scholarships page for the full list.

ScholarshipSemester/Year-long Open to
Melbourne Mobility Excellence Awards $2,500 – $4,000 All
Prestigious Travelling Scholarships Up to $60,000 per year Domestic graduate students
Faculty of Arts:
Melbourne Global Language Scholarships
$1,500 – $7,000 Undergraduate language students
Faculty of Arts: Exchange Enabling ScholarshipsUp to $5,000Faculty of Arts students

High-profile scholarships

There are a number of prestigious scholarship programs available if you are interested in taking an ambassador role on behalf of the University. If you're awarded one of these scholarships, you'll be called on for promotional and reflective activities when required.

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is a signature initiative by the Australian Government to provide opportunities for Australian undergraduate students to undertake study, internships or mentorships in one of 40 participating Indo-Pacific locations.

The NCP Scholarship Program provides Australian undergraduates with comprehensive scholarships to live, work and study in one of these locations.

Each Australian University can nominate 10 students per year to the Australian Government to receive an NCP Scholarship. Up to 120 scholarships are expected to be awarded across Australia in 2018 for study in 2019.

The scholarship aims to support Australian students to:

  • develop an understanding of our neighbouring Indo-Pacific region
  • become more work ready by enhancing regional experience
  • expand their breath of education, career and professional development.

To be eligible to apply, you must be:

  • an Australian citizen
  • enrolled in a Bachelor or Bachelors (Honours) degree at the University of Melbourne
  • undertaking overseas study in one of the 40 approved locations, where you do not hold dual citizenship or permanent residency; nor have you previously been a citizen or permanent resident
  • aged between 18 and 28 (inclusive) on 1 January of the year you intend to go overseas
  • have a WAM of at least 70% (including results from Semester 1, 2018).

If you wish to apply, you need to submit:

All submitted applications will go through a University of Melbourne selection process. Students selected for nomination to the Australian Government will be required to go through a formal selection process with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in August every year.

Applications for the 2019 round of the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program have now closed.

For more information, visit the NCP Scholarship Program website.

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is a signature initiative by the Australian Government to provide opportunities for Australian undergraduate students to undertake study, internships or mentorships in one of 40 participating Indo-Pacific locations.

The NCP Mobility Grants are awarded to students studying at particular Indo-Pacific institutions, and range from $3,000-$7,000 in value.

If you apply and are selected for one of the following NCP Mobility Grants, you will represent the University as an ambassador of the overseas study experience, and will be called upon for promotional and reflective activities when required.

For more information or to apply, contact Jasmine Lim, Grants Officer.

NCP Mobility Grants for Semester programs

Destination Host institution(s) Study period(s) Eligible programs Awarded amount (AUD) Grants available
China Tongji University

Architecture, Building and Planning students only

Semester 1, 2019
Semester 2, 2019
Semester 1, 2020
Semester 2, 2020

Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning $7,000 4 per year
China Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Fudan University
Peking University
Tsinghua University       
Semester 1, 2019
Semester 2, 2019
Semester 1 2020
Semester study in Shanghai (all disciplines) $5,000 10
Hong Kong SAR The Chinese University of Hong Kong
University of Hong Kong
Semester 1, 2019
Semester 2, 2019       
Semester study in Hong Kong (all disciplines) $7,000 11
Japan Hitotsubashi University
Hokkaido University
Keio University
Sophia University
Tohoku University
Tokyo Institute of Foreign Studies
Tokyo Institute of Technology
University of Tokyo
Waseda University
Semester 1, 2019
Semester 2, 2019       
Semester study in Japan (all disciplines) $7,000 21
Singapore Nanyang Technological University
National University of Singapore
Singapore Management University
Semester 1, 2019
Semester 2, 2019
Semester 1, 2020
Semester study in Singapore (all disciplines) $7,000 10
South Korea Seoul National University
Korea University
Semester 1, 2019
Semester 2, 2019
Semester 1, 2020
Semester study in Seoul (all disciplines) $5,000 10

NCP Mobility Grants for Short-term programs

Country Host institution(s) Study period(s) Eligible Programs Awarded amount (AUD) Grants available
Summer or winter schools at a host university
Hong Kong SAR Hong Kong University
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dec – Feb 2018/2019
June – July 2019
Dec – Feb 2019/2020
All short-term programs available at this host institution. $3,000 24
South Korea Korea University Dec – Feb 2018/2019 All short-term programs available at this host institution. $3,000 20
  Hanyang University
KAIST
Korea University
Seoul National University
Sungkyunkwan University       
Dec – Feb 2018/2019
June – July 2019
Dec – Feb 2019/2020
June 2020
All short-term programs available at this host institution. $3,000 32
China Fudan University
Peking University
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Zhejiang University
Dec – Feb 2018/2019
June – July 2019
All short-term programs available at this host institution. $3,000 32
JapanWaseda University
Sophia University
Dec – Feb 2018/2019
June – July 2019
All short-term programs available at this host institution.$3,00015

NCP Mobility Grants for University of Melbourne Overseas Subjects (UMOS)

CountryUMOS Study period(s)Department Award amount (AUD) Grants available
IndiaInternational Business Experience 2019 Summer Study Tour Offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics $3,000 10+
 Humanitarian Design Internship 2018/9 Summer Study Tour Offered by the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning $3,000 25
New CaledoniaNew Caledonia in the 21st Century 2019 Study Tour Offered by the Faculty of Arts $3,000 12
ThailandGlobal Management Consulting 2019 January Study Tour Offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics $1,300 10

Endeavour Mobility Grants support students undertaking overseas study for Semester programs. The grants aim to:

  • support students to study overseas for academic credit, or for a mandatory component of the student’s course
  • create opportunities for students to engage globally with other students, institutions and employers
  • strengthen institutional capacity to collaborate and partner with overseas education providers.

If you apply and are selected for one of the following Endeavour Mobility Grants, you will represent the University as an ambassador of the overseas study experience and will be called upon for promotional and reflective activities when required.

For more information or to apply, contact Jasmine Lim, Grants Officer.

Endeavour grants

CountryHost institution (s)Study period(s)ProgramAwarded amount (AUD)Grants available
Hong KongUniversity of Hong Kong Semester 2, 2018
Semester 1, 2019
Semester 2, 2019
Semester study in Hong Kong as part of the Endeavour Cheung Kong Student Exchange Program (ECKSEP). $5,000 10
Indigenous student exchange program
JapanHokkaido University Semester 2, 2018
Semester 1, 2019
Semester 2, 2019
Indigenous student Exchange semester study in Japan as part of the Endeavour Cheung Kong Student Exchange Program (ECKSEP). $5,000 1
New ZealandUniversity of Otago
University of Auckland
Semester 2, 2018
Semester 1, 2019
Semester 2, 2019
Indigenous student Exchange semester study in New Zealand as part of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP).$5,0003

The Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship is valued at $12,000. It supports Australian or permanent resident undergraduates who are interested in Asia and want to actively contribute to Australia's success in Asia in their chosen field.

The program includes an immersive Leadership Program, and supports students to spend up to two semesters studying overseas, starting in Semester 2, at one of the following leading universities:

  • Beijing: Tsinghua University, Peking University, Renmin University
  • Shanghai: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Fudan University
  • Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong
  • Singapore: National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University, Nanyang Technological University.

Westpac will be awarding up to 40 Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships in Semester 2, 2019. Applications are open until midnight, 31 December 2018. Visit the Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship website for more information.

Keep in mind

If you're aiming to obtain multiple scholarships or awards, please check with the scholarship provider to ensure they are compatible.

Other funding opportunities

There are many organisations outside the University of Melbourne that can assist students to study overseas. Visit your host institution's website to find scholarships available to Exchange and Fee-paying students.