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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 for overseas study of 12 weeks or more.
  • $1,000 for overseas study of at least three weeks, and up to 12 weeks.
All
Access Scholarships
Melbourne Global Financial Assistance Grants Up to $5,000 Students experiencing financial hardships.
Lin Martin Melbourne Global ScholarshipUp to $5,000 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.

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 $90,000 per year Domestic graduate students
Faculty of Arts:
Melbourne Global Language Scholarships
$1,500 – $7,000 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 2019 for study in 2020.

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, 2019).

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 2020 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 Margaret Jones, Grants Adviser.

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 2, 2020 Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning $7,000 4
China Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Fudan University
Peking University
Tsinghua University       
Semester 2, 2020 Semester study in Beijing and Shanghai (all disciplines) $5,000 12
Hong Kong SAR The Chinese University of Hong Kong
University of Hong Kong
Semester 1, 2020
Semester 2, 2020              
Semester study in Hong Kong (all disciplines) $7,000 9
Singapore Nanyang Technological University
National University of Singapore
Singapore Management University
Semester 1, 2020
Semester 2, 2020
Semester study in Singapore (all disciplines) $7,000 15
South Korea Seoul National University
Korea University
Sungkyunkwan University
Semester 1, 2020
Semester 2, 2020
Semester study in Seoul (all disciplines) $7,000 17

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
January 2020 All short-term programs available at this host institution. $3,000 10
South Korea Korea University December 2019 to January 2020 All short-term programs available at this host institution. $3,000 16
 KAIST
Korea University
Sungkyunkwan University       
December 2019 to January 2020 All short-term programs available at this host institution. $3,000 13
Japan Waseda University
Sophia University
January 2020 All short-term programs available at this host institution. $3,000 15

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

CountryUMOS Study period(s)Department Award amount (AUD) Grants available
Cook IslandsWhere the Story Begins: Rarotonga2020 Study TourOffered by the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music$2,80020
IndiaHumanitarian Design Internship 2019/2020 Summer Study Tour Offered by the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning $3,000 25

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 Margaret Jones, Grants Adviser.

Endeavour grants

Country/Region Host institution (s) Study period(s)Program Awarded amount (AUD) Grants available
Czech Republic Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, National Institute of Dramatic Art Semester 1, 2020 Endeavour Leadership Program Short Term Undergraduate
Offered by the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music
$2,50010
ChinaNanjing University
Nankai University
University of Nottingham Ningbo
Zhejiang University
Semester 1, 2020Endeavour Leadership Program Cheung Kong Exchange$5,0005
IndiaPublic Health Foundation of IndiaJanuary 2020Asia Postgraduate Programme (Short-term)
Offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
$5,0005
Latin AmericaUniversity of the Andes, Colombia
Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, Argentina
Technical University of Frederico Santa Maria, Chile
Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile
Semester 1, 2020Endeavour Leadership Program Student Exchange Postgraduate$5,0005
NorwayOslo UniversitySemester 1, 2020Endeavour Leadership Program$5,0005

The Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship is valued at up to $12,000. It supports Australian or permanent resident undergraduates with an interest in Asia 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 Scholars will take part in an immersive leadership development program and will gain access to key influencers in Australia-Asia associations, organisations and cross-border businesses to help in their development as Asia-capable leaders.

Westpac will be awarding up to 40 Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships in Semester 2, 2020. Applications are open until midnight, 10 January 2020. 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.