The faculty offers a simple process for scholarships – you only need to make a single application to be considered for each scholarship where you are eligible. The single application applies to all coursework scholarships except the William Buckland Foundation Residential Scholarship.

Closing Dates

The main scholarship round will be opening in December and will remain open until the 3rd March 2017.

Semester 2 applications are accepted for the following scholarships

  • DIGS Transition Scholarship - closing date 31st July
  • DIGS Scholarship - closing date 31st July

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The scholarship application form does not require you to nominate which scholarships you wish to be considered for, but you do need to ensure you provide all the necessary information as part of your application:

  • Check that you are eligible. Read through each scholarship’s information carefully to make sure you meet the criteria
  • Make a list of scholarships you are qualified to apply for and note what the requirements are
  • Note what supporting documents you need to provide for each one
  • Read and follow these instructions
  • When submitting your application please ensure you provide all of the requirements for any of the scholarships you have identified you are eligible for

For example:

If you are applying for a scholarship where the only selection criteria is academic merit, you only need to provide evidence of your academic achievements e.g. transcripts.

If you are applying for scholarships where academic merit and  rural status is required you need to provide evidence for both of these criteria.

All applications require a short personal statement.

How to meet the selection criteria

Academic Merit

In order to demonstrate academic merit, please provide either:

  • Your ATAR score, and a copy of your ATAR statement (if you have not previously done any university studies and are commencing at the University in 2016).
  • Your WAM and a transcript/statement of results from your University (if you are a current undergraduate or graduate student).

Rural/Regional Status

A rural or isolated area is defined as an area with a Remote Areas (ASGC-RA) Australian Standard Geographic Classification of: RA2 – Inner Regional, RA3 – Outer Regional, RA4 – Remote, or RA5 – Very Remote. The Department of Health and Ageing uses this categorisation system for a number of programs related to medical practice in Australia. You can check the classification of your rural or isolated address on the Department of Health and Ageing website.

 You are eligible to apply if: 

Undergraduate students

  • your residential address is in a an area with a classification of RA2 or higher and
  • If you are a Year 12 student, you must also have completed the final two years of schooling at a rural or regional secondary school (i.e., not one in a postcode defined as a major city).

Graduate students

  • you resided in a rural area with a classification of RA2 or higher for at least five years (consecutive or cumulative) from the commencement of primary school.

Financial Need

If a scholarship or bursary you wish to be considered for has financial need as a requirement, you are required to complete a financial need assessment. This is done online and assessed by Melbourne Scholarships. The FVAS scholarship application has a link to this assessment.

Other Disadvantage

If you are applying for scholarships where experience of disadvantage (other than financial need) is a criteria, you will be asked to provide a short statement with details. You can support this statement with documentation such as medical certificates, letters from medical professionals, or statutory declarations.

Personal Statement (no more than 300 words)

All applicants are required to write a short personal statement to support their application.

Supporting Documentation

The table below shows the types of documentation that can be used to support your application. Please note that family name and address must be on documentation. All claims must have evidence.

Documentation Academic Merit Rural Status Disadvantaged
Official ATAR Result Yes    
Statement Of Results Yes    
Utility Bill With Address   Yes  
Official Mail With Address   Yes  
Official Letters     Yes
Statutory Declarations     Yes
Medical Certificates     Yes
Medical Letters/References     Yes

Please note that the application form only allows one document to be uploaded for each criteria. Usually one of the listed documents is sufficient, but if you would like to provide multiple documents you should save them as a single file for uploading.

Additional requirements

Some scholarships require you to provide additional statements. You only need to complete these if you wish to be considered for the following:

Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Scholarship:  You will need to complete a statement outlining your commitment to the agricultural industry. This should include details on your desire and capacity to be a leader in the industry. You are also required to provide details of your future study goals and how the scholarship will improve your study experience. This statement should be no more than 1000 words.

Warren Thornton Memorial Scholarship: You will need to provide a statement of your interest in the Dairy Industry. Such interest could extend to pasture production, cow nutrition, reproduction and health, calf management, milk harvesting and processing, agribusiness, dairy product marketing, and governance of the dairy industry. This statement should be no more than 1000 words.

Rural Veterinary Students Scholarship: You will need to provide a statement outlining your demonstrated interest in rural practice and intention to work in rural practice after graduation. This statement should be no longer than 500 words.

Separate Applications

This scholarship requires a separate application:

The William Buckland Foundation Residential Scholarship Program

Monetary Value of Scholarships

The value of scholarships can change from year to year. For example if a scholarship is valued at $5000 in 2016, the same scholarship may only be worth $4000 in 2017.  If you are a recipient of a scholarship that is for the standard duration of your course, the value of that scholarship in the year it commences is what you receive. If the scholarship value changes the following year for new recipients, this will not affect the value of your scholarship.

Recipient responsibilities

If you receive a scholarship, you will be expected to:

  • Attend an award ceremony. Failure to attend (without extenuating circumstances) may result in cancellation of the award/payment
  • Maintain good academic standing 
  • Meet any specific requirements of the award you receive, including reporting back to the Faculty/Donor when required.
  • Complete a yearly report 
  • Complete the award acceptance form

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