The William Buckland Foundation Residential Scholarship Program

Established in 2014, The William Buckland Foundation Residential Scholarship Program seeks to assist students from rural and regional Victoria to access higher education to complete studies in Agriculture and Land Management. The William Buckland Foundation Residential Scholarship Program builds on Mr Buckland’s desire to assist ‘Australia and Australians’ in ‘agricultural pursuits.’ This substantial scholarship aims to assist students from regional and rural areas with their living accommodations during their three years of study.

Value and duration

Scholarship recipients will have funds paid to assist with college accommodation for a period of three years. The total value of the scholarship is dependent on the college the student accepts an offer for.  Up to three scholarships are available in 2019.

Payments will be made directly to the colleges.


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Hold Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency
  • Be commencing university studies at the University of Melbourne in 2019 for the first time (having not completed prior university studies at any other institution)
  • Commence full-time studies in Semester 1, 2019, in the Bachelor of Agriculture in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
  • Apply and accept an offer to reside at a residential college of the University of Melbourne in 2019
  • Provide a demonstration of disadvantaged financial background
  • Currently live in a rural or regional area of Victoria*
  • *A student is deemed to come from rural or regional Victoria if they completed their secondary schooling whist living in a location not defined as a major city by the Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC) Remoteness Area classification. Postcodes will be used to assess rural status.

A William Buckland Foundation Scholarship may be held along with any other award or grant, provided the rules of such other awards permit this.

Selection Criteria

Eligible applicants will be assessed on:

  • Academic ability (based on Year 12 VCE/ATAR results, or equivalent)
  • Evidence of living in a rural or regional area in Victoria as per the eligibility requirement
  • Demonstration of financial disadvantage which may include a statement outlining relevant challenges and/or confirmation of any benefits currently received
  • A personal statement which may reflect on your experiences to date and the potential impact of the scholarship as well as highlighting any additional information which may support your application (such as community involvement or extra-curricular leadership roles)
  • Preference will be given to students from the Mansfield area in Victoria when all other factors are equal.

Special Conditions

Scholarship recipients are required to make an application to live at the College for each year of the scholarship. When an application has been received by the College, this will form part of your application. A successful application to live at one of the colleges is required in order to be considered for this scholarship.

From 2019, payment of this scholarship is made directly to the colleges each year when fees are due.

Each year, students will be required to submit a report outlining how the scholarship funds were used, their academic performance and community experience. Submission of this report by 30th September is necessary for future payments to be made.

Students are required to maintain a pass grade average throughout their studies, promote the University of Melbourne through contributing to college life and, where opportunities exist, the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences (FVAS).


Applications for this scholarship will close on Wednesday 23rd January 2019. Late applications may be considered if any scholarships remain unfilled.

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