Scholarship Applications

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 unless otherwise noted on the individual information pages.

Closing Dates

The 2020 Scholarship round is not currently open. Please check the scholarship pages for closing dates as these can vary.

Applications for the General Studies Scholarship are currently open.


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
  • Please ensure your name and student ID are on any supporting documentation submitted.

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 2019).
  • Your WAM and a transcript/statement of results from your University (if you are a current undergraduate or graduate student).
  • Please note, for scholarships open to DVM students, the committee may recalculate your course average depending on your pathway/entry point for equity purposes

Rural Student Criteria

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 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

  • your residential address is in an area with a classification of RA2 or higher
  • Please note the rural veterinary students scholarship has a different rural requirement

Financial Need

Students must submit an online Student Financial Assessment form and applications will be assessed and ranked by Scholarships & Bursaries (University Services) using the Student Financial Assessment process.

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 and be recent.

Documentation Academic Merit Rural StatusDisadvantaged
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.

John and Jenny Barnett Memorial Prize: You will need to provide a one-page document that outlines your research proposal.

John James Woodward Rural Prize: You will need to submit a statement to show your interest in the preservation of the environment, in particular rural and Agricultural environments. The statement should be between 500-1000 words.

Cecil C Taylor Bursary, Alan Blakney Scholarship and the Richard Ruwolt Scholarship: you will need to submit statement of disadvantage. The statement should be up to 200 words. The same statement can be used to meet the requirements for all of these awards.


Separate Applications

This scholarship requires a separate application:

The William Buckland Foundation Residential Scholarship Program

Selection Committee

Scholarships are determined by the FVAS Scholarship committee. This committee has two sub-committees

  • School of Agriculture and Food sub-committee
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine sub-committee

Monetary Value of Scholarships

The number of scholarships/bursaries awarded each year and the value of each award will be determined by the Dean. The value of scholarships can change from year to year. For example if a scholarship is valued at $5000 in 2019, the same scholarship may only be worth $2000 in 2020.  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. Please note amounts advertised can change at any given time. Whilst every effort is made to indicate the value of an award in any given year, these are only an indication. if you receive an award the value will be listed in the notification.

Support Already received from other awards

When determining the recipients for scholarships/bursaries/funding the support already received, in the form of other student awards, by all eligible applicants will be taken into account. Please note this doesn't prevent applicants from applying if they have already received funding.

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 and if required an impact statement
  • Complete the award acceptance form

Applications for 2020 are not currently open. Please check back later in the year

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