Applications for the 2017 scholarships are now open

Note: closing date has been extended to 3 April

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Graduate Women Victoria offers an annual program of scholarships and bursaries for women students enrolled in Universities in Victoria. Our organisation has been awarding scholarships to Victorian women since 1931; see here for lists of previous scholarship winners, and here for a report from a recent  winner.


Scholarships and bursaries are offered in four categories.  Students may apply in one category only.

  • Indigenous Undergraduates
  • Education – Masters Degree
  • Masters Coursework and Masters Extended students
  • Research – Masters  Research and Doctoral Degrees

To apply for a scholarship please choose from the menu available at the top of this page, but read all the information below before beginning your application.

A list of scholarships and bursaries offered in 2017 and their value can be found here GWV scholarship list 2017.  See STEM Bursaries Information  for information about two bursaries are offered for students enrolled in Masters of Education/Teaching courses or equivalent who are preparing to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths).

Graduate Women Victoria reserves the right not to make any of the listed awards.

Please note:

  • Applications for 2017 are now open and must be made online
  • Closing date for applications has been extended to midnight on 3 April.
  • Information provided by applicants will be kept confidential to the Graduate Women Victoria Scholarship Subcommittee & the assessment panels.
  • Applications and supporting documents are deleted at the end of the process.
  • Graduate Women Victoria regrets that incomplete or late applications cannot be accepted.
  • Decisions of the adjudicating panels are final and no correspondence or discussion regarding their decisions will be entered into.


You may be eligible to apply if you are:

  • Female
  • Enrolled student at a Victorian university or at a Victorian campus of the Australian Catholic University on 31 March in the year of application
  • Normally resident in Victoria while studying
  • Have overcome or are overcoming disadvantage in the pursuit of your studies.

Disadvantage may include:

  • Financial difficulty or low income
  • English as a second language
  • Migrant or refugee status
  • Disability or medical condition
  • Family/caring responsibilities
  • Geographical isolation/significant distance from campus
  • Family crisis or difficult family environment
  • Career/ Study disruption
  • Other difficult circumstances

Women who are Australian citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply in any one of the scholarship categories.  Students from New Zealand are eligible only if they hold Australian citizenship or permanent residence. International students are not eligible.

Scholarships will only be awarded to students who are enrolled on Scholarship Presentation Day, normally held on a Saturday in early June.  Winners are expected to attend the Scholarship Presentation Day and give a brief presentation.

Before applying, students are advised to read carefully all the information on this website, including the Frequently Asked Questions.

Graduate Women Victoria respects the privacy of all applicants for awards.  See our Privacy Policy.

Funding our Scholarships

Thanks to generous donors, the value of our awards ranges from $3000 to $7000.  Please check here for more information about the funding of our scholarships, and details about making a donation.

Scholarship winners and donor

Scholarship winners and donors