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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 winner.

See the list of 2019 winners: GWVWinners2019

See list of 2020 winners :  GWV scholarship list 2020

Scholarship applications open each year in early December, with a closing date of 31 March in the following year.

See here for list of scholarships and bursaries offered in 2021:  GWV scholarship list 2021


Scholarships and bursaries are normally offered  in six categories:

  • Indigenous undergraduates
  • Fourth Year Honours Arts
  • Education – Masters degree
  • Masters Coursework,  Masters Extended and Masters Research students
  • PhD and doctoral degree students
  • Centennial Scholarship – open to applicants for Education Masters, Masters and PhD Scholarships


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
  • 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 of Australia 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 of Australia.  International students are not eligible.

Closing date for applications: 31 March

Closing date for references: 15 April

Scholarships will  be awarded only to students who are enrolled at their university 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.

Please note that applications are made online at a secure site. Graduate Women Victoria respects the privacy of all applicants for awards.  See our Privacy Policy.   

To apply for a scholarship, choose one of the categories in the dropdown menu and follow the links.

Need help with your application?

Committee member Dr Barbara Murray will present two workshops in early March  to assist students with applications for scholarships and grants. The information given at these workshops is applicable to scholarships other than those offered by Graduate Women Victoria.

Dates to be confirmed

To book a place, email

Funding our Scholarships

Thanks to generous donors, the value of our awards ranges from $3500 to $9000. 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