Prestigious scholarships

These externally-funded prestigious scholarships are some of the most powerful and respected programs offered in Australia and across the world. They are intended for you to undertake study or research at the world’s top universities by showcasing your academic excellence, together with your leadership potential and desire to make an impact on communities, both in Australia and around the world.

Application timeframes

Scholarships are offered at different times throughout the year. Be sure to check the individual scholarship website for specific applications dates.  

Scholarship Fulbright John Monash Westpac Future
Leaders
New Colombo
Plan
Rhodes Westpac Asian
Exchange
Applications open January May June July July
September
Applications close July July September August September January

Scholarships

  • Fulbright

    Travel to the United States of America and experience an academic and cultural exchange program like none other. You’ll help to foster bi-national research collaboration and the exchange of ideas by studying a full-time postgraduate degree (up to two years) or undertake research (up to five years) at a US university of your choice. 

    The Fulbright Scholarship is offered across various academic and career stages in four categories: postgraduate, postdoctoral, scholar, and distinguished chair.  

    Scholarship benefits 

    •  Monthly stipend to cover the cost of living
    • Partial tuition allowance for one year or full tuition allowance (Fulbright Future award only)
    • Economy class airfare to and from the US
    • Access to established professional networks, e.g. alumni and other international collaborative groups
    • Orientation and enrichment opportunities in Australia and the US
    • Media and publicity support

    Application process

    Applications open from January to July each year. Applications are submitted online through the Australian-American Fulbright Commission.  

  • John Monash

    Established in Australia for Australian citizens, John Monash Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students of all ages and disciplines to support your postgraduate study (Masters, PhD or equivalent). You’ll experience life abroad by studying at an overseas university of your choice if you can demonstrate why it’s a world-leading institution for your study area. 

    You’ll demonstrated academic excellence in your field, leadership potential, and the motivation to contribute to a better Australia.

    Scholarship benefits 

    •  Annual stipend of AUD $70,000 per year for up to a maximum of 3 years (AUD $210,000) for postgraduate study (depending on the length of the degree at a full-time study load)
    • Support to travel to the location of your postgraduate study overseas from Australia
    • Partial tuition fee waivers if you choose Kings College London, Cransfield University, or IE University

    Application process

    Applications open from May to July each year. Applications are submitted online through the General Sir John Monash Foundation

  • New Colombo Plan

    The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the region. The New Colombo Plan supports you to study for up to one year in an Indo-Pacific country, including an internship or mentorship. 

    Scholarship benefits 

    • Funding of up to $75,000 over 19 months (12 months of study and associated internship), including tuition fees, a monthly stipend, and travel, accommodation, and health allowance

    Application process

    Applications open from July to August each year. Applications are submitted internally to UWA who then nominates successful candidates to the Australian Government for selection. 

  • New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants

    There are also Mobility Grants for both short term and full semester study and internships. Learn more about the programs that currently have Mobility Grants available for:

    Short term programs

    Full semester programs

     
  • Rhodes

    The Rhodes Scholarship program is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world. There are nine scholarships awarded in Australia each year to support exceptional young students to undertake postgraduate study at the University of Oxford.

    You’ll demonstrate outstanding intellect, character and leadership and be motivated to engage with global challenges and show the promise of becoming value-driven leaders in your career.

    Scholarship benefits 

    • £16,218 per annum (2020-21 academic year) personal stipend for accommodation and living expenses
    • Application, University and College tuition fees covered
    • Additional research grants available on application
    • Economy class airfares to and from the UK

    Application process

    Applications open from July to September each year. Applications are submitted online through the Rhodes Trust.

  • Westpac Asian Exchange

    The Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships are for ambition, curious and passionate individuals with bright ideas and a deep interest in the lasting relationships between Australia and Asia. 

    The scholarship supports you to undertake up to two semesters of your undergraduate degree at a university in Asia, offering a cultural experience to open your mind, develop your thinking and offer you networking opportunities with some of the best Australia-Asia thought leaders.

    Scholarship benefits 

    • Up to $12,250 to cover study, living and travel expenses  
    • One-week residential leadership program in Asia
    • Support for immersive experiences, e.g. language courses, internships and volunteering
    • Lifetime membership to the Westpac 100 Scholars Network

    Application process

    Applications open from September to January each year. Applications are submitted online through the Westpac Scholars website.

  • Westpac Future Leaders

    The Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships are among the most powerful development scholarships in Australia. There are 17 scholarships awarded each year to exceptional individuals who have the inspiration, drive and ideas to change Australia – and potentially the world – for the better.

    The scholarship offers financial assistance for you to undertake postgraduate study at an Australian university, including UWA, to ultimately make a difference to Australia’s future in one of three areas; technology and innovation, fostering Australian-Asian ties, and enabling positive social change.

    Scholarship benefits 

    • Up to $120,000 over 2-3 years to support course fees and living expenses
    • Enrolment in a nine-month Leadership Development Program in Sydney
    • Tailored international experiences (e.g. conferences, internships, volunteering) for up to six months
    • Lifelong membership to the Westpac 100 Scholars Network
    • Attendance at the Westpac Scholars Summit in Sydney

    Application process

    Applications open from June to September each year. Applications are submitted online through the Westpac Scholars website.

Hear from some of our scholars

“Being a Westpac Scholar means that I am connected to an incredible and growing network of ambitious, passionate and innovative change-makers. The opportunity to reach out for support or to discuss a new idea is met with meaningful assistance and encouragement. The other Westpac Scholars want to see you succeed and will be in your corner the whole way through your academic journey.”

Cam Thorn
2019 Westpac Future Leaders Scholar

“The application process for the Rhodes Scholarship involves submitting a personal statement outlining who you are, your passions and why you’d like to study at the University of Oxford. You also have to submit referee statements – three academic and two personal – plus a CV. Then there’s an interview process which is really worthwhile as there is a lot of self-reflection.”

Natasha Lutz

2020 Rhodes Scholar

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