Applying for scholarships

Scholarships and grants are assessed by the appropriate selection committee and ranked according to the eligibility criteria. Each application is individually assessed and treated in the strictest confidence.

The scholarship and grant process is highly competitive and not all eligible applicants will receive one.

Eligibility criteria

  • Each scholarship and grant has its own unique eligibility criteria. Ensure you have read the full list of eligibility criteria and meet each requirement before applying.
  • In most circumstances, you do not need to be enrolled in an RMIT program to apply for a scholarship. Generally speaking, program offers are made after the scholarship application close date.
  • The eligibility criteria and application process differs for each scholarship and grant. Ensure you have read all available information about the scholarship or grant you wish to apply for on its web page before commencing your application.

How applications are assessed

  • Scholarships and grants are assessed by the appropriate selection committee and ranked according to the eligibility criteria.
  • Applications can only be assessed based on the information and documentation you provide. Selection committees do not have access to student information stored with other RMIT departments or external bodies.

Supporting documentation

  • Depending on the scholarship or grant you are applying for, you may be required to provide supporting documentation and/or submit a letter of recommendation.
  • If you do not provide the required supporting documentation with your scholarship or grant application, it will not be assessed.
  • For scholarships and grants managed by the Coursework Scholarships Office, examples of evidence for financial and educational disadvantage can be found in the Supporting Documentation – Financial and Education Disadvantage Guide (PDF 238kb, 3p).
  • Ensure you keep a copy of all supporting documentation you have submitted as we are unable to return it to you.

Letter of Recommendation

(For scholarships managed by the Coursework Scholarships Office.)

Some scholarships and grants require applicants to submit a letter of recommendation. Consider the following when asking for a letter of recommendation:

  • Plan ahead - where possible, make an appointment to discuss your request for a letter of recommendation in person. Ideally, you should allow at least two weeks for your referee to write your letter of recommendation. A hurried letter is unlikely to be as thoughtful or enthusiastic as a considered letter of recommendation.
    Note: letters of recommendation submitted after the scholarship close date will not be considered.
  • Who should you choose to write your letter of recommendation? Put thought into your choice. Ask someone who knows you both academically and personally. Not every academic / teacher / tutor will feel that they know enough about you to write a letter of recommendation.
  • Some people might say “no” to your request. This is not likely, but occasionally it may happen. They may be too busy to give your letter of recommendation the adequate time it needs or they may feel that they do not know you well enough.
  • Write a brief statement to give to your referee, summarising:
    1. why you are applying for the scholarship and how it would benefit you,
    2. what have been your academic achievements in your program thus far,
    3. any information about your personal circumstances and/or any difficulties you have experienced to support your scholarship application, and
    4. how receiving the scholarship would assist you in achieving your academic goals.

To assist the academic/teacher, provide them with Writing a Scholarship Letter of Recommendation for a Student (PDF 156kb, 1p) for tips and guidance.

If you choose to submit a letter of recommendation from a personal referee rather than an academic one, they need to:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is 18 years of age or older
  • have known you for at least 12 months
  • not be related to you by birth, marriage, de facto relationship, or be a friend, and
  • not reside with you.

A personal referee may be a community worker, employer, counsellor, church leader, doctor.

Fax or emailed applications

Faxed or emailed copies of your application and supporting documentation will not be accepted. Please ensure you have read the How to apply information on the scholarship web page which outlines how to submit your application.

Late applications

Late applications will not be accepted. You must submit your application (and any required supporting documentation) by the close date.

Application outcomes

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

If you have questions about your scholarship application, or the outcome, please contact the scholarship administrator. To find this information go to the webpage for the scholarship you applied for, the contact information for the scholarship is located near the bottom of the webpage.

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome, you may lodge a complaint. If you do lodge a complaint, you must clearly state why you believe the original decision was incorrect. Being personally unhappy with a decision or saying it is not fair (without stating why) are generally not adequate grounds for a decision to be reviewed.

Find out more about the complaints process and other review paths such as the RMIT Ombuds.

Further information