McCraith Scholarship in Fine Art

If you studying the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (BP201) at RMIT and can demonstrate financial and educational disadvantage, this scholarship can provide you with financial assistance.

Applications now closed.

Value and duration

The scholarship provides up to $7000 for one year.

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, Australian permanent resident or a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • be enrolled full-time in the standard semester 1 and 2 in the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (BP201) at RMIT in 2018 with a preference for object based practice
  • have at least one year of full-time study left to complete
  • be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage such as:
    • receiving a Government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
  • be able to demonstrate educational disadvantage such as:
    • having a long term medical condition or disability which impacts your study
    • experiencing difficult family circumstances
    • have/will be relocating from interstate or rural/regional Victoria to study at RMIT
    • were born overseas, are from a non-English speaking background and recently migrated to Australia
    • are a current or former refugee
    • completed secondary school at a School Network Access Program school
  • be able to demonstrate excellent academic results
    • first year students must have completed year 12 in 2017 with a minimum ATAR of 80, or
    • second and third year students must have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) to date of 3.0 in your current program
  • not have completed the same level of program or higher, e.g. if you plan to study a Bachelor of Architectural Design, you should not have previously completed another Bachelor degree.

Preference will be given to students who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders.

How to apply

The link to the application form will be provided here once applications open.

Supporting documentation

Ensure that you have your supporting documentation ready to upload in order to complete your application. Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered.

You will also need:

  • A selection of five examples of your own original artistic work uploaded as part of your application (.jpeg, .mkv or mp3/mp4)


  • A selection of five examples of your own original artistic sound works uploaded to Soundcloud. You will need to provide the web link(s) so that the selection panel can assess your work


  • A selection of five examples of your own original artistic video/animation works uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube. You will need to provide the web link(s) so that the selection panel can assess your work.

Applications questions

It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. Once you have completed a question online, you cannot go back and modify your response(s). The main application questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers in advance prior to starting the online application.

  • Discuss your passion for studying in your chosen field, including the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.
  • What are your future plans and career aspirations?
  • Describe the artistic merit evident in your work.

Find out more about applying for scholarships

Open date

Applications now closed.

Close date

Applications now closed.

Terms and conditions

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s Scholarships and Grants Terms and Condition (PDF 464kb, 30p).

Further information


Nell and Gerald McCraith.

This scholarship is made possible by the gift of the Dixon-Ward family in honour of Nell (Ellen) and Gerald McCraith.

Nell and Gerald were married in 1930 and shortly after opened Mac’s Lending Library in Napier Street Essendon. Although they both finished their schooling at the age of 14 they believed strongly in the benefits of education and lifelong learning.

Both Nell and Gerald embraced new technology and encouraged innovation and design. In 1954 Gerald and Nell commissioned a young architecture firm, Chancellor and Patrick, to design a holiday house in Dromana. In 2013 the house was donated to RMIT and is now studied by architecture and design students and enjoyed by writers and academics as a part of RMIT’s writers in residence program as well as for other academic uses.

Nell and Gerald believed in contributing back through service and later as their fortunes improved, through giving. Gerald studied accounting at RMIT as a part time student after he completed his WW2 service. The family connection continues to this day.


Notice to applicants

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

Successful candidates will be notified via their RMIT student email account by 31 March 2018. Only successful candidates will be contacted. Students not receiving an email of scholarship offer have been unsuccessful.