Rural Grant

If you will be enrolled full-time at RMIT in 2019, are from a farming background, and can demonstrate financial disadvantage, this grant can provide up to $5000 towards your study expenses.

Applications now closed.

Value and duration

The grant is a one-off payment of up to $5000.


To be eligible for this grant, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • be enrolled full-time in the standard semester 1 and 2 in an RMIT diploma or degree program in 2019
  • have a farming background (i.e. your family’s primary income comes from farming)
  • be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage such as:
    • receiving a Government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
  • have at least one year of your program left to complete
  • be moving or have moved from a rural/regional area to study at RMIT.

How to apply

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

Supporting documentation

Depending on your circumstances, you will need to provide different types of evidence and material to support your scholarship application. Applications without supporting documents will not be considered.

Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.

You will also need:

  • One letter of recommendation, preferably from an academic, dated no more than three months ago.

Application 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?
  • How do you intend to use this scholarship and how will it assist you to achieve academic success?
  • Discuss any difficult circumstances you have faced that have affected your education.
  • Discuss your farming background including the type of farm and the rural/regional area you grew up in.
  • If you travel home throughout the academic year, how frequently do you return? Do you work on the farm and is this work paid or unpaid?

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Open date

Applications for 2019 open August 8 2018.

Close date

Applications now closed.

Applications for 2019 will close Sunday 18 November 2018.

Terms and conditions

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s Scholarships and Grants Terms and Conditions (PDF 454kb, 30p).

Further info

Since 1994, an anonymous donor has provided funding to assist students with a farming background to complete their program at RMIT. This support fund recognises the difficulties that students face when coming from a farming family to study in Melbourne.


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.

Only successful candidates will be notified via email to their RMIT student email account. If you have not received an offer via email by 31 March 2019, your application has been unsuccessful.