Sam and Nina Narodowski Undergraduate Scholarship for Refugee or Migrant Students

If you are a current or former refugee, or have migrated to Australia in the past ten years, are from a non-English speaking background and can demonstrate financial or educational disadvantage, this scholarship can provide financial assistance towards your study costs.

Applications now closed.

Value and duration

Up to $7000 for up to the standard full-time duration of the program.


To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a Permanent Humanitarian visa holder
  • be born overseas, recently migrated to Australia and from a non-English speaking background
  • be able to demonstrate financial and/or educational disadvantage such as:
    • receiving a Government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
    • 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
    • completed your secondary education at a School Network Access Program school
  • be enrolled full-time in the standard semester 1 and 2 at RMIT in 2018 in a degree in one of the following disciplines:
    • education
    • health sciences
    • medical sciences
    • global, urban and social studies
  • have at least one year of your program left to complete.

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.

Please refer to the Supporting Documentation – Financial and Educational Disadvantage Guide (PDF, 218kb, 2pgs) which outlines acceptable forms of supporting documentation.

You will also need:

  • One letter of recommendation, preferably from an academic, dated no more than three months ago to support the statements you have made in your application. To assist the academic, provide them with Writing a Scholarship Letter of Recommendation for a Student (PDF 156kb, 1p) for tips and guidance.
  • If you are a current or former refugee, you must provide evidence of your refugee status in Australia.

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.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Open date

Applications now closed.

Close date

Applications now closed.

Terms and conditions

Further info

This scholarship is in honour of Sam and Nina Narodowski, who migrated to Australia in 1950 as refugees.

Sam and Nina Narodowski.

Born in Poland in 1920, Sam was a bright student and was accepted to Warsaw University despite a limited quota on Jewish students. He studied electrical engineering. As a Jewish student, he was forbidden to sit during lectures and had to stand with the other Jewish students at the back of the class. His studies were interrupted by the outbreak of World War II. At the end of the war, having learnt that his entire family had been murdered by the Nazis, Sam headed to the displaced persons camp in Munich. It was there that he met Nina, who was born in Vilnius in 1928. While still at school, her world was also shattered by the outbreak of war. Her family managed to flee the Nazis and find refuge in Kazakhstan. Sam and Nina married in 1947, migrated to Australia, settled in Melbourne, took a loan and built a successful knitwear business.

Fully understanding how political and racial hardships can impact one’s life, their family are honouring their memory by providing scholarships to undergraduate students of migrant or refugee background.


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.