McCraith Scholarship in Architecture

If you are enrolled full-time in the Bachelor of Architectural Design (BP250) or Master of Architecture (MC163), and can demonstrate financial and educational disadvantage, this scholarship could provide assistance for the duration of your program.

Value and duration

The scholarship provides:

  • Semester 2, 2017: $3,500.
  • 2018: up to $7,000 per year, for up to three years.

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • be enrolled full-time in the Bachelor of Architectural Design (BP250) or the Master of Architecture (MC163) at RMIT
  • 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 your secondary education at a School Network Access Program school
  • be able to demonstrate academic achievement
    • first year students must have completed year 12 in 2016 with a minimum ATAR of 80, or
    • second to fifth year students must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) to date of 3.0 or higher
  • 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

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Open date

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Close date

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Terms and conditions

If you are a Bachelor of Architectural Design student, you are not able to take leave between completing the bachelor program and commencing the postgraduate program and keep this scholarship.

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.


Coursework Scholarships Office

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 by 30 June 2017.Only successful candidates will be contacted. If you have not received an offer by 30 June 2017, your application has been unsuccessful.