Northcote Trust Scholarship

If have progressed or intend to progress from an RMIT diploma to a degree in a similar field, and can demonstrate financial and/or educational disadvantage, this scholarship can assist with your study costs.

Applications now closed.

Value and duration

Diploma students: $15,000 over three years ($5000 in the final year of your diploma and $5000 per year during the first two years of your degree).

Degree students: $10,000 over two years ($5000 per year during the first two years of your degree).

A limited number of one-year scholarships may be offered depending on the applicant pool and available funding.


To be eligible for this scholarship you must: 

  • be an Australian citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • 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
    • 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
  • not have previously completed a program at the same level or higher
  • demonstrate outstanding potential and ambition
  • be aged 30 or under as of 31 December 2017
  • be enrolled full-time in the standard semester 1 and 2 at RMIT 2018 in your second year of a diploma or advanced diploma. You will progress to a full time RMIT degree program in a similar field in semester 1 2019,
  • be enrolled full-time in standard semester 1 and 2 at RMIT in 2018 in a degree having progressed from a diploma or advanced diploma in a similar field.

Postgraduate students are ineligible to apply.

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:

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

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


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.