RMIT People Seeking Asylum Scholarship

If you are a person seeking asylum wanting to study an undergraduate degree at RMIT University, then this scholarship could provide financial assistance towards payment of your tuition fees and a study/living allowance.

Applications now closed.

Value and duration

The RMIT People Seeking Asylum Scholarship will be awarded in 2018 for the standard full-time duration of an associate or bachelor program.

The scholarship consists of full program tuition fees and Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF) paid per semester and a study/living allowance of $7000 per year (paid fortnightly throughout semester 1 and 2).

Note - Any material fees required for your program are not included in this scholarship.


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • hold either a:
    • Temporary Protection Visa (V785) or
    • be a person seeking asylum on Bridging Visa A (BVA) or Bridging Visa E (BVE);
  • have submitted a program application to study at RMIT through VTAC or directly to RMIT by the scholarship application close date of 4 February 2018;
  • be commencing your undergraduate (associate or bachelor degree) in semester 1 2018 as an international student at an RMIT University Melbourne (Melbourne CBD; Brunswick; Bundoora) campus;
  • be studying full-time (part-time enrolments will only be considered under extenuating circumstances);
  • be eligible for entry into an associate or bachelor degree at RMIT University; and
  • be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage.

Applicants must apply for program admission before the scholarship application close date to be assessed. Any scholarship offer will be conditional on receiving a program offer, acceptance and enrolment into an associate or bachelor degree in semester 1, 2018.

Note - RMIT does not have regional campuses, thereforeSafe Haven Enterpirse Visa (SHEV) holder applications cannot be considered.

How to apply

The link to the online application form will be available 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 need to provide the following:

  • a copy of your visa (ensure it includes your name)
  • evidence of financial hardship (i.e. Centrelink statement showing your Special Benefit (SB) or Status Resolution Support Services Payment (SRSS))
  • one letter of recommendation from an asylum community organisation (such as Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, St Joseph's Flexible Learning Centre, Red Cross or any other organisation with specialist services that support people seeking asylum or refugees) to support the statements you have made in your application. The reference must include the date, name, position, and contact details of the person providing the reference and it must be not be greater than three months old.

Applications questions

There are four application questions to complete with a maximum of 250 words for each question:

  • Why do you want to study in your chosen field?
  • What are your future career plans?
  • Describe your current involvement in or leadership contributions to the community.
  • How will you contribute to your community in the future?

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 Conditions.

  • The scholarship cannot be deferred or placed on hold in its first semester.
  • The continuation of the scholarship each semester is subject to meeting satisfactory academic performance.
  • Holders of the RMIT People Seeking Asylum Scholarship must inform RMIT University immediately when their visa changes.
  • If Government policy or your residency changes, and you become eligible for Government programs that assist students with deferring fees (eg. FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP, SA-HELP), then the appropriate tuition/SAFF paid portion of this scholarship will cease, but you may continue to receive the stipend portion.

Further info

Be advised that if you enrol in a program longer than 12 months, you may lose your income support payments. You must have an alternative source of income to support yourself throughout your study – for most people this will be in the form of part time work.

Applications for a scholarship for part-time study may be approved in limited circumstances such as where current medical conditions/disability do not allow full-time study. Working or not being able to enrol full-time due to failed courses are not approved circumstances for studying part-time. Any recipients approved for their scholarship to continue whilst part-time enrolled will be paid at a half rate ($1875 per semester) and it will be considered taxable as per Australian Tax Office regulations.


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.

Candidates will be notified via their RMIT student email account by 28 February 2018.