Orcadia Foundation Scholarship

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 you with financial assistance towards your study costs.

Value and duration

Up to five, with three paying up to $5000 and two paying up to $7000. All scholarships are paid over one year.


To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a Permanent Humanitarian visa holder
  • be a current or former refugee or were born overseas, are from a non-English speaking background and recently migrated to Australia
  • 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 secondary school at a School Network Access Program school
  • be enrolled full-time in a diploma or degree program at RMIT in Semester 1 and 2 in 2017
  • have at least one year of your program left to complete.

Note: In addition to the above, to be eligible for the scholarship worth up to $7000, you must be studying a degree (diploma students are not eligible for the $7000 scholarship).

Preference will be given to commencing students who have recently migrated to Australia.

Postgraduate students are ineligible to apply.

How to apply

Applications now closed.

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).

Further info

The Orcadia Foundation Scholarship is made available by the generous support of the Orcadia Foundation. The founder of the Orcadia Foundation and his family relocated to Australia from the UK in 1972; it was, in many ways, a seamless transition.

‘We understood the way of life here, we spoke the language and our qualifications were recognised,’ he said.

But the challenge of starting again in a new country motivated the founder to empathise with the difficulties faced by those relocating from very different cultures and environments.

The Orcadia Foundation Scholarship is provided to make the lives of migrant students less of a struggle.


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 31 March 2017.Only successful candidates will be contacted. If you have not received an offer letter by 31 March 2017, your application has been unsuccessful.