Deakin Student Support Scholarship

Do you feel that your study often falls near the bottom of your 'things-to-do list' because of other concerns? A Deakin Student Support Scholarship can help if you have financial, personal or social barriers to contend with – and we have a few hundred of these scholarships for deserving students.

Important dates

Trimester 1 2019

All applications open Tuesday 28 August 2018.

Undergraduate Bachelor applications close Tuesday 8 January 2019 5pm.

Undergraduate Associate Degree and Honours applications close Thursday 14 February 2019 5pm.

Postgraduate applications close Thursday 14 February 2019 5pm.


Various options for support are available:

  • $10,000 per year for the normal duration of your course or
  • $7500 per year for the normal duration of your course or
  • $5000 per year for the normal duration of your course or
  • $2500 per year for the normal duration of your course or
  • $1000 one off payment.

We will commence offering a limited number of undergraduate scholarships on 14 December 2018 with the remainder of scholarships offered within six weeks of the closing date detailed above. We will continue making offers until all scholarships are awarded.

Eligibility criteria

Prospective candidates should ensure they meet all criteria before submitting their application.

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • commencing or currently enrolled in an associate, bachelor or honours degree in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or postgraduate by coursework degree (CSP or full fee)
  • enrolled at Deakin University in any trimester/semester of the 2019 academic year (for Trimester 1 2019 applications)
  • enrolled full time unless there are circumstances preventing full-time study
  • experiencing financial and personal hardship or a long term medical condition.

Your application

Supporting documentation

As part of the application process you will also be required to upload supporting documentation.

Make sure you choose the correct document type when you upload your documents as it will make a difference.  If your documents are uploaded into the incorrect type they will not be considered when assessing your application. Remember it is quality, not quantity, which you need to provide.  Aim to provide documents which are current, relevant and concise.

The supporting documentation required includes:

  • evidence of your financial hardship
  • evidence of your medical condition
  • evidence of your other hardship

Learn more about supporting documents

Application tips

Applying for a scholarship isn't just about meeting the eligibility criteria.

It's a good idea to think about why you want a scholarship, it’s your opportunity to stand out from the crowd and be recognised for where you’ve come from and where you need to go.

Read more about our top tips for applying for a scholarship


Areas of hardship

Areas of hardship can include:

  • financial hardship – be receiving a means-tested Centrelink benefit or can demonstrate personal or family taxable income below $56,000, depending on independence status
  • regional or remote home location
  • disability/long term medical condition
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background
  • recent refugee
  • other demonstrable hardship.

Special note

If you are enrolled in an approved part-time course load the payment amount will be prorated based on the number of credit points you study.

How to apply

Submit one application for three scholarships directly via our Course and Scholarship Applicant portal

Follow the steps, select the 'Deakin Funded Scholarships Program' option and your application will be automatically considered for the Vice-Chancellor's Academic Excellence Scholarship, Deakin Scholarship for Excellence and Deakin Student Support Scholarship in the selection process.

This reduces the number of scholarships you have to apply for and increases your chances of receiving a Deakin scholarship.

Visit our applicant portal

What happens next?

Your application will be assessed and ranked based on the details you provide and your supporting documentation.

You'll find out if you were successful usually within six weeks of the final application closing date. You can see the status of your application via your Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal account.