Supporting documentation

When applying for a scholarship, you will normally need to submit documents to support your application.Keep these documents relevant and specific. It's better to submit one relevant specific example rather than numerous documents that don't support your application. Make sure you read this page carefully - a little bit of preparation can go a long way!

How do I supply my supporting documents?

Domestic undergraduate and postgraduate students

When you submit your application online via the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal, you’ll be given an applicant ID number and asked to submit your supporting documentation by email. 

You’ll then need to:

  • put your applicant ID number (6 digits) in the subject line (this is different to your application reference number)
  • email your documents as an attachment to Deakin Scholarship Documents.

For your application to be considered, you must submit your documentation no later than the closing date of the relevant scholarship.

International students

If you’re an international student applying for a scholarship or bursary, you must send your supporting documents to Deakin International Admissions.

Email Deakin International Admissions

Due date for documents

The due date for supporting documents is detailed on the individual scholarship pages located within the undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships sections. Supporting documents submitted after the closing date of the scholarship will not be accepted and your application won't be considered.

Submitting false supporting documents

Don’t do it! If you do, you’ll be referred to your Faculty Student Misconduct Committee. Making a false statutory declaration is an act of perjury, which is a criminal offence, and the penalties can be severe.


Financial hardship

The following are three categories of financial hardship that you may fall under depending on your current financial circumstances. The supporting documents required for each category is different.

Receipt of a means-tested Centrelink benefit

Self-supporting with an income below $54,869

If you are supporting yourself and have an income under the HELP repayment threshold ($54,869), you must provide a Statutory Declaration.

In the Statutory Declaration you must:

  • declare you are self-supporting and do not rely on others for financial support
  • declare your income for the last financial year (2015-16) or an estimate if prior to 30 June 2016
  • provide an estimate for the financial year (2016-17)

Family supported with an income below $54,869

If you are supported by your family or partner and have a combined income under the HELP repayment threshold ($54,869), you must provide a Statutory Declaration.

In the Statutory Declaration you must:

  • declare you are financially dependent and list the names of those who provide for your financial support
  • declare your combined income for the last financial year (2015-16) or an estimate if prior to 30 June 2016
  • provide a combined estimate of your income and those who provide for your financial support for the financial year (2016-17)

Disability or medical condition

Impact on your studies and supporting documentation

If you have a disability or medical condition which impacts your education, you will need to provide a letter or statement from your doctor or Health Care professional which confirms what you have written in your scholarship application.

The letter/statement must:

  • confirm the information that you have provided in your application
  • indicate the level of impact your disability or medical condition has had on your studies

Please note: a Learning Access Plan (LAP) from the Disability Resource Centre (DRC) is also acceptable.

Other forms of disadvantage including rural

Rural

If you are from a rural or regional area you do not need to provide evidence of this. Your home address details will be confirmed by the postcode that you provide in your application.

Other disadvantages

If you are finding it difficult to provide evidence of your disadvantage, you can submit a signed statement of support. A statement of support is a letter written by someone on your behalf and should be as specific as possible about what you are experiencing and the impact it is having on your studies. 

The statement of support must: 

  • be written by a lawyer/solicitor, accountant, religious or community leader, school principal or teacher
  • contain an original signature and be in pdf format

Community and volunteer involvement/service

Evidence of participation

If you have participated in community and volunteer activities, you will need to provide evidence of this involvement. It can be a certificate of participation or a statement of support by a nominee of the organisation or program.

The evidence of participation must:

  • confirm your level of involvement in the organisation or program by someone in a position of responsibility from that organisation
  • be from the community/volunteer organisation or program mentioned in your application.

Leadership activities or achievements

Evidence of activities

If you have participated in leadership or have been acknowledged for specific achievements, you will need to provide evidence of these. It can be a certificate of participation or a statement of support by a nominee of the school or program or activity.

The evidence of activities must:

  • confirm your leadership or achievements at the school or program or activity by someone in a position of responsibility
  • be from the school/community/volunteer organisation, elite sports program or program or activity mentioned in your application.

Referee statements

Supporting statement for your application

Referee statements can provide evidence of your personal attributes or academic potential or professional contributions. Your referee can be an employer, member of a school or organisation or community program or a person known to you. Nominated referees cannot be family members or friends.

The referee statement must:

  • be a letter of support that confirms your personal attributes or academic potential or professional contributions
  • be written by an employer, a member of a school, organisation or community program or a person known to you and cannot be a family member or friend
  • contain your referee's original signature and be in pdf format.

Contact us

If you need help with the types of documents you need to supply, please contact the Scholarships Office.

Scholarships

+61 3 9244 6333
Email Deakin Scholarships

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