Deakin Sanctuary Scholarships

Deakin is committed to providing access to higher education (bachelor level studies) for students seeking asylum or from refugee backgrounds residing in Australia to help with the cost of university study.

Important dates

Applications for Trimester 1 2020 open 27 August 2019.

Applications for Trimester 1 2020 close 9 January 2020 5pm.


This scholarship is available for the normal duration of your course.

  • 100% of your tuition fees
  • additional $4000 per year and an English language course (granted on a needs basis)
  • recipients will be supported to complete study skills training.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must be:

  • an International student who holds a Temporary Protection visa (TPV) or a Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) or be an asylum seeker on Bridging Visa A (BVA) or E (BVE)
  • eligible for entry into a bachelor degree at Deakin University (at time of application)
  • a student commencing on campus (located) studies in Trimester 1 2020 at Deakin University
  • studying full time in a bachelor degree.

Preference will be given to students undertaking their first undergraduate bachelor degree.


Special conditions apply for the scholarship:

  • Applicants must apply for course admission before their scholarship application can be assessed. Any scholarship offer will be conditional on receiving a course offer, acceptance and enrolment into an undergraduate degree course in 2020.
  • The recipient must satisfy all requirements for admission into an undergraduate degree.
  • This scholarship is for bachelor level studies only.
  • Recipients will be required to attend study skills training sessions.
  • This scholarship cannot be deferred or intermitted.
  • Payment is subject to satisfactory academic performance.
  • Holders of this scholarship must inform Deakin immediately when their visa changes.

Your application

Supporting documents

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

Make sure you choose the correct Document type - 'Deakin Sanctuary Scholarship only - Evidence of your visa and applicant statement' when you upload your documents. If your documents are uploaded into the incorrect document type they will not be considered when assessing your application.

Remember it is quality, not quantity. Aim to provide documents which are current, relevant and concise.

Supporting documentation should include:

  • a copy of your visa
  • a copy of your ImmiCard OR your passport showing your nationality and passport number
  • statement of recommendation from a school or community leader (not a family member)
  • other referee statements which could support your application

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 our tips on applying for scholarships

How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

You can apply for this scholarship directly through our Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

Visit our applicant portal

What happens next?

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

More information

For further information please email the Deakin Scholarship's Office.

Email Deakin Scholarships