Deakin Scholarship for Excellence

Aimed at both undergraduates and postgraduates, this scholarship is designed for students who show exceptional promise within or beyond their academic achievements. Strong academic performance or excellence in extracurricular activities, sport, the Arts, community service or leadership will hold the key to success.

Important dates

Applications for Trimester 1 2020 open 27 August 2019.

Bachelor degree applications for Trimester 1 2020 have now closed.

Postgraduate and honours degree applications for Trimester 1 2020 close 12 February 2020 5pm.

We will commence offering a limited number of scholarships in mid-December 2019 with the remainder of scholarships offered within six weeks of the closing dates detailed above. We will continue making offers until all scholarships are awarded.


The scholarship is awarded for the normal full time duration of the course. Different study load rules apply to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Undergraduate studies

$5000 paid as cash or towards student contributions (tuition fees) per year, or a combination of both to the value of $5000 per year.

Postgraduate studies

$10 000 paid as cash or tuition fees per year, or a combination of both to the value of $10 000 per year – the choice is yours!

Eligibility criteria

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

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • commencing or currently enrolled in an undergraduate 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 study period in the 2020 academic year
  • bachelor and honours students enrolled full time unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full time study, or postgraduate students enrolled in at least two credit points
  • able to demonstrate achievement in one of the following:
    • an ATAR of at least 85
    • a Weighted Average Mark (WAM)/Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 80 in previous tertiary study
    • leadership experience
    • elite sports performance
    • community service
    • volunteer activities
    • the Arts
    • any other achievement.

Consideration will be given to students experiencing financial or personal hardship.


Continued eligibility is subject to maintaining a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65.

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 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 any leadership activities or community service achievements
  • evidence of any sporting or other achievements.

Read more about supporting documentation

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

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, the Deakin Scholarship for Excellence and the Deakin Student Support Scholarship in the selection process.

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

For commencing undergraduate applicants your application needs to be submitted by 8 December 2019 to be considered for the December offer round.

What happens next

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

A number of offers for commencing undergraduate applicants will be made in December 2019 with final offers being made after January Round course offers in 2020.

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