Swinburne Welcome Scholarship
Swinburne Welcome Scholarships provide opportunities for holders of Bridging Visa ‘E’ (BVE’s) (subclass V050), Temporary Protection Visas (TPV) (subclass V785) and Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (SHEV) (subclass V790) to access a variety of courses at Swinburne University.
Before submitting a scholarship application, you must first apply for a course at Swinburne. Your course application will be assessed to ensure you meet the course entry requirements.
If you are a current Year 12 student and have applied for a course through VTAC, you must let us know your VTAC ID as part of your scholarship application by including it in your personal statement. If you are not a current Year 12 student you can apply for a course directly to the University. Please go to the course application instructions for Asylum Seekers and Refugees.
These scholarships are offered for a small number of places in undergraduate and UniLink Diploma programs, and some Vocational Education Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas.
There are some exclusions; these include: Swinburne Online courses and professional degree programs.
Eligibility / selection criteria
- be a holder of either a Bridging Visa 'E' (V050), a Temporary Protection Visa (V785) or a Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (V790). Note: Holders of Bridging Visa ‘A’ and those who have entered Australia on a Student Visa are not eligible for these Scholarships.
- have submit a course application through VTAC or directly to Swinburne
- submit a Swinburne Welcome scholarship application
- be a commencing student studying full time at Swinburne in 2020. Part time enrolment will be considered under special circumstances
- provide evidence of financial hardship (documents such as a bank statement, salary slips, Centrelink statement)
- submit a personal statement (300 words) that details your involvement in the community, and how you intend to contribute to your community and society in the future. This might include any volunteer work, and any demonstration of leadership potential you have accomplished in any setting including:
- any member group of the Refugee Council of Australia
- youth groups
- sporting clubs etc.
This could have taken place in your home country or in any part of your journey in coming to and living in Australia. Please be sure to also tell us how you intend to contribute to community and society in the future.
- submit a reference (written in the past twelve months) supporting your application. This does not need to be an important person, but they do need to be able to confirm what you have said in your personal statement. The reference must include the date, name, position and contact details of the person providing the reference, and your permission for the University to contact them for further information if required.
All Welcome Scholarships comprise a full fee waiver.
Those undertaking an approved Vocational Education program will also have their materials fees paid for by the University and where relevant may have their concession fees covered if they are studying a Certificate course under the ASVET program.
Those on a Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) or a Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) may be eligible for a payment of up to $7,500 per annum if their course is longer than 12 months.
Be advised that if you enrol in any course (whether that be full time or part time), you may lose your Government income support. You must have an alternative source of income to support yourself throughout your study – for most people this will be in the form of part-time work.
How to apply
The Swinburne Welcome Scholarship is currently closed. Applications will re-open late 2020.
Asylum Seeker and Refugee Project Coordinator