Swinburne Welcome Scholarship

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Swinburne Welcome Scholarships provide opportunities for holders of the below Visa categories to access a variety of courses at Swinburne University:

  • Bridging Visa ‘E’ (BVE’s) (subclass V050),
  • Temporary Protection Visas (TPV) (subclass V785) 
  • Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (SHEV) (subclass V790) 
  • Temporary Humanitarian Concern (V786)

Please remember that you must also submit an application for a course at Swinburne.

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.

Courses eligible

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, professional degree programs and the Bachelor of Aviation.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for the Swinburne Welcome Scholarship, applicants must:

  1. be a holder of either a Bridging Visa 'E' (V050), a Temporary Protection Visa (V785), Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (V790) or Temporary Humanitarian Concern Visa (V786).  

    Note: Holders of Bridging Visa ‘A’ and those who have entered Australia on a Student Visa are not eligible for these Scholarships.
  2. submit a course application through VTAC or directly to Swinburne
  3. be a commencing full-time student in 2024.

    Note: Part time enrolment will be considered under special circumstances

You must attach the following to your online scholarship application:

  1. 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:
    • school
    • community
    • any member group of the Refugee Council of Australia
    • church
    • 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.
  2. Provide evidence of financial hardship. Examples include (but not limited to):
    • Health Care Card
    • Youth Allowance
    • Newstart Allowance
    • Austudy
    • Abstudy
    • Disability Support Pension
    • Carer’s Payment
    • Bank statements and payslips can be used if an explanation is provided in a personal statement
  3. Submit a reference (written in the past twelve months) which supports what you say in your personal statement. This does not need to be an important person. 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.

Please make sure you have all of these documents together prior to starting your online scholarship application. We would also like to remind you that the completion of this online Swinburne Welcome Scholarship form is only one half of what you need to do; you must also apply for a course at Swinburne; either directly to Swinburne or through VTAC.


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 any 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. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants for the Semester 1, 2024 intake will be notified of the outcomes by the end of January 2024.

Applications for 2024 will open Monday 31 July 2023 and close Tuesday 31 October 2023.


All scholarships offered by Swinburne are governed a set of conditions. Please visit our Scholarship Conditions page for further information.


Susan Oldham
Asylum Seeker and Refugee Project Coordinator
Email: soldham@swinburne.edu.au