Swinburne Welcome Scholarships

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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 Undergraduate, Certificate, Foundation/Unilink and Diploma/Advanced Diploma 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 have applied for a course through VTAC, please let us know by including your VTAC ID in your personal statement.

Courses eligible

Selected Certificate I-IV courses

Four places in a Foundation/UniLink course

Four places in a Diploma/Advanced Diploma course

Two places in an undergraduate course offered through the Faculty of Business & Law

Two places in an undergraduate course offered through the Faculty of Health, Arts & Design

Two places in an undergraduate course offered through the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology.


Eligibility / selection criteria

Applicants must:

  • be a holder of either a Bridging Visa 'E' (V050), a Temporary Protection Visa (V785) or a Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (V790)
  • have submitted a course application through VTAC or directly to Swinburne
  • have submitted a scholarship application
  • be a commencing full time student in the year the scholarship is awarded. 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) on 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 & 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.

Holders of Bridging Visa ‘A’ and those who have entered Australia on a Student Visa are not eligible for these Scholarships.

The completion of this online Swinburne Welcome Scholarship form is only one half of your application; you must also apply for a course at Swinburne; either directly or through VTAC.


All Welcome Scholarships comprise a full fee waiver.

If the course is longer than 12 months and you hold a Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) or a Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) and lose your Special Benefit as a direct result of this enrolment at Swinburne, you may be eligible for $7,500 per annum for the normal duration of your course. Part time students would receive this sum on a pro-rata basis.


Be advised that if you enrol in a course longer than 12 months, you may lose your Government benefit. 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.

Bridging Visa 'E' (V050) holders: please be aware that if you enrol in full time study you will lose your income support from the Australian Government. You are recommended to enrol to study on a part time basis.

How to apply


Susan Oldham
Asylum Seeker and Refugee Project Coordinator
Email: soldham@swinburne.edu.au
Tel: +61 3 9214 4454