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

The scholarships are offered for a small number of places in undergraduate courses, Foundation/UniLink Diplomas and Diplomas/Advanced Diplomas. There are also a range of places in Certificate IV-I level courses which are jointly funded by Swinburne University and the Victorian Government’s Asylum Seeker VET program.

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 Swinburne Welcome 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.

NOTE: Preference will be given to applicants who have completed a Vocational Education program at Swinburne University.


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 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 Scholarships will open on Thursday 1 November 2018 and close on Sunday 16 December 2018 for the 1st semester 2019 intake. All applicants will be informed of the outcome by the end of January 2019.


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