International Student Emergency Relief Fund

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Most recently, the Victorian Government has directed funds to the International Student Emergency Relief Fund for international students facing financial hardship.

Through the International Student Emergency Relief Fund and Study Melbourne, the Victorian Government is supporting international students who have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) and are most at need of financial support during this challenging time.

If you are an international student in Victoria experiencing financial hardship, you may be eligible for support.

For more information about the funding and where to find practical help and confidential support available at Study Melbourne, visit:

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Courses eligible

Available to all onshore current students from all Swinburne courses.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for the International Student Emergency Relief Fund, the applicant must:

1. Be an international student enrolled at Swinburne University of Technology and be enrolled on or before 16 March 2020.

2. Be an international student who has a current student visa that expires after 30 June 2020.

3. Be an international student who currently resides in Victoria, Australia and is presently physically located in Victoria.

4. Have been engaged in legal work in Victoria in March 2020 and have experienced exceptional circumstances of financial hardship* due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

*The circumstances of hardship arise from:
a. a significant reduction in hours of employment
b. loss of employment due to a business shutdown;
are unable to supplement lost income from other sources of financial support.



One-off payment of up to $1,100.

How to apply

Application for the International Student Emergency Relief Fund (ISERF) is by invitation only.

Eligible students will be contacted by email and invited to apply.

All invitations will have been sent by Friday 3 July 2020. No further invitations to apply will be sent after this date.

Applications will close 11:59pm on Friday 10 July 2020.


Scholarships and Orientation Team

For more information on the Victorian Government support for International Students: