Swinburne Staff and Community Scholarships Fund 2025

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The Swinburne Staff and Community Scholarships Fund is generously funded by the broader Swinburne donor community and supports students who have experienced educational disadvantage.

In 2024, there are two scholarships available, one for a student commencing a Vocational Education (VE) course and one for a student commencing an Undergraduate course (HE).

For the HE scholarship, preference will be given to students who have transitioned from a Swinburne Vocational Education course to an Undergraduate course.

Courses eligible

Any Vocational Education course or Undergraduate degree offered by Swinburne University of Technology.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for the Swinburne Staff and Community Scholarships Fund, applicants must:

  1. Meet the following criteria:
    • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident or Australian permanent resident with Humanitarian Visa
  2. Meet the following enrolment criteria​​​​:
    • be a commencing first year student in a Vocational Education (VE) or Undergraduate (HE) course in 2024
    • enrolled full-time in an eligible course (see courses eligible in section above)
    • studying on-campus
  3. Provide evidence of educational disadvantage. Disadvantage(s) may include: 
    • financial difficulty or low-socio economic status (Centrelink statement, payslips)
    • disability or medical condition
    • relocation from a rural or regional area in order to undertake tertiary study
    • English as a second language
    • identification as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
    • first in family to attend university 
  4. Provide a personal statement of 500 words or less, or 2 minute video, outlining:
    • your passion and commitment to study
    • how this scholarship will help you achieve your educational goals
    • Please upload your video to cloud based storage and provide a link in an MS Word or PDF document. The video must be accessible by anyone - provide any passwords if necessary.
  5. Provide a current CV outlining any community participation, extra-curricular activities, service to the community, sporting participation and/or leadership experience
  6. Provide a written reference outlining suitability for the scholarship from a person competent to supply a reference such as a community leader or current/past employer.


The scholarship is valued at:

  • Vocational Education (VE): $5,000 per annum for the duration of the course, paid bi-annually
  • Undergraduate (HE): $7,500 per annum for the duration of the course up to three years, paid bi-annually

How to apply

Opening in August 2024.


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


Fees and Scholarships Team, Student Administration.