Kath Watson Scholarship for Women

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The Kath Watson Foundation was established to support female students from disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake and/or continue tertiary education and to achieve their full academic potential by reducing the need to work outside of study.

Courses eligible

Students offered a Kath Watson Scholarship may undertake one of the following courses:

  • a full-time vocational education course: certificate IV, diploma or advanced diploma
  • a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa
  • be a female  over 25 years of age or older by 1 January in the year the scholarship commences.
  • commencing or current student studying full-time in a course at Certificate IV level and above at Swinburne in Semester 1 2020.
  • demonstrate and provide evidence of financial hardship and educational disadvantage. Disadvantage may include:
    • financial difficulty or low income
    • disability or medical condition
    • delay or interruption to career or studies because of family responsibilities or illness
    • 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
  • provide a personal statement of no more than 500 words demonstrating a commitment to study and career aspirations
  • provide two referee reports (written in the last 2 years) to support your application:
    • from a person competent to comment on your capacity to undertake/continue tertiary studies, e.g. an educator.
    • a character reference from a person competent to comment on your suitability for the scholarship e.g. current or past employer.

Please note references cannot be supplied by a person related to you.


The scholarship is valued at $2500 per year for the duration of continuous study for the normal duration of the course, up to a maximum period of five years.

From time to time, recognition awards are granted to some applicants.

How to apply

Applications will re-open in August.



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


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