Supporting our students

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education is fortunate to be able to award a wide range of scholarships for our students, teachers and researchers.

Most of our awards are supported by trust funds established by generous benefactors, while others are provided annually by industry partners and supporters through donations and sponsorships.

In 2016 we were proud to award the largest Australian education scholarship to Master of Teaching (Secondary) graduate, Daniel Hanrahan.

The John and Eric Smyth Travelling Scholarship has enabled Daniel to undertake a Master of Public Policy at Harvard University, covering tuition and most of his living expenses over two years.

Established in 1926, the scholarship was bequeathed with incredible foresight, by Professor John Smyth so a University of Melbourne education student could gain international study and research experience. Professor Smyth valued education and addressed this in his Will, writing about his belief in ‘the uplifting power of the school in modern society’.

Professor Smyth recognised the need for early-career teachers to learn from other institutions and gain worldly experience, bringing back knowledge that benefits the community. Over the course of many years, the scholarship – established in perpetuity – has grown to become one of the most prestigious in Australia.

Daniel taught at Robinvale, one of the most disadvantaged rural schools in Victoria, before joining the Department of Education to engage at-risk students in the school system.

“My experience in teaching showed me how important it is for Australia to have a strong education system with excellent teachers present in all our schools,” he said.

During the two-year program Daniel hopes to explore how leading countries attract high-calibre graduates into teaching and develop a better understanding of how government policy and communication can be used to alter public perception. He aims to then apply this back home in Australia.

“I want to find a way to change the perception of teaching, to show people that teaching is a really exciting profession and one to revere.”

Learn more about our 2016 award winners.