Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where do I start to search for scholarships and awards I may be eligible for?

    You can find an overview of all scholarship opportunities across the University of Melbourne at the University of Melbourne Scholarships site.

    Faculty-based scholarships are advertised on the Find a scholarship, prize or award page.  From this page you can select the category that best reflects your situation:

    • Commencing Master of Teaching: for people who are commencing or planning to commence a Master of Teaching course in any of the five streams: Secondary, Secondary Internship, Primary, Early Childhood and Early Childhood and Primary
    • Continuing Master of Teaching: for students who are currently enrolled in any of the five Master of Teaching programs
  • How do I know if I am eligible?

    Each scholarship, award, prize or bursary details the eligibility criteria.  Read this information carefully and determine whether you meet each of the criteria listed.  You will not be considered if you do not meet the criteria.

  • How can I apply for an Education scholarship?

    Check whether the scholarship or award you are interested in requires an application.  Some scholarships and awards are by automatic consideration, which means you do not need to apply and will be automatically considered provided you meet the eligibility.

    If the scholarship or award requires an application visit the Tips on applying for a scholarship web page for detailed advice on applying.

  • Typically, what are the deadlines for scholarships by application?

    Education scholarships by application tend to open late or early in the year with applications due late November or early December or by about March.  The application period varies by scholarship, so it’s important to note these dates in your calendar and ensure you submit your completed application on or before the closing date.

  • What happens if I miss the application closing date?

    Applications must be submitted by the advertised closing date, extensions are not permitted.  Apply early to ensure you have plenty of time to complete the application to the best of your ability.

  • How are scholarships by application assessed?

    Scholarships by application are assessed by a selection panel of 3-5 people.  These are usually academic staff but can also include people from outside the University and professional staff.  The scholarship panel is guided by a set of pre-determined criteria in determining the recipient of the award.  Assessment is rigorous and thorough.

  • When will I be notified of the outcome of my application?

    Applications will be collated and prepared for the selection panel after the advertised closing date. The panel members need time to carefully review applications and then meet to discuss shortlists.  Successful and unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email once a panel agrees unanimously on the best applicant/s.  Successful applicants will receive an official letter attached to the email, outlining the details of the scholarship or award.

    The latest date by which you can expect to be notified of the outcome of your application is detailed on the specific scholarship webpage under the heading ‘when will I know the outcome?’

  • How are awards by automatic consideration assessed?

    Provided you meet the eligibility for the award you will be automatically considered (i.e. you do not need to apply).  The selection criteria are detailed on the specific award webpage.  Awards by automatic consideration are often determined on academic merit, whereby the student with the highest grades (in a subject, series of subjects or course) is awarded.

    If you are the successful recipient for an award by automatic consideration you will be notified by email.  If you have been considered for an award by automatic consideration but are unsuccessful, you will not be notified.  The latest date by which you can expect to notified of a successful outcome is detailed on the scholarship page under ‘when will I know the outcome?’

  • How do I accept my scholarship or award?

    Details of how to accept a scholarship or award will be explained in your award letter.  Most commonly you will simply need to complete the Award Acceptance Form via the link provided in the email.  If there are any additional requirements, these will be detailed in your letter.

  • How are my scholarship or award funds paid to me?

    Timing and frequency of payments will usually be explained in your scholarship letter.  You cannot receive payment until you have completed the Award Acceptance Form, provided up to date bank details and submitted any other required information.  Payments are often made after census dates.  If you believe you should have received funds relating to a scholarship or award you can email to follow up.

    Further details can be found on the About your Scholarship webpage.

  • My award is for a membership or voucher, when will I receive details of this?

    The Faculty of Education offers a number of awards that are sponsored by industry partners associated with education.  For these awards, the prize (which may be a membership, book voucher etc.) is provided by the organisation to you directly.  Details of how to receive your prize are usually provided at the Faculty Awards Evening, which is held annually.

  • As a recipient, how do I thank my donor?

    As part of the Award Acceptance Form you will be asked to provide a message of thanks to the donor.  If there is no living donor, then your message will be shared with a living relative or the selection committee.

  • Is there an Award Event?

    Yes, Education hosts an annual award evening.  This is usually held in May or June and details of this event will be provided in your award letter.