Emeritus Professor Brian Smith AO Scholarship

For current or former refugee students who can demonstrate disadvantage; worth $7000.

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Applications are now closed

The Emeritus Professor Brian Smith AO Scholarship provides $7000 per year for up to the standard duration of program.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • be a current or former refugee
  • be enrolled full-time in a degree program in semester 1 and 2 2021
  • be able to demonstrate financial and/or educational disadvantage such as:
    • receiving a Government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
    • having a long term medical condition or disability which impacts your study
    • have previously/are currently living in foster/kinship care or are a ward of the state
    • experiencing difficult family/social circumstances
    • have/will be relocating from interstate or rural/regional Victoria to study at RMIT
    • were born overseas, are from a non-English speaking background and recently migrated to Australia
    • are a current or former refugee
    • have completed your secondary education at a School Network Access Program school
  • have at least one year of your program left to complete
  • not have completed a program at the same level or higher, e.g. if you plan to study a Bachelor of Architectural Design, you should not have previously completed another Bachelor degree.

Direct to RMIT applications

The online application form will be made available here when applications open. In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must submit a complete online application. Partial applications will not be assessed.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

VTAC applications

Apply online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website.

Supporting documentation

Depending on your circumstances, you will need to provide different types of evidence and material to support your scholarship application. Applications without supporting documents will not be considered.

Please visit Supporting documentation for more information.

Application questions

If you are shortlisted for the scholarship, you will be contacted to answer further application questions. Please check the email address you nominate in your scholarship application form at least twice per week. The questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers in advance.

  • Discuss your passion for studying in your chosen field, including the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.
  • What are your future plans and career aspirations?
  • How do you intend to use this scholarship and how will it assist you to achieve academic success?
  • Discuss any difficult circumstances you have faced that have affected your education.

This scholarship will next be on offer for 2025. Applications are expected to open in August 2024.

Applications are now closed.

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions.

This scholarship was established by RMIT in 2014. It aims to provide support and encouragement to undergraduate students enrolled in any discipline at RMIT.

Emeritus Professor Brian Smith AO was the Director of RMIT from 1979 to 1985 and then served on the RMIT Foundation Board from 2007 to 2013. He became an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1998 in recognition of his services to post-secondary education.

Quotes from past recipients:

"The scholarship has changed my studies and my personal life. In terms of studies, all the resources that are available online and are not free, I was able to afford them and continue my studies. My personal life has changed by getting this scholarship, because before getting the scholarship, I was thinking to quit studies and start working full-time. I needed to financial help my family as well. But when I was awarded with the scholarship, I am now able to continue my studies and help my family as well." - Bachelor of Business (Marketing) (Applied) student

Find out how to contact the Coursework Scholarships Office.

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