Carey Lyon Scholarship

For full-time Architecture students who can demonstrate circumstances which impact their study; worth up to $37,500.

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Applications for Semester 1, 2025 open 1 August 2024

This scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for a maximum of up to five years (up to three years for a Bachelor of Architectural Design, immediately followed by up to two years for a Master of Architecture degree).

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • be enrolling full-time in semester 1 2025 (48 credit points per semester) in the Bachelor of Architectural Design (BP250) or the Master of Architecture (MC163) 
  • be able to demonstrate circumstance/s which impact your ability to study such as:
    • receiving a government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
    • living with a disability, long-term medical condition or identify as neurodiverse
    • experiencing difficult family/social circumstances
    • be from an interstate or rural/regional area and moving/moved to Melbourne to study at RMIT
    • have previously/are currently living in foster/kinship care or are a ward of the state
    • be from an under-represented background such as
      • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
      • were born overseas, are from a non-English background and recently migrated to Australia
      • current or former refugee
      • completed secondary school at a School Network Access Program school
  • not have completed the same level of program or higher, e.g. if you plan to study a Bachelor of Architectural Design, you should not have previously completed another bachelor degree.

Preference will be given to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students.

It is preferred that you apply direct to RMIT for this scholarship.

Direct to RMIT applications

The online application form will be made available here when applications open. 

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 Your Application 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. It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. The questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers in advance.

  • What motivated you to choose your RMIT program? Include the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.
  • What are your future plans and career aspirations?
  • What current challenges do you face in your studies and how will a scholarship help you to overcome this?

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications for Semester 1, 2025 open 1 August 2024.

Applications for Semester 1, 2025 open 1 August 2024.

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions (PDF, 698KB).

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This scholarship is made possible by a generous donation from Mr. Carey Lyon. He is a Director of one of Australia's leading architectural practices and is an alumnus of RMIT, completing his Master of Architecture in 1994.

Mr. Lyon is responsible for two major capital works at RMIT – the SAB (Swanston Academic Building – Building 80) and the NAS (New Academic Street) Project.

Quotes from past recipients:

"I have confidence you exceptionally understand the assistance which the scholarship provides me with. I would still like to express my continuous gratitude for the many opportunities and experience you have granted me. I know that architecture school has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences I have pursued; furthermore it has been made much more rewarding as a direct result of the grant." - Master of Architecture student

Find out how to contact the Coursework Scholarships Office.

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