David Phillips Memorial Scholarship

For students enrolled full-time in the ELICOS Academic English Program who can demonstrate hardship; worth $5,000.

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Applications now closed

This scholarship provides $5,000 as a one-off payment*.

*A short student report must be completed before payment is made to the successful recipient.

One scholarship available.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • have been born overseas
  • have recently migrated to Australia 
  • be from a non-English speaking background
  • have an Australian bank account
  • be enrolling full-time in RMIT English Worldwide’s ELICOS Academic English Program EL000 with the course start date of 21/08/2023 and end date 22/09/2023
  • be able to demonstrate circumstance/s which impact your ability to study such as:
    • financial hardship
    • living with a disability, long-term medical condition or identify as neurodiverse
    • experiencing personal/family/social difficulties

This scholarship is open to domestic and international students.

Preference may be given to students who are continuing into another RMIT program following completion of EL000.

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

Application questions

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

Question 1: What difficulties affect your education?

Question 2: What program do you want to study after completing this ELICOS program?

Question 3: What are your future career goals?

Question 4: How will you spend the scholarship funds if you are successful?

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications for 2023 are now closed.

It is anticipated that this scholarship will next be offered for Semester 2, 2024, with applications opening September 2024.

Applications for 2023 are now closed.

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

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David Phillips was born in South Africa in 1959 and immigrated to Melbourne with his parents, Norma and Julian, in 1962. He was a gifted scholar, an avid reader and a lover of languages. For more than 25 years, David taught English at RMIT Training. He was passionate about the life changing value of English language acquisition.

David passed away in 2020. This scholarship has been established by Lisa Phillips and Fiona Phillips to honour the work of their brother. It is intended to assist students from refugee, migrant or disadvantaged backgrounds to acquire English language skills at RMIT.

Find out how to contact the Coursework Scholarships Office.

Notice to applicants

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

Only successful candidates will be notified via email to their RMIT student account.

For information about other financial assistance available to RMIT students, please speak to one of our Student Welfare Advisors.

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