David Phillips Memorial Scholarship

For students enrolled full-time in the ELICOS Academic English Program who can demonstrate disadvantage; worth $5000.

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Applications are now closed

The David Phillips Memorial Scholarship provides $5,000, paid in fortnightly instalments.

One scholarship available.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must be:

  • born overseas
  • recently migrated to Australia 
  • from a non-English speaking background
  • have an Australian bank account
  • have full-time enrolment in RMIT English Worldwide’s ELICOS Academic English Program EL000 in March 2022
  • be able to demonstrate financial and/or disadvantage such as:
    • receiving a government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
    • having a long-term medical or disability which impacts your study
    • experiencing difficult family/social circumstances
    • have/will be relocating from interstate or rural/regional Victoria to study at RMIT.

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. In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must submit a complete online application. Partial applications will not be assessed.

Application questions

The application will take about thirty minutes to complete.

The main application questions are listed below.

Please spend time preparing before you start the online application.

Question 1:

  • What are your future career goals?

Question 2:

  • What difficulties affect your education?

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications are now closed.

Applications will close at 11.59pm Thursday 3 March 2022.

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions.

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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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