Davies Dunn Scholarship

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, refugee, or asylum seeker postgraduate by coursework students in a STEM discipline; worth up to $8,500.

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Applications now closed

This scholarship provides up to $8,500 (full-time enrolled) for up to one year.

It is impractical to use this scholarship to assist with the payment of tuition fees. The scholarship is paid as a stipend (fortnightly payments) and not as a lump sum, commencing after the semester’s census date.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be: 
    • an Australian citizen, or 
    • the holder of one of the following visas
      • Australian Humanitarian Visa, or 
      • Temporary Protection Visa (V785), or 
      • Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV), or 
      • Humanitarian Stay Visa (449), or 
      • Temporary Humanitarian Concern Visa (786), or 
      • be a person seeking asylum on Bridging Visa E (BVE), or 
      • Bridging Visa F (060);
  • either:
    • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, or
    • be a current or former refugee, or
    • be a person seeking asylum in Australia
  • be enrolling full-time in semester 1 2024 in a postgraduate by coursework program at RMIT (or studying part-time with exceptional circumstances) in a STEM discipline (science, technology, engineering or mathematics)
  • have at least one semester of full-time study left to complete in your program
  • 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 personal/family/social difficulties
    • be from an interstate or rural/regional area and moving/moved to Melbourne to study at RMIT.


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

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.

If you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, you will need:

Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications are now closed.

This scholarship will next be offered for Semester 1, 2025, with applications opening September 2024.

Applications are now closed.

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

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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