Deda Scholarship

For a student enrolled full-time in the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) or the Master of Clinical Psychology, who can demonstrate circumstances which impact their study; worth up to $10,000.

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The scholarship provides up to $5,000 per annum for up to two years.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • be enrolling full-time in semester 1 2024 in either:
  • have at least one year 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
    • 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 previously completed the same level of program or higher, e.g., if you plan to study a Master of Clinical Psychology, you should not have previously completed another masters degree

Note: Bachelor of Psychology (BP154), Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology (BP295), Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (BP112), and Online Graduate Diploma of Psychology are ineligible programs for this scholarship.


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.

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).



My Deda (means mother in Georgian) is gone now, and my heart is shredded into pieces. I cannot think of a more difficult time in my life than losing a parent. While I am heartbroken, I am forever grateful for having her in my life. She highly valued higher education and spent every penny she earned from her hard work on our education.

In her loving memory and to honour her legacy, I am starting the “Deda Scholarship”. Annually, the fund will award a $5,000 scholarship to a postgraduate student of a health-related discipline for the duration of program, up to two years.

- Associate Professor Leila Karimi


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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