Emily McPherson EMBA Scholarship

For students commencing the Executive Master of Business Administration; worth 50% or 100% tuition fees paid.

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Applications now closed

The scholarship is for the standard duration of full or part time studies in the EMBA program commencing in semester 1, 2023.

In semester 1, 2023, there will be up to 10 scholarships available:

  • Non-Indigenous students: 50% of tuition fees paid
  • Indigenous students: 100% of tuition fees paid

Successful recipients must maintain a GPA of no less than 2.0 for the duration of their scholarship.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or a permanent resident; or hold a permanent humanitarian or temporary protection visa; or hold a bridging visa for a permanent residency application
  • satisfy the entry criteria for the RMIT Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) (MC162) program
  • commence your MC162 program (face-to-face) in semester 1 2023
  • have completed your undergraduate degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 (or 65/100) or greater (out of a maximum of 4.0) based on RMIT University’s GPA calculation methods.

All those who meet the above criteria are encouraged to apply for a scholarship. Applicants applying under one or more of the following criteria are particularly welcome, and there is some flexibility on their GPA:

  • identify as a woman and currently working in a leadership role
  • identify as a refugee or immigrant with managerial experience or currently working in a leadership role
  • identify as an Indigenous Australian (registered with the Ngarara Willim Centre)
  • be working as an executive-level manager in a large or medium organisation or in a start-up
  • be working in the health and wellbeing sector in one of the following areas:
    • products and services
    • innovation and technology
    • management and strategy
    • policy
  • be working in Environmental Social Governance (ESG) driven entrepreneurship and business

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.

You will need:

  • a curriculum vitae (no more than two pages in length), which includes contact details of two professional referees (e.g., title, position, and email/phone number) such as your previous or current supervisors, employers, human resource departments, or professional peers. We may contact your referees to verify work experience as needed.
  • a full copy of your tertiary education transcript(s) detailing your grade point average
  • a written statement of no more than 2,500 characters addressing how studying an EMBA will assist you with your leadership and career aspirations.

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 1, 2024, with applications opening November 2023 (to be confirmed).

Applications for 2023 are now closed.

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

In addition, as the holder of this scholarship you must:

  • enrol in the EMBA face-to-face (Melbourne) program at RMIT University, not study online
  • commence your study in semester 1 2023 (this scholarship cannot be deferred beyond commencement in semester 1 2023)
  • maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 throughout your enrolment
  • enrol either full or part-time and not enrol in another program concurrently
  • pay full fees for any course that you have to repeat or that you take in addition to the program requirements
  • help promote the EMBA program at RMIT if asked.

The selection of candidates will be assessed on:

  • academic excellence
  • leadership outcomes from the EMBA.

If, after shortlisting applicants, an insufficient number of high calibre candidates are identified, the Graduate School of Business and Law reserves the right to not award all/some scholarships.

Quotes from current recipients:

"RMIT's Executive MBA is extremely applicable in my professional work because it is so practice-oriented. The practicality of the studies, the mixed learning modes, the course materials and the real-world examples and case studies of effective leaders has meant that I am able to apply my learnings in my professional work."

"Some of the most useful, interesting learnings I gain in my EMBA come from working with, and observing and participating with my colleagues in action. It is wonderful to be exposed to collaboration opportunities with a wide range of experienced professionals from diverse personal and professional backgrounds. I find there is a high level of enthusiasm and commitment amongst colleagues, which makes it a delight to work and learn together in this energised environment."

"The scholarship has allowed me to focus more entirely on my studies without the concern of the cost of it. It means I can stay true to my values in the non-profit health sector without a financial burden. It has been absolutely critical in being able to maintain studies and positive living arrangements, especially in COVID lockdown. I have not had to worry about my finances through all of this time, or increase debt. I'm not sure there is anything, short of lottery, that could have facilitated my studies as much as this scholarship has. I am so proud to be a recipient and I'm so proud of my results so far."

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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