Lonsdale Scholarship

For students in vocational or higher education programs who can demonstrate circumstances which impact their study; worth up to $5,000.

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This scholarship provides $5,000 for one year. 

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, Australian permanent resident or Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder or an international student
  • be enrolling full-time in a certificate IV, diploma or undergraduate degree program at RMIT in semester 1 and 2 2024
  • have at least one year of full-time study in your program left to complete

If you did not graduate from the Lonsdale Institute, we encourage you to still apply. However, you must be able to demonstrate both financial and educational disadvantage (circumstances which impact your ability to study) to be considered.

Applicants can demonstrate financial hardship by:

  • receiving a government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card

Applicants can demonstrate circumstances which impact your ability to study such as:

  • 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

Preference will be given to students who graduated from the Lonsdale Institute and are enrolled in a RMIT program by 30 January 2024.

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. 

For applicants who have graduated/are graduating from the Lonsdale Institute, you must upload a copy of an official document that clearly identifies you have graduated from the Lonsdale Institute (i.e., academic transcript or testamur) or an official document that identifies you as currently enrolled and completing a program in 2023 from the Lonsdale Institute (e.g., confirmation of enrolment). Note: these documents will be verified with the Lonsdale Institute as part of the scholarship selection process.

Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.

Application questions

If you are shortlisted for the scholarship, you will be contacted to answer further application questions. Please check the email address you nominate in your scholarship application form at least twice per week. The questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers.

  • What motivated you to choose your RMIT program? Include the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.
  • What are your future plans and career aspirations?
  • What current challenges do you face in your studies and how will a scholarship help you to overcome this?

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications are now closed.

Applications are now closed. 

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

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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