Port of Portland Scholarship for Women

For Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) students who identify as a woman who can demonstrate circumstances which impact their study; worth up to $10,000 per year.

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This scholarship provides:

  • up to $10,000 per year for up to four years
  • An opportunity to engage in a mentorship with a member of the Port of Portland
  • Work experience/internship opportunities


One scholarship available. 

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
  • identify as a woman
  • be enrolling full-time in the semester 1 and 2 2024 at RMIT in one of the following programs:
  • 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
  • be aiming to complete your degree in no more than the standard duration including any credit exemptions (four years for the single degree / five years for the double degree).
  • be willing to participate in an interview, if an interview is required as part of the selection process, and if you are shortlisted*

Preference will be given to applicants who will need to/have already relocate/d from a rural/regional location to study at RMIT.

*RMIT has a great range of online career support resources available including a Prepare for interviews  section. Here you can upload your CV and practice mock interview questions. Visit RMIT’s online career support for how to prepare for interviews.

It is preferred that you apply direct to RMIT for this scholarship.

Direct to RMIT applications

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

VTAC applications

Apply online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website (www.vtac.edu.au).

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.

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 in advance.

  • Discuss your passion for studying in your chosen field of engineering, including the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.
  • Discuss any achievements or significant results (excluding your ATAR or GPA score).
  • What are your future plans and career aspirations?
  • If successful, how will a mentorship and work experience with the Port of Portland help you achieve your goals?
  • 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).

The Port of Portland (POPL) is committed to supporting women entering professions such as engineering. To assist with this commitment, POPL is establishing a scholarship program aimed at regional women who are looking to complete an engineering degree.

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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