Professor Robert and Josephine Shanks Undergraduate Scholarship

For students entering their honours year in science, engineering or technology; worth up to $7,000.

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Applications now closed

This scholarship provides $7,000 for one year.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • be entering your honours year at RMIT in semester 1 2023
  • be enrolling full-time in semester 1 and 2 in the field of science, engineering or technology
  • have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher at the end of semester 2 2022
  • be intending to continue your education with a research degree the following year

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.

Application questions

It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. The main application questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers prior to starting the online application.

  • 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?

  • Describe your intended honours thesis project.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications for 2023 are now closed.

This scholarship will next be offered for Semester 1, 2024, with applications opening August 2023.

Applications for 2023 are now closed.

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions.

This scholarship is made possible by the generous donation from Professor Robert and Josephine Shanks. Robert and Josephine are RMIT alumni and are committed to encouraging Australians to enter into academic research. The scholarship aims to provide support to students undertaking their honours year in the fields of science, engineering or technology.

Alongside this scholarship, they have supported a scholarship since 2009 which aims to attract the very best quality PhD researchers to science, engineering or technology at RMIT University.

Quotes from past recipients:

"The scholarship was a weight off my shoulders to not have to worry about how many hours I was given at work and strictly budgeting my money. It meant that I could spend more time at university as well as being able to take time out for myself without economic pressures." - Bachelor of Applied Science (Dean's Scholar) (Honours) student.

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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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.