How to apply

Applications are open for the Hansen Scholarship Program

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On this page you'll find details about eligibility, FAQs and key dates for 2023 applications so you can apply with confidence.

Eligibility criteria
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When applying it is essential that you complete all required questions and attach all of the necessary documents to ensure that your application can be processed in a timely manner. Unfortunately, the Scholarships and Bursaries Office is unable to consider incomplete applications. Applications are assessed using the information included in your application, supporting documents, and interviews.

Once your application form is submitted, your nominated academic referee will be invited to respond to referee questions via our online portal. Your academic referee must be a teacher or administrator at your current school. They should be someone who can provide detailed information about your academic record and ability, and who ideally has known you for at least 12 months.

Receive feedback on your application

If you apply to the Hansen Scholarship Program by 3 March 2023, you'll receive feedback on your application and have the chance to revise and resubmit by 30 March 2023. You'll also go into the running to win a $1000 JB Hi-Fi voucher and one of five UniMelb merchandise packs.

Key dates for 2023 applications

Friday
3 February 2023

SmartyGrants portal opens for applications

Friday
3 March 2023

Early application deadline

Thursday
30 March 2023

Applications close

Thursday
6 April 2023

Reference from your nominated academic referee deadline


Early May 2023

All applicants will be notified of the results of the written application outcome. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to progress to a video interview


Late May 2023

Video interviews to be completed


Late July - early August 2023

Finalists will be selected to interview with the selection panel


August 2023

Application results will be announced. Final offers will be dependent on achieving a 90.00+ ATAR and acceptance into your applied course at the University of Melbourne

Eligibility and conditions

To be eligible to apply for the Hansen Scholarship, you must be be enrolled in an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate and one of the following:

  • Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident (including permanent humanitarian visa holders)
  • Holder of a Temporary Protections Visa (Subclass 785) or Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (Subclass 790)
  • Holder of a Bridging Visa as the result of an application for an Australian temporary or permanent protection visa

If you have applied for either a permanent or temporary humanitarian visa, you will need to provide a copy of application acknowledgment from the Department of Home Affairs and you will be asked to provide evidence of your Bridging Visa showing that you are permitted to study in Australia.

Applicants with New Zealand citizenship are not eligible for the Hansen Scholarship unless they have obtained Australian permanent resident status. New Zealanders are automatically given a "Special Category Visa" (SCV) when they arrive and are "Temporary Residents".

You'll need to be aged between 16 - 20 years of age in the year of application and on track to achieve a minimum ATAR (or IB equivalent) of at least 90.00, and experience financial circumstances that present a challenge to attending the University of Melbourne.

To demonstrate financial need or financial circumstances presenting a challenge:

  • You or your parents are in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink benefit (such as Family Tax Benefit A, ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance etc), or
  • You are able to otherwise demonstrate financial need (supporting documentation will be required, usually the most recent Notice of Assessment from the Australian Tax Office for every person who contributes to your household income).

Applicants will be asked to upload documentation (e.g. Centrelink statement of benefits) as part of their application.

For full selection criteria, eligibility and details visit the scholarships website.

Hansen Scholarship

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be one of the following:

  • Australian citizen
  • Australian permanent resident (including permanent humanitarian visa holders)
  • holder of a Temporary Protections Visa (Subclass 785) or Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (Subclass 790)
  • holder of a Bridging Visa as the result of an application for an Australian temporary or permanent protection visa

If you have applied for either a permanent or temporary humanitarian visa, you will need to provide a copy of application acknowledgment from the Department of Home Affairs and you will be asked to provide evidence of your Bridging Visa showing that you are permitted to study in Australia.

Applicants with New Zealand citizenship are not eligible for the Hansen Scholarship unless they have obtained Australian permanent resident status. New Zealanders are automatically given a "Special Category Visa" (SCV) when they arrive and are "Temporary Residents".

Applications are assessed using the information included in your application, supporting documents, and interviews.

Outcomes for applications will be released in August 2023. Final offers will be dependent on ATAR achieved and acceptance into the course of choice at the University of Melbourne.

You're eligible if:

  • you or your parents are in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink benefit (such as Family Tax Benefit A, ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance etc), or
  • you are able to otherwise demonstrate financial need (supporting documentation will be required, usually the most recent Notice of Assessment from the Australian Tax Office for every person who contributes to your household income).

Applicants will be asked to upload documentation (e.g. Centrelink statement of benefits) as part of their application.

Accommodation at Little Hall is the only residential option covered by the scholarship.

Your academic referee must be a teacher or administrator at your current school. They should be someone who can provide detailed information about your academic record and ability, and who ideally has known you for at least 12 months.

If your referee informs you they cannot provide a reference after you submit your initial application,  please contact the Hansen Scholarship Team at hansen-scholarship@unimelb.edu.au with the details of a replacement referee.

Approval to defer a scholarship will normally only be given where there are exceptional circumstances preventing a student from studying in a semester (evidence will be required). If you have any questions about your circumstances, please contact hansen-scholarship@unimelb.edu.au

The Hansen Scholarship does not offer fee remission for Australian citizens and permanent residents.

The Hansen Scholarship only provides full fee remission for asylum seekers who would otherwise have to pay international fees. Holders of, or applicants to, a temporary humanitarian visa fall into this category, and applicants for a permanent humanitarian visa who would otherwise have to pay international fees.

Permanent humanitarian visa holders are eligible for deferred domestic fees for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and will not have their fees covered by the scholarship. This also applies if a Hansen Scholar obtains a permanent visa while enrolled in the Program.