How to apply

for the Hansen Scholarship

You can apply for the Hansen Scholarship through our online application portal, SmartyGrants, which will be available here when the application period is open.

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.

Key dates

7 February 2022

SmartyGrants portal opens for applications

9 March 2022

Completed application forms close

23 March 2022

Reference from your nominated academic referee deadline

Early May 2022

All applicants will be notified of the results of the written application outcome. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to progress to a video interview (dates to be confirmed in 2022)

Late May 2022

Video interviews will be completed (dates to be confirmed in 2022)

July 2022

Finalists will be selected to interview with the selection panel (dates to be confirmed in 2022).

August 2022

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