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 What scholarships are available?

Murdoch University endeavours to offer a comprehensive range of scholarships, all of which can be found online.
Please browse the Murdoch scholarships website for a list of Undergraduate, Honours, and Postgraduate coursework scholarships administered by the Student Financial Support Office. You can also find a selection of private external scholarships on the Scholarships website, which you may wish to pursue.

If you are unsure about what scholarships you may be eligible for, please contact us.

I am a part-time student, are there any scholarships available to me?

While the majority of scholarships at Murdoch University are aimed at full-time students, there are certainly options for students who study part-time (less than 9 points, per semester). Be sure to check your eligibility against the criteria listed on each scholarship’s webpage. In the case of exceptional circumstances, your application may still be considered. These include, but are not limited to: medical reasons, significant family and/or carer responsibilities.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

You can apply for a scholarship by simply completing the appropriate application form, found on the Scholarships website. When applying it is essential that you have completed all relevant aspects of the form, and attached all of the necessary documents to ensure that your application can be processed in a timely manner.

Unfortunately, the Student Financial Support Office in unable to consider incomplete applications.

For tips on how to complete your application see here.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

Yes, at Murdoch we want to set you up for success, that's why we allow our students to be in receipt of more than one scholarship a year however conditions do apply. Undergraduate Students can only be in receipt of one Murdoch funded scholarship, therefore if you receive the Murdoch First Scholarship you will not be eligible to also receive the Murdoch Senate Scholarship at the same time. However there are still plenty of alternative scholarships available, such as donor-funded scholarships and school-funded scholarships. Students can receive no more than 2 scholarships at one time. 

If you are unsure about what scholarships you may be eligible for, please contact us.

Where do I submit my application?

Applications can be submitted either:

How are the scholarships assessed?

Applications are assessed using the information included in your application, and supporting documents. This process takes a minimum of two weeks from the closing date. If members of the panel are external to the University then this process may take longer.

How will I know if I have been awarded a scholarship?

All applicants will be advised of their application's outcome via email, prior to the semester's census date of the standard academic calendar.

If you have not heard from the Office via email then your application may still be under deliberation, or your contact details may not be up to date. Please ensure that your email address is current in MyInfo, in order for the Student Financial Support Office to get in contact with you.

How are scholarships paid?

If you are an international student, you will receive the scholarship as a payment towards your tuition fees, unless stated otherwise. This is normally paid directly into your fee account towards the consecutive semester of award. I.e. if you are awarded a scholarship in semester one, then it will be credited towards your semester two fees.

If you are a domestic student, once you have been awarded a scholarship you will be asked to enter your bank account details (Name, Bank, BSB, Account Number) into our payment database. You will then receive your scholarship payment in installments, directly into your nominated bank account.

When will I receive my scholarship payment?

After the census date of each semester, if you still meet the Terms and Conditions of the scholarship then your payment will begin to be processed. There are various steps to the payment process, meaning that it can take up to two weeks or more to receive payment. As a result the earliest you will receive payment is during week six of the semester.

I have chosen to: study a different course; study part-time; study externally; intermit from university, can I still receive my scholarship?

As part of the agreed Terms and Conditions, if your circumstances change, you must contact the Student Financial Support Office. These include, but are not limited to, changes to your:

  • Course;
  • Unit enrollment;
  • Academic performance

If you do not notify the Student Financial Support Office in regards to these changes, your scholarship may be terminated.

Please complete this Change of Circumstances form.

Can I transfer my studies to another university or institution and keep my scholarship?

No, Murdoch University scholarships are not transferable to any other university or institution.

Will I be taxed on my scholarship?

No, so long as you remain enrolled full-time you will not be required to include your scholarship as part of your taxable income. Please click here for further information.

What happens to my Centrelink payments if I am awarded a scholarship?

You are required to notify Centrelink if you have been awarded a scholarship. However, the majority of scholarships will not impact your ability to receive Centrelink payments up to a certain $ amount. Please see Centrelink for further information.

I am in urgent financial need, will a scholarship help?

If you are in dire financial need, please consider contacting the Student Centre to inquire about an emergency loan which can provide more immediate financial relief or you can contact the Student Guild for a range of alternative emergency support.

Many scholarships at Murdoch are offered to support students who are in personal and/or financial hardship. However, the application process is a competitive one - and there is no guarantee that you will be awarded a scholarship. It also takes time for applications to be reviewed and scholarship recipients to be chosen, and so any scholarship payments are not made until week six of the semester at the earliest.