RMIT University Welcome Scholarship 2020

RMIT University Welcome Scholarship is now open for people seeking asylum enrolling in a vocational or undergraduate program; worth tuition fees and up to $5000 per year.

The RMIT Welcome Scholarship will be awarded in 2021 for the standard full-time duration of an RMIT certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree or bachelor degree program.

RMIT University, formerly known as Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Melbourne Technical College, is a public research university based in Melbourne, Australia RMIT University, formerly known as Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Melbourne Technical College, is a public research university based in Melbourne, Australia

RMIT University  Welcome Scholarship Details

Host University: RMIT University

Degree Type: vocational or undergraduate program

Eligible Group: seeking asylum

Scholarship Value:

The scholarship consists of full program tuition fees and Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF) paid per semester.

Some scholarship recipients may also receive a study/living allowance of up to $5000 per year (paid fortnightly throughout semester 1 and 2).

Note  Any material fees required for your program or fines are not included in this scholarship.

Welcome Scholars receiving tuition fees paid in 2020 and continuing in the same program in 2020 may apply to be considered for the living/study allowance. If you are changing your program for 2021 and apply for the 2021 RMIT Welcome Scholarship, you will be considered for both the tuition fees, SSAF and the living allowance (please ensure you apply for your program by 1 December 2020).


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • hold either a:
    • Temporary Protection Visa (V785) or
    • Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) or
    • be a person seeking asylum on Bridging Visa E (BVE);
  • be a commencing or continuing full-time student enrolled or intending to enrol in semester 1, 2021 at RMIT University Melbourne campus (Melbourne CBD; Brunswick; Bundoora only);
  • have a program offered at RMIT University for semester 1 2021 in an eligible program* by 12 January 2021
  • be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage.

How to Apply

Complete the online application form by the application due date. In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must submit a completed online application. Partial applications will not be assessed.

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.

You will need to provide the following:

  1. a copy of your visa statement (it must include your full name)
  2. evidence of financial hardship:
    • if you are in receipt of Centrelink payments you must provide a Centrelink statement showing your Special Benefit (SB) or Status Resolution Support Services Payment (SRSS) dated within the last three months, with your full name visible; or
    • provide your own financial documents confirming your financial status or financial documents from those who support you financially.
      The documentation accepted is: the 2019-2020 ATO Notice of Assessment and 3 most recent payslips for yourself and all the people who support you financially
  3. Letter of recommendation:

A letter of recommendation is a statement of support written by someone who knows you or is aware of your circumstances. RMIT will accept one of the following types of recommendations:

a)    One letter from a community organisation with specialist services that support people seeking asylum or refugees who can confirm your membership or involvement with that organisation.


b)    One letter from a teacher (current or past) or someone you know well who can highlight your academic and personal strengths and can include information about the type of social and/or emotional support that you have through family, friends or from your community as you look to commence further study.

RMIT assess applicants for this scholarship based primarily on financial need, however, as part of its ranking will consider:

  • evidence of long term medical condition or disability which may have impacted your ability to study
  • evidence of extenuating circumstances (e.g. carer duties) from applicants unable to study full-time, but will study part-time.

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 in advance prior to starting the online application.

  • What do you want to do after you complete your program? What are your future career plans?

Find out more about applying for scholarships.


Applications for 2021 will close at 4 pm on Monday 14 December 2020.

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