Scholarships and Bursaries

Applications are now open for 2021 scholarships and bursaries! DEADLINE EXTENDED!!!!

The College offers a number of scholarships and bursaries on an annual basis for long-term (6-12 months) postgraduate residents. In accordance with our mission and values, we want to make a Kathleen Lumley College education available to the most outstanding students from across Australia and around the world, regardless of their financial means. It is expected that recipients of these awards will be active participants in the scholarly activities of the College, through presenting from their work and engaging with their fellow scholars’ presentations, as well as taking part in College workshops and seminars. A number of scholarships are funded through philanthropy and gift from donors and benefactors who have close relationships with the College.

SCHOLARSHIPS up to $5000 each are awarded on the basis of academic merit, and the continuance of a scholarship from semester to semester depends on the scholarship holder maintaining high academic achievement. Scholarship recipients are expected to correspond with their benefactors at least twice a year and maintain strong communication with the College in regard to their progress.

BURSARIES are awarded on the basis of financial hardship/need and the College requires evidence of financial hardship from an applicant seeking a bursary.

All scholarships and bursaries are offered as a remission in College fees rather than as a cash payment. They are awarded on an annual basis, and current students seeking a continuance of their scholarship or bursary in the following year will need to submit an application by the deadline of November 30. New applicants to the College are invited to apply for scholarships and bursaries at the time of application for residency. Applicants can apply for more than one scholarship and can apply for both a scholarship and a bursary at the same time.

The deadline for submitting scholarship and bursary applications for 2021 has been extended to 18 December, 2020!


Email your completed scholarship or bursary application and supporting documents in one pdf to the College enquiries email

Applicants will be notified of the College’s decision by the end of January.

For both existing students and new applicants, to complete your scholarship or bursary application, please include the following:

  1. Letter to the Head of College – Please write a letter (no more than two A4 pages) detailing the scholarship(s)/bursary being applied for, and why you are a suitable recipient for the award
  2. Two References – Two references are required: one personal reference from a doctor, teacher, religious leader, colleague and family friend who is not a blood relative; and one academic reference from an employer, lecturer, tutor or supervisor.
  3. Academic Documentation – Please include your academic transcript. International students should include equivalency documentation.
  4. Financial Documentation – (bursaries only). Bursary applicants are required to provide evidence of financial hardship.




Due to the support of alumni and friends of the College, we initiated a further bursary in mid-2020 to support students who have been adversely affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This support fund will continue into 2021.


Family and friends of the late Dr Harold J Rodda, a member of the academic staff of the University from 1951 until his retirement in 1982, a member of the Council of Kathleen Lumley College from 1967 and its Chairman from 1975 until his death in 1986, have subscribed a sum of money to establish one or more scholarships in his memory.


The Medlin Scholarship commemorates the College’s association with the late Professor Harry Medlin. Council Member of Kathleen Lumley College from 1974 to 1986 and Council Chair from 1986 to 2006, Harry was a central figure in the history of the College community, and an unswerving supporter of our students. As Council Chair he did much to push through the further development of the College, and he was most loyal to it. He was a scientist and a frequent and popular visitor to universities and alumni in Southeast Asia. His scholarship seeks to capture these prominent features of his intellectual life. Therefore applicants must be enrolled in a degree in natural sciences. Preference will be given to suitable candidates who are also from Southeast Asia.