Commencing Students

Each year, Melbourne Law School offers a range of scholarships that recognise outstanding academic achievement and provide financial assistance to future students who might otherwise be excluded due to disadvantaged circumstances.

Eligibility and how to apply

Most scholarships for students commencing the Melbourne JD do not require a separate application, with applicants being automatically considered based on their application for admission to the Melbourne JD.

All applicants must:

  • Have been offered a place in the Melbourne JD to commence in the upcoming intake, and
  • Meet the selection criteria of the scholarship.

Demonstrated financial need

Only applicants who have applied to the Melbourne JD under the disadvantaged socio-economic circumstances category of the Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM) scheme will automatically be considered for financial need scholarships.


Application-required scholarships

A select number of scholarships require a separate application. Reasons for non-selection and feedback on individual applications will not be provided.

Asia Leaders Scholarship

Applications are required for these scholarships:

The Melbourne JD Harold Ford Scholarship

International students interested in The Melbourne JD Harold Ford Scholarship must also complete a disadvantaged socioeconomic circumstances – supplementary form (PDF) by 1 November prior to the year of commencement. As part of this form, applicants need to provide a statement explaining financial hardship they have experienced and a supporting statement from a relevant independent third party such as an accountant or financial counsellor, and any other supporting documentation that provides evidence of their financial need. This form and relevant documents must be submitted by the deadline to law-admissions@unimelb.edu.au.


Scholarships

Scholarship EligibilityValue (AUD, approximate)

Alan Goldberg Scholarship

Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of both academic merit and significant financial need. $15,000*
Argyle Scholarship in Law Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of both academic merit and financial need. Students must satisfy the eligibility criteria of rural or isolated area. $5,000
Brian John Shaw Scholarship Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need. $24,000*
Cheryl Saunders Scholarship Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of both academic merit and significant financial need. $15,000*
Elizabeth Gray ScholarshipOpen to students of Indigenous Australian background about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of both academic merit and financial need.$5,000
Gilbert + Tobin Scholarship Open to students of Indigenous Australian background about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of both academic merit and financial need. $10,000
Melbourne Law School Charles Lim Capital Asia Leaders ScholarshipBy application only. Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD who are citizens of the following countries/regions: Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mainland China, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. This scholarships is awarded on the basis of financial need along with evidence of actual and future leadership potential. $75,000*
Melbourne Law School Shao Zili Asia Leaders ScholarshipBy application only. Open to students who are citizens of Mainland China (Australian citizens or permanent residents - including dual nationals - are not eligible), this scholarships is awarded on the basis of financial need along with evidence of actual and future leadership potential and a commitment to the community and/or furthering relations between Australia and Asia. $75,000*
Norma Jenkins Scholarship Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need. $15,000*
Phillips Scholarship Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need. $8,000
Robert Richter Scholarship Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need. $5,000
The Alastair Nicholson Memorial Scholarship Open to students of Indigenous Australian background about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of both academic merit and financial need. $2,000
The Beach-McGauran Scholarship Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD who have completed a degree in Science (or other technical field), this scholarship is awarded on the basis of both academic merit and financial need. $10,000
The Dean A Cinque Scholarship Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need. $1,200
The Donaghue-Evans Indigenous Scholarship Open to students of Indigenous Australian background about to commence the Melbourne JD or PhD at Melbourne Law School, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of both academic merit and financial need. $15,000*
The Donaghue-Evans Scholarship Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need. $15,000*
The John C Walker Scholarship Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need. $2,000
The Malcolm D H Smith Memorial ScholarshipBy application only. Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD who have completed an undergraduate law degree or degree majoring in Asian studies at a tertiary institution in Australia or Asia, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit and the applicant’s commitment to understanding one or more Asian societies. $3,000
The Melbourne JD Harold Ford Scholarship Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need. complete a disadvantaged socioeconomic circumstances – supplementary form (PDF) by 1 November prior to the year of commencement.This form and relevant documents must be submitted by the deadline to law-admissions@unimelb.edu.au. $15,000*
The Nathan and Pamela Jacobson Fund Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of both academic merit and financial need. $15,000*
The Norman O'Bryan Scholarship Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of both academic merit and financial need. $15,000*
The W John Collins Scholarship Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need. $5,000
Zelman Cowen Scholarship Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of both academic merit and financial need. $5,000

* The total amount is divided into three equal amounts and paid in each year the student is enrolled (up to three years).

Melbourne Law School reserves the right to change the number of scholarships awarded, and the value of the award, without notice.


Outcomes

Applicants will be advised if they have been offered a scholarship when receiving their Notification of Outcome with Fee-Type, usually in late November. The offer will include information on payments.

Special Conditions

Scholarship recipients who:

  • Withdraw from study before the end of their first semester of the Melbourne JD will be required to repay the scholarship in full.
  • Elect to defer their enrolment in the Melbourne JD will forfeit the bursary or scholarship. The recipient will be reconsidered in the year prior to commencing the Melbourne JD.
  • Withdraw from the Melbourne JD forfeit the uncredited balance of the bursary or scholarship.

Please note: bursaries or scholarships may be withdrawn at the discretion of the Dean if the recipient commits academic or general misconduct while a Melbourne JD student.

Additionally, recipients may be contacted by the Melbourne Law School Advancement team who will facilitate a meeting with the donor of the scholarship.


Additional Opportunities

Melbourne JD students may also be interested in additional opportunities including scholarships offered by the University and residential colleges, financial aid and government assistance.

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Scholarships for current students

Melbourne Law School offers a range of scholarships and bursaries that recognise outstanding academic achievement and provide support to current students while studying the Melbourne JD.

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Prizes

Melbourne Law School has a long-standing tradition of awarding prizes in recognition of students’ outstanding academic achievement.

Prizes and previous recipients