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Support People

People are at the centre of our University and we are committed to the growth and success of our student community. We aim to contribute to Tasmania’s future, creating a society that is truly sustainable, healthy, well-educated, equitable and prosperous. Central to this vision is broadening access to education.

Our donors and supporters have an important role to play in realising this vision and we thank you for considering making students one of your priorities.

Our Scholarship Program

The University of Tasmania’s Scholarship program is responsive to the needs of students and provides them with significant financial and academic support and wherever possible creates an opportunity for someone to attend University who might otherwise not be able to. Our aim is to offer as many students as possible a scholarship to allow them to embark on life-changing higher education. Scholarships can be based on Access (financial need), Excellence (academic merit) and Diversity.

With close to 500 donor-funded scholarships including Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Honours, Masters, PhD, as well as Relocation and Overseas Exchange. The Program’s continued success is a reflection of the generosity of alumni and friends of the University, including government and business.

We have established a range of specific Scholarship programmes to support students. The following options are designed to pool together donations in order to achieve the greatest Scholarship impact each year.

When you donate to the Student Support Appeal 100% of your donation will go directly to alleviating student hardship so they can continue their studies and secure their futures.

Currently these grants are administered through the Student Experience Office and include the following:

  • Fast Track Safety Net Grant Scheme can provide immediate grants of up to $350 for support with living costs and study resources.
  • Safety Net Grant Scheme provide grants of up to $2,000 for emergency assistance. This funding does not need to be repaid.
  • Online Study Access Assistance up to $500 is available for students located offshore and affected by travel bans to assist with the cost of mobile broadband internet access.
  • Travel Ban Financial Hardship Grant is a one-off payment to the value of $1,500 to assist with costs in travelling from mainland China to Australia and/or additional expenses incurred getting to Australia such as accommodation and transport.

The grants exist to help students with greatest need regardless of their country of origin.

For more information about giving to the University of Tasmania, contact the Advancement Office at or on  +61 3 6226 1920.

Each year the University of Tasmania offers around 200 individuals an opportunity to change their lives through education and shine with the brilliance of our Southern Lights.  These opportunities would not exist without the support of people who believe that education is the key to the future and financial hardship should never stand in the way.

Since Access Scholarships were introduced in 1995, thousands of students with huge potential but limited needs have benefitted. Twenty-five years on and lifting educational attainment in Tasmania towards the national average remains a priority for the University, along with a focus on increasing participation from the following groups:

  • People from non-English speaking backgrounds
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Those from a low socio-economic background
  • People with a disability

For more information about giving to the University of Tasmania, contact the Advancement Office at or on +61 3 6226 1920.

Since its inception in 2002, the Springboard to Higher Education Bursary Program has changed the lives of more than 900 Tasmanian students by providing financial support to disadvantaged students ‘at risk’ of leaving the education system. By enabling and encouraging students to access higher education, the program helps them realise their full academic potential, and as a natural consequence, their personal and professional capabilities.

Originally bursary recipients would receive financial support in Year 11, Year 12 and the first year of University. In 2017 this support was extended to cover a student’s entire undergraduate degree at the University of Tasmania, creating a comprehensive approach towards assisting students by providing not only financial security and support for the duration of a student’s studies but also a clear pathway into their chosen profession.

The program is an important statement in achieving equity within our education system and removing barriers to higher education – whether they be economic, social or political. It goes beyond financial support – it demonstrates a vote of confidence in these deserving students and encourages them to pursue their academic and personal goals, despite the challenging circumstances they face.

The bursary is valued at $1,000 per year for Year 11 and 12 and $3,000 - $5,000 per year for up to four years of an undergraduate degree.

Creating a new named Scholarship

We also welcome donors who are interested in supporting a more bespoke Scholarship option. This type of scholarship is based on the level of study and is customised to align with each donor's interests and priorities, in collaboration with the University.

We welcome conversations and enquiries by phone +61 3 6226 1920 or email

When designing your scholarship, you may wish to consider:

  • The name of the scholarship
  • Eligibility and selection criteria
  • If it will support a new student each year and build a network of recipients
  • Whether it will be funded by an endowment (where the annual investment income provides ongoing monies to support the scholarship) or by pledging an amount that is provided on an annual basis
  • The type of scholarship (Undergraduate, Relocation, Honours, Masters, PhD, Overseas exchange)

Supporting an Academic position

Academic position donations vary, depending on the level of seniority and tenure of the position to be supported. Opportunities range from short-term visiting fellows, through to endowed chairs - the first of which was announced in 2016.