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Our scholarships are vital to encouraging potential students to access higher education. They can be based on Access (financial need), Excellence (academic merit) and Diversity.

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.

Scholarships Program

Our Scholarships Program provides close to 500 privately funded scholarships. The Program’s continued success is a reflection of the generosity of alumni and friends of the University, including government and business. Through the University of Tasmania Scholarship Fund Annual Appeal and other fundraising partnerships, the University of Tasmania Foundation works to continually establish new scholarships.

The Program provides students 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 embark on life-changing education.

The 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. As each scholarship is unique, we welcome conversations and enquiries - please get in touch via the details on our Contact Us page.

When designing your scholarship, you may wish to consider:

  • The name of the scholarship
  • Selection criteria and the selection process
  • 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)

Scholarships give students who otherwise would not have the means to attend university a life changing opportunity. The University of Tasmania Scholarship Fund is designed to pool together donations in order to achieve the greatest Scholarship impact each year. Please consider supporting the University of Tasmania Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship is valued at $5,000 each year for up to four years of an undergraduate degree, to assist with living expenses and create an opportunity to focus on study and achieve success.

In practical terms, a scholarship such as this will enable the student to limit work to the summer break or balance hours, assignments, exams or placement requirements.

The reassurance of income for the duration of their degree also gives students the confidence to enrol. For many Tasmanians, attending university means moving to a new city and/or leaving full-time employment. Easing the financial burden of these transitions is especially important for rural, regional and mature aged students.

Since its inception in 2002, the Springboard to Higher Education Bursary Program has changed the lives of 882 Tasmania 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.