Vice-Chancellor's Academic Excellence Scholarship, Australia

Publish Date: Aug 28, 2016

Deadline: Jan 12, 2017


Awarded by the Vice-Chancellor to Australian undergraduate students whose exceptional academic achievements and extra-curricular activities truly sets them apart

What are the benefits for you?

Financial support for your studies:

  • 100% of your student contribution (tuition fees) +
  • a cash payment of $5000 per year +
  • participation in the Vice-Chancellor's Professional Excellence Program

The Vice-Chancellor's Professional Excellence Program is an exclusive opportunity for professional and personal growth that runs for the duration of your scholarship.

Deakin has a flexible approach to payment methods of scholarship benefits which means you have the choice to package the scholarship in the way that best suits your needs. The average value of the scholarship is $40 000 depending on your course of enrolment.

Deakin has streamlined its application process such that when you select the Deakin Funded Scholarships Program option you will be considered for the Vice-Chancellor's Academic Excellence Scholarship as well as the Deakin Scholarship for Excellence and the Deakin Student Support Scholarship in the selection process. This reduces the number of scholarships you have to apply for and increases your chances of receiving a Deakin scholarship.


The scholarship is awarded for full time study for the normal full time duration of the course.

Continued eligibility is subject to maintaining a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 70 and participation in the Vice-Chancellor's Professional Excellence Program.

Eligibility criteria

All conditions must be met

  • an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • commencing at Deakin University in an undergraduate bachelor degree in any trimester/semester in the 2017 academic year
  • enrolled full time unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full time study
  • enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • able to demonstrate academic achievement in one of the following:
    1. an ATAR of at least 95 or International Baccalaureate equivalent or dux of your high school or
    2. highest ranking student commencing in Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery.

Consideration will be given to:

  • your extra-curricular activities and achievements – for example in the areas of leadership, community service, the arts, volunteering, or sport
  • students experiencing personal or financial hardship

Number available

26 for 2017

This scholarship is not available for enrolment in the 2016 academic year (this includes Trimester 3 2016).

Selection criteria

Your application will be assessed and ranked based on the information and supporting documentation you provide.

During the online application, you will be asked to provide information about yourself and your achievements. You will also be asked to provide documentation and evidence to support your application.

As part of the selection process, you may be invited to attend an interview to discuss your application.

Opening and closing dates

Applications for Trimester 1 2017 open 29 August 2016 and close 12 January 2017 at 5pm.

Deakin will begin to offer scholarships from 12 December 2016 and will continue to award scholarships until fully offered.

Opening dates for students commencing in Trimester 2 2017 and Trimester 3 2017 will be announced in the coming months.

How to apply

Scholarship applications are made via the Deakin Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal. You will need to ensure you register your details to obtain an applicant ID. Once you have logged into the portal, click on Apply -> Scholarships and Grants and you will be taken through the application process.

You will be required to provide your personal details in Step 1 and will be asked some questions in Step 2 to determine your eligibility for the scholarships on offer. Please ensure you select the Deakin Funded Scholarships Program in Step 3 to be considered for this scholarship. You will be given the opportunity to provide written responses to the questions in Step 4. You will be asked to provide detailed responses to questions like 'How do your experience and skills demonstrate that you have the characteristics required for this scholarship' or 'How will this scholarship benefit you?'.

Spend some time and review your responses. You can save your application and come back later. The information you provide can change your future!

You will be able to review your application in Step 5 and you can go back and edit your responses if needed. When you are ready, submit your application in Step 6, click on the 'Submit Selected Applications' button. You will receive confirmation of your application via email. You should then upload your documentation using the Upload Documents button.

Supporting documentation

As part of the application process you will be required to provide supporting documentation. Your application will not be considered complete until you upload your documentation.

The supporting documentation required includes:

  • two referee statements (eg. School Principal, Employer or similar person able to comment on your achievements)
  • evidence of your leadership activities or other achievements
  • if you were the dux of your high school you will need to provide confirmation through a letter or school certificate.

Make sure you choose the correct Document type when you upload your documents as it will make a difference. If your documents are uploaded into the incorrect Document type they will not be considered when assessing your application. Remember it is quality, not quantity, which you need to provide. Aim to provide documents which are current, relevant and concise. For information on the types of documents to be provided please visit the Supporting documentation. Late or incomplete documentation will not be accepted.

When will I know

At the latest, you will know the outcome of your application within six weeks of the closing date. Submit your application early. We will start offering scholarships from 12 December 2016.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

This opportunity has expired. It was originally published here:

Similar Opportunities

Opportunity Types


Eligible Countries


Host Countries