Study Overseas Foundation Grants

* * * The initial Study Overseas Foundation scholarships round has now closed * * *

The Foundation intends to announce a new round of funding in March/April 2015. You can register your interest for the next scholarship round here.


Scholarships are intended to promote the recipients’ academic development at an educational institution overseas by way of study of a component of an Australian course. They are designed to support students that can demonstrate leadership potential or who can clearly show how their overseas study experience will assist them to become a better leader in their field.

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit, including academic performance and demonstration of leadership potential.

Application Dates

Applications for the inaugural round of scholarships have now closed.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply for a scholarship, a student must be:

  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Living in Australia
  • Currently studying at an Australian university within Australia (i.e. not an offshore campus) and be enrolled in a non-research degree (i.e. undergraduate or postgraduate-by-coursework degree).
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of their experience.

Eligible Activities

All types of international study experiences are eligible to be funded as long as the experience involves an educational institution overseas and can count as a component of an Australian course.

For example, eligible activities include (but are not limited to):

  • Semester exchanges at universities
  • Language programs
  • Short courses or summer/winter programs at universities, language schools or technical education institutions abroad
  • Study tours that spend time at a partner university
  • Internships or clinical placements that also involve interaction with an educational institution in some way.

You are not eligible to apply for a grant if your overseas study activity concludes within 2 months of the relevant application deadline.

Award Criteria

General Criteria

All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit. This includes consideration of applicants’:

  • Academic merit
  • Community engagement/professional experience
  • Proactivity
  • Leadership potential/experience


Specific Criteria

Each scholarship category also has additional criteria.

Category Assessment Criteria
Business Leadership Students should apply in this category if they are studying any business discipline (including accounting), entrepreneurship and business-related disciplines such as business law or IT.Applications will be assessed on the basis of the applicant being able to:

  • Demonstrate a passion and/or aptitude for business and private enterprise.
  • Provide evidence of practical experience in the business world (this might be completing an internship, work experience, setting up a business or other training).
  • Demonstrate an ability to lead in a business setting or clearly show how their overseas study experience will specifically contribute towards their leadership potential.
Leadership in Community or International Development and Engagement This category is open to students in any degree program.Applications will be assessed on the basis of the applicant being able to:

  • Demonstrate their commitment to community and/or international issues.
  • Demonstrate experience and involvement in community or international development activities.
  • Identify how their international experience will specifically contribute to a project, program or initiative in which the applicant is involved.
Leadership in the Sciences Students should apply in this category if they are studying a scientific discipline. A scientific discipline is one of, but not limited to, the following: health and medical sciences, environmental and life sciences, ‘hard’ sciences (maths, physics, chemistry etc), engineering and applied sciences, computing sciences, psychology, social sciences etc.Applications will be assessed on the basis of the applicant being able to:

  • Demonstrate a passion and aptitude for a scientific discipline.
  • Show how their overseas study experience will assist them to further their own scientific discipline.

Application Requirements and Process

Step 1: Complete the Online Application

Scholarships are now closed.

Step 2: Attach supporting documents to your application

See the required supporting documents in the section below.

Required Supporting Documents

Students must provide the following as part of the application. Remember that these must be uploaded at the same time as you complete your application, they cannot be submitted later.

1. A personal statement (or short web cam video) about why they are the best candidate for the scholarship. This should be 500 words long (in a word document or PDF) or 2 minutes in length if it is a video. Videos should be uploaded to YouTube and the link included in your application (video files cannot be uploaded via the application form). This should address:

  • Examples of previous activities that demonstrate the student’s leadership capacity in the category in which they are applying.
  • How their overseas study experience will contribute towards their future leadership roles.
  • What they will contribute back to their community.

2. Two written references from people that are able to comment on things such as their leadership potential, ability to innovate, intelligence, flexibility/adaptability, entrepreneurialism, cross-cultural skills etc

3. Evidence of their academic standing – this should be a scan of an official or unofficial transcript or a screenshot of results from their student results online (note: the students’ name must be visible on the screenshot).

4. A copy of their CV

What Happens Once An Application is Submitted?

Students will receive confirmation that their application has been received.

Once the application deadline has passed applications for each category will be assessed by a panel. Interviewing of applicants will be at the discretion of the panels.

The panels will shortlist applicants for final assessment by the Study Overseas Foundation’s Advisory Board. The Foundation’s Advisory Board will then make final recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Successful applicants will be advised by both phone and email.

They will then be required to provide:

  • Proof of citizenship – passport, proof of citizenship or birth certificate.
  • Confirmation from their home institution that they will be participating in the experience and evidence that their overseas experience will count towards their Australian degree requirements.