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John Monash Scholarships recognise excellence and leadership, annually providing scholarships to outstanding Australian graduates to support them with post graduate study at the world’s best universities.

John Monash Scholarships recognise excellence and leadership, and celebrate one of Australia’s finest leaders: General Sir John Monash. Scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding Australian graduates to support them with post graduate study at the world’s best universities. Successful applicants have demonstrated excellence in their field, leadership potential, and a vision for how they can contribute to a better Australia. The John Monash Scholarships are not limited by age, gender, academic field of study or choice of overseas university.

“The privilege of education carries great responsibilities – it is given not for individual benefit alone, but to befit persons for the higher duties of citizenship and for roles of leadership in all fields to make Australia great.”
General Sir John Monash (1920)

The Scholarships support any postgraduate degree however the applicant must be able to argue the merits of the chosen course and institution. The Foundation encourages applicants to look beyond the ‘big name’ Universities and explore where dynamic, innovative work is being done in their field.

Scholarship value

Between 15 and 20 postgraduate Scholarships are available, depending on the quality of the candidates, each valued at AUD $70,000 per year for a maximum of three years (up to AUD $210,000 ). For the applicants who receive a John Monash Scholarship, the benefits are immediate and enduring. John Monash Scholars achieve national and local recognition through the publicity offered to the Scholarships, and the Foundation and the John Monash Scholars form a professional network which continues to provide support for Scholars throughout their career. If you have a record of achievement and the desire to play a leadership role for Australia contact us to discuss an application; the Foundation will be delighted to hear from you.

Countries eligible for this scholarship
  • Australia

Application requirements

To be eligible to apply for a John Monash Scholarship you must:

  1. Be an Australian Citizen;
  2. Have completed or be about to complete an degree from an Australian University, and
  3. Be planning to undertake postgraduate study at an overseas university commencing in the calendar year following the year of application and selection; it is not necessary to have already been accepted to the institution at the time of applying.

In awarding John Monash Scholarships, factors considered include:

  • Excellence in the candidate’s field of expertise – Usually a university degree obtained with outstanding results, but can also be demonstrated through prizes, awards, publications, performance, exhibitions and professional endeavours;
  • Leadership – Candidates should demonstrate leadership experience or potential in the field of study, professional environment and/or the community.
  • Research project or study program – Specific, well-developed case for support for the candidate’s study at the best overseas university in their field. It is not necessary to have been accepted at the institution at the time of applying for the scholarship;
  • Proposed career pathway– Candidates must present a credible pathway, addressing an issue the applicant is passionate about, and which will be of benefit to Australia; and
  • 3 references: outlining the applicants abilities and endorsing the proposed course of study. The may be any combination of academic, personal and professional.

Application process

Applications for the 2021 John Monash Scholarships will open in May 2020 and will close 11.59pm AEST on July 31st 2020. Applications for the 2020 John Monash Scholarships are already closed! The Scholarships are granted for the commencement of a study programme in the calendar year following the year of application and selection.

Selection Calendar for the 2020 Scholarships:

May 1 – July 14

Applications accepted for the 2020 John Monash Scholarships.

Late Julyt

Short listing: expert panels will   review applications and recommend for interview by the State and Territory Selection Panels.

August 19

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August 30

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September 26-27

South Australia Interview Panel

Skype Interview Panel for overseas/remote candidates

Victoria Interview Panel

Skype Inverterview Panel for oversears/remote candidates

Victoria Interview Panel

Tasmania Interview Panel

Queensland Interview Panel

Autralian Capital Territory Interview Panel

Western Australia Interview Panel

New South Wales Interview Panel

New South Wales Interview Panel

The Melbourne National Selection panels

The Sydney National Selection panels

These panels make recommendations to the Board which wll make the final selection of Scholars for 2020.

The selected 2020 John Monash Scholars are informed by the Foundation in October, and are publicly announced at a ceremony (date to be confirmed).

How to apply

John Monash Scholarship Programme
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