Humanitarian Scholarships

Status: Now Open Closing Date: 5:00 pm Wednesday 12 June 2017

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La Trobe University recognises the important contribution that people seeking asylum make to the Australian community and is therefore very pleased to offer five Tertiary Enabling Program humanitarian scholarships in 2017.

These scholarships will enable five individuals to undertake the University’s 14 week intensive Tertiary Enabling Program which prepares students for university study in Australia. Students who successfully complete TEP can go onto study a wide range of courses at La Trobe and we are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to students on a wider range of visa classes.

Which visa classes are eligible for the scholarships?

The Tertiary Enabling Program Humanitarian Scholarships will be available to individuals who are:

  • Refugees on temporary visas - Temporary Protection Visas (subclass 785) and Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (subclass 790)
  • People seeking asylum and currently holding a bridging visa (Bridging Visa E) - who have applied for and are eligible for Temporary and Permanent Protection Visas and Safe Haven Enterprise Visas.

The specific eligible visa classes will be flexible in response to Government policy changes, provided the visa classes are for refugees and people seeking asylum who are not otherwise eligible for Government programs designed to assist students with university study (such as CSPs, FEE-HELP, and HECS-HELP).

How many scholarships are there in 2017?

There are five Humanitarian Scholarships supporting study in La Trobe’s Tertiary Enabling Program in 2017.

What is the value of each scholarship?

Each scholarships offered includes:

  • Full tuition fees to the value of A$6000
  • A$1500 living allowance bursary (paid to the scholarship recipient)

Where can I study the Tertiary Enabling Program in 2017?

The Tertiary Enabling Program will begin in July in the following locations:

  • Broadmeadows
  • Albury-Wodonga
  • Bendigo
  • Mildura
  • Shepparton

How do I apply for a Tertiary Enabling Program humanitarian scholarship?

Applicants need to complete the steps below to apply for a scholarship.

If you need any assistance with completing your application or have any questions please contact us. We are very happy to help.

Apply for the Tertiary Enabling Program and receive a conditional letter of offer
  • Scholarship applicants must meet the entry requirements for the Tertiary Enabling Program including English language proficiency
  • Scholarship applicants must first apply for the Tertiary Enabling Program and have received a conditional offer to study this program. This conditional offer must be included with the scholarship application.
  • The Tertiary Enabling Program team is very happy to support students with applying for the program. The application form for the Tertiary Enabling Program is available from the program website:
Complete a scholarship application form including personal statement
  • Scholarship applicants must complete a Tertiary Enabling Program Humanitarian Scholarship Application form available from

What are my obligations if I am awarded a scholarship?

The scholarship recipient must enrol in the Tertiary Enabling Program and actively undertake the requirements of the program. The scholarship recipient will also be required to participate in individual monthly meetings with a member of the TEP coordination team to monitor their progress and identify any additional support requirements.

How will scholarship recipients be selected?

Applicants who have submitted a complete application prior to the closing date will be considered for one of five Tertiary Enabling Program Humanitarian Scholarships available in 2017.

The primary selection criteria area:

  1. Financial need & hardship: this is the primary basis for selection of the five scholarship recipients
  2. Academic merit: where additional criteria are necessary to differentiate between candidates demonstrating financial need, academic merit will be considered
  3. Length of time in Australia: consideration may also be given to the length of time a candidate has spent in Australia in order to differentiate between candidates.

Scholarship Duration

The scholarship is a single payment, supporting one attempt at the Tertiary Enabling Program.

In the event that the scholarship recipient does not successfully complete the program the scholarship cannot be extended to cover the fees of additional attempts at the program.

The student could reapply for the program if their visa status changes to meet the normal visa entry requirements of the Tertiary Enabling Program.

We would be delighted to provide you with more information:

Tertiary Enabling Program & general scholarship information:


Visa eligibility - La Trobe International