To be eligible to apply for a John Monash Scholarship you must:
Be an Australian Citizen;
Have completed or be about to complete a full degree from an Australian University, and;
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.
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. You should select an institution and degree based on it being the best place in the world for your desired impact.
The General Sir John Monash Foundation always seeks applicants who intend to study in a broad range of areas across medicine, science, engineering, business, law, humanities and all aspects of the arts - including music, literature, performance and fine art. This year we are very keen to have applicants considering cross disciplinary study and encourage you to apply if you have a particular focus on:
‘Sustainable Futures’ - Considering challenges and opportunities for the future in key areas of social concern such as but not limited to food security, alternative energy, built environments.
‘Social Innovation and Cohesion’ - Which would focus on areas of community need but require innovation and technology such as mental health initiatives, smarter more liveable cities, health initiatives driven by AI etc.
‘Cross Sectoral’ - To support research and cross sectoral collaborations to move forward social, energy, civic and scientific innovations.
Commencement of Studies
The Scholarships are granted for the commencement of a study programme in the calendar year following the year of application and selection. To be eligible for the John Monash Scholarship you must plan on undertaking your postgraduate degree the year after application and selection. E.g. an applicant submitting an application in the 2020 calendar year, must be planning on commencing their studies in the 2021 calendar year (at any stage).
Criteria for the John Monash Scholarships
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 - these may be any combination of academic, personal and professional.