Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When do applications open?
A. Applications open on the 1st of May and close at 11.59pm on the of 14th of July AEST. The Foundation accepts applications once a year, applications are not accepted outside of the set round each year.
Q. I plan on completing an application in this Scholarship round, my proposed study starts later this year, am I eligible to apply?
A. To be eligible for the John Monash Scholarship you must plan on undertaking your postgraduate degree the year after application and selection. E.g. applying in 2023 for a Masters or PhD commencing at any stage in 2024. Please note that it is not a part of the eligibility criteria to have already been accepted into your degree. Depending on the application intakes for your proposed course of study you may not apply until after the Scholarship round is complete.
Q. Is it possible to apply for the Scholarship to support two separate postgraduate degrees?
A. The Scholarship funding may only be used to support a whole postgraduate degree. For a postgraduate degree structure to be eligible for the Scholarship, it must be a full degree that is applied to and accepted by one application. For example, a full Masters/M.Phil or PhD/D.Phil. Applications for a dual Masters are only suitable if they fit this requirement of one application to guarantee entry to both, such as in the Oxford 1+1 style double masters.
Q. Who should I nominate as referees?
A. You must have three references submitted with your application. Referees should be the most senior people who can speak to your leadership capabilities, whether they be an academic, professional or personal. The Foundation recommends that you select the most appropriate combination of referees based on your career stage, however it is not recommended to submit all personal references.
Q. Is there average grade (distinction/high distinction) requirement to be eligible to apply?
A. There is no set GPA requirement as a part of the application eligibility criteria. However, the expectation is that the applicant can evidence their ability to get into their proposed degree of study and manage the academic rigour of a postgraduate degree.
Q. When will I hear if my application is being progressed?
A. Applications close at 11.59pm on the 14th of July. All applicants should expect to hear if they are being progressed to the first interview round between the 16th and 18th of August. This notification will be by email.
Q. Can I apply for other scholarships and still obtain a John Monash Scholarship?
A. Applicants who have been successful in securing a Rhodes, Fulbright or Ramsay scholarship for the same academic year are ineligible for a John Monash Scholarship. You are unable to hold the Rhodes, Fullbright or Ramsay scholarship concurrently with the John Monash Scholarship. Other scholarships should be raised during the application process to ensure there is no conflict-of-interest present. Please be transparent and communicate the other scholarships you have applied for. If you have been awarded a Rhodes, Fulbright or Ramsay scholarship for past study you are eligible to apply for a John Monash Scholarship for further postgraduate studies in the future.
Q. I was unsuccessful in my application for the John Monash Scholarship this year, am I able to apply again next year?
A. Yes. There is no limit to the number of times you can apply for the John Monash Scholarship. Written feedback from your prior application can be provided upon request from December following each selection round.
Q. What do the General Sir John Monash scholarship titles mean?
A. General Sir John Monash scholarship titles refer to the generous patrons who have facilitated the scholar's education and support their ongoing professional development. Using the full title is acknowledge to the valuable support that has enabled their success.