Monash Humanitarian Scholarship

Monash Humanitarian Scholarship

Achieving Potential Scholarship for Distinction

Are you an asylum seeker on a bridging visa? If you are a high-achieving student with the ambition to change your future, you may be eligible for the Monash Humanitarian Scholarship. You will receive 100% international student funding for the Monash undergraduate degree of your choice plus a yearly allowance of $6000.

Monash has increased the number of these scholarships available thanks to the generous donations from Alumni and supporters of the University through the Achieving Potential fund.

Total scholarship value

Full course fees plus up to $30,000 allowance

Number offered

Varies (Depending on funding)

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Pouya Heidari

Monash Asylum Seekers Scholarship

Pouya Heidari: Seeking a brighter future

Being on a bridging visa, Pouya Heidari, an asylum seeker from Iran, was not eligible for a publicly funded education and could certainly not afford the $34,000 annual fees of his chosen course.

Thanks to the Monash Asylum Seeker Scholarship, Pouya is able to pursue his dreams of being an astrophysicist. He is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Science at Monash University and well on his way to a future he had previously only dreamed about.

“This scholarship has changed the path of my life. Without it I would not be able to study at Monash. After I graduate I want to help other people with the things that I have learned at university.”

Am I eligible?

You must be one of the following:

  • An International student

You must meet the following criteria:

  • A person who is in Australia and currently on:
    • a Bridging Visa E, or
    • a Bridging Visa A and has applied for a Permanent Protection visa, or
    • a Temporary Protection Visa, or
    • a Safe Haven Enterprise Visa.
  • A commencing or continuing student enrolled or intending to enrol in an undergraduate degree as an international student at a Monash campus in Australia.
  • Have achieved a minimum ATAR of 70.00


  • Full international student course fees paid for the duration of the degree.
  • An allowance of $6000 per year (48 credit points of study) until the minimum points for your degree are completed.

Number offered

  • Variable depending on funding.

Selection criteria

  • Awarded based on academic achievement and personal circumstances.

To retain this scholarship:

  • You must maintain a pass average (50% or above) each semester.
  • You can continue to receive the scholarship if your residency changes, however you will not be eligible to continue to receive tuition payments if you are changed to a Commonwealth Supported Place and are eligible to defer your fees, but you may continue to receive the allowance.
  • You may be asked to provide an annual progress report to donors, giving you an opportunity to share your experiences and benefits.

How to apply

  • If you're applying for a course via VTAC, please complete the VTAC Scholarship Application form by Friday 9 October 2020.
  • If you are a current Monash student or applying directly to Monash for your course, please complete the separate application form by Friday 27 November 2020. You must also email a copy of your current Visa to
  • Note: To be considered for this scholarship, you must have applied for a course and be offered a place at Monash.
  • This scholarship cannot be deferred.

Every scholarship may have a different application process. Read the application details carefully and submit your application by the deadline.