Sonia Narodowski Scholarship for Refugee or Migrant Students

Sonia Narodowski Scholarship for Refugee or Migrant Students

Achieving Potential Support Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a refugee or migrant commencing any undergraduate degree. It is valued up to $3,000.


3 Aug - 6 Nov 2020

Total scholarship value

Up to $3000

Number offered

One per year

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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 Australian citizen
  • A New Zealand citizen
  • Australian permanent resident
  • Australian humanitarian visa holder

You must meet the following criteria:

  • From a refugee and/or migrant background* and
  • Commencing student intending to enrol in an undergraduate degree at a Monash campus in Australia.

*For the purposes of this scholarship, migrant is defined as a person who was born overseas whose usual residence is Australia. A person is regarded as a usual resident if they have been (or are expected to be) residing in Australia for a period of 12 months or more. In the scholarship application, applicants will be asked to make a self-declaration. Students who declare that they are a migrant as per the definition, will be deemed to have fulfilled this condition of the eligibility criteria


  • $3000 paid for one year only.

Number offered

  • One scholarship available per year.

Selection criteria

  • Awarded on the basis of need to eligible applicants. Preference will be given to students who are recent refugees.

To retain this scholarship:

  • You must maintain a weighted average mark of 50 each semester.
  • Recipients will be asked to provide a written progress report on the benefits of the scholarship to the donor including their academic achievements.

How to apply

Every scholarship may have a different application process – or none at all. Read the application details carefully and submit your application by the deadline. For more details, visit our scholarships application page.