Awards, prizes and scholarships

Our scholarships are some of the most generous in Australia. They recognise the outstanding academic achievement of students from Australia and around the world.

The University of Melbourne and Faculty of Science award a number of scholarships, awards and prizes to eligible students in the Bachelor of Science or graduate degree programs.

The University of Melbourne Scholarships

The Faculty of Science Scholarships

Below is a list of some of the scholarships, awards and prizes available to both undergraduate and graduate students studying courses administered by the School of Earth Sciences.

The Baragwanath Geology Research Scholarships

The Baragwanath Geology Research Scholarships are awarded to outstanding candidates studying for Master of Science or PhD degrees in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

These prestigious scholarships were established from the bequest of the late George Baragwanath in 1996 in memory of his father, William Baragwanath. The scholarships are awarded to support research or experimental work in Geology on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Earth Sciences. The scholarships are tenable in any field of Geology in which the School is currently active.

Applications are invited from students having, or nearing completion of, a Bachelor of Science (Honours), a Master of Science, or an equivalent in some branch of geological science. The Baragwanath Scholarships provide a tax-free living allowance and other benefits as detailed below.


The following are some of the benefits of the Barawanath Scholarships:

  • Up to $20,000 per annum living allowance for PhD students, or up to $10,000 per year for Master of Science students, paid for three years (full-time) for a PhD and 18 months (full-time) for an MSc. It may be extended for another six months, providing candidature is also extended.
  • Part-time awards are also available at the level of 50% of the full-time award.
  • Recreation leave entitlement of 20 days each year.
  • Other details are as for the Melbourne Research Scholarships.


Normally to be taken up between 1 January and 31 March in the year for which they are granted. Later starting times may be allowed with the agreement of the Head of the School of Earth Sciences.

Awards cannot be deferred to the following academic year.


More information

Closing date for applications is 29 November each year.