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Swinburne University of Technology

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Kath Watson Scholarship for Women

Key details

$2,000 per annum
Length of Support
5 years

About this scholarship

  • Applications are open 
  • Local students   
  • Future students

The Kath Watson Foundation was established to support female students from disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake and/or continue tertiary education and to achieve their full academic potential by reducing the need to work outside of study.

Courses eligible

Students offered a Kath Watson Scholarship may undertake one of the following courses:

  • a full-time vocational education course: certificate IV, diploma or advanced diploma
  • a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa
  • be a female  over 25 years of age or older by 1 January in the year the scholarship commences.
  • commencing or current student studying full-time in a course at Certificate IV level and above at Swinburne in Semester 1 in the year the scholarship is awarded.
  • demonstrate and provide evidence of financial need and educational disadvantage. Disadvantage may include:
    • financial difficulty or low income
    • disability or medical condition
    • delay or interruption to career or studies because of family responsibilities or illness
    • relocation from a rural or regional area in order to undertake tertiary study
    • English as a second language
    • identification as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • demonstrate a commitment to study and career aspirations (provide a personal statement not more than 500 words)
  • have had an interrupted education, i.e. at least two years away from full-time study.
  • provide two referee reports (written in the last 2 years) to support your application:
    • an academic reference - from a person competent to comment on your capacity to undertake/continue tertiary studies e.g. a subject coordinator and/or a school principal.
    • a character reference - from a person competent to comment on your suitability for the scholarship e.g. an employer.

Please note references cannot be supplied by a person related to you.


The scholarship is valued at $2000 per year for the duration of continuous study up to a maximum period of five years.


Eligible Degrees
  • Masters (Coursework)
  • Female
Eligible Study Fields
Property & Built Environment
Business & Management
Creative Arts
Teaching & Education
Engineering & Mathematics
Medical & Health Sciences
IT & Computer Science
Law, Legal Studies & Justice
Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences