The awards are to enable students normally resident in the UK to undertake a higher degree at an Australian university for up to three years.

The Britain-Australia Society administers the Northcote Graduate Scholarships on behalf of the Northcote Trust.



  • Applicants need to ascertain their own eligibility for a postgraduate programme (MA or PhD) in Australia
  • There is no limitation on the field of study

The scholarship provides:

  • an economy return airfare to Australia
  • payment of compulsory university fees and charges as specified in the FAQ
  • a generous quarterly living allowance

Application Process

  • Application forms will be made available on this webpage from April
  • The closing date for lodging applications is August 21st
  • After the closing date submissions are distributed to an Evaluation Committee
  • The Trustees then decide the scholarship awardee(s)
  • The decision is communicated to all applicants approximately 2 months after submissions close (i.e. around the end of October)

Applications must be supported by:

  • A statement from the applicant on the proposed course (1 or 2 pages)
  • Two references from persons able to assess the academic potential and character of the applicant
  • A statement from the host institution in Australia indicating that research can be appropriately pursued there and that the candidate is eligible and has been given provisional acceptance
  • A statement of why the study must be undertaken in Australia
  • A CV
  • The above must be completed on the Northcote Graduate Scholarship application form

Obligations of scholarship awardees

  • The flight out must be taken within one year of the award
  • No funds above those stated will be entertained
  • The award be granted for no longer than 3 years
  • Scholars are responsible for arranging their own health cover, insurance etc.
  • A yearly report must be submitted on progress and expenditure. This must be supported by course supervisors. Continuation of the grant depends on satisfactory reports
  • A comprehensive report on completion of the study is also required

Note: International Scholarship (Non-Australian Citizen)

Please note that the scholarships are awarded by the Northcote Trust. The Britain-Australia Society has no involvement other than administrating the Trust.