The Northcote Graduate Scholarship 2020



Location (s):

  • Australia


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.


Application Process

  • Application forms will be made available on the webpage from April
  • The closing date for lodging applications is August 23rd
  • 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 Firm Offer from the university. If no offer has yet been obtained then 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

History of the Northcote Trust

The Rt Hon. Lady Alice Stephen Baroness Northcote was the wife of Australia’s Third Governor General and was a Dame of the British Empire and received the Star of India. She made a 1932 Will which included instructions to set up the Northcote Trust.

Alice died on June 1st 1934 and William Waldegrave Palmer, Earl Selborne, was made a Trustee to chair the Trust. In 1975 the aims of the Trust were restated as:

 “To assist students resident in the United Kingdom by awarding grants of scholarships to enable them to study in universities and colleges in Australia”.

Income from invested Trust funds determines how many scholars are supported each year but typically there are 1 to 3 new PhD and/or MA scholars awarded each year.

The Trust covers airfares, a stipend and all scholastic fees for up to 3 years. There is no limit on subject of study and past recipients have included those studying turtle migration, glassworking, coastal light pollution, cancer treatment, regional security and ophthalmology, among many other subjects.

Applications are reviewed by an expert group called the Executive Committee, which provides a shortlist and recommendation to the Trustees each year.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:


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


Deadline: August 23, 2019

Cost/funding for participants:


The scholarship provides:

  • an economy return airfare to Australia
  • payment of compulsory university fees and charges
  • a generous quarterly living allowance

The Visa is your own responsibility. The Trust will provide you with a letter confirming the financial support provided by the Scholarship. This is usually required by the University, and can also accompany your visa application.

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