Swinburne Kath Watson Scholarship for Women

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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.

Provided by: Swinburne University of Technology

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The scholarship is valued at $2500 per year, for up to five years.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Kath Watson Scholarship for Women, applicants must:

  • Meet the following criteria:
    • female student
    • 25 years of age or older in the year the scholarship commences
    • an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa
  • Meet the following enrolment criteria:
    • be a commencing or continuing Swinburne student in Semester 1, 2022
    • enrolled full-time in any vocational education (Certificate IV and above), undergraduate or postgraduate course offered by Swinburne University of Technology
  • Submit a personal statement (500 words) addressing the following points:
    • a commitment to study
    • career aspirations
  • Demonstrate and provide evidence of financial hardship and educational disadvantage. Disadvantage may include:
    • financial difficulty or low income (Centrelink statement, payslips. Bank statements can be used if an explanation is provided in a personal statement)
    • 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
  • Provide two written references outlining your suitability for the scholarship:
    • Academic reference – from a person qualified to comment on academic studies, such as a subject coordinator, school principal, etc.
    • Character reference – from a person competent to supply a character reference such as a current or past employer.



1 November 2021


31 March 2022


$2,500 AUD per year



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