HB Higgins Poetry Scholarship

Status: Closed
Approximate value: $5,200
The amount available for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.
Open: 2 Mar 2015
Close: 14 Apr 2015
Area of study: Creative writing, English and theatre studies
Available to: Current students, Not enrolled
Study level: Honours, Graduate coursework, Graduate research
Travel support: Yes
Financial need: No
University trust record: UTR6.16

The Scholarship is open to University of Melbourne Bachelor of Arts (inc. B.A. Honours) students who graduated in the period 2 March 2014 to 1 March 2014 OR eligible students who are continuing their graduate studies in research or coursework at the University of Melbourne OR who are undertaking Honours (who have been conferred with a Bachelor of Arts).


On 25 October 1904, the Honourable Henry Bournes Higgins KC, MA, LLB and member of University Council presented funds of Victorian Government stock to found a University scholarship for the study of poetry.


The holder must undertake advanced studies with the aim of enhancing the study of poetry in any language during the tenure of the Scholarship. Such advanced studies may be taken in Australia or in other countries (please read trust regulation for further explanation).

Application process

You must supply the following documents to support your application. You can upload these into the electronic application form:

  1. Proposal for advanced studies of poetry, (two pages maximum) including:
  2. Current academic record or proof of completed BA at University of Melbourne and academic transcripts of all tertiary education to date
  3. Two academic references
  4. Any other documents or information which may assist the Faculty in making its decision

The judges' decision will be final and the University reserves the right not to award the prize in the event it is considered that no work of sufficient merit has been submitted. Winning applicants please note the University of Melbourne reserves the right to publish the name of the winning applicant on its websites and other University of Melbourne publications.