HB Higgins Poetry Scholarship

23rd Feb 2017
24th Apr 2017
Study level
Honours, Graduate coursework, Graduate research
Enrolment status
Current student; Alumnus
University Trust Record


Study Area

Creative Writing, English and Theatre Studies


The HB Higgins Scholarship is awarded for the purpose of enhancing the study of poetry in any language.

The donor, the Honourable Henry Bournes Higgins K.C. (master of Arts and bachelor of Laws and a member of the Council of the University) on 25 October 1904, presented to the University £1000 of Victorian Government Stock for the purpose of founding in the University a scholarship for the study of poetry.




Open to University of Melbourne alumni who graduated from a Bachelor of Arts (including BA Honours) :

  • in the period 2 March 2015 to 1 March 2017, or
  • who are continuing onto Graduate Coursework or Graduate Research studies at the University of Melbourne, or
  • who are undertaking Honours (who have been conferred with a Bachelor of Arts)

Applicants must have the intention of enhancing the study of poetry (in any language).


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).

Recipients are required to:

  • Accept award online within 21 days
  • Write two letters of appreciation to the donor/committee (upon acceptance and after completion)
  • Submit a final report


Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 6-8 weeks after the closing date.

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)
  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



Email artsprizes-info@unimelb.edu.au


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.

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.

Taxation on scholarships

Scholarships awarded to part-time students are assessed as taxable income by the Australian Taxation Office (under section 51-10 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997).

To ensure the correct rate of income tax is withheld, part-time students will be asked to provide a Tax File Number (TFN) Declaration Form prior to payment.

For further information on whether a scholarship is taxable, please visit the Australian Taxation Office website.