The Alma Hansen Scholarship

16th Jan 2017
13th Mar 2017
Study level
Graduate coursework, Graduate research
Enrolment status
Future student; Current student
University Trust Record


Study Area


Alma Philippina Hands (formerly Hansen) late of Derby in England, who died on 29 July 1965 bequethed to the University, funds to support a postgraduate travelling scholarship. Mrs Hands studied Arts at the University where she won a number of scholarships and prizes including the Shakespeare Scholarship in 1911. In 1914, with the award of a government research scholarship in literature for the purpose of making an enquiry into the sources of some Shakespearean plays, and an Orient Steamship Company Scholarship for her study on Shakespeare’s London, she travelled to England and lived at Somerville College Oxford where she gained her MA in 1917.

The Alma Hansen Scholarship will be awarded to assist with travel to pursue studies overseas.



Several awards may be offered from this amount


Open to graduates, who are currently enrolled or intend to enrol, in a postgraduate program at The University of Melbourne and who wish to pursue their study and research which is relevant to their graduate studies at an overseas venue. The venue is to be approved for these purposes by the Council on the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts. Preference shall be given to Graduates in the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne and due consideration given to financial needs.


The value of any scholarship awarded will be determined after considering the successful applicant's proposed program of study, access to other financial resources and estimate of travel and living expenses. Applicant's financial need will be considered, ie access to other financial sources (APA, GRATS, GRATS Top-Up, PORES, School/department funds).

The Selection Committee will consider applications for the principal scholarship and for smaller additional grants. Any income surplus to providing the Alma Hansen Scholarship may be used to provide loans and travelling scholarships.

Recipients are required to:

  • Accept award online within 21 days
  • Write two letters of appreciation to their 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

Complete online application including budget details and upload the following supporting documents:

  1. Details of proposed program of study overseas
  2. Current Academic Record
  3. Two academic references
  4. Any other information to support application that may assist the committee in making its decision

Please ensure you have the above information available before you commence your online application.




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.