Faculty of Arts Graduate Internship Grants

1st Jan 2019
31st Dec 2019
Study level
Graduate coursework
Enrolment status
Current student
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Graduate scheme

Study Area


The Faculty of Arts offers a limited number of internship grants to graduate coursework students in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSHSS) and the Melbourne School of Government (MSoG). Applications are accepted all year round and are assessed three times annually. Applications are open to students who meet the following criteria:

  1. The internship is an approved component of the relevant graduate program and is credit bearing, and takes place in an interstate or overseas location
  2. The student provides a copy of their Professional Placement Agreement demonstrating that their placement has been approved by both the host organisation and the relevant Program Coordinator and/or Internship Coordinator
  3. The student has completed at least 37.5 points and a semester of study at The University of Melbourne in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences or the Melbourne School of Government towards the degree for which they are seeking internship credit at the time of application
  4. At a minimum, successful applicants will have achieved an overall weighted average of at least 70% in their current degree program
  5. The student provides a copy of their receipts for paid economy flights to and from the internship destination (or equivalent overland transportation to and from the destination) and paid accommodation at the internship destination for the duration of the internship

The Graduate Internship Grants are competitive as limited funding is available.


Up to $1000 is awarded for interstate internships and up to $2000 is awarded for overseas internships. The amount awarded will correspond to a percentage of the documented travel and accommodation costs. Successful Graduate Internship Grants are currently being awarded at the rate of 50% of documented costs only. The amount awarded will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.


  1. The Graduate Internship Grant scheme accepts applications from graduate coursework students in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences or the Melbourne School of Government who have secured an interstate or international internship. A limited amount of one-off entitlements for one of the following travel options are available:
    • International travel - Up to a maximum of $2,000
    • Interstate travel* - Up to a maximum of $1,000
      *New Zealand is considered interstate travel for the purposes of the scheme.
  2. The committee's decision will be final
  3. Applicants are only eligible to receive the grant once
  4. 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
  5. Applicants must have adequate funds, or means, to pay for all travel-related costs before and during the internship. Applicants must not rely on the Graduate Internship Grant as a primary or essential source of funding. Payments to recipients of the grant will be made once the internship has been completed and results for the subject have been certified and ratified
  6. No late applications will be accepted for consideration until the next round. Retrospective applications will be accepted, for overseas or interstate internships completed in the twelve months preceding application
  7. It is assumed that the relevant EHS and Risk Assessment forms have/will be managed via the Program's Internship Coordination
  8. Approval of travel will be contingent upon the current Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) advice in respect to level of safety of overseas destination, available at the Smart Traveller website. Applications for Special Circumstances approval will be referred to the Academic Registrar, who must be provided with documentation of the grounds for this special consideration


Please allow at least four to six working weeks from submission of your application to formal notification of the outcome by email. At certain times in the academic year, and depending on the number of other grant/scholarship or course applications under consideration in the unit, this waiting period might be slightly longer.

Application process

You may apply once you are enrolled in the internship subject and are able to provide the following documents, which must be attached to your application. Incomplete applications will be declined and/or unassessed:

  • A scanned copy of your Vocational Placement Letter Agreement (VPLA) with the overseas or interstate internship host organisation, detailing the exact dates and contact hours of the confirmed placement
  • Paid receipts for economy fare return flights or equivalent overland transport fares to and from the internship destination specified in the Professional Placement Agreement supplied. Where travel to and from an internship destination is framed by personal travel, only a percentage of travel costs will be considered associated with the internship. Please do not submit receipts for everyday travel undertaken during the course of the internship
  • Paid receipts for accommodation costs associated with the duration of the internship. Costs for accommodation outside of the timeframe of the internship specified in the Professional Placement Agreement will not be considered associated with the internship

Only applications containing the aforementioned documentation will be considered. Applications are evaluated three times a year. Applications must be submitted by the following deadlines:

Round 1 Application Deadline: 11.59pm Sunday 25 February 2018
Round 2 Application Deadline: 11.59pm Sunday 08 July 2018
Round 3 Application Deadline: 11.59pm Sunday 11 November 2018

No late applications will be accepted for consideration until the next round. Retrospective applications will be accepted, for travel occurring no more than twelve months prior to the application deadline.

  • Application is via the online form
  • You must complete all sections of the form
  • You must submit all requested documents
  • The internship must be for credit towards a Faculty of Arts subject in which you are or were enrolled



Email: arts-internships-info@unimelb.edu.au