The Alma Hansen Scholarship

8th Jan 2018
4th Mar 2018
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.


Approximately $14,000

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

Eligible applicants must complete:

  1. the Financial Aid Assessment (If you have already completed a previous financial aid application this will show up when you login. Simply update your details and submit the application again. When you submit, you will receive an email acknowledgement that your application has been received.)
  2. the online application form (via the link below) which requires a 300-500 word statement outlining how the scholarship would impact your life and assist with your studies, details of your proposed study overseas and documents uploaded as outlined below
  • All students, except those over 25 years of age, or those receiving the "unreasonable to live at home" rate of Youth Allowance, should have their parents or guardians complete a Statement of Parents or Guardians Income form
  • Current academic transcript
  • Two academic references

Both applications (financial aid assessment and the application via the link below) must be submitted prior to the advertised closing date.