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Bachelor of Design DELWP Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

Introducing the DELWP Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Medley Hall and the University of Melbourne have partnered together to introduce the DELWP Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship. This opportunity is available to students commencing the Bachelor of Design in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning from 2017 onwards.

The DELWP Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship aims to support the diversification of our student cohort and, consequently, of future urban planning professionals entering the workforce who will go on to shape our urban environment. The best way to facilitate a robust and inclusive urban planning agenda and future for Victoria is to ensure that the planners themselves are from diverse backgrounds.


The scholarship will support two students per year for the duration of their undergraduate study within the Bachelor of Design. Each student will receive $6,350 per annum for three years of the course at full time equivalent. Significantly subsidised accommodation at Medley Hall will also be offered as part of the scholarship (the total discounted amount is dependent on a financial assessment under Medley Hall’s entry requirements).


Applicants from an Indigenous Australian background are strongly encouraged to apply, as are students from disadvantaged financial backgrounds and/or students who have lived in (and for year 12 students, also completed secondary school in) regional Victoria or growth areas of Melbourne.

To be eligible you must:

  • Have applied or intend to apply for the Bachelor of Design through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), with a view to majoring in Urban Planning, and

Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa.

Notes about eligibility:

  • Indigenous Australian applicants will be contacted by Murrup Barak, the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development.
  • You will be considered to be of disadvantaged financial background if you can supply one of the following:

    • Proof of a means-tested Commonwealth income support payment (such as Austudy, ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance etc), or

   • Proof that your parents are in receipt of Family Tax Benefit A, or

   • A personal statement explaining how your disadvantaged financial background has affected you.

  • Areas that are considered to be growth areas of Melbourne are defined by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning as belonging to growth area municipalities including Cardinia Shire, City of Casey, City of Hume, Melton Shire, Mitchell Shire, Whittlesea City and Wyndham City.

Application Process

Application deadline to qualify for a Semester 1, 2017 scholarship: By 5:00pm on Friday, 16 December 2016.

  1. Applicants must have applied for the Bachelor of Design at the University of Melbourne via VTAC. Please note that very late applications will be accepted until 5pm December 2, 2016. After that time, the Change of Preference Period will allow existing applicants to add, subtract or reorder their course preferences.
  2. Applicants must next complete the scholarship application form which includes a short written task, via the button below. Applicants must provide supporting documentation with their application form, as indicated.
  3. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview in mid to late January 2017.
  4. Successful candidates for the Semester 1, 2017 intake will be notified by early February 2017.

Successful candidates will be selected based on a combination of their academic merit, their short written task and interview.

Please note: VTAC late course applications for Semester 1, 2017 close at 5:00pm on Friday, 4 November 2016

Very late VTAC course applications for Semester 1, 2017 close at 5:00pm on Friday, 2 December 2016