Bachelor of Design DELWP Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

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.

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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.


  • Applications for 2019 will open on August 6, 2018
  • Application deadline for 2019 scholarship: December 31, 2018
  • VTAC course applications for Semester 1, 2019 close at 5pm on September 28, 2018

Application process

  1. Applicants must have applied for the Bachelor of Design at the University of Melbourne via VTAC.
  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 after round 1 offer (early January 2019).
  4. Successful candidates for the Semester 1, 2019 intake will be notified by early February 2019.

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

DELWP Scholarship Application form


The DELWP Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship is a result of a partnership between the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Medley Hall and the University of Melbourne .