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    The Northcote Postgraduate Scholarship

    The awards are to enable students normally resident in the UK to undertake a higher degree at an Australian university for up to three years.

    The Britain-Australia Society administers the Northcote Postgraduate Scholarships on behalf of the Northcote Trust.

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    There is no limitation on the field of study. Applicants must be resident in the UK (or one of its dependencies or territories) and need to ascertain their own eligibility for a postgraduate programme (MA or PhD) in Australia


    The scholarship provides:

    • visa costs
    • an economy return airfare to Australia
    • payment of compulsory university fees and charges as specified in the FAQ
    • a generous quarterly living allowance

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Please read the FAQ document thoroughly before contacting the office as the answer is likely to be there. Note that the Britain-Australia Society does not provide the scholarship nor take part in the decision process, it only provides administrative support to the Trust.

    Application Process

    • Application forms will be made available on this webpage from April
    • The closing date for lodging applications is August 23rd
    • After the closing date submissions are distributed to an Evaluation Committee
    • The Trustees then decide the scholarship awardee(s)
    • The decision is communicated to all applicants approximately 2 months after submissions close (i.e. around the end of October)

    Applications must be supported by:

    • A completed Northcote Postgraduate Scholarship application form which includes:
      – contact details
      – a summary CV
      – a statement from the applicant on the proposed course (1 or 2 pages)
      – a statement of why the study must be undertaken in Australia
    • Two references from persons able to assess the academic potential and character of the applicant
    • A Firm Offer from the university. If no offer has yet been obtained then a statement from the host institution in Australia indicating that programme of study can be appropriately pursued there and that the candidate is eligible and has been given provisional acceptance

    Obligations of scholarship awardees

    • The flight out must be taken within one year of the award
    • No funds above those stated will be entertained
    • The award be granted for no longer than 3 years
    • Scholars are responsible for arranging their own visa, health cover, insurance etc.
    • A yearly report must be submitted on progress and expenditure. This must be supported by course supervisors. Continuation of the grant depends on satisfactory reports
    • A comprehensive report on completion of the study is also required

    We aim to publish application forms annually in April.


    The forms are then also obtainable from The Northcote Trust Administrator:

    The Northcote Trust
    c/- The Britain-Australia Society
    Australia Centre
    London WC2B 4LG
    Tel: 020-7630-1075

    Please note that the scholarships are awarded by the Northcote Trust. The Britain-Australia Society has no involvement other than administrating the Trust.

    If you are a UK or Australian university we would appreciate if you would promote this scholarship to your graduates/prospective postgrads. Please click here for a flyer.

     You can find a brief history of the Trust by clicking here.

    Further information about studying in Australia can be found on the Study Options website


    Membership Application form

    Click here to download and fill out one of our membership forms. This can be returned to us by post or email at office@britain-australia.org.uk

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    The Britain-Australia Society Sponsors

    The organisations shown have all committed to supporting this year’s events. Many thanks to them.

    Commonwealth Bank Australia, CPA AustraliaEtihadCA ANZ,
    Godiva ChocolatierTait Memorial Trust and Vestey Foods Group.