Great Irish Famine Memorial Refugee Scholarship


$7,500 per year for one year


Continuing students


Any undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Western Sydney University


Applicants must:

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents who have been granted a humanitarian visa, preferably in the last five years
  • be currently enrolled full or part-time in any undergraduate or postgraduate degree, and have completed at least one year of study
  • identify as female
  • demonstrate academic potential through a GPA of 4.0 or above

The Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee

The Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee has established the Great Irish Famine Memorial Refugee Scholarship to support a current female refugee student studying at Western Sydney University.

The Great Irish Famine Memorial Refugee Scholarship recognises all those affected by the Great Irish Famine (An Gorta Mor, 1845-1850) and honours the Irish Famine refugees who settled in Australia in the mid-1800s and helped shape Australian culture and society. We continue their legacy by supporting a current female refugee who seeks refuge and solace in our country in the belief that by advancing their education they too will contribute to shaping twenty-first century Australia.

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must provide a statement in support of their application indicating how they believe the receipt of the scholarship will assist them with their studies and in their future career. This statement should give a sufficient explanation of the applicant's background and current circumstances to enable the University to judge their eligibility, need and merit.

Successful applicants will be selected based on their written application, academic potential, their ability to meet the criteria and, where appropriate, performance in an interview before a selection panel.

Applications for this scholarship are now closed.