The General Sir John Monash Scholarships are Australia’s prestigious postgraduate scholarship program.  The Scholarships celebrate one of Australia’s finest leaders.

Each year John Monash Scholarships are awarded to outstanding graduates from Australian universities, who have demonstrated leadership skills, and have a vision for a better Australia.

The Scholarship enables them to undertake Masters or Doctoral degrees at the world’s best universities, towards that vision.

Why apply for a John Monash Scholarship?

A minimum of 10 postgraduate Scholarships are available, each valued at AUD $60,000 per year for a maximum of three years (up to AUD $180,000 ).

John Monash Scholars immediately achieve national and local recognition through the publicity offered to the Scholarships.

Over the longer term, the Scholars are part of a growing community of outstanding young Australian leaders aspiring to advance our nation.

If you think you have a record of achievement and desire to play a leadership role for Australia – apply now, or contact us to discuss an application.  The Foundation will be delighted to hear from you.

Kathryn Roberts & Peter Darvall


In awarding John Monash Scholarships, factors considered include:

  • Outstanding Intellect – demonstrated by academic excellence (having completed or are about to complete a university degree or degrees with outstanding results, such as an honours degree (with a classification of 1 or 2A) or equivalent.  Excellence is also demonstrated through language skills, musical skills and/or publications;
  • Leadership – demonstrated and potential – within or outside of an Applicant’s field of study or professional field; Citizenship – community service;
  • Program – defined research project or study programme to be conducted at an overseas University;
  • The case presented by the applicant of the significance of the applicant’s potential contribution to their field and to the community;
  • Referee reports outlining the applicant’s abilities.

The John Monash Scholarships are available for postgraduates to attend universities that are considered to be amongst the global leaders in the field of study. Applicants should identify in their applications up to three universities to which they have sought or would seek acceptance.

To consider applying, a candidate and their referees should believe they have demonstrated excellence in their university degree, together with the ability to lead in the private or public sector. Further, they must provide a compelling case that they can make a major contribution to the advancement of Australia in their subsequent career.

They must believe that completing a post-graduate qualification at an outstanding institution in another country would give them recognition, skills, and networks that equip them for a leadership role in or for Australia in coming decades.

For the ten or more applicants who receive a John Monash Scholarship each year, the benefits are immediate and enduring.

Who Can Apply

To be eligible to apply for a John Monash Scholarship you must:

  1. Be an Australian Citizen;
  2. Have completed or be about to complete an undergraduate degree from an Australian University, and;
  3. Be planning to undertake postgraduate study at an overseas university commencing in 2015.

The Scholarships support any postgraduate degree however the Applicant must be able to argue the merits of the chosen course and institution.

The John Monash Scholarships are not limited by age, gender, or academic field of study.

Commencement of Studies

The Scholarships are granted for the commencement of the study programme in the calendar year following the year of application and selection.

Application Process

Selection Procedure for 2015 Scholarships:

May – August 2014 Applications open: applications to be submitted online between Monday 12 May 2014 and 5pm Wednesday 13 August 2014.
September 2014 Short listing: a national shortlisting panel will review applications and recommend for interview by the State and Territory Selection Panels.
September – October 2014 State and Territory interviews: State and Territory based Panels will   interview a total of between 80 and 90 applicants and recommend 20-25 Finalists for interview by the National Selection Panel.
November 2014 The National Selection Panel, chaired by a Director of the Foundation, is responsible for interviewing Finalists and making recommendations to the Board of the Foundation, who will make the final selection of Scholars.

Winners of the 2015 John Monash Scholarships are informed by the CEO of the Foundation and publically announced in November 2014.  The Scholarships Presentation Ceremony will be held in the first quarter of 2015.

The decision of the Board of the General Sir John Monash Foundation is final.

How to Apply for a 2015 Scholarship

Application Categories

The John Monash Scholarships are offered to students undertaking a postgraduate degree in any discipline. However, for the purposes of application assessment you are required to submit your application within one of the following application categories:

  1. Environment- includes environmental sciences, conservation management, biodiversity studies, climate change assessment and impacts, environmental law and policy, water studies.
  2. Law- includes Australian law, international law, constitutional topics, intellectual property.
  3. Health- includes public health, indigenous health, health policy, medical research, clinical medicine studies (for a degree), psychology and psychiatry, population health.
  4. Arts & Humanities- includes philosophy, literature, sociology, classical studies, music and musicology, theatre, fine arts, arts management and policy, theology.
  5. Policy and Politics- includes political sciences, government design, public policy (domestic and international), domestic and international human rights, education, defence policy and leadership.
  6. Business & Economics- includes macro and micro economics, productivity and employment, business administration and leadership, entrepreneurship, and region-specific (e.g. Asia) business and management studies, finance.
  7. Science, Engineering & Technology- includes pure sciences (physics, chemistry, mathematics), applied sciences, technology commercialisation, engineering technologies, engineering management, science strategy and management.
  8.  Other- includes almost any other degree or topics not listed above.

The purpose of this is to allow an applicant’s material to be initially assessed by reviewers with expertise and familiarity in that field.  If you have any questions about which category is most relevant to your field of study please contact the Foundation at or call CEO, Dr Peter Binks on +61 3 9620 2428.  The Foundation welcomes these conversations: they allow the applicant to position their work to best fit, and the Foundation to understand the applicant group better.

Applying Online

  • Follow the link to the Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) website. All 2015 John Monash Scholarship applications must be submitted via the ASF website.
  • Follow the ASF steps to Create a Profile. This includes:
    1. Profile Information
    2. Account Verification
    3. Additional Information (please note that if your phone number is more than 10 digits (eg. overseas mobile or landline number) you will need to contact either or and request that it be added to your profile manually).
    4. Work Experience
  • Once you have created an ASF profile, you can select your scholarship application category from the drop-down menu on your profile page. Remember to select the application category that is most relevant to you. Please note: once you have started an application, the link for that application will appear under the ‘My Scholarships’ section (NOT in the drop-down menu). Also note that the link in the ‘My Scholarships’ section does not necessarily mean you have completed your application – you will receive a confirmation email to indicate a completed application. Click on the link found under the ‘My Scholarships’ section when you need to return to your application.
  • Complete the application form for your category. The application form in all categories is the same. Selecting a category helps with the screening process only. You are able to come and go from the application form as you please. Remember to click the ‘Save for Later’ button to ensure your answers are saved. The system will not automatically save your answers. A useful tip: save your answers in a separate document in case there is a momentary internet/browser failure which may prevent the system from saving your answers. You can log back in any time before the application closing deadline to complete your application. Simply visit this URL and enter your log in details.
  • When you have completed your application, please ensure you upload your transcript of results and a photo. Applications will not be assessed without these two supporting documents. Please upload these documents BEFORE pressing the ‘submit’ button on the application form as you cannot go back and upload them after doing so.

Please ensure you submit your application by 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday 13th August 2014.

IMPORTANT: You MUST click the ‘submit’ button once you have completed your application in order to officially submit your application. You will receive an email confirmation of this after you have submitted. Applications will not be accepted after this time.

For troubleshooting issues with the ASF online applications please contact

For questions on your application please contact the Foundation at or call CEO, Dr Peter Binks on +61 3 9620 2428.