Melbourne School of Health SciencesDepartment of Optometry & Vision Sciences

Scholarship Opportunities

CIBA VISION Excellence Beyond Optometry Award

Information is available here.

Science Faculty

Information on awards, prizes and scholarships available to students within the Faculty of Science can be found at

Vision Sciences (Honours)

The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences will award a number of scholarships to Vision Sciences Honours students for the year 2011/2012 (for start of year or mid-year commencement). Students who receive a Melbourne Honours Scholarship will not be eligible for an Optometry and Vision Sciences Honours Scholarship.

Only students whose Honours project is conducted entirely within a laboratory of the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences will be eligible.

Scholarships will be awarded to students on the basis of their Faculty Honours Score (FHS) or third year grade average (GA).

FHS is calculated as a weighted average based on the students performance in their best 87.5 points of science study at the 300-level. The GA will be used where combined degree or BASc students have completed less than 87.5 points of 300-level science subjects.

In the case of students who completed third year Science at another University it will be necessary to have completed a major relevant to Vision Science at third year level and to have obtained a grade in third year equivalent to a H2A (75%) result at The University of Melbourne. These students will be considered for an award based on their third year grades and two academic referees' reports.

The Department will award scholarships based on academic merit as indicated by the FHS/GA. Australian and International Fee-paying students will receive the scholarship in the form of a fee-remission.

FHS/GAScore Value
CSP Students1 Fee-paying Students
85 or over $3,000 $4,000
80 to 84 $2,000 $3,000
75 to 79 $1,000 $2,000

All applicants for the Honours program will automatically be considered for a scholarship (it is not necessary to complete a separate application form). Referee reports for external applicants will be requested where required.

Honours application forms are available from the Department Office or The Faculty of Science.

Research Higher Degree (PhD and MPhil) scholarships

For those students undertaking a higher degree (PhD or MPhil) there are a number of scholarships available, funded by the University centrally, and also by the Faculty of Science in conjunction with the Department. Although candidates cannot be guaranteed a scholarship, it is highly unlikely that a postgraduate student would go without this source of financial support. Further information on available projects and scholarships is available at research/scholarships.html.

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