The Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarships

These prestigious scholarships will be for international postgraduate study at Masters or PhD level.

It is envisaged that up to 25 Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarships will be offered nationwide in Australia from the beginning of the northern hemisphere 2020/2021 academic year.

The scholarships will be generous, comparable to existing prestige awards such as the Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford or the Monash Scholarships.

Eligible candidates will have completed a first-class undergraduate degree with honours in Australia within 2 years previous to applying.



Applicants will be accepted from March 2020.

Applicants will need to show:

  • Evidence of high academic achievement through completion of an undergraduate degree as above;
  • Evidence of significant leadership and/or community contribution and/or talent outside the academic field during the undergraduate years or before. Examples would including music, theatre and debating; sports; active participation in charitable activities and projects; and entrepreneurial activities;
  • Outstanding academic (2) and personal (2) references; and
  • Evidence of Australian citizenship.


Academic Discipline

The scholarships are open to any student graduating with:

  • A Bachelor of Arts;
  • A combined degree which including a BA as one of its components; and
  • A non BA degree with an Arts major or equivalent significant Arts component.

Applicants will need to show how their degree or the Arts portion of their degree has influenced their thinking about the influence of Western Civilisation on their other discipline or their outside activities.

Similarly, their postgraduate degree proposal will need to show how their planned research or coursework field may have been shaped by Western traditions of thought and how it may be expected to make a contribution in return.


Destination Universities

The majority of the Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarships will be awarded for study in one of two top overseas universities (to be announced). The remainder will be awarded for study in any overseas university provided the institution is considered by the selecting committee to be of sufficiently high academic reputation (i.e. commensurate with the prestige of the award).


Giving Back

Recipients of the scholarships will be expected to:

  • Write an annual report on their progress;
  • Return to Australia at the end of their studies; and
  • Undertake activities over subsequent years such as presentations, teaching at summer schools or attendance at Ramsay events in order to promote the awards and their rationale to interested community groups, especially prospective scholars.


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