International House Scholarships

Future Residents

All students applying for any scholarship must also submit an application to live at International House. Your scholarship will not be considered unless you have already applied online.

International House has scholarships and bursaries which are available to assist those residents who may be in considerable financial need. Applicants need to discuss how they plan to be involved in the affairs and activities of the House and that they understand and appreciate the aims and objectives of International Houses in general and of the University of Sydney International House in particular.

All scholarships are awarded in the form of accommodation scholarships or bursaries. All scholarships should not have any effect on Australian Government benefits and payments, such as Youth Allowance.

All applications should be made by completing the relevant form below. These applications are treated in the strictest confidence.


Scholarship Eligibility Amount Closing Date
Graeme de Graaff Scholarships All Australian residents - preference will be given to applicants from regional Australia or from disadvantage backgrounds. $10,000 8 Jan
International House Entrance Scholarships Future residents (preference to Australian applicants from regional or rural areas) - Proven financial need. Between $1000/ $3000 p.a. 8 Jan
Women's Committee Bursaries All residents - proven financial need. Between $1000/ $3000 p.a. 9 Jun
Ian Hudson Scholarship Postgraduate residents - proven financial need. $2000 p.a. 31 Oct
Michael H. Rathgeber Scholarship All residents - Good academic record or prospects or with special abilities - preference to an indigenous Australian or a student from Papua New Guinea or the Pacific Islands. 50% of IH fee p.a. 8 Jan
Mollie Burns Bursary (Female residents only) All Australian female residents - proven high academic achievement. Approx $1000 p.a. 31 Oct
E12 Scholarships Future residents - E12 students $2000 p.a. 8 Jan

Graeme de Graaff Scholarship

International House promotes international understanding and friendship by providing scholars from overseas with an opportunity to live and study in a multinational community with Australian hosts. Graeme de Graaff was Director of IH from 1966 until his retirement in 1987. Under Graeme’s leadership, International House became a place where friendships formed and understanding grew across national, cultural and religious barriers – a continuing function of International House that is immensely relevant to our world today.

Through the combined support of our alumni and friends, SUIHAA sought to provide a full residential scholarship in Graeme’s name. The residential scholarship was announced on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of International House at the University of Sydney and Graeme’s 80th birthday in April 2012. Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, the House is currently in a position to offer a residential scholarship of $10,000 per year (awarded every second year). The residential scholarship is not simply about providing assistance for the successful applicant. It has a much greater significance, helping to promote and maintain the concept of a core Australian community to act as hosts in International House.

In awarding this scholarship, preference will be given to applicants from regional Australia or from other backgrounds that may have limited their opportunities to participate in the multicultural aspects of Australian society.

Closing Date: 8 January 2018


International House Entrance Scholarships

International House Entrance Scholarships are open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of proven financial need and potential contribution toward the life of International House. Preference will be given to Australian applicants from regional or rural areas. The value of each scholarship is decided by a selection committee according to individual need, funds available and the number of scholarships awarded. Scholarships range in value between $1000 and $3000p.a. Each scholarship is available for one year only. Residents will then have the opportunity to apply for Returning Resident Scholarships and may be eligible for a loyalty discount.

Closing Date: 8 January 2018


Women's Committee Bursaries

These bursaries are open to both new and returning residents. The initial money raised for the bursaries came from the Women's Committee. Bursaries are awarded on the basis of proven financial need and proven contribution toward the life of the House. The value of each Bursary is decided according to individual need, funds available and the number of bursaries awarded. However they are usually between the value of $1000 and $3000 p.a. Each bursary is generally available for one year in the first instance.

Closing Date: 9 June 2017


Ian Hudson Scholarship

This bursary was established in 2004 from funds donated by Mollie Burns who was a member of The Women's Committee and a Fellow of International House. The bursary (approx $1000p.a.) is open to all Australian female applicants or female returning residents of International House, who are of sound academic status or have a high Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). This scholarship is to assist residents with general academic or living expenses, including accommodation.

Closing Date: 31 October 2017


Michael H. Rathgeber Scholarship

The scholarship was established in 1971 by a gift from Dr and Mrs Henri Rathgeber, in memory of their son, Michael, who lived in the House from its inception until his death in Japan in 1969. This scholarship is awarded by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Sydney on the advice of an IH Selection Committee. The Scholarship is awarded to any undergraduate or post graduate of the University of Sydney who has a good academic record or prospects or with special abilities, who would benefit from residence in International House and contribute to its purpose, but who would not be able to live in International House without financial assistance.

This scholarship is normally for 50% of the International House fees at the time for a single study bedroom for one academic year but may be awarded for a subsequent year or years. Preference will be given to an indigenous Australian or a student from Papua New Guinea or the Pacific Islands.

Closing Date: 8 January 2018


Mollie Burns Bursary (Female residents only)

This bursary was established in 2004 from funds donated by Mollie Burns who was a member of The Women's Committee and a Fellow of International House. The bursary (approx $1000p.a.) is open to all Australian female applicants or female returning residents of International House, who are of sound academic status or have a high Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). This scholarship is to assist residents with general academic or living expenses, including accommodation.

Closing Date: 31 October 2017


E12 Scholarships

International House keeps two (2) places aside per year for E12 students. This place includes a scholarship for $2000 for the first year only.

After you have applied to live at International House, please email to confirm your application and E12 status. You will then be notified if you have been successful.