International House Scholarships

Current Residents

International House has scholarships and bursaries available to assist residents who may be in considerable financial need. Applicants need to show by their participation in the affairs and activities of the House that they appreciate the aims and objectives of International Houses in general and of the University of Sydney International House in particular.

Most scholarships and bursaries are awarded in the form of accommodation payments. 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 application form below. These applications are treated in the strictest confidence.

Scholarship Eligibility Amount Closing Date
Women's Committee Bursaries All residents - proven financial need. Between $1000/ $3000 p.a. 31 Oct
Ian Hudson Scholarship Postgraduate residents - proven financial need. $2000 p.a. 31 Oct
Mollie Burns Bursary All Australian female residents - proven high academic achievement. Approx $1000 p.a. 31 Oct
Cormack Rowlands Award All residents for a project to overcome disadvantage. $1000 p.a. 30 Aug
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. $11,000. 8 Jan
Rosalie McCutcheon Scholarship All residents for academic or professional development or to attend a conference, seminar or workshop. $500 p.a. 30 Apr/ 7 Sep
Graeme de Graaff Bursary All residents for academic or professional development or to attend a conference, seminar or workshop. $500 p.a. 30 Apr/ 7 Sep
Graeme de Graaff Scholarship All Australian residents - preference will be given to applicants from regional Australia or from disadvantaged backgrounds. $10,000 p.a. 8 Jan
Diane & Howard Cook Award Awarded to the resident who best exemplifies the ideals of International House.  $500 Oct
Davis Project for Peace Open to alll residents to design a grassroots project for peace. USD$10,000 each  

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: 31 October 2017



Ian Hudson Scholarship (Postgraduate Students only)

Mr Ian Hudson, whose energy and devotion to the House in its earliest years and whose links with Rotary International were largely responsible for the creation of The University of Sydney International House. His scholarship provides funds annually (approx $2000p.a.) to assist a resident in financial need. This scholarship is open to postgraduate residents only.

Closing Date: 31 October 2017


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



Cormack Rowlands Award

This grant was established in honour of Dr Joan Rowlands AM, who has had a far-reaching influence on the lives of residents at International House, first as a resident in 1970, then as Assistant Director (1979-80) and subsequently as president of SUIHAA.

The award is open to all residents of International House and is to be used within Australia or Overseas during the academic year for a project to overcome disadvantage. Individual residents or groups of residents can submit a project.

The value of the award is normally $1000. Expressions of interest must be submitted to the Director by 15 August and final proposals by 30 August. Please submit all expressions of interest to


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 amount will contribute to the applicant's International House fees 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


Rosalie McCutcheon Scholarship

Mrs Rosalie McCutcheon was the Resident Deputy Director for the critical first five years of International House. In this role Mrs Mac (as she was affectionately known) devoted herself to the well-being of all residents. On her death in February 1992, Mrs Mac’s commitment to International House and its ideals was re-affirmed by the bequest of the bulk of her small estate to the International House Alumni Association (SUIHAA). This bequest subsequently became the Rosalie McCutcheon Scholarship Fund.

The Rosalie McCutcheon Scholarship is open to all current International House residents enrolled in a course at the University of Sydney. The scholarship is to assist a resident either with academic or professional development, or to attend a conference, seminar or workshop in their area of study or on international issues.

Normally two scholarships may be awarded during the course of the academic year and will be available for 12 months from the date the award is made. A maximum amount of $500 per year can be awarded, at the discretion of the Sydney University International House Alumni Association.

Recipients must write a report of minimum 500 words for the SUIHAA newsletter about the benefit gained as a result of the award of the scholarship.

Applicants who were unsuccessful in applying for either the Graeme de Graaff or Rosalie McCutcheon Scholarships in previous semesters are welcome to reapply.

Closing Date: 30 April and 7 September 2017


Graeme de Graaff Bursary

Graeme de Graaff was the founding Director of Sydney University International House. When Graeme retired in 1987, alumni of International House established a scholarship fund in his name, in recognition of his unique contribution and enduring legacy to IH Sydney. The Graeme de Graaff Scholarship, funded by continuing donations from IH alumni, remains an important link between the Foundation of IH, the alumni (SUIHAA) and the current residents.

The Graeme de Graaff Bursary is open to all current International House residents enrolled in a course at the University of Sydney. The scholarship is to assist a resident either with academic or professional development, or to attend a conference, seminar or workshop in their area of study or on international issues.

Normally two scholarships may be awarded during the course of the academic year and will be available for 12 months from the date the award is made. A maximum amount of $500 per year can be awarded, at the discretion of the Sydney University International House Alumni Association.

Recipients must write a report of minimum 500 words for the SUIHAA newsletter about the benefit gained as a result of the award of the scholarship.

Applicants who were unsuccessful in applying for either the Graeme de Graaff or Rosalie McCutcheon Scholarships in previous semesters are welcome to reapply.

Closing Dates: 30 April and 7 September 2017


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


Diane & Howard Cook Award

Howard Cook was President of New York International House for 20 years until 1980 and helped in the planning of International House, Sydney. Howard and his wife Diane presented a gift to the House in 1985 to provide an annual award to the House resident who during the academic year best exemplified the ideals of International House:


  • To promote an educational environment for Australian and overseas students to promote greater understanding and fellowship between people of different nationalities by education and other means.

  • To promote the ideal of the International Houses 'that brotherhood may prevail' to promote the exchange of international ideas, knowledge and cultures.


Mr Cook passed away in 1996 but the award lives on in his name. The award is presented at the last House formal dinner of the year. Nominations are called for by the Director and residents of the House nominate the resident that has best demonstrated throughout the year the ideals listed above.

Applications closed.


Davis Projects for Peace

Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program partner schools and International Houses worldwide to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the Northern Hemisphere summer. Through a competition on over 90 campuses, projects are selected for funding at USD$10,000 each.

Further details regarding the Davis Project for Peace can be obtained on their website.

Hear Ishaa's story about her 2017 Davis Project for Peace in New Delhi, India