The Poppy Undergraduate Scholarship


Every three years, the Australian National University (ANU) may award a scholarship known as The Poppy Undergraduate Scholarship

The objectives of the scholarship are:

  • to help enable and encourage the recipient to continue their studies
  • to acknowledge the efforts and the courage of the recipient in pursuing the undergraduate study
  • to support and inspire the recipient to continue to contribute to their community; and
  • to provide financial support to a person of disadvantage and who is in financial need;

The second-ranked applicant for the Scholarship will also be recognised and will be offered the Poppy Book Award to support and encourage the student to purchase books needed for their studies.

Field of study

Sociology, Economics, Commerce or Law


The scholarship will be available every three years to a prospective ANU student who:

  • has been admitted to a single or combined undergraduate degree program at the ANU within the areas of Sociology, Economics, Commerce or Law;
  • has not obtained an undergraduate degree previously in Australia, New Zealand or overseas; and
  • is an Australian citizen, New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holder.


The Poppy Undergraduate Scholarship is valued at $5,000 per year. The duration of the scholarship will be a maximum of three years and paid in equal instalments at the beginning of each semester.

The Poppy Book Award is valued at $500 per year. The duration of the award will be a maximum of three years and paid in equal instalments at the beginning of each semeste

How to apply

Applications for 2019 should be made via the University Admissions Centre (UAC) by 28th November 2018. The link to the UAC Equity portal is available by clicking on the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page. 

The application shall also consist of a supporting statement by the student of no more than 300 words which details how the scholarship would enable them to take advantage of their studies, to enable them to reach their full potential and continue to support to the communities around them.

The supporting statement shall be submitted to ANU Access and Inclusion via email ( prior to the scholarship closing date.

There is no separate application for the Poppy Book Award. Applicants for the Poppy Undergraduate Scholarship are automatically considered for the Poppy Book Award based on them meeting the eligibility criteria for that Scholarship.

Further information

This scholarship is offered every three years.  It was last awarded in 2016 and will next be offered in 2019.