Gowrie Scholarship


The Gowrie Scholarship derives from a fund that was set up in 1943 to maintain research scholarships in perpetual memory of those Australian men and women who gave their lives for their country in the Second World War.

The scholarship is targeted at those who are serving or have served in the Australian Armed Forces and their lineal descendants, particularly those for whom its relatively small monetary value will make a real difference.

Field of study

The Gowrie Scholarship is available to students undertaking a graduate research program at any Australian or international university.


The scholarship is open to any prospective or continuing Higher Degree Research student who is:

  • an Australian citizen; and
  • a past or present member of the Australian Armed Forces (whether Permanent or Reserve), or a lineal descendent of same (includes step, adopted and ex-nuptial children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren etc); and
  • able to demonstrate a strong claim to financial hardship; and
  • a graduate of an Australian university or a recognised institution in Australia, who has completed a Bachelor degree with Honours (AQF Level 8) or equivalent (AQF Level 9 Extended). (AQF refers to the Australian Qualifications Framework).


In awarding the scholarships, the following factors will be taken into consideration:

  • level of financial hardship demonstrated; and
  • educational accomplishments; and
  • strength of character (as evidenced, for example, by  the candidate's participation in extracurricular university or community activity or by their coping or having coped with significant personal challenges); and
  • any impact on the applicant resulting from the their or their nominated forebear's service in the Australian Armed Forces.

Special consideration will be given to lineal descendants of a member of the Australian Armed Forces who died as a result of any occurrence which happened during their service in war or non-warlike operations in or since the Second World War.


The scholarship is currently valued at $5,000 per annum.

The duration of the scholarship will be one year in the first instance. Successful applicants are required to re-apply if they are seeking funding for a second year, and to include a progress report from their research project supervisor.

How to apply

For instructions on how to apply for Gowrie Scholarship, please see the attached application form on this website.

The application form for 2022 offers will be available on the webpage once the scholarship application process opens in late 2021.