Joan Bielski Scholarship

This financial support is not administered by the University.


Long time GW-NSW member, Joan Bielski AO, was a leading Australian feminist who left school at fourteen and only after service in the WAAF was she able to attend university as a returned service woman. Her wish was to enable other women who could not attend university after school, to get this 'second chance' to attend university and she left a generous bequest to achieve this. Donations from her family and friends and members of GW-NSW completed the funding.

Field of study

Any Discipline


You may be eligible to apply if you are:

  • A woman aged 35 years or over at the time of applying (i.e. born before 1 January 1986)
  • Undergraduate student in her first year of full time study at a university in NSW or ACT in a Government supported place and without previous university attendance
  • Has experienced hardship
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident and a Resident of NSW or ACT
  • Requirement to supply first semester results.


$5,000 paid twice per annum for up to three years subject to satisfactory academic achievement.

How to apply

In order to apply, you can click the "Apply Now' button and download the application form.

You are required to provide all supporting documents as requested in the application form as well as the guidelines document.

Further information

Please read the guidelines carefully and direct any further enquiries to the Fellowships Convener on