Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarships

This financial support is not administered by the University.


The Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarships were established through the generosity of the founder of the Ramsay Centre, Mr Paul Ramsay. The first students will commence graduate study in 2021.

Scholarships are open annually to Australian citizens to pursue graduate study abroad. The aim of the scholarships is to enable coursework and/or research to be undertaken at the world's best universities and colleges for up to two years (and in select cases up to three years). Levels of support for tuition and living costs are fully competitive with such prestigious awards as the General Sir John Monash, Commonwealth, Rhodes and Fulbright Scholarships.


Selection Criteria

While it is expected that most applicants will have graduated in the past 5 years, the Ramsay Scholarships are open to all Australian citizens. The three criteria are assessed as follows:

  • Strength of character, leadership and service
  • Academic achievement
  • Commitment to advancing a richer and deeper understanding of our civilisation

Ramsay scholars will be selected on the basis of:

  • Strength of character, leadership qualities, and commitment to serve others as demonstrated by their contribution to the community, public debate or professional involvement.
  • Outstanding academic achievement, and breadth and depth of intellectual vision.
  • Commitment to advancing a richer and deeper understanding of our civilisation through studies related to its history, philosophy, legal and political systems, religious beliefs and practices, literature and languages, science and social sciences, music, art and architecture.

Field of study

Any Discipline


The majority of scholarships will be awarded to students to pursue graduate study at the world's best universities abroad, normally for up to 2 years (with the possibility in the case of some PhD candidates of extension to a third year). Scholarships cover tuition fees and living expenses. Value: up to AUS$85,000 p.a.

A select number of scholarships may be awarded to students to pursue the Master of Arts in the Liberal Arts focussing on the great books of the Western canon at St John's College, Annapolis. Ramsay Scholars attending St John's College will have opportunities for internships in Washington DC in their second year. For admission to St John's College, Annapolis, applicants will need a high-quality undergraduate degree in any field. These scholarships are valued at AUS$60,000 p.a. (max duration: 2 years) and cover tuition fees and living expenses. For information on the Master of Liberal Arts, see https://www.sjc.edu/academic-programs/graduate/masters-liberal-arts

How to apply

From Sept 2020 to Jan 2021, commence and finalise your application for overseas study with the relevant institution. In your Ramsay application, you will be able to list up to three institutions at which you've been offered a place.

To apply for the scholarship, you will need to:

  • Provide evidence of Australian citizenship (or permanent residency)
  • Provide evidence that you have been accepted into one or more of the graduate programs for which you have applied, for 2021 start. List up to three.
  • Provide an academic summary of your career to date (institutions and degrees obtained), including certified transcripts and awards
  • Provide a summary of work experience, community service and leadership, and other noteworthy non-academic activities
  • Address the selection criteria (400 words on each) and future goals (400 words)
  • Provide contact details of three referees. Referees will submit their references independently of the applicant. At least one of the referees must be able to speak about your academic ability.

Further information

Recipients of the scholarships will be expected to:

  • Write an annual report on their progress.
  • In most cases, return to Australia at the end of their studies or - if living abroad - volunteer to oversee the organisation of events for alumni and current Ramsay scholars in their region, and
  • Undertake activities over subsequent years (such as raising and, where possible, making contributions to a Future Scholars fund; meeting with past, current and prospective scholars; supporting Ramsay Centre events), in order to promote the scholarship program to interested groups.

Please see the website below for more information.