The John Monash Scholarships celebrate one of Australia’s finest leaders and are inspired by his vision that education ” befits persons for the higher duties of citizenship, and for the roles of leadership in all fields, to make Australia great.” (General Sir John Monash, 1920).

John Monash Scholarships are open to outstanding Australians with demonstrated leadership skills who are studying or working in areas of potential benefit to Australia. The Scholarship is publicised at all Australian universities to highlight the wonderful opportunity it offers for recipients to undertake postgraduate studies at an international institution.


Why apply for a John Monash Scholarship?

A minimum of 10 postgraduate Scholarships are available, each valued at AUD $60,000 per year for a maximum of three years (up to AUD $180,000 ).

John Monash Scholars immediately achieve national and local recognition through the publicity offered to the Scholarships. Over the longer term, the Scholars are part of a growing community of outstanding Australian leaders aspiring to advance our nation.

The Scholarships have no age or discipline restrictions, and are tailored for modern leadership in a global society.

If you think you have a record of achievement and desire to play a leadership role for Australia contact us to discuss an application.  The Foundation will be delighted to hear from you.


In awarding John Monash Scholarships, factors considered include:

  • Outstanding Intellect – demonstrated by academic excellence (having completed or are about to complete a university degree or degrees with outstanding results);  excellence can also be demonstrated through language skills, musical skills and/or publications;
  • Leadership – demonstrated and potential – within or outside of an Applicant’s field of study or professional field; Citizenship – community service;
  • Program – a defined research project or study programme to be conducted at an overseas University;
  • Proposed Career Trajectory – a credible and concrete pathway, addressing an issue the applicant is passionate about which is of benefit to Australia;
  • Referee reports supporting the applicant’s profile.

The John Monash Scholarships are available for postgraduate Scholars to attend universities that are considered to be amongst the global leaders in their field of study. Applicants should identify in their applications up to three universities to which they have sought or would seek acceptance.

To consider applying, a candidate and their (two) referees should believe they have demonstrated excellence in their university degree, together with the ability to lead in the private or public sector.

They must believe that completing a post-graduate qualification at an outstanding institution in another country would give them recognition, skills, and networks that equip them for a leadership role in or for Australia in coming decades.

For the ten or more applicants who receive a John Monash Scholarship each year, the benefits are immediate and enduring. The Foundation, and the John Monash Scholars, form a professional network which continues to provide support for Scholars throughout their career.

Who Can Apply

To be eligible to apply for a John Monash Scholarship you must:

  1. Be an Australian Citizen;
  2. Have completed or be about to complete an undergraduate degree from an Australian University, and;
  3. Be planning to undertake postgraduate study at an overseas university commencing in the calendar year following the year of application and selection.

The Scholarships support any postgraduate degree however the Applicant must be able to argue the merits of the chosen course and institution.

The John Monash Scholarships are not limited by age, gender, or academic field of study.

Commencement of Studies

The Scholarships are granted for the commencement of the study programme in the calendar year following the year of application and selection.

Kathryn Roberts & Peter Darvall

Above 2014 Scholar Kathryn Roberts with Prof Peter Darvall AO, Chair of the National Selection Panel

Application Process

Selection Procedure for the Scholarships:

May – August 2016 Applications open for the 2017 John Monash Scholarships.
End August Short listing: a national shortlisting panel will review applications and recommend for interview by the State and Territory Selection Panels.
September – October State and Territory interviews: State and Territory based Panels will interview a total of between 80 and 90 applicants and recommend 25-30 Finalists for interview by the National Selection Panel.
November The National Selection Panel, chaired by a Director of the Foundation, is responsible for interviewing Finalists and making recommendations to the Board of the Foundation, who will make the final selection of Scholars.


Winners of a John Monash Scholarship are informed by the CEO of the Foundation and publically announced in the November. The Scholarships Presentation Ceremony will then be held in the first quarter of the following year.