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About this scholarship


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



As mentioned in the offer letter

2 on offer

Payments made for 1 year


19-Dec-2023 to 31-Jan-2024

  • Student types

    Domestic, Current, Prospective
  • Student levels

    Postgraduate research
  • Number of scholarships awarded

    2 on offer
  • Selection bases

    Academic merit, Financial hardship

Field of study

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



The Award is available each year to Australian citizens who:

  • are past or present members of the Australian Defence Force (whether permanent or Reserve) or are lineal descendants of such members (see Section 18. Definitions); and
  • are able to demonstrate financial hardship; and
  • have completed a Bachelor Degree with Honours (AQF1 Level 8) or equivalent (AQF Level 9 Extended) and have graduated from a university or recognised tertiary institution in Australia or overseas; and
  • have applied for, been accepted into, or are a continuing student in a Higher Degree Research program at any Australian or international university.


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

  • level of financial hardship demonstrated;
  • academic merit;
  • strength of character and/or a record of contribution (as evidenced, for example, by participation in an extracurricular university or community activity or by coping or having coped with significant personal challenges);
  • the impact on the applicant’s lives resulting from their, or their forebear’s, service in the Australian Defence Force.

Special consideration will be given to lineal descendants of a member of the Australian Defence Force 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.

Additional information


The bursary is currently valued at up to $8,000 per annum.

The duration of the award 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.

Please support the Bursary with a Donation.

Application for 2024 are now closed.

2025 application round will open in December 2024.

Your completed online application will include the following items:

  • Copy of your passport or other proof of citizenship.
  • Official, or certified copies of your, academic transcripts.
  • Statutory Declaration certifying your relationship to any Australian Defence Forces member through whom you are claiming eligibility.
  • Certified copy of their service records, or other supporting evidence.
  • Description of proposed research program and progress in securing a place (with supporting documentation as appropriate).
  • Statutory Declaration certifying financial hardship circumstances, with supporting documents.
  • Personal Referee Report
  • Applicant’s Personal Statement.

(For current Gowrie Scholarship/Bursary holders) additional supporting documentation required:

  • Applicant’s statement re academic performance and progress to date.
  • Research supervisor’s statement re progress and ongoing support.

Please contact the Scholarships Team Coordinator by email to if you have any questions or to check that your referee reports have been received.

Please note that your Academic Referee will receive a link to the Academic Referee Report once you submit your application. In the event that you have a new referee, please provide them with the following link

Contact us:

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