Flinders University :Matthew Flinders Scholarship Fund - Domestic

Opening Date: 19-06-2020   Closing Date: 28-08-2020  


Scholarships will be awarded to financially assist students who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with the aim of reducing financial stress so that students can continue their studies at Flinders University.

Source of funds

Scholarships will be funded by Flinders University as well as community donations. The funds have been pooled in an account named the “Matthew Flinders Scholarship Fund” within the University’s Karmel Endowment Fund.


Each Scholarship is to be used to assist students to support the continuation of their studies at Flinders University. Each Scholarship will be valued up to $2,000.

The number of scholarships and amount of scholarship payments will be dependent on available funds.



Applicants for the Scholarship must:

  • be enrolled at Flinders University; and
  • be able to demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • meet the Assessment Criteria.

Assessment Criteria

To be considered, applicants must be:

An Australian or NZ citizen, Australian Permanent resident or a permanent humanitarian visa holder who is:

  • Not in receipt of a Centrelink payment (excluding Family Tax Payment); or
  • Not in receipt of a Government “JobKeeper” payment; and
  • Deemed to be ineligible for Centrelink Student payments (i.e. under 22 years, and “dependant” on parental/caregiver income).


Scholarship Payment Schedule

The scholarship amount (not to exceed $2,000) determined to be allocated/awarded to an eligible student applicant by the Scholarship Committee will be paid in two equal instalments. Payment will be made after the Semester 2, 2020 and Semester 2, 2021 census dates. Recipients will not normally be eligible for a second or subsequent Matthew Flinders Scholarship.



The Scholarship selection will be made based on greatest financial hardship/need as determined in the discretion of the Matthew Flinders Scholarship Committee based on the information contained in scholarship applications received and otherwise in accordance with the Fund Terms of Reference.


Applications must be submitted online through the Flinders University Student System.

Applicants will need to login and navigate to the My Scholarships tab to apply. The application form for this scholarship is called " Matthew Flinders Scholarship". Please read the how to apply page and ensure all of your personal details are up-to-date in the Student System as you will be assessed using this information.

Scholarship Payment

Successful applicants will be paid directly into their nominated Australian Bank Account.

You will need to enter your bank account details into the Student System, accessible via the Flinders Dashboard. Once you have logged in, please follow the following instructions:

  1. Select the Student System   
  2. Go to the My Finances tab
  3. Select Enter Banking Details
  4. Select Change
  5. Select the Payment Method of Electronic Funds Transfer
  6. Bank Code needs to be set as Type BSB
  7. Enter the BSB and account numbers in the fields provided. This needs to follow the format ***-***
  8. Double check your details and save your changes

Application Tips

Assessment Criteria

If you are in receipt of any of the Government Benefits listed below you will not be eligible for this scholarship:

  • JobSeeker Payment
  • Partner Allowance
  • Widow Allowance
  • Sickness Allowance
  • Youth Allowance
  • Austudy
  • ABSTUDY Living Allowance
  • Parenting Payment
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Special Benefit.


Supporting Documents

COVID-19 Impact Statement – This document should describe the financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on you. This can include changes to your own circumstances, for example, employment changes. 

This document will be read and assessed by the Selection Committee.

COVID-19 Financial Documents – These documents should include any evidence that you have to confirm your current circumstances. Evidence of changes to employment (payslips), other scholarships or grants that you have received in 2020, other evidence of financial hardship can be uploaded here.

Bank Statements – You should upload copies of your bank statements from your financial institutions which show all transactions from 1 March 2020 to the current date.  If you have multiple bank accounts, you must upload statements for all accounts.



  • View rules for this scholarship scheme.
Scholarship Type: undergraduate, honours, postgraduate, research, financial, commencing, continuing, Indigenous students, international students, regional/remote/rural students,