Gallipoli Scholarship

Applications for the 2022 Gallipoli Scholarships open on 1st January and close on 1st March 2022.

Purpose of the Scholarship

The Gallipoli Scholarship Fund seeks to perpetuate among young Australians an understanding of those enduring traditions of perseverance, courage, self-sacrifice and mateship that were established so indelibly in the cause of world peace at Gallipoli, and thereafter on other battlefields and peace operations. It helps inform and remind Australians of the sacrifices of those who served Australia in conflicts and peace operations, and thereby contributes to the future security of our nation and our national values of democracy, freedom, and the rule of law.

The Scholarship provides financial assistance to the most deserving and meritorious Australian applicants, commencing their first year of tertiary study at a University or TAFE at Degree, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level, in the year of application. In assessing suitability for an award, a 60% weighting applies to necessitous circumstances and a 40% weighting to educational merit. Currently, the Scholarship does not extend beyond one year.

From 2021 scholarship applicants must be an Australian citizen who is a direct descendant of a Service man or woman who has served in the Australian or New Zealand Defence Force in any conflict or peacekeeping role since the First World War. However, Bill Hall Bursaries are now awarded to previous recipients of a Gallipoli Scholarship for the second year of study and a Macintosh Foundation Bursary to previous recipients for their 3rd year.

The Awards

Each Scholarship is now worth $6,000 tax free, paid in two tranches: the first in April at the presentation ceremony, and the second on successful completion of the first semester providing the recipient is continuing their studies at university or TAFE (the latter at Degree, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level).

In recognition of the enormous contribution of Bill Hall in establishing the Gallipoli Scholarship, commencing in 2019, the Bill Hall Bursary was introduced as an incentive for first year Gallipoli Scholars who achieve a minimum Distinction average to apply for funding for their second year of tertiary study.

2020 marked the first presentation of the Merrylands RSL Bursary to mark the club’s long standing support of the Fund. It aims to support the allocation of a Bursary to a student from western Sydney or alternatively, a student from a regional area making the big step to attend a Sydney-based university.

The 2020 inaugural Lockheed Martin Australia Bursary is the GSF’s first corporate bursary. The value of each Lockheed Martin Bursary will be the same as for other Gallipoli Scholarships and Bursaries and apply for the first year of study. To be eligible for a LMA Bursary, applicants must satisfy the same core criteria common to all Gallipoli scholarships and additionally be enrolled in a tertiary course of study in a STEM field or related discipline. In subsequent years the bursary winners may become eligible for internships with LMA.

Indigenous Australians are encouraged to apply for all scholarships/bursaries, however, commencing in 2021, the GSF awarded the Calleo Indigenous Bursary to specifically honour an indigenous veteran. The current agreement calls for a minimum of one indigenous scholar for three years with an opportunity to extend.

Commencing in 2021, the GSF awarded the Hall Rotary Club (HRC) Bursary to a first-year student engaged in tertiary studies related to agriculture, with priority being given to candidates from the ACT/NSW region. The current agreement calls for a minimum of one scholar for three years with an opportunity to extend.

Also commencing in 2021, the GSF awarded the EY (Ernest & Young) Internship Bursary to a first-year student engaged in tertiary studies related to EY’s core activities, such as business, economics or finance. EY will provide internship to the selected scholar, and if the scholar proves worthy EY will continue to provide funding for subsequent years of the degree. The current agreement calls for a minimum of one new scholar per year for five years with an opportunity to extend.

See How to Apply for more details. From 2021 scholarship applicants must be an Australian citizen who is a direct descendant of a Service man or woman who has served in the Australian or New Zealand Defence Force in any conflict or peacekeeping role since the First World War.

RSL & Services Clubs Association is proud to be a supporter of the Gallipoli Scholarship.