Gallipoli Scholarship

Applications for the 2020 Gallipoli Scholarships (which includes the Bill Hall Scholarship) open on 1st January and close on 1st March 2020.

You are invited to apply for a Gallipoli Scholarship (which includes the Bill Hall Scholarship) to assist your first year of tertiary study either at university or TAFE (the latter at Degree, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level). Scholarships are awarded each year based on the decision of the Gallipoli Scholarship Selection Committee (GSSC). The essential selection criteria which must be satisfied to qualify for a Scholarship is outlined below. The decision of the GSSC is final and not open to appeal.

Applications for the Gallipoli Scholarship open each year on 1st January and close on 1st March 2020.

Please read the requirements for selection carefully and ensure that when submitting your application the required supporting documentation is included. Supporting documents can be mailed to the following address or scanned and emailed to 

Jan Hartmann
Suite 1103, 109 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000


An applicant for the Scholarship must:

  • Have qualified and been accepted to undertake tertiary study at University or TAFE (the latter at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level).
  • Be able to show necessitous circumstances through ill health of family members, death, separation from parents or guardians, unexpected financial loss or asset reduction that would otherwise prevent the applicant’s full-time attendance at university or TAFE.
  • Be in receipt of or be eligible to receive Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY or a similar Government benefit. This must be supported by relevant documentation in the form of the client registration number showing date of application and/or the decision in relation to the application
  • Be an Australian citizen.
  • Be a direct descendant of an Australian serviceman or servicewoman who served in either World War I or World War II.
  • Be under 25 years of age on 1 March in the year of application.
  • Commence their first year of university or TAFE studies (the latter at Degree, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level) in the year of application and be studying full-time.

Selection Criteria

Selection will be based on evidence of the following criteria:

  • Completion of the Application Form, available on this website, which provides personal details (including full contact details) and summarises the applicant’s performance, achievements and interests.
  • Provision of the applicant’s birth certificate.
  • A record of the applicant’s academic record at High School.
  • A copy of the applicant’s Higher School Certificate or similar qualification and notification of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or similar.
  • A brief explanation of the necessitous circumstances that would otherwise prevent an applicant attending university or TAFE.
  • Eligibility for payment of Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY, or a similar Government benefit.
  • Evidence of a direct line of descent from an Australian serviceman or servicewoman who served in World War I or World War II. (A direct line of descent means the ancestor must be a parent, grandparent or great grandparent; but not an uncle, aunt, cousin, step-parent or step-grandparent. This evidence must be supported by:
    – a simple family tree showing the line of descent to the applicant; and
    – providing the relevant details of the serviceman’s or servicewoman’s record – ie; Number, Rank, Name, Branch of Service, enlistment and – discharge information, area of service if known (eg Gallipoli, the Western Front, North Africa, New Guinea, etc).

Please ensure that all supporting documentation is scanned and attached to electronic applications; or copied, attached and mailed in hard copy applications.

Do NOT send original photos or documents. All documents must be copied from an original and certified by a person appropriately qualified under the Statutory Declarations Regulations 1993 – Schedule 2. These include but are not limited to:

  • A Justice of the Peace (including their registration number)
  • An accountant
  • A member of a recognised professional accounting body or a Registered Tax Agent
  • A judge, barrister, solicitor or patent attorney
  • A Commissioner for Affidavits, Declarations or Oaths
  • A bail justice or sheriff
  • A police officer
  • A postal manager
  • A principal of an Australian secondary college, high school or primary school
  • A medical practitioner
  • A minister of religion

Documents are NOT to be verified by an immediate relative or a person residing at the same address as the applicant.

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Bill Hall Bursary

In recognition of the enormous contribution of Bill Hall in establishing the Gallipoli Scholarship, commencing in 2019, the Bill Hall Bursary was introduced.

Recipients of a Gallipoli Scholarship from the previous year are eligible to apply for a Bill Hall Bursary to assist their second year of study at University or TAFE (at degree or advanced diploma level). The inaugural Bursary in 2019 was for $6,000 and is subject to the following conditions:

*   The applicant is undertaking the second year of study of the course for which they received a Gallipoli Scholarship.

*   The applicant is continuing studies at an approved institution immediately following-on from the first successful year of study.

*   The applicant has passed the first year of their study with an average of at least Distinction level.

Bill Hall Bursary candidates will be considered by the Gallipoli Scholarship Selection Committee and approved by the Gallipoli Scholarship Management Committee.  The Selection Committee will take into consideration the applicant’s results, the ongoing necessitous circumstances and any other information which supports the written application. The decision of the Management Committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Successful Bill Hall Bursary applicants will be awarded their Bursary at the same time as the Gallipoli Scholarships in April each year.

Applications must be in writing and be supported by the relevant documents showing results for the first year of university.  Applications for a Bill Hall Bursary close on 15 February each year.

Lockheed Martin Bursary

The 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 as a direct descendant of an Australian veteran 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.

LMA employees will be engaged as recruitment ambassadors, to recommend to personal networks to apply for the LMA Bursary.

There will be one LMA Bursary awarded for 2020, with a further 11 awarded up until end 2023.

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