Museums Victoria 1854 Student Scholarships

Commemorating the establishment of the museum in 1854, the 1854 Student Scholarships aim to:

  • Increase awareness of Museums Victoria's research in the university community;
  • Train students in fields relevant to Museums Victoria;
  • Provide opportunities for developing partnerships between Museums Victoria and universities; and
  • Enhance Museums Victoria's collections.


Applicants must be undertaking an Honours, Masters or PhD research project related to Museums Victoria's collections, or in association with a museum researcher. Information about the museum's collections can be found on our Collections page on our website.


Scholarships of between $500 and $1,500 will be awarded in the fields of Natural Sciences, Australian History & Technology, and Indigenous Cultures.


Applications should be no more than two A4 pages in length (12 point font), detailing the project, its relevance to Museums Victoria's research activities and collections, intended outcomes and budget requested. The budget should clearly identify the costs as they relate to the project, such as airfares and accommodation for fieldwork, equipment purchases and research consumables. The 1854 scholarships will not fund budget items such as salaries, parking, thesis binding/printing or other costs that aren't directly relevant to the proposed research project.

In addition to the project proposal, a summary academic record and letters of recommendations from supervisors should be provided. It is recommended that applicants discuss their project with a relevant Museums Victoria curator prior to completing the application. The application should be submitted by email to by the due date. Criteria for selection are the applicant's record of achievement, relevance of the project to the museum's research program, and the quality and achievability of the project.

Conditions of the Scholarship

A brief final report must be forwarded to the Director, Collections, Research and Exhibitions by 30 June 2017. Any publications arising from work supported by the scholarship should include an acknowledgment to that effect within the publication. A copy of any such publication should be forwarded to the Director, Collections, Research and Exhibitions. Recipients will be encouraged to give a seminar at the museum on their research program.

2016 scholarship round now open

Applications close at 5.00pm on 31 March 2016. Late applications will not be accepted.

Queries and applications should be directed to:

Linda Cook, Executive Assistant, Collections, Research and Exhibitions Directorate
Ph: (03) 8341 7244

Applicants should note that Museums Victoria reserves the right to not award the scholarships following its assessment of the scholarship applications.