General Sir John Monash Awards

Applications open
1 May 2022
Applications close
14 July 2022
Payment per year
$70000 per annum
up to 3 years
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Type of Scholarship
Study Abroad and Exchange
Travel Scholarships
Available In
All Faculties
Available To

John Monash Scholarships recognise excellence and leadership, and celebrate one of Australia’s finest leaders: General Sir John Monash.

Scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding Australian graduates to support them with post graduate study at the world’s best universities. Successful applicants have demonstrated excellence in their field, leadership potential, and a vision for how they can contribute to a better Australia. 

The John Monash Scholarships are not limited by age, gender, academic field of study or choice of overseas university.

Why apply for a John Monash Scholarship?

Between 15 and 20 postgraduate Scholarships are available, depending on the quality of the candidates, each valued at AUD $70,000 per year for a maximum of three years (up to AUD $210,000).

For the applicants who receive a John Monash Scholarship, the benefits are immediate and enduring. John Monash Scholars achieve national and local recognition through the publicity offered to the Scholarships, and the Foundation and the John Monash Scholars form a professional network which continues to provide support for Scholars throughout their career.


In awarding John Monash Scholarships, factors considered include:

  • Excellence in the candidate’s field of expertise – Usually a university degree obtained with outstanding results, but can also be demonstrated through prizes, awards, publications, performance, exhibitions and professional endeavours;
  • Leadership – Candidates should demonstrate leadership experience or potential in the field of study, professional environment and/or the community.
  • Research project or study program – Specific, well-developed case for support for the candidate’s study at the best overseas university in their field. It is not necessary to have been accepted at the institution at the time of applying for the Scholarship;
  • Proposed career pathway– Candidates must present a credible pathway, addressing an issue the applicant is passionate about, and which will be of benefit to Australia; and
  • 3 references: outlining the applicants abilities and endorsing the proposed course of study - these may be any combination of academic, personal and professional. 

Who Can Apply

To be eligible to apply for a John Monash Scholarship you must:

  1. Be an Australian Citizen;
  2. Have completed or be about to complete a full degree from an Australian University, and;
  3. Be planning to undertake postgraduate study at an overseas university commencing in the calendar year following the year of application and selection; it is not necessary to have already been accepted to the institution at the time of applying.

The Scholarships support any postgraduate degree however the Applicant must be able to argue the merits of the chosen course and institution. The Foundation encourages applicants to look beyond the ‘big name’ Universities and explore where dynamic, innovative work is being done in their field. You should select an institution and degree based on it being the best place in the world for your desired impact. 

Commencement of Studies

The Scholarships are granted for the commencement of a study programme in the calendar year following the year of application and selection. To be eligible for the John Monash Scholarship you must plan on undertaking your postgraduate degree the year after application and selection. E.g. an applicant submitting an application in the 2022 calendar year, must be planning on commencing their studies in the 2023 calendar year (at any stage). 

Find out more on the John Monash Website

Will Mitchell and Alex Makarowsky
Dr William Mitchell and Alex Makarowsky, 2019 John Monash Scholars

Monash scholars focus on remote area care and energy

Story by Crispin Savage, University of Adelaide

Two University of Adelaide graduates have been awarded John Monash Scholarships to pursue their studies which will ultimately lead them into their chosen fields of remote area critical care and next-generation energy systems.

Under the scholarship Dr William Mitchell and Alexander Makarowsky will head to Harvard University and University of Cambridge respectively.

The John Monash Scholarships are awarded to outstanding Australians with leadership potential who wish to pursue postgraduate studies overseas. They are two of only 18 recipients who will begin their studies in 2019 and the only ones to have graduated from a South Australian university.

Dr Mitchell, who is the Chairman’s Circle John Monash Scholar, will undertake a Master of Public Health while at Harvard University.

While at the University of Adelaide he completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. He is currently completing a Master of Clinical Education through the University of Melbourne.

Dr Mitchell will specialise in Clinical Effectiveness as part of his masters studies in the US. Following this he plans to complete intensive care training and return to work as an intensivist in central Australia.

“My focus is on retrieval and peri-admission care of critically ill patients in remote Australia and creating a strong Aboriginal medical workforce,” says Dr Mitchell.

Alexander Makarowsky has been awarded the Commonwealth Bank of Australia John Monash Scholar. He will undertake a MPhil in Energy Technologies while at the University of Cambridge.

Mr Makarowsky has a Bachelor of Telecommunications Engineering (Honours) from the University of Adelaide, where he studied as a Charles Hawker Memorial Scholar.

Once he has completed his studies in the UK, he plans to return to work in the Australian energy sector.

“I developed a strong desire to support the sustainable development of Australia’s neighbours while working as a volunteer in Timor-Leste and also to lead the world in addressing shared challenges, such as climate change,” says Mr Makarowsky.

He aims to help create the next generation of reliable, inexpensive and low-emissions energy systems and to further the use of scientific modelling in public policy.

The mission of the General Sir John Monash Foundation is to invest in outstanding Australians from all fields of endeavour who demonstrate remarkable qualities of leadership and have the ability to deliver outcomes and inspire others for the benefit of Australia.

The scholarships, which are awarded only after a three-stage selection process including two panel interviews in front of eminent Australians, are among the most important postgraduate scholarships currently available in Australia.

Pictured: Dr William Mitchell (l) and Alexander Makarowsky