AVCAT transforming lives through education
AVCAT scholarships include Long Tan Bursaries and sponsored scholarships. Sponsored scholarships are for the children and grandchildren of ex-serving veterans. Long Tan Bursaries are for the children and grandchildren of Vietnam Veterans and are available in each state and territory. The Long Tan Bursary is funded by the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
AVCAT sponsored scholarships are funded by ex-service organisations and private donors.
These scholarships are for children and grandchildren of ex-serving veterans.
All bursaries and sponsored scholarships are for tertiary education and are mostly $4000 per year, for three years.
To Be Eligible
Eligibility for a scholarship include the following:
- Australian residency status
- Planning to enrol or enrolled in an undergraduate degree in Australia of one or more
academic year’s duration in a university, TAFE college or registered training
- Be studying or planning to study full time online or face to face. Priority is given to
those who have not previously undertaken tertiary education
- Applicants who are seeking a scholarship for a second degree, Masters or Doctorate
degrees may be considered for a scholarship but will be treated as a lower priority. If
an applicant has received a Long Tan Bursary, they cannot be considered for another
Long Tan Bursary.
- In receipt of or eligible to receive Centrelink payments including Youth Allowance,
ABSTUDY, Austudy or an accepted means tested Commonwealth government payment.
- Be a child or a grandchild of an ex-serving veteran as defined by AVCATs Constitution (adopted children,
foster children, stepchildren and grandchildren). Stepchildren and foster children
must have resided with or been financially supported by their veteran stepparent for
5 of the last 10 years.
- The veteran must be an Australian ex-serving veteran with operational service
including eligible war service, war-like service and peacekeeping/peacemaking
service OR 3 or more continuous years of full-time other service, as a member of the
Australia Navy, Army or Air Force.
People who are serving in the Reserve Forces are considered to be serving so the
applicant is not eligible.
The same application form is used for all scholarships. Applicants will be considered for all
scholarships for which they are eligible.
How is my application assessed?
Applications are considered by a team of independent assessors and AVCAT’s National
Selection Committee. Each applicant is assessed on the following:
Applicants should be eligible on income and assets grounds for full-time means tested
educational benefits like Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY or Austudy or an accepted means tested
Commonwealth government payment at the time of application. In assessing the financial need,
income, household assets and liabilities are reviewed.
Applicants who have a greater degree of financial need for assistance with educational and
living costs will have a higher chance to be recommended for a scholarship.
An assessment is made about the ability of the applicant to complete the nominated course
of study and is dependent on recent academic results and an academic referee or employer
The assessors consider the impacts of the applicants’ personal, health and family
circumstances. Deservedness is based how the veteran’s service in the Australian Defence
Force has impacted on the family’s health and wellbeing. Applicants will need to detail the
health conditions of the veterans.
Applications open 18 August 2020 and close 31 October 2020
Available from application opening date 18 August 2020.
Express your interest until 30 October 2020
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Please refer to the guidelines above to find out if you are eligible to apply.
Applications for AVCAT scholarships open every year on the 18th August, Vietnam
Veterans’ Day, and close on 31 st October at 12am midnight AEST.
Applications are considered by a team of independent assessors and AVCAT’s National Selection Committee. The following criteria are used to assess applications:
Financial Need: the level of financial need is determined by the means test eligibility for a Centrelink educational payment or an accepted means tested Commonwealth government payment. Additionally, an applicant’s household assets and liabilities are reviewed.
Academic Potential: an applicant’s academic potential is assessed on recent academic results and the submission of an Academic Referee Report.
Deservedness: any personal challenges, family circumstances or health issues that may impact an applicant’s studies are taken into account.
Yes, grandchildren of ex-serving veterans are eligible to apply for all scholarships. As of 2020 grandchildren of Vietnam Veterans are eligible for the Long Tan Bursary. Step grandchildren are ineligible.
The selection process is very competitive and scholarship numbers are limited therefore, not all worthy and eligible applicants will receive a scholarship.
Refer to our Application Guide which details the supporting documents required.
It is advisable to start preparing your documents before applications open as this can take a considerable amount of time.
Applicants are notified of the outcome of their application by the end of February. Applicants will be kept updated on any change to the timing of notification.