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Student Opportunity Fund frequently asked questions

Applying for the fund

The Student Opportunity Fund is not able to assist with applications made on the basis of financial hardship. If you are seeking financial aid, please contact your Faculty for advice.

No. Students may only submit one application to any given round of the Student Opportunity Fund.

No. Students are required to advise on the application form if they have previously received funds from the Student Opportunity Fund; however success in a previous round does not disqualify students from receiving further Student Opportunity Funds.

No. The purpose of the Student Opportunity Fund is to support students to participate in unique activities during their studies that will greatly enhance their learning experience. 

No. To be eligible for the Student Opportunity Fund, you must be a current undergraduate or postgraduate student who is currently enrolled and will be enrolled during the semester in which the activity is undertaken.

No. The fund is to allow students to maximise opportunities that are available to them during their studies that will enhance their student experience. It does not necessarily have to be an event held on campus.

No. The funds need to be spent on the activity for which they were awarded. If you are no longer able to undertake the activity as approved in your application, you will need to advise the Office of Engagement that you are unable to accept the grant.

 No. The funds are not transferable and must be used by the student they were awarded to.

Application submission

It is important that you use the space provided to clearly explain your request and include as much relevant detail as possible. Please pay particular attention to the summary section to ensure it clearly outlines the request. An example of a suitable summary might be:

  • To subsidise travel and accommodation costs to undertake a 4 week internship with Company X in their Melbourne office to learn duties relevant to my degree and network with potential employers. This work experience is endorsed by my Faculty.

Accessing the Student Opportunity Fund

The funds will be paid on a reimbursement basis. Upon submission and approval of your Completion Report and receipts, you will be notified of your payment date.

Successful applicants will have the approved funds deposited into their nominated account upon submission of your completion report and tax receipts. Students will need to complete a Student Refund Form provided by the Office of Engagement before the funds can be transferred to the nominated bank or credit card account. Please note, your student account needs to be up to date prior to any payments being made to you.

Yes. Please contact the Office of Engagement to arrange a Student Refund Form to be e-mailed.

Yes. For group applications we require a dedicated bank account, please provide details to the Office of Engagement once you receive notification that your application has been successful.