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Applications Open for 2023

About The Scholarship

Vice-Chancellor’s Meritorious Scholarship program 2023 offers 100% tuition fee waiver to four high-achieving Indian students for the full duration of their studies at the university. The Vice-Chancellor’s Meritorious Scholarship Program is a part of an initiative of Deakin named ‘Changing Lives’ and recognises students with consistently high academic performance with the potential to make a leading contribution to the university and their community back in India. Successful students will be required to participate in the Vice-Chancellor’s Professional Excellence Program, a personal and professional development program. Applications for the scholarship are open for students applying for the July intake this year.

The selection for the Vice-Chancellor’s Meritorious Scholarship Program is a rigorous process consisting of application review, referee recommendations and interviews/presentations including a panel interview with representatives from the academia and the industry. Deakin also offers other academic performance-based bursaries and scholarships for Indian students that include a 25% Merit Scholarship and a 20% Bursary for studies onshore in Australia.



Upto INR

30 million

Scholarship Value


Tuition fee waiver for entire duration
Exclusive member of the Vice Chancellor's Professional Excellence Program


Scholarships are open to all students residing in India who meet the minimum eligibility requirements. All previous qualifications must be successfully completed within the stipulated duration with no backlogs.

For Undergraduate studies
For Undergraduate studies

85% and above or equivalent in the 12th Indian Board Examinations / IB / GCSE

Students appearing for Year 12 can share their predicted scores while applying - final selection will be based on actual marks

Significant achievements in co-curricular activities

For Postgraduate studies
For Postgraduate studies

80% and above or equivalent in undergraduate degree

Students applying for a post graduate degree can share the scores of their second last semester of their final year - final selection will be based on actual marks

Significant achievements in co-curricular activities

Other Requirements
Other Requirements

Minimum English language capability as required by Deakin University

A demonstration of commitment to give back to the community

Testimonial from VC Scholars

I have always wanted to give back to the society by providing psychological aid to underprivileged people across the globe. This Scholarship gave me the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge at par with the global standards. I started my studies online last year due to travel restrictions and it has allowed me to balance my passion for psychology and sports.

Shristi Ostwal

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) | 2020

The Vice Chancellor's Scholarship has exposed me to numerous opportunities and opened various pathways for me. This program has strengthened my foundation and prepared me to enter the sport industry by developing a few key areas like public speaking, networking and leadership.

Reema Seshadri

Exercise and Sport Science | 2018

I think it is amazing not just because the tuition is paid but I think the most interesting part of this for me was being a part of the Vice-Chancellor’s Professional Excellence Program, which empowered me to achieve beyond expectations and be ready for the careers of the future.

Rupa Subramanian

MBA (International) | 2017

It wasn't merely an academic journey for me. It was the experience of a lifetime. If it weren't for the scholarship, I probably wouldn't have known the world outside of our country. I am thankful for being able to be part of Deakin. And I know there will be many like me.

Sonia Singha

Master of Communication | 2016

I have been extremely privileged to have been awarded the Deakin University Vice Chancellor’s meritorious 100 % scholarship, it allows me to be part of the Vice Chancellor’s Professional Excellence Program (VCPEP) wherein I will be able to meet and interact with achievers from all over the world.

Hritish Kakati

VC’s Meritorious Scholar | 2021

About Deakin University

Established in 1974, Deakin University successfully combines excellence in teaching, research and effective partnerships with industry and government to deliver high quality courses and undertake research that makes a difference to the domestic and international communities it serves.

Deakin's South Asia operations commenced in 1994 at New Delhi, India, making it one of the first overseas education provider to set operations in this region. Here, Deakin engages with the government, industry, and the academia to share its vibrant culture of education and research.