Application and selection


  • Year 10 students: How to apply

    1. Get your school's endorsement.

    Your school must endorse your application. Schools can endorse a maximum of five applicants so make sure you speak to your teachers about this early.

    2. Apply.

    Please view the sample application before you apply to ensure you have prepared all the information you will require in your application. To begin your application, please click the link below.

    Remember to complete your application by the mid October date.

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    3. Tell us about yourself

    Tell us about any extracurricular activities or leadership roles you have undertaken. You will also need to write about yourself (for example, about your role models, goals, challenges you have faced, etc.).We'd also love to hear about what you consider to be your greatest achievement so far. Remember to save your online application along the way, as it does time out intermittently.

    Application tips

    • Make sure your teachers know that you are putting in an application.
    • Check out the online application as early as you can. Take some time to think about the questions and get a teacher or parent to check over what you've written before you submit it.
    • Consider writing your responses to the extended questions in a word document first, before transferring it onto the online application form. Backing up is always important and this way you will always have a saved copy of the work you have done.
  • Teachers and schools: How to nominate a student

    1. Nominate online

    Nominations are made online and you will be asked to provide a statement of reference for up to five students who wish to join the program. Once your students have completed their portion of the application, you can log in to add your endorsements using the link below.

    Make a nomination

    2. Provide an online reference

    Schools can provide an online statement of reference for up to five nominated students. This may include:

    • Student's academic ability
    • Prizes/awards
    • Leadership roles
    • Involvement in the school or wider community
    • Participation in cultural, environmental or sporting activities

    Please provide as much information about the applicant to ensure the selection panel has a complete picture of each applicant.

    FAQs for schools


The selection panel will consider the following when selecting students for the program:

  • Eligibility
  • School endorsement
  • Academic performance: You should be in the top five per cent of your year level for academic performance
  • Leadership potential: You must demonstrate evidence of leadership, active citizenship and community involvement. Examples include: leadership and strong participation in school activities; community work; cultural, environmental or sporting activities; or representing your school in national competitions or other events.

Selection process

Satisfactorily completed applications are sent to the selection panel which is made up of academic staff from University faculties and graduate schools.

Each panel member is given a mix of schools and applicants to consider.

Up to 700 Young Scholars are selected per year. At least one Young Scholar from each Victorian secondary school will be selected subject to both the student and the school satisfactorily completing the online application and nomination process.

The outcomes of selection will be first communicated to the school Principal, Year 10 Coordinator and Careers Practitioner via post. The following day both successful and unsuccessful students will be notified of the selection outcomes via email.

Incomplete applications

If either the school written nomination statement or the student application are not satisfactorily completed the Onshore Recruitment Unit will undertake reasonable follow up with the school and applicant involved. If after appropriate follow up, either of these components remains incomplete the application will be rejected.

Late applications

If the University receives a request from a school representative wishing to nominate students after the deadline, the request will be considered by the Manager in the Onshore Recruitment Unit which may include further consultation with the relevant school leadership staff.

If the University receives a request from a student or parent/guardian wishing to participate in the program after the deadline, University staff will ask the student or parent/guardian to contact their school, to see whether the school will endorse the student’s late application.

Selection appeals

Applicants who have queries regarding the outcome of selection decisions should contact the Young Scholars Coordinator in the Onshore Recruitment via email: