Melbourne Telstra Technology & Innovation Scholarships

Telstra’s purpose is to build a connected future so everyone can thrive. To achieve this, developing a skilled and diverse technology-focused workforce is critical to Telstra’s future success.
The Telstra Technology and Innovation Scholarships are one way Telstra is investing in future talent and proudly supporting and building the future technology talent pipeline in Australia.
Two scholarships will be awarded to high-achieving commencing undergraduate students who are female or of Indigenous descent. The scholarship winners will be supported through a study pathway from undergraduate Bachelor degree to completion of their Engineering or IT masters.

Scholarship details

Value: $100,000 approx. total

Duration: 5 Years

Availability: 2 scholarships offered

Application dates


Open: 13/09/2021
Close: 31/10/2021


This scholarship is for:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants
High school leavers

Areas of study:

  • Engineering

At Institution:

  • University of Melbourne

Study level:

  • Undergraduate

Study Load:

  • Full Time
  • Part Time


  • VIC

Eligibility Criteria

The scholarship is open to commencing students at the University of Melbourne who are:
  • either a female student or a student of Indigenous Australian descent
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident, with preference given to students from a rural or regional area of Australia
  • are currently enrolled in Australian Year 12 or the final year of the International Baccalaureate in Australia
  • apply through VTAC for a 2022 University of Melbourne undergraduate course with an engineering or IT major or breadth sequence that will lead to either:
    • the Master of Electrical Engineering
    • the Master of Mechatronics Engineering
    • the Master of Software Engineering
    • the Master of Information Systems, or
    • the Master of Information Technology
  • submit an online application addressing your career aspirations, evidence of community leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities.

How to Apply

  • Apply online via provided link between 13 September and 31 October. 
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a video interview mid-November. 
  • Successful candidates will receive a scholarship offer following the ATAR results release in December. 

Further Information

Two scholarships will be awarded, valued at up to $100,000 (paid at $10,000 per semester for up to ten semesters).
The successful recipients will also obtain a guaranteed placement in the paid Telstra Summer Intern Program during the Masters component of their studies. To find out more, visit
Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • you having applied for and meeting the prerequisite subjects and ATAR result for entry into one of the above listed courses, and
  • the strength of your personal statement demonstrating an interest in a career in Engineering & IT, and evidence of community leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities. 
Scholarship Conditions
In order to maintain the scholarship, recipients must:

  • be enrolled in at least 25 points/0.250 EFTSL at time of application and in each subsequent semester
  • maintain an average result of at least 65 in each semester of enrolment
  • maintain an enrolment in the engineering or IT major or breadth sequence that will lead to one of the specified Masters degrees
  • commence the Master degree in the next intake after completing their bachelor.