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International Student Welfare Grants

Creating local opportunities for global students

Program Overview

The International Student Welfare Grants seeks to fund organisations to deliver projects that support international students during their stay in Victoria.

At a glance

Potential value

Up to $50,000 per project per year to eligible organisations.




Applicants must be:

  • a legal entity operating in Victoria with an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have been in existence as a legal entity for more than two years
  • willing and able to provide on request financial reports for up to the last two financial years if seeking between $10,000 and $50,000 to help conduct a risk assessment (excluding local government and publicly-funded educational institutions).

More eligibility criteria


Eligible organisations include:

  • Student associations
  • Industry associations
  • Education providers
  • Not for profit organisations
  • Local government organisations
  • Dedicated international student community organisations

Eligible organisations that are not international student associations are expected to partner with an international student support organisation or association. 

Evaluation criteria

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • capacity to deliver projects or activities for Victorian-based international students
  • ability to demonstrate that the project addresses an existing gap/issue, targets potential issues by way of prevention or education, or enhances student experience
  • quality of the project
  • approach to engaging Victorian-based international students in the proposed project.

What you need to have before applying

Applicants should review the program guidelines and consider the intent and requirements of the program prior to submitting a proposal.

A two-stage application and assessment process will generally apply - Expression of Interest (EoI) followed by a grant application.

At EoI stage along with your EoI form, the supporting documentation you will be requested to submit is:

  • letter(s) of support/agreements from your collaborative partner(s).

At grant application stage, applicants will be requested to supply the following supporting documentation along with the grant application form: 

  • full budget including in-kind breakdown and finance plan (see templates provided)
  • insurance documentation
  • letters of support and/or agreements with collaborative partner(s)
  • for applicants seeking $10,000 and above, financial reports for the last two financial years.
Download the ISWG Program Guidelines 2015 (PDF 695 KB)PDF icon

Download the ISWG Program Guidelines - Word (DOCX 379.85 KB)DOCX icon

Download the ISWG Budget Template (XLSX 20.79 KB)XLSX icon

What you get  

Up to $50,000 per year to help support international students in Victoria. Activities that would be considered include (but are not limited to):

  • welfare service (including professional advice, financial advice and counselling)
  • events
  • workshops
  • volunteering and leadership programs
  • sporting activities
  • applied research
  • practice guides to help improve the international student experience.

How to apply

You will need to:
  • view the International Student Welfare Grants Guidelines 
  • complete an online form for an Expression of Interest (open ongoing)
  • complete a budget/finance plan using our template (grant applications only).

Printed, emailed, faxed, posted or hand-delivered applications will not be accepted. 

Lodge an Expression of Interest 

For advice and guidance during the application period on eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria, email

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