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Support for current and future residents in financial need
International House offers scholarships, bursaries and grants to domestic and international students studying at the University of Sydney.

All students applying for any scholarship must also submit an application to live at International House. Your scholarship will not be considered unless you have already applied online. 

Applicants need to discuss how they plan to be involved in the affairs and activities of the house and that they understand and appreciate the aims and objectives of International Houses in general and of the University of Sydney International House in particular.

All scholarships are awarded in the form of accommodation scholarships or bursaries. Scholarships should not have any effect on Australian Government benefits and payments, such as Youth Allowance.

All applications should be made by completing the relevant form below. These applications are treated in the strictest confidence.

Each scholarship has a separate application. You may apply for more than one scholarship, and you may be awarded more than one scholarship.

Unless otherwise indicated, all scholarships open 31 August and close 15 November.






Michael H. Rathgeber Scholarship

All residents - Good academic record or prospects or with special abilities - preference to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student or a student from Papua New Guinea or the Pacific Islands.

Full residential scholarship

31 Aug

19 Jan

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Accommodation Award Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of International House 2 x full residential scholarships 16 Dec Upon filling

Graeme de Graaff Scholarship

All Australian residents - preference will be given to applicants from regional Australia or from disadvantaged backgrounds.


31 Aug

15 Nov

International House Entrance Scholarships

Future residents (preference to Australian applicants from regional or rural areas) - Proven financial need.

Between $3,000/ $10,000

31 Aug

15 Nov

Women's Committee Bursaries

All residents - proven financial need.


13 Aug

31 Aug

Ian Hudson Scholarship

Postgraduate residents - proven financial need.


13 Aug

31 Aug

Mollie Burns Bursary (Female residents only)

All Australian female residents - proven high academic achievement.


13 Aug

31 Aug

E12 Scholarships

Future residents - E12 students.


31 Aug

15 Nov

Graeme de Graaff and Rosalie McCutcheon Bursaries

All residents for academic or professional development or to attend a conference, seminar or workshop.

1 x $500
1 x $750


30 Apr/ 31 Aug

Diane & Howard Cook Award

Awarded to the resident who best exemplifies the ideals of International House.


28 Oct

3 Nov

Cormack Rowlands Award

All residents for a project to overcome disadvantage.



31 Mar

Davis Projects for Peace

Open to all residents to design a grassroots project for peace.

USD $10,000




The scholarship was established in 1971 by a gift from Dr and Mrs Henri Rathgeber, in memory of their son, Michael, who lived in the House from its inception until his death in Japan in 1969. This scholarship is awarded by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Sydney on the advice of an IH Selection Committee. The Scholarship is awarded to any undergraduate or post graduate of the University of Sydney who has a good academic record or prospects or with special abilities, who would benefit from residence in International House and contribute to its purpose, but who would not be able to live in International House without financial assistance.

This scholarship covers International House residential fees for the period of a full academic year for a single study bedroom but may be awarded for a subsequent year or years. Preference will be given to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student or a student from Papua New Guinea or the Pacific Islands. 

Applications close 15 January 2020.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students offered admission into the University of Sydney will be eligible for award and guaranteed accommodation. Application to International House required.

International House promotes international understanding and friendship by providing scholars from overseas with an opportunity to live and study in a multinational community with Australian hosts. Graeme de Graaff was Director of IH from 1966 until his retirement in 1987. Under Graeme’s leadership, International House became a place where friendships formed and understanding grew across national, cultural and religious barriers – a continuing function of International House that is immensely relevant to our world today.

Through the combined support of our alumni and friends, SUIHAA sought to provide a full residential scholarship in Graeme’s name. The idea for the scholarship came from Graeme's wife Lauris Elms and daughter Deborah to commemorate Graeme’s 80th birthday and the 45th anniversary of International House at the University of Sydney, both of which occured in April 2012. Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, the House is currently in a position to offer a residential scholarship of $10,000 per year (awarded every second year). The residential scholarship is not simply about providing assistance for the successful applicant. It has a much greater significance, helping to promote and maintain the concept of a core Australian community to act as hosts in International House.

In awarding this scholarship, preference will be given to applicants from regional Australia or from other backgrounds that may have limited their opportunities to participate in the multicultural aspects of Australian society. Read Graeme's biography (pdf, 206KB)


International House Entrance Scholarships are open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of proven financial need and potential contribution toward the life of International House. Preference will be given to Australian applicants from regional or rural areas. The value of each scholarship is decided by a selection committee according to individual need, funds available and the number of scholarships awarded. Scholarships range in value between $1000 and $3000p.a. Each scholarship is available for one year only. Residents will then have the opportunity to apply for Returning Resident Scholarships and may be eligible for a loyalty discount.

These bursaries are open to both new and returning residents. The initial money raised for the bursaries came from the Women's Committee. Bursaries are awarded on the basis of proven financial need and proven contribution toward the life of the House. The value of each Bursary is decided according to individual need, funds available and the number of bursaries awarded. However they are usually between the value of $1000 and $3000 p.a. Each bursary is generally available for one year in the first instance.

Mr Ian Hudson, whose energy and devotion to the House in its earliest years and whose links with Rotary International were largely responsible for the creation of The University of Sydney International House. His scholarship provides funds annually (approx $2,000p.a.) to assist a resident in financial need. This scholarship is open to postgraduate residents only.

International House keeps two places aside per year for E12 students. This place includes a scholarship for $3000 for the first year only.

Please email us to confirm your interest in International House and your E12 status. We will give you specific instructions on applying to IH and an application fee waiver.

This grant was established in honour of Dr Joan Rowlands AM, who has had a far-reaching influence on the lives of residents at International House, first as a resident in 1970, then as Assistant Director (1979-80) and subsequently as president of SUIHAA.

The award is open to all residents of International House and is to be used within Australia or overseas during the academic year for a project to overcome disadvantage. Individual residents or groups of residents can submit a project. The award is only available to full year residents and must be completed within their year of residency, with a report submitted prior to the end of term 2.

The value of the award is normally $1,000. Expressions of interest must be submitted by 31 March.

Email Laura with any questions or to discuss your project ideas.

This bursary was established in 2004 from funds donated by Mollie Burns who was a member of The Women's Committee and a Fellow of International House. The bursary (approx $1,000p.a.) is open to all Australian female applicants or female returning residents of International House, who are of sound academic status or have a high Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). This scholarship is to assist residents with general academic or living expenses, including accommodation.

Graeme de Graaff was the founding Director of Sydney University International House. When Graeme retired in 1987, alumni of International House established a bursary fund in his name, in recognition of his unique contribution and enduring legacy to IH Sydney. The Graeme de Graaff Bursary remains an important link between the Foundation of IH, the alumni (SUIHAA) and the current residents.

Mrs Rosalie McCutcheon was the Resident Deputy Director for the critical first five years of International House. In this role Mrs Mac (as she was affectionately known) devoted herself to the well-being of all residents. On her death in February 1992, Mrs Mac’s commitment to International House and its ideals was re-affirmed by the bequest of the bulk of her small estate to the International House Alumni Association (SUIHAA).

The Graeme de Graaff Bursary and Rosalie McCutcheon Bursary are open to all current International House residents enrolled in a course at the University of Sydney. These bursaries are to assist a resident either with academic or professional development, or to attend a conference, seminar or workshop in their area of study or on international issues.

Normally two bursaries may be awarded during the academic year and will be available for 12 months from the date the award is made. A maximum amount of up to $500 per semester for the Graeme de Graaff Bursary and up to $750 per semester for the Rosalie McCutcheon Bursary can be awarded, at the discretion of the Sydney University International House Alumni Association.

Recipients are required to write a report of minimum 500 words for the SUIHAA newsletter about the benefit gained as a result of the award of the bursary.

Applicants who were unsuccessful in applying for either bursary in previous semesters are welcome to reapply.

Closing Date: 30 April and 31 August each year.

Howard Cook was President of New York International House for 20 years until 1980 and helped in the planning of International House, Sydney. Howard and his wife Diane presented a gift to the House in 1985 to provide an annual award to the House resident who during the academic year best exemplified the ideals of International House:

  • to promote an educational environment for Australian and overseas students to promote greater understanding and fellowship between people of different nationalities by education and other means.

  • to promote the ideal of the International Houses 'that brotherhood may prevail' to promote the exchange of international ideas, knowledge and cultures.

Mr Cook passed away in 1996 but the award lives on in his name. The award is presented at the last House formal dinner of the year. Nominations are called for by the Director and residents of the House nominate the resident that has best demonstrated throughout the year the ideals listed above.

Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program partner schools and International Houses worldwide to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the Northern Hemisphere summer. Through a competition on over 90 campuses, projects are selected for funding at USD$10,000 each.

Further details can be found on the Davis Project for Peace website.