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Interpreter scholarships

The Victorian Government offers scholarships to support training for interpreters.

Supporting Victoria's future interpreters

The Victorian Government is working to improve the supply, quality and use of language services in Victoria.

Since 2003, we have offered scholarships to support students undertaking one of the following courses at RMIT University:

We have helped more than 500 people gain certification with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.

26% of Victorians (over 1.53 million people) speak a language other than English at home.

The scholarships aim to bolster Victoria’s supply of qualified interpreters so that non-English speakers can better access crucial government services, such as health care and housing support.

2020 Interpreter Scholarship Program

The Victorian Government is offering scholarships to students who are accepted into the Diploma of Interpreting or Advanced Diploma of Interpreting at RMIT University, commencing in 2020.

Each year the program includes a range of languages that have been identified as needing more interpreters. See below for the list of languages that will be supported in 2020.

Diploma of Interpreting

Scholarship applicants can apply to study interpreting in one of the following languages:

  • Burmese
  • Hakha Chin
  • Dinka
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Karen
  • Karen (Sgaw)
  • Khmer
  • Nuer
  • Oromo
  • Persian
  • Punjabi
  • Rohingya
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese
  • Urdu

Find out more about the Diploma of Interpreting at RMIT University.

Download a copy of the Diploma of Interpreting Scholarship Guidelines:

Advanced Diploma of Interpreting

Scholarship applicants can apply to study interpreting in one of the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Italian
  • Persian
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese

Find out more about the Advanced Diploma of Interpreting at RMIT University.

Download a copy of the Advanced Diploma of Interpreting Scholarship Guidelines:

Introduction to Translating and Interpreting

In 2020, we are also pleased to offer bursaries to students who are accepted into the Introduction to Translating and Interpreting program at RMIT University to study interpreting in one of the these languages:

  • Acholi
  • Albanian
  • Amharic
  • Armenian
  • Assyrian
  • Bengali
  • Bulgarian
  • Cantonese
  • Chaldean
  • Chin Falam
  • Chin Matu
  • Chin Mizo
  • Chin Tedim
  • Chin Zomi
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Dari
  • Farsi
  • Filipino
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Gujarati
  • Hazaragi
  • Hmong
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Karenni
  • Kirundi
  • Kiswahili (Swahili)
  • Macedonian

Find out more about the Introduction to Translating and Interpreting:

Who can apply?

The RMIT diplomas are suitable for bilingual people who are seeking to learn or develop professional interpreting techniques.

Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents, although applications from individuals seeking asylum in Australia will also be considered.

To be eligible to study in 2020, applications must be submitted to RMIT University by 31 December 2019.

Graduates at Interpreter Scholarship Ceremony
Image: Scholarship recipients attending their graduation ceremony (Artificial Studios, 2018)

Reviewed 26 November 2019

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