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RMIT University Diploma of Interpreting scholarship

Apply for a scholarship to study the Diploma of Interpreting in Karen and Persian at RMIT University in 2023.


The Victorian Government is offering scholarships to eligible students who are accepted into the 2023 Diploma of Interpreting program at RMIT UniversityExternal Link to study interpreting in one of the targeted languages: Karen and Persian.

The scholarship is to study a Diploma of Interpreting, which is a one year, full-time program that begins in February 2023 and finishes in November 2023. Classes will be held at RMIT University City Campus in Melbourne, CBD. Classes may be held during the day or evening depending on the timetable.

Up to $4,750 will be awarded under each scholarship to assist with program fees. The specific amount will depend on each student’s enrolment status.

Scholarships will be paid directly to RMIT University on behalf of the student.

The scholarship may not cover the full program fee. In such cases, students will be required to pay the gap. The program fee amount will depend on the student’s eligibility for a government-subsidised place or other concessions.

To find out about government-subsidised places, please visit the RMIT University website.External Link For more information about the Interpreter Scholarship Program, please contact

Application process

There are 3 steps involved to apply for this scholarship:

  1. Meet the language requirements
  2. Apply to study this program at RMIT University
  3. Submit your personal statement together with your application to study at RMIT.

More information about each step can be found below.

Start your RMIT application

Key dates

  1. Applications open

    22 August 2022

  2. Applications close

    30 November 2022

  3. Successful recipients notified

    January to February 2023

  4. Semester starts

    6 February 2023

  5. Final date to withdraw

    31 March 2023

    This program cannot be deferred.


  • To be eligible for a scholarship you must:

    • live in Victoria
    • speak Karen or Persian
    • be an Australian citizen, or have permanent residency (consideration will be given to applications from people seeking asylum)
    • be undertaking the RMIT University Diploma of Interpreting in one of the targeted languages offered for 2023
    • remain enrolled and meet attendance requirements for each unit at RMIT University for the duration of the program
    • apply for the program online through RMIT and upload required evidence by 30 November 2022.

    The program cannnot be deferred.

  • Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Interpreting program will be eligible to sit the external Certified Provisional Interpreter test run by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

    Graduates must sit the test must sit the test within approximately 6 months of completing the program.

    For more information on program fees please visit Study@RMIT (Corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets, City campus) or call 9925 2000.

  • Step 1: Meet the language requirements

    All applicants must meet both the English and the LOTE language requirements. You may also be interviewed if further information is required.

    English requirements:

    • Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education; or
    • an equivalent qualification in a country recognised by RMIT as English speaking; or
    • Successful completion of an approved English proficiency test within the last two years.

    LOTE requirements – one of the following:

    • Successful completion of a qualification equivalent to an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education undertaken in the LOTE you wish to study in this program
    • Successful completion of a LOTE test, which includes comprehension and writing tasks in LOTE.

    Step 2: Apply to RMIT University

    To apply to study for the Diploma of Interpreting in one of the target languages:

    • Visit the RMIT website.
    • Complete an online ‘Direct Application’.
      • You must indicate the language you are applying by completing a selection task.
      • The link to submit your selection task will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application.
      • You will receive a confirmation email from RMIT University when your application has been completed.

      Step 3: Submit your personal statement

      Download the Personal Statement Application Form and upload the completed form together with your RMIT Application as a ‘supporting document’.

      Write a personal statement of around 250 words telling us why receiving this scholarship is important to you.

      Download the personal statement form here:

      The Interpreter Scholarship program is designed to support interpreters facing barriers to education. To support us to promote equitable access to training, we invite you to include information in your personal statement, if you are comfortable to do so, about:

      • Priority language
      • Location - metro, rural, regional
      • Financial barriers
      • Educational barriers
      • Experience living with disability
      • Experience of family violence

      You may also be interviewed if further information is required. The information you share will be handled in accordance with Victorian privacy laws.

      Please note that acceptance into the Diploma of Interpreting program in one of the scholarship’s target languages does not guarantee receipt of a scholarship.

    • 22 August 2022

      • Applications open.

      October to November 2022

      • Complete the RMIT entry requirements.
      • Apply to RMIT by 30 November 2022.

      January to February 2023

      • Assessment of Step 3 selection criteria
      • Successful scholarship recipients will be notified.

      6 February 2023

      • Semester starts.

      31 March 2023

      • Final date to withdraw from the program.
      • This program cannot be deferred.

    Reviewed 19 August 2022