SSI Allianz Refugee Scholarships

Combined logo for SSI Allianz refugee scholarships initiative

The SSI Allianz scholarships directly support people from refugee backgrounds in NSW to achieve independence. The scholarships have been created to minimise the financial barriers experienced by refugees as they participate in the NSW education system.

SSI, with the generous support of Allianz, continues to achieve its vision of a society that values diversity of its people, actively provides support to ensure meaningful social and economic participation, and assists individuals and families to reach their potential.

Scholarships for the 2020 academic year have now closed.

Key dates:

Scholarships open (6 weeks)

Monday, 9 September 2019

Scholarships close

5pm Friday, 18 October 2019

Notification of application outcome for the following categories: Secondary, Vocational Education & Training, Skills & Qualification Recognition

mid-December 2019

Notification of application outcome for the University category

late-January 2020

Successful Secondary, Vocational Education & Training, Skills & Qualification Recognition receive funding

late-December 2019

Successful University applicants receive funding

February 2020 (confirmation of enrolment must be received)

Scholarship Afternoon Tea

Early April 2020


Eligibility criteria:

To be successful in their application for support, applicants must:

  • be from a refugee background on a humanitarian visa - Subclass 200, 201, 202, 203, 204 or 866. Applicants with a 117 visa will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • have been living in Australia for five years or less.
  • reside and study in NSW.
  • meet eligibility criteria specific to each scholarship category (see application forms for more details).

Application forms:

pdfSecondary School

pdfVocational Education & Training


pdfSkills & Qualifications Recognition

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers


For more information, please contact our Scholarships team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Alternatives to SSI Allianz scholarship

We have prepared a document to help you find alternatives to SSI Allianz Refugee Scholarships and make your transition through education smoother. It includes resources such as:

  • State and nationwide universities that offer scholarships focusing on humanitarian entrants
  • TAFE's Smart & Skilled program offered to humanitarian entrants
  • Charities and foundations that support education through various programs
  • Technology and stationery providers at affordable prices

Download: Alternatives to SSI Allianz Scholarships (PDF 623.14 KB)

Responding to challenges faced by refugees

Persecution, war, political instability and displacement are all factors that lead individuals and families to leave their homes to seek permanent protection elsewhere, including Australia. Refugees who come to Australia face many challenges during settlement, such as financial hardship, dealing with experiences of torture and trauma, and family separation.

Yet Australia is a nation built on immigration. We have a long history of providing safe asylum to refugees, many of whom have gone on to make great civil, social and economic contributions to Australian society.

SSI and Allianz aim to continue that tradition by providing targeted scholarships to those who are most in need and willing to overcome social and economic challenges.

In response to the various needs of refugee communities, SSI and Allianz offer scholarships to individuals across a range of education categories, including secondary, vocational education and training, university, and skills qualification and recognition. 

How you can help

SSI welcomes donations from members of the community who are committed to helping individuals and families reach their potential. Opportunities for support include the funding of scholarships.

All donations are welcome and will help make a difference to refugees in NSW.

Donations of $2 and above made to Settlement Services International are tax deductible.

Donate Now

SSI Head Office
Level 2, 158 Liverpool Road,
Ashfield, NSW, 2131
t: (02) 8799 6700
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Vision and values

SSI’s vision is to achieve a society that values the diversity of its people and actively provides support to ensure meaningful social and economic participation and to assist individuals and families to reach their potential.

Social Justice

Equity and access to all


Respecting diversity and being non-discriminatory


Caring, empathy and respect for the dignity of others


Co-operation and mutual respect


Dynamic, flexible and responsive service


Professional practices and accountability


Commitment to partnerships and excellence