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2018 Guidelines

GUIDELINES 2018 Walter Mangold Language Scholarships

These Guidelines outline the selection criteria and application procedures for the 2018 Walter Mangold Language Scholarships.

The next 2018 Language Scholarship Application Round is relevant to overseas exchange or study abroad enrolments commencing in second semester 2018 (ie, after 1 July 2018 and before 31 December 2018.)

The Application portal for Round 2, 2018 Language Scholarships is NOW OPEN

Please note the extended closing date, which is Friday 30 March 2018.

The Walter Mangold Trust will consider applications from eligible students in all contemporary language subjects taught at Victorian universities, including Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese.

Walter Mangold Language Scholarships are intended as a reasonable contribution towards travel and living costs while students are enrolled in full-time language study overseas for a minimum period of 12 weeks (ie, one semester).

Students are required to enrol in a full-time study program overseas that is delivered substantially in the chosen language, not in English. Language studies should comprise at least half the course content. ‘Full-time’ study assumes a minimum of 15 hours’ face to face tuition per week. Course instruction entirely in English and short course programs of less than 12 weeks’ duration will not be supported.

Eligibility - 2018

Walter Mangold Language Scholarships are available to applicants who:

  • are Australian citizens or permanent residents;
  • are currently resident in the state of Victoria;
  • are currently enrolled in an undergraduate award course at a tertiary institute in Victoria;
  • have completed, or expect to complete, the second-year level academic requirements in a language other than English before they travel abroad;
  • are applying through their home university (or have been nominated) for a full-time exchange place or study abroad program in languages at an overseas tertiary institution acceptable to the Trust.
  • are accepted for enrolment by the overseas host university into a full-time program of 3 to 12 month's duration, commencing in the period from 1 July 2018 to 31 December 2018.

Selection criteria

Applications received from eligible candidates before the closing date are assessed by the selection committee on the written evidence presented in the online application form and in particular, the academic Letter of Endorsement, with regard to their:

  • academic merit and linguistic potential;
  • individual goals and motivation to study overseas;
  • financial need for support;
  • capacity to benefit from the opportunity of language study overseas; &
  • potential to represent the humanitarian ideals and objectives of the Walter Mangold Trust Fund.


If shortlisted, two other Referees will be contacted to provide a character appraisal of the applicant.

About the Walter Mangold Language Scholarships

The Walter Mangold Trust Fund was established in 2005 to honour the life and work of the late Walter Mangold (1892-1983) who believed that greater understanding and tolerance between the people of the world - and consequently a lessening of conflict - could be achieved through the study of other languages and cultures.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Walter Mangold's life and ideals.

The Mangold Trustee’s role

The Walter Mangold Trust Fund is administered by the Trustee (The CASS Foundation) strictly in accordance with the objectives of the benefactor, as stated in the Trust Deed.

Who are the Language Scholarships appropriate for?

Walter Mangold Language Scholarships are most relevant to proficient second-year language students who plan to study abroad or in an exchange program for one or two semesters as part of their accredited undergraduate degree. Honours and postgraduate students may also apply if they are enrolling in an accredited language program, but not to undertake independent research.

It is a pre-requisite for the scholarship that applicants must have satisfied the requirements for second-year language proficiency (or above) in an academic stream of their chosen language before they depart from Australia. Students are required to present an academic Letter of Endorsement with their application that attests to their language capabilities.

Languages and ‘global’ academic programs

The Walter Mangold Language Scholarships are intended primarily to support intensive and immersive language study overseas, and to foster greater cultural understanding through direct in-country experience.

Related inter-disciplinary courses with the potential to extend linguistic competence and cultural understanding may be combined with specific language subjects, provided that the applicant is proficient enough in the chosen language to cope with the academic demands of learning and assessment in the inter-disciplinary subjects.

Choice of destination

To meet the objective of linguistic and cultural immersion expressed in the Trust Deed, it is expected that candidates will choose a destination university in a country where the language they study is the first or official spoken language and the main language of instruction in their proposed academic program.

Amount of scholarship

The amount of each Language Scholarship offered by the Trust will vary depending on:

  • individual student need;
  • the duration of enrolment overseas; &
  • the cost of reasonable travel and daily living expenses in the destination country.

Applicants are expected to present a travel budget estimate to accompany their application and to contribute some personal funds. Scholarship amounts are usually in the range of $6,000 to $10,000, up to a maximum of $20,000.

Scholarship recipients must complete an Experience Report and a financial statement of expenditure to the Trustee on their return to Australia.

Walter Mangold Language Scholarships may be held in conjunction with university travel grants and other scholarships, providing these awards are declared to the Trustee.

Applications are completed online.

The 2018 Round 2 application portal is NOW OPEN

The extended closing date is Friday 30 March 2018.

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