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2020 Guidelines

The Walter Mangold Trust Fund Study Abroad Scholarships

These study abroad scholarships are generous travel awards offered to language students currently attending university in Victoria, who are approved by their university for either an exchange or study abroad placement overseas, that will enrol in an accredited study program for at least one semester (12 weeks minimum).

Students who have reached second or third year proficiency in a contemporary language including but not limited to: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese, are invited to apply.

Applications for Mangold Study Abroad Scholarships - closed

Due to the ongoing restrictions caused by COVID-19, the 2020 Round 2 Mangold Study Abroad Scholarships due to open on 7 September 2020 have reluctantly been cancelled.

There will be no new Mangold Study Abroad Scholarships available until further notice.

Mangold Study Abroad Scholarships

The scholarships are intended as a reasonable contribution towards travel and living costs while students are enrolled in full-time language and/or cultural study overseas for a minimum period of 12 weeks (one semester).

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

Please note that these Guidelines may be subject to change prior to the next round of scholarships.


Eligibility 2020 Round 1

To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be currently resident in the state of Victoria
  • be currently enrolled in a degree award course at a tertiary institute in Victoria (that means, ideally be enrolled at the time of application and be definitely enrolled at the time of going abroad on exchange)
  • have completed, or expect to complete, all second-year level academic requirements in a language other than English before travelling abroad (or be deemed by the home university to have reached the equivalent of second-year standard language proficiency)
  • be applying through the home university (or have been already been nominated) for a full-time exchange place or study abroad program to study at an appropriate overseas tertiary institution acceptable to the Mangold Trust; and
  • be accepted for enrolment by the overseas destination university into a full-time study program of 3 to 12 month's duration, commencing in the period from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Selection criteria

Applications received from eligible candidates by the closing date are assessed 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; and
  • potential to represent the humanitarian ideals of The Walter Mangold Trust Fund.

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


In order to complete the application you will be asked to:

1.) Provide a Letter of Endorsement (LoE). This must:

  • be written on university letterhead
  • be from your current, or recent, language course supervisor, Head of Department, lecturer, or tutor
  • include verification of the academic standard that you have achieved, or will have reached in the language stream before you depart (to indicate that you are proficient at second-year standard or above)
  • include an appraisal of your aptitude and capability for intensive language study overseas
  • include an assessment of your potential to benefit from the opportunity of a travelling scholarship
  • detail the suitability and educational value of your proposed course of study at the overseas institution.

2.) Nominate two other people as Referees.

3.) Submit a detailed estimated Travel Budget.

About the Study Abroad 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 Trustee’s role

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

Who are the Study Abroad Scholarships appropriate for?

The scholarships are most relevant to proficient language students completing second-year language courses who plan to go on either an exchange or study abroad 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 tuition program overseas, but not to undertake independent research.

It is a pre-requisite for the scholarship that applicants must have satisfied all the requirements for second-year language proficiency (or above) in an academic stream of their chosen language before they depart from Australia. In special circumstances, students who can demonstrate that they are deemed to have achieved the equivalent of second-year proficiency may be eligible to apply. Students are required to present an academic Letter of Endorsement with their application that attests to their language level and capabilities.

Languages and ‘global’ academic programs

The scholarships are intended primarily to support intensive and immersive language study overseas, and to foster greater cultural understanding through direct in-country experiences.

Related inter-disciplinary courses delivered predominately in the chosen language, 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 of instruction to cope with the academic demands of learning and assessment.

Choice of destination

To meet the objectives 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 wish to 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 scholarship offered by the Mangold Trust will vary depending on:

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

Applicants are expected to present a budget estimate of their travel and living expenses to accompany their application and also to contribute some personal funds. Scholarship amounts are usually in the range of $5,000 to $8,000 up to a maximum of $20,000.

On their return to Australia, scholarship recipients must complete an Experience Report and a financial acquittal statement of expenditure to the Trustee.

These scholarships may also be held in conjunction with any university travel grants and other scholarships, providing these awards are declared in your application or before you travel overseas.

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