How La Trobe International and IDP Professional Development Bursary helped Maria – Applications are open for 2020

Maria Camila Mejia Velez is a 2nd year Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) international student at La Trobe, Melbourne Campus.

Coming from Medellin, Colombia with a rich and diverse culture, she found Melbourne very quiet when first arrived in the middle of the night on the weekend. However, she has been having such a wonderful time in Australia as a student and has made many connections with La Trobe communities through curriculum studies, volunteering work, and most recently as a casual staff member at the La Trobe International Student Services team. Not to mention, her fabulous travelling experiences from the Great Barrier Reef to the Freycinet National Park in Tasmania.

“La Trobe University is a unique university, where everyone is working very hard to bring the communities together. I feel very supported during my studies, from both academic staff members, as well as the support services team.”

Maria Camila Mejia Velez

She was one of the winners of
the La Trobe International and IDP Professional Development Bursary 2019 and had been sponsored to attend the Victorian Associate for the Teaching English Conference in December 2019.  

“I really enjoyed the conference. Not only were there workshops where many teaching staff share their teaching experience, but also with exhibitions and resources stands. I brought back a lot of useful resources varies from books to online learning, which will be extremely useful when I start teaching. I love this kind of community they have built for the English teachers in Australia.”


Maria Camila Mejia Velez

Apply now for the La Trobe International and IDP Professional Development Bursary!

Applications are invited from current, enrolled international students at La Trobe University for a $1000 bursary to be awarded towards a professional development activity within their chosen field of studies.

The bursary is aimed at assisting international students with career pathways and may include attendance at conferences, seminars, training, workshops or events that will contribute to the student’s networking, development of skills and experiences and supplementing learning opportunities.

Successful awardees will be required to report on their activity (300-500 words), show evidence of participation and provide receipts and budget acquittal within 2 weeks of completion. Awardees will also be interviewed and photographed and may be invited to take part in additional marketing opportunities for La Trobe and IDP.

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • be an enrolled international student at any of La Trobe’s campuses
  • have completed one semester or six months of their course
  • have a WAM of 65 (Weighted Average Mark) or more (research and PhD are welcome to apply; no WAM required)
  • be able to complete the professional development activity within the duration of the degree
  • agree to be part of marketing activities for La Trobe and IDP if successful

Find out more and apply here.

Closing date: 31/03/2020