Application: Steve Ashton scholarship

2023 Scholarships (for study in semester 1)

Applications for Semester 1, 2023 opened on 22 August, 2022. It is envisaged that the amount awarded for study in 2023 will be approximately $15,000 for each semester. The amount awarded may not completely cover the costs of the proposed study program of the successful applicant(s), depending on the cost of the proposed course. If the course duration is for more than one year, funding for multiple years will be considered. The awarding of the scholarship(s) will depend on the number and quality of applications received and is at the discretion of university representatives and the Ashton Nixon Bequest Advisory committee, comprising family members and industry experts.

Applications must be completed at the link:

To apply, you must be enrolled in one of the courses listed in the above link. You must be a practising architect and have completed an accredited course in architecture recognised by the Architects’ Accreditation Council of Australia, which satisfies the academic requirement for registration as an architect in Australia. 

You must supply a 2 page CV and answer the following specific questions:

  • Discuss your professional achievements to date, including how you have demonstrated initiative in your career.
  • Discuss your contribution to the profession, including any volunteer work and your leadership potential.
  • How do you intend to use the Steve Ashton Scholarship to enhance your career?

Applications will be assessed on the track record of the applicant, with respect to their professional achievements to date. Preference will be given to those displaying initiative, including having established their own practice. In addition, applicants’ ability to demonstrate a meaningful contribution to the profession, volunteer work and/or leadership potential will be considered.

RMIT will shortlist applicants for consideration by the Ashton Nixon Bequest Advisory Committee.

Applications for Semester 1 funding are currently open and due by 11.59pm on Sunday 26 February 2023.

Only completed applications received by the due date will be considered. 


Applicants for the Steve Ashton Scholarship will have completed an accredited course in architecture recognised by the Architects’ Accreditation Council of Australia, which satisfies the academic requirement for registration as an architect in Australia. Applicants will be residents of Victoria registered on the Victorian electoral roll. All applications will be judged on merit. Successful applicants will usually not be permitted to apply again. Preference will be given to those under 45 years of age.

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee will select the recipient of the scholarship.  The Committee will comprise the following people:

A/Prof Rosemary Nixon AM, Ms Louisa Ashton, Ms Kate Ashton (family of the late Stephen Ashton AM)

Prof Ian McDougall (ARM Architecture)

Prof Carey Lyon (Lyons Architecture)

Ms Robyn Charlwood (philanthropy consultant)

Mr Tom Cameron (financial services consultant)

Conditions of the Award

Generally the successful applicant should commence the program of study within a year of the award. Any variation in the timeframe should be identified at the time of application.

Generally, the course undertaken should be completed in the minimum time required, unless exceptional circumstances apply, such as serious illness or bereavement.

Successful applicants must submit a final report of 800-1000 words about their experience, within three months of completion of their chosen course. The Advisory Committee of the Ashton-Nixon Bequest is keen to learn how the scholarship has influenced the practice of the scholarship recipients and intends to establish an informal alumni group. Feedback on the experience of completing the scholarship process is encouraged.

The Advisory Committee has control of the conditions of the Scholarship and may vary any aspect of the foregoing conditions when it considered that circumstances justify such variation. The decision of the Advisory Committee is final and the Advisory Committee also reserves the right not to award the scholarship and amend the number and value of the scholarship.