Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and academic merit. In order to be eligible for a scholarship, you need to be a Mandelbaum House resident. New residents for 2024 are welcome to apply along with returning residents.

The number of scholarships offered vary from year to year, depending on donations received towards the fund. These currently range from 1/5 to 1/2 scholarships.

The Mandelbaum Scholarship Committee is responsible for the allocation and meet annually in January to award scholarships.

All scholarship applications need to include:

  1. A completed Mandelbaum House Scholarship Application form
  2. A personal Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. A statement of recent academic results


December 2023: Scholarship applications open

Friday 12 January 2024, 9am: Scholarship applications close

Wednesday 24 January 2024: Scholarship results announced


The University of Sydney offers many scholarships to both domestic and international students.

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident you may be eligible to apply for:

Centrelink Youth Allowance
Centrelink Austudy
Centrelink Abstudy





We are very pleased to hold five full scholarships for undergraduate  Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander students. This funding has generously been provided by the University of Sydney. If you  would like further information please contact


Mandelbaum House is a not-for-profit organisation and does not receive any government or institutional financial assistance. We therefore depend on donations and bequests from the Mandelbaum House community and friends to fund scholarships and other philanthropic projects and, most importantly, keep the college affordable for all potential residents.

We’re extremely grateful to our generous donors who provide ongoing support to the Mandelbaum House scholarship program.  This includes Mrs Valmae Freilich and her late husband, Dr Herbert Freilich, who have contributed to our scholarship fund for 20+ years in the name of Dr Freilich’s late parents, Max and Sasha Freilich. We are also very grateful to the B'nai B'rith Syd Einfeld Unit who have generously contributed to our scholarship fund for 10+ years. In 2021, the B'nai B'rith Sydney Charitable Trust established a new scholarship in memory of Ella and Henry Krug which we also deeply appreciate.

Mandelbaum House residents have the opportunity to give all or part of their security bond ($1500) to the scholarship fund as a tax-deductible donation when they leave the college. Those who do so recognise that these donations will give future residents in need the opportunity to be part of the warm and supportive Mandelbaum community.

As a young and small college, we have limited numbers of alumni who are in a position to support future residents. If you are able to financially assist students to live at Mandelbaum House, please complete the Mandelbaum House Donation Form.

A welcoming and warm place immersed in cultural diversity,
great memories and friends for life!

Audrey, New Caledonia

It is wonderful to have a spacious and fully furnished bedroom
to which I can retreat to after a busy day of classes!

Julio, Colombia

I love that I always have a healthy option
at every meal that is also delicious!

Rebecca, USA

When you go to uni with 60,000 people,
it’s nice to come back to a family of 40 at the end of the day.

Michael, Australia

Mandelbaum House has been the most diverse,
welcoming, active society I have ever been involved in.

Alex, USA